It has been said that children who need love the most, ask for it in the most unloving ways. This seminar aims to make sense of this process. Why do children who have been abused and neglected, and often separated from their
families, reject others who are trying to care for them? What is behind their often difficult behaviour and how can helpers and carers best facilitate change? This seminar will assist participants to make sense of the complex histories and behaviour of children
who have been abused and neglected. Wendy will demonstrate how a Relational Learning Framework can be used to understand the impact of abuse and neglect on children’s attachment and ideas about relationships. The framework provides crucial clues about how
the child’s past adverse experiences may have changed their view of themselves and other people. This knowledge makes sense of complex information and helps us understand what children need from current relationships, which can then become the basis of a
treatment plan to help the child recover.