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Promoting Parental Intelligence Workshop

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Child Development, Infant Mental Health and Intelligent Parenting

April 16th, 2016

Middlesex University Dubai, UAE

Introduction

On Saturday April 16th, 2016 Middlesex University Dubai, in partnership with Siena Advisory will be convening a workshop to be held by Middlesex University, Dubai on Child Development and Infant Mental Health. The event is supported generously by the Al Qasimi Foundation, Ras al Khaimah allowing clinical psychologists from the UK to share their experience and practice with some of the most vulnerable young children and parents in the multi-cultural community in which they work.

 

Dr. Bryn Williams and Dr. Stefan Peart, will present a workshop on understanding and assessing the developmental and psychological needs of infants and young children, exploring parent child relationships and the development of attachment security through ‘intelligent parenting’. Dr. Joshua Carritt-Baker and Dr. Ken MacFadyen will convene a session on understanding and assessing adults as parents and measuring their capacity to meet the challenges of parenting, exploring the ingredients of psychological health in adults who become parents and consider the importance of protecting children and managing adult well-being. Each workshop will be delivered twice, allowing participants to benefit from attending both.

 

Programme

Child Workshop:

Child Workshop: 10.00am to 11.30pm & 12.00pm to 1.30pm

Understanding and assessing the developmental and psychological needs of infants and young children: This session will focus on the relationship between good infant mental health and positive outcomes for learning and develop. We will explore ways to capture and monitor a child’s well-being and think about how to meet the attachment needs of a young child in your care.

 

Adult Workshop:

10.00am to 11.30pm & 12.00pm to 1.30pm

Understanding and assessing adults as parents and measuring their capacity to meet the challenges of parenting. Infants and young children thrive when they receive adequate parenting. For this to be possible, parents need to have good mental health and to be able to approach their role as a parent with the ability to remain mindful of the child and reflective about how they meet their child’s needs. Children grow up to be parents, and knowing how our own childhood issues affect our role as parents can be very helpful in ensuring good outcomes for our children. This session will explore these adult issues.

 

1.30 - Close of Workshop



Bio

 

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Dr Bryn Williams

Consultant Clinical Psychologist has a special interest in children, young people and families. He is one of the partners in WIPC, an international psychological consultancy based in Oxford, England. As well as providing assessments and intervention in the UK and UAE, he is involved in teaching and supervision. He has also published a book with colleagues on child protection.

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Dr Joshua Carritt-Baker

Clinical Psychologist, provides clinical and expert witness psychological services as well as teaching, supervising and writing. He manages a busy regional practice on the South Coast of England that provides input to schools, universities, the Courts and businesses as well as individual clients.

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Dr Ken McFadyen

Clinical Psychologist is originally from Scotland, and has practiced in England specialising in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Therapeutic interests include OCD and PTSD and he is an expert witness in Family Law cases. He also has a Master's degree in Education and combines both heath and education specialties to provide high quality CBT training.

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Dr Stefan Peart

Dr Stefan Peart has a specialist interest in children, young people and families. He has worked with developmental disorders and a broad range of mental health difficulties across multidisciplinary settings. Variety in my experience has afforded me an eclectic understanding of mental health problems and their development across the lifespan.


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