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Confusing Families: Using the Domains Framework for more effective assessment and treatment

Date: Friday 21 June 2013

Location: Tavistock Centre, London, UK.

There is a lack of standardized ways of assessing family life that lead directly to treatment of serious mental health problems. The family interview proposed by Domain Framework may provide us with a method for the scientific study of the interplay between family processes and mental health problems. In turn it will inform treatment, and provide a way of assessing the impact of family-based therapies.

A family interview and a scoring method that directs the clinician to the family's functioning in different modes, or domains of family life has been developed by clinicians working in Tavistock Centre in London. It is particularly designed to spot what is going on when a young person's symptoms become more severe in spite of, and at times as a result of, family members' best efforts.

In parallel they have developed a way of describing the general principles of domain functioning to families, so that they can become observers of their own day-to-day interactions. This provides them with a tool to increase understanding, and a platform from which the family can generate alternative ways of responding to difficult emotions and behaviours. The domains framework could benefit young people with mental health problems by providing families with additional ways of meeting their needs, and clinicians with a wider repertoire of treatment options.

You can download the conference programme here.

8th Annual Conference on Learning Differences, Innovative Teaching and Inclusive Learning

Τhe Institute for Innovation and Creativity at the American Community School in Athens, Greece announces its 8th Annual Conference on Learning Differences, Innovative Teaching and Inclusive Learning, which will be held on the campus of ACS Athens on April 18-20, 2013. Thursday and Friday will be given over entirely to the three intensive two-day institutes, each focused on one of the conference strands (Autism and Executive Functioning Skills, Teaching a Second Language through Content and Response to Intervention: Creating a Student-centered Classroom; Enhanced Learning for All Students ). Participants may enroll in one two-day institute for an intensive, in-depth learning experience. Saturday will be structured as a more typical workshop day, with participants free to choose from among the over 20 individual sessions. Participants may enroll in both the institute and workshop programs, or in only the institute program or only the Saturday workshop sessions. For more information and to register visit: http://www.acs.gr/ldc-main-2013

Summer Seasonal School for PhD students: Educational research as craft and representation - challenges and possibilities

Invitation by the European Educational Research Association (EERA) and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) to doctoral research students to participate in the Seasonal Summer School in Trondheim from June 17 - 21, 2013.

To apply:
https://www.conftool.net/eerss2013/

Deadline is March 15. More information:
http://www.eera-ecer.de/season-schools/educational-methodology/

International Day of People with Disabilities - 3 December 2012

International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) is a United Nations sanctioned day held on 3 December each year. It aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. IDPwD also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. IDPwD brings together people with disability, community organisations, businesses, individuals and all levels of government. IDPwD unites people around the world in celebrating and acknowledging the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability.

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