WORKING WITH ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES – A SYSTEMIC APPROACH

Date

14 Nov 2024

Time

9:30 am - 4:30 pm

DATES: 14, 15,  28 & 29 November 2024

TIMES: 9:30 – 16:30

VENUE: ZOOM

This four-day course is for people who are working (or have a background) in adult learning disabilities (LD) services. The course is suitable for a wide range of professionals from those who have no systemic experience to those who work systemically in their practice. The focus of the course is how to apply systemic concepts in practice.  Areas which will be covered include how do we begin, how to welcome people and engaging people with LD, systemic listening and reflective processes, interviewing and questions to ask (intentions and effects) and how to end.

 

The mornings will begin with the facilitators setting forth theory, followed by small group discussion of an article which will be sent out in advance of the meeting.  To finish the mornings, there will be process conversations and exercises in pairs and as a group to practise systemic concepts. The afternoon is primarily intended to provide an opportunity for participants to grow confidence in systemic working through first hand practice in a safe, confidential setting. This will enable exploration of clinical examples which participants will be invited to bring from their work context to the sessions. Facilitation will take place in a range of ways e.g. interviewing using a consultation model and reflecting teams.

 

Learning outcomes include:

  • Gaining knowledge (or refreshing knowledge) of how to apply systemic principles when working with people with learning disabilities, their families and networks.
  • Practising the approach, methods and techniques in a safe setting.
  • Sharing knowledge and ethics of practice.
  • Enabling participants to take back skills learnt on the course to the work context.

Location

IFT Zoom
Zoom - details are issued separately by email.

Speakers

  • Dr Sandra Baum
    Dr Sandra Baum
    CPD Contributor

    Dr Sandra Baum is head of learning disabilities psychological services for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. She is a consultant clinical psychologist, systemic psychotherapist and an honorary associate professor at UCL. She is a past Chair of the British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Learning Disabilities. She is also past chair of the Systemic Special Interest Group for people working in learning disabilities settings. Sandra has worked with people with learning disabilities for over 40 years. Her clinical work and research interests focus on using systemic approaches with families and staff teams, and on improving services for parents with learning disabilities. She completed her post-qualification doctoral research on the mothers with learning disabilities experience of losing custody of their children. She is co-editor of Intellectual Disabilities: A Systemic Approach (Karnac) published in 2006 and has written many articles on the use of family therapy with this client group. She is also co-editor of Good Practice Guidance for Clinical Psychologists when Assessing Parents with Learning Disabilities published by the BPS in 2011. She has facilitated many workshops on systemic and narrative approaches both in the UK and internationally.

  • Dr Bethan Ramsey
    Dr Bethan Ramsey
    CPD Contributor

    Dr Bethan Ramsey is a clinical psychologist with Greenwich Community Learning Disabilities Team in Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a systemic psychotherapist and the current chair of the Systemic Special Interest Group for people working in learning disabilities settings. Bethan has worked with people with learning disabilities and their networks and families for 20 years. She is particularly interested in how systemic and community approaches can be used creatively to bring people together to make new connections and to find new possibilities. She also draws on narrative therapy in her work to look for ways in which we can honour people’s preferred identities and move outside of discourses of deficit. Bethan’s MSc research focused on exploring the best possibilities of systemic therapy in a learning disabilities context. Bethan has written articles on the use of systemic approaches with people with learning disabilities and teaches on a number of doctoral courses on topics related to systemic and narrative practice.

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