Some children and adolescents experience difficulties in relating constructively to their siblings and or peers.
Children who have disrupted attachment relationships may have difficulty forming close and harmonious relationships. For children who have experienced trauma they may repeat traumatic patterns of relating with siblings and peers. These children often need to attach emotionally and need help to learn the skills to relate to others in a positive way, as well as how to resolve conflict, an important life skill.
This training offers carers and professionals an opportunity to explore this complex area and will provide tools to help any adults supporting children and adolescents to develop the capacities to strengthen their relationships with siblings and peers.
As a result of completing this training Foster Carers can learn about:
- The impact of relational trauma on the development of human relationships
- Research on the stages of the development of friendships for children; understanding how sibling/peer conflict is a natural part of how children and adolescents develop the skills to manage relational dynamics
- What is meant by sibling on sibling or peer on peer bullying/abuse and what are the different forms this can take?
- Factors that may make some children and young people especially vulnerable to being abused or acting out abuse
- How to recognise signs that this may be happening with a child or young person
- What you can do if a child/young person reports sibling or peer abuse- how to help the affected child and the child who is enacting the abuse
- The importance of reflecting on dynamics within the child’s family
- Approaches for supporting children to develop the skills to engage in more healthy interactions and harmonious relationships with siblings and peers
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RN, BSc Psychology, Dip in Family Therapy, MA Child Psychotherapy, Dip Clinical Supervision.
Over the past 17 years, Christina has worked as a psychotherapist with children, adolescents, birth parents, foster carers and adoptive parents. This followed on from 20 years working as a nurse in the NHS. Her experience includes the development of a multidisciplinary clinical service for families experiencing trauma and attachment problems who were reluctant to engage with main-stream social care and mental health services. From 2015-2017 Christina provided trauma consultancy to the clinical team developing a children’s service within the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) in the UK.
She also delivers training on child development, trauma and attachment both within the NHS and other education and social care systems across the UK and Ireland. Her special interest is in early childhood development and the impact of trauma on a child’s developing capacities, functioning and behaviour. From her experience working with children who have endured developmental trauma characterised by neglect and abuse, she has found it necessary to use a comprehensive integrated approach in order to address the multiple complexities which such children present with.
Christina returned to live in Ireland in 2016 and currently works as a Developmental Trauma and Attachment specialist providing training, assessment and clinical interventions on behalf of Tusla Child and Family Agency and in independent practice with birth and adoptive families.