In this 1-day clinical workshop, Professor Dadds presents on ways to manage common clinical challenges in the conduct of family intervention for common child behavioural and emotional disorders. Such challenges arise around engaging families, preventing dropout and achieving change when the parents’ own issues dominate. This workshop focuses on content and process strategies that can be used to maximise parental engagement, reduce drop-out, and facilitate positive change in difficult families. Specific examples will include behavioural family therapy for childhood conduct problems and childhood anxiety disorders. A process model of consultation will be presented that can, however, be used across a range of child and family problems. Professor Dadds will discuss how to address and negotiate complex cases and will draw on his extensive clinical and research experience. Case discussion, live examples and video examples will be used to demonstrate key points.
Workshop learning objectives:
- Explain key theoretical behavioural, attachment, structural, and cognitive tools that underpin family therapy for child behavioural and emotional disorders
- Learn techniques for engaging parents when challenges arise
- Acquire and further develop skills to train parents for change
- Extend skills in addressing broader family issues and managing complexity that can detrimentally impact therapy
There are no prerequisites for this workshop, though participants should have some knowledge of common childhood behavioural and emotional disorders, general clinical psychology, and feel comfortable with group skills training procedures. It is appropriate for clinicians seeking to advance and refine their clinical skills in working with child behavioural and emotional difficulties. Professionals including psychologists, psychiatrists, GPs, social workers and mental health nurses are welcome to attend.
This workshop complies with the requirements for CPD as per Psychology Board of Australia guidelines.
A portion of every booking is donated to White Ribbon Australia, a non-profit campaign to end violence against women.
About the presenter
Mark Dadds is a Principal Research Fellow of the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Sydney Australia. He is Director of the Child Behaviour Research Clinic, which develops state-of-the-art treatments for children and adolescents with behavioural and emotional problems, and has developed and directed several national intervention programs for children, youth, and their families, at risk for mental health problems. He has been National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Director of Research for the Abused Child Trust of Queensland, Professor of Parenting Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London and a recipient of several awards including an Early Career Award from the Division of Scientific Affairs of the Australian Psychological Society, the Ian Matthew Campbell Award for Excellence in Clinical Psychology, and Distinguished Career Award of the Australian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy. He has authored 4 books and over 240 papers on child and family psychology, and has given invited keynote addresses to international audiences throughout the world. He also practices as a clinical child psychologist and his treatment methods were the subject of the 2014 ABC TV documentary Kids on Speed? for which he was awarded the Inaugural APS Award for Media Engagement with Science.