Infants and toddlers need practitioners to be curious about how they sense, communicate and engage with the world around them. They need you to keep them in mind during your conversations with adults; to work with their parents to discover how the child is feeling about their world, and how the family’s experiences influence the child’s relationships, responses, and interactions.
This course aims to support you to extend your standard formulation practices by integrating the ‘ally, advocate and awareness of relationship’ framework. It will also support you to bring your professional expertise together with the family’s know-how to develop a shared understanding of the infants’ and toddlers’ experience.
You will be able to apply four practice strategies that are pivotal to infants’ and toddlers’ relational and developmental health:
- Understanding safety and relationship development
- Exploring the barriers and protective factors within the child’s village
- Responding to behaviour as communication
- Linking and meaning-making
By integrating these strategies into your existing case formulation practice, it will enhance your work with children and families, and support the long-term wellbeing of infants and toddlers.