Issue 19 of the goodenoughcaring Journal goes online on Wednesday, 15th June, 2016. In this issue Cynthia Cross writes about children and families attending reviews, Maurice Fenton reflects upon Yeats, Jung and Adolescence, John Stein considers the nature of feedback, Noel Howard gives an account of the history of the Irish social care journal Curam which published its 50th issue earlier this year and gives a context to developments in social care in recent decades, Michael J. Marlowe explores the connection between good relationships and trust, Justin Frost reviews the film The War Zone, Lesley Morrison writes about residential child care, Charles Sharpe looks at Ian D. Suttie’s ‘attachment to mother’ theory and George Eliot writes about family life in the 1820s.
Following our recent announcement that issue 19 of the goodenoughcaring Journal will contain articles by Justin Frost, Noel Howard, John Stein, Michael Marlowe we are pleased to add Cynthia Cross and Maurice Fenton to the our list of authors for this issue which goes online on June 15th, 2016. Further details will appear on this page soon.
The final teenage issue (no.19) of the goodenoughcaring Journal will be online on June 15th, 2016. There will be articles by John Fallowfield, Justin Frost, Ni Holmes, Noel Howard, John Stein, Michael Marlowe. More details will be announced in the next few weeks as will news of further articles.
Maurice Fenton sends this Call for Papers for Unity through Relationship’s annual conference in Dublin. Unity through Relationship is a partnership between Empower Ireland, Gateway Organisation, CYC-Net and Transform Action International.
The Ecology & Impact of Trauma: Relational Responses to Disrupted Development
7th – 9th November 2016
Regency Airport Hotel (Whitehall), Dublin, Ireland
At this time we are sending out a Call for Papers for the 3rd annual ‘Unity through Relationship’ International Conference, an inclusive learning & development event which builds and strengthens connections, relationships and interdisciplinary working. All who are involved in the provision of care and services to children, youth and families are welcomed, including but not limited to: front-line practitioners (social work, social care, teachers, family support staff), clinicians, educators, justice professionals, mental health staff, researchers, managers, carers and students.
Conference theme: The impact of trauma on mental health and relational responses.
We all begin our physical, mental and social development from the moment of conception, a process, which, even at that early stage, is influenced by genetic and inter-generational factors. As we travel along our life course we encounter many factors within our ‘ecology’ and these can impact on our development. Positive and nurturing factors augment healthy development and resilience. However, the converse is also true, negative experiences can stunt or arrest development. We refer to such deeply distressing experiences as ‘trauma’. It is here that the conference has its foundation.
In 2016, the Unity conference is seeking to draw from the expert knowledge of colleagues who have particular interest in the understanding of how ‘’disruption within ones ecology’’ can impact on growth and development. This includes pre-birth disruption (such as contributes to syndromes such as FASD), abuse/neglect and any other type of event which can contribute that what is seen to be a ‘mental health issue’. A focus should also be on how we can optimally respond to such trauma using relational approaches.
The objectives of this 3-day conference are (within a relational framework):
i) to provide a forum to present thinking and share the views and practice experiences;
ii) to aid carers and professionals to understanding how early and inter-generational trauma can impact on the mental health needs of young people;
iii) to share progressive and contemporary knowledge, with a focus on a relational response.
At this time we are sending out a Call for Papers seeking applications to contribute to the conference. If you have an idea you would like to propose or want some help with the application process, we will be happy to provide support. This conference will be innovative, programmatic, participative, comparative, critical and empowering.
We are also seeking expressions of interest from prospective presenters who may have associated 1 or 2 days trainings which they would be willing to deliver on the Thursday 10th and Friday 11th as part of a suite of trainings related to the conference theme being made available as we have done in each of the previous events. This has proven to be an excellent opportunity to make available innovative trainings that may otherwise not be accessible and thereby positively influence practice. It is also an opportunity for professionals to make available trainings that they may be in the process of developing.
Submissions can be made at http://unitythroughrelationship.com/call-for-papers/ or alternatively forms can be downloaded from the website or are available from and must be completed and returned to: firstname.lastname@example.org prior to 16th May 2016
Bookings via Eventbrite @ http://www.unitythroughrelationship.eventbrite.ie/
Care Leavers Ireland/EPIC are holding their 2nd Annual Care Leavers Conference Care Leavers – Care for your Health on October 8th. at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin.
For booking details go here
The conference is sponsored by Orchard Children’s Services.
For some years now Cognitive Behavioural Therapies have successfully held the therapy field persuading governments and health authorities with claims that unlike other therapies, for instance, humanist or psychodynamic, the efficacy of CBT is based on scientifically observed evidence. While CBT may be helpful for some seeking help with anxiety, the claim that it is the panacea for all, including those who are suffering from severe anxieties, fears and other emotional stresses, surely deserves closer scrutiny. Increasingly others are questioning the truth that CBT is evidence-based. However CBT has powerful political and economic allies attracted by the various claims made that it is scripted and time-limited and provides a one size fits all therapy.
Last November (2014), Limbus, an organisation which arranges Continued Professional Development events for counsellors and psychotherapists in the south-west England held a national conference, Challenging the Cognitive Behavioural Therapies : The Overselling of CBT’s Evidence Base, at the Dartington Hall near Totnes in Devon which sought to challenge the evidence provided to substantiate the claims made for CBT. The organiser of the conference, Farhad Dalal has provided us with the following links to presentations made at the Dartington Conference and to other related papers. We offer them here because the predominance of CBT is increasingly evident in the support which is offered to children and young people.
We’ve provided below some to the papers and articles Farad Dalal has brought our notice to but there are more articles, blogs, videos of conference presentations and other resources available from this page on the Limbus website.
Shedler, J .(2015) Where is the evidence base for evidence-based therapy?
Ferraro, D. (2015) Torture, Psychology and the Neoliberal State.
Henrich, M., Heine, J. & Norenzayan,S. (2008) The Weirdest People in the World
Greenhalgh, T. (2014) Evidence based medicine: a movement in crisis?
Shedler, J.(2010) Shedler (2010) The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Adams, S. (2008) Naughty not N.I.C.E.: Implications for therapy and services
Breen, L., Darlaston-Jones, D (2008) Moving Beyond the Enduring Dominance of Positivism in Psychological Research
Longmore, R. and Worrell, M. (2007) Do we need to challenge thoughts in cognitive behavior therapy?
Samuels, A.& Veale, D.(2007) Improving Access to Psychological Therapies: For and Against
Western, D., Novotny,C., & Thompson,H.(2004 )The Empirical Status of Empirically Supported Psychotherapies: Assumptions, Findings, and Reporting in Controlled Clinical Trials
Skirting a Pleated Text De-Disciplining an Academic Life
Risen, J. (2015) Outside Psychologists Shielded U.S. Torture Program, Report Finds
Callard, C and Stearn, R. (2015) IAPT, Benefits, & the Unemployed
All these documents and much more can be found at Limbus.
Palsgrave Macmillan has sent us details of Inequality, Poverty, Education A Political Economy of School Exclusion by Francesca Ashurst and Couze Venn which was published earlier this year.
The authors develop a political economy and a genealogy of school exclusion in order to reveal exclusion to be a symptom of more fundamental issues relating to poverty and inequality, reflected in the role of the state in managing their consequences, particularly regarding juvenile delinquency. Using archival and documentary evidence they uncover the roots of exclusionary practices in political and economic struggles going back to the 19th century. These conflicts, the authors claim, have had decisive effects on key shifts in social and educational policy from the Poor Law Reforms of 1834 to the emergence of the welfare state and the current neoliberal reconstitution of society according to the model of the market. In arguing that competing views of an equitable and just society underlie exclusion, the authors believe their analysis opens up a space for envisaging radical new approaches and practices for dealing with children in trouble.
Francesca Ashurst is an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University, Wales
Couze Venn is Visiting Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London and Associate Research Fellow at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
This book will be reviewed in the June 2015 issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal.
December 15th and Issue 16 of the goodenoughcaring Journal is online, The principal theme of the new issue is the significance relationships have for children as they grow up.
John Stein has composed the Editorial for this issue. The authors providing us with knowledge, experiences and insights in Issue 16 are Lorea Boneke, John Burton, Cynthia Cross, Evelyn Daniel, John Diamond, Maurice Fenton, Iain Macleod, Jeremy Millar, Charles Sharpe, Mark Smith, John Stein with an additional article, Ian D. Suttie, and Christina Williamson.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers have given us prior notice of John Burton’s forthcoming book Leading Good Care: the task, heart and art of managing social care due to be published on February 15th, 2015. John is a regular contributor of articles to the goodenoughcaring Journal. This book will be reviewed in the June 2015 issue of the goodenoughcaring Journal.
Comments from readers who have previewed the book include :
‘This book wants reading for several reasons. It is a book from the heart and highly readable. It identifies straightforwardly, matter-of-factly and scathingly the mindless, blinkered and harmful bureaucracy which has infected and distorted the social and health care system. Yet, in the face of these identified evils, it cleaves to optimism and independence of thought throughout and a determination that things can, and must, change. It discusses systems and ideas, but is written by an author with a detailed practical knowledge of care and who uses, throughout the book, care settings to illustrate in depth the issues as played out in the real world. Above all, this book challenges managers to break out of the vicious circle within which they can all too easily become enmired and ultimately, to lead good care.’
Michael Mandelstam, author of How We Treat the Sick: Neglect and Abuse in our Health Services
‘If you want to step up to leadership, and to lead good care, this book will help you do just that. It’s borne of long experience and a passionate belief in the difference good leadership can make. So if you want to transform people’s lives, start here.
From the foreword by Debbie Sorkin, National Director of Systems Leadership, the Leadership Centre
‘Leaving bureaucracy and compliance in its wake, John Burton takes the book’s reader on a journey to leadership both as a role and as an aspiration… With sobering references to the health and social care scandals of Cornwall, Staffordshire and Winterbourne View, and more recently the Savile debacle, John exposes the myth that managers were principally to blame by showing how there are wider systemic failings that leave most managers believing that they are powerless to take a stand and simply doing as they are told… With compassion entering the social care vocabulary again, John’s book is a timely inspiration for managers to return to humanity and core tasks with confidence and to lead their services to real and meaningful excellence.’
Philip Nightingale, Registered Social Care Manager
For more details about the John Burton’s new book go to http://www.jkp.com/uk/leading-good-care.html