Nature or nurture? Finding balance…

At family gatherings, in the pub, chatting with friends – sooner or later it’ll come up: are we the product of nature of nurture?

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We all have a tendency towards one or the other. But do we really have to choose?

How to re-balance the nature/nurture equation…

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3 top tips for staying effective…

What advice would you give to someone just starting their career with troubled young people?

Mmm. Not easy is it?!

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I was asked this recently and was surprised by my own conclusions…

My 3 top tips for doing a fab job with children and young people…

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Introducing the TRM website…

I’m delighted to introduce you to a new website – www.TraumaRecoveryModel.com 

Myself and my colleague, Dr Tricia Skuse, have finally set up an online place for our model, The TRM.

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For those of you who work with troubled young people, in whatever field, this is for you…

To visit the site click here. There’s space for you to enter your email if you want to subscribe for future updates.

Enjoy!

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Peer supervision – 5 great gains…

“Two minds are better than one,” – so the saying goes. Peer supervision is one way of making this truth operational.

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Discussing a case with colleagues in an open and reflective way can yield untold dividends for us and the young people we work with.

But what does it take to put this into practice?

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Working with harmful sexual behaviour – 2 essential staff support strategies…

Anyone working with troubled young people faces challenges. Such is the nature of the job.

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This is particularly the case, in my view, when working with troubled sexual behaviour. Managers and organisations have a duty of care for staff in this field.

So what do staff need?…

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Harmful sexual behaviour work – some resources…

No-one leaves school wanting to work with sex offenders! Obviously.

But some of us end up there. That’s what happened to me.

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So I thought I would share a few of the resources I’ve come across during my years working with harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in children and young people…

Useful resources for HSB work…

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Teens who give back – what to do when a young person offers you a gift…

The Christmas rush has begun – ludicrously early, in my view, but it’s definitely underway!

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So, as our minds turn to buying Christmas presents, I was put in mind of a dilemma that occurs when young people try to give us something back…

What to do when a young person offers you a gift…

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Challenging behaviour – going back to the future…

“How do you feel when I do this?” A teenager once asked me.

He then pulled his hoody up over his hair and peered at me malevolently from under the hood.

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Photo courtesy ©123RF/Cole

He went on to explain that he used this pose as a way of keeping people at a distance.

Why does the past matter today?…

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Developmental perspectives in understanding problematic sexual behaviour in children & young people…

There’s not much I like more than really good quality free stuff!

This webinar from NEARI Press is exactly that. It’s quality and it’s free.

The speaker in this video is Dr Robert Kinscherff who co-wrote an excellent booklet of the same name.

The focus of this presentation is something I believe in very passionately…

Developmental perspectives…

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