Systemic Theory and Practice in Separation and Divorce Dilemmas

Systemic Theory and Practice in Separation and Divorce Dilemmas

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The course trainer, Simon Shattock, will consider the psychological dilemmas for children and parents when there has been separation and/or divorce. He will cover the impact of non-resident fathers on children’s mental state, and discuss some of the challenges fathers have experienced in parenting post separation and divorce. The course will also include the issues for mothers in this position and the psychological impact on the children.

The course will explore the latest research in the field of divorce and separation and will discuss different systemic models of intervention.  These types of interventions can be used in conjunction with the mediator’s current skills, when working in the moment with clients who may be in a heightened state of anxiety, stress and conflict. Specific systemic questioning skills will be practised in the day, with a view of taking these ideas back into mediators current work practice. It will bring together models from the systemic family therapy field, to help consider ways of thinking and intervening to help mediators deescalate the conflict. The course uses a combination of lecturing, video material, role play and case studies.

Simon Shattock is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Family Therapy. He has significant clinical experience in working with children who have experienced self-harm, eating disorders, conduct disorders, bereavement, trauma and interpersonal issues. Simon works with children in families coping with the adjustment of divorce and separation and has experience working across different cultures and religions. He has a research interest into the impact of separated fathers. He has over 16 years’ experience of working in social care and mental health settings with both children and adults and worked for many years in the NHS in Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Simon is currently also working as a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist in a Tier 4 adolescent unit Hertfordshire CAMHS as well as in private practice in Wimpole Street, London. He is a visiting lecturer on a number of different mental health courses at City University, Highgate Counselling Centre and the Tavistock Centre

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