this era of politically correct (PC), uber-responsibility, super-anxious parenting there is SOOOO much out there about the things that parents should
and shouldn’t do at Christmas. It seems that there are plenty of ways that you can get Christmas ethically or morally wrong – share the “wrong” food,
buy the “wrong” presents, …“Arrrggggh!!!!
I know what you’re thinking….well, no I don’t actually,… but I think it would be a pretty good guess that at the mention of mindfulness, people conjure up visions of robes, shaved heads, incense and chanting.
We live in an era of fast information and sadly, with that speed and efficiency comes more ways that information can be altered of changed. Internet
advertising, pop ups and sidebar activities, fake news – there is plenty that we need to watch for in this space. With more and more information coming
to children via the internet, including homework that requires researching topics online, how can we help kids detect what might be genuine information
and facts from advertisers, opinion pieces and “fake” news?
I.T. savvy adults can of course install and use up to date security software, but I also think it’s a great idea to skill kids up with a radar so that they can detect what might be dodgy online. It can all get a bit muddy in the internet puddle. How can we help kids to avoid the murky bits?
The research on burnout among those who work with complex young people indicates strongly that it’s important to finish what we start in appropriate ways. We know that it’s not healthy for health service practitioners to leave things unsorted in our experience.
Too often, treatment of complex young people (especially if it is contracted out) becomes isolated from the day-to-day management and ‘real life’ of the
client. When treatment drifts away from its target and becomes fragmented across the agencies and individuals involved, client outcomes are affected,
case managers lose touch and stakeholders may even do things for the client that are at odds with the treatment plan.
One of the many difficulties for support staff or carers assisting a complex young client is to establish, and then maintain, a healthy working relationship with them. Keeping a complex young person engaged is often very dependent on their relationship with support staff.In my experience, the efforts support staff put into building strong relationships with complex young people can sometimes fall flat. And in desperate attempts to help, some support staff may blur the relationship boundaries in dangerous ways.