Parents, in this PC world, you don’t need to feel bad about loving Christmas

  • Monday, December 04, 2017
  • Shona Innes Psychology

In 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!!!!
 

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Mindfulness

  • Monday, August 28, 2017
  • Shona Innes Psychology

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. Purchase Your Mind is like a Garden  

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Finishing up with a complex young client - tie up loose ends and avoid burnout

  • Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  • Shona Innes Psychology

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. 

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It takes a village … 5 benefits of team communication about the treatment of complex young people

  • Wednesday, June 08, 2016
  • Shona Innes Psychology

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.
 

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The Relationship Dance with Complex Young People: How support staff can avoid becoming icy and bitter

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Shona Innes Psychology

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. 

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