Masterclass: Understanding and working with parental resistance: exploring insights from research and theory

Park House, Southfield Room
Social Sciences
Tuesday 15th January 2013 (16:00-18:00)
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Donald Forrester, Professor of Social Work Research, University of Bedfordshire

Birmingham Social Work Academy

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Donald Forrester, Professor of Social Work Research at the University of Bedfordshire, where is Director of The Goldberg Research Centre. The Goldberg Centre was set up to address the relative lack of empirical research to guide policy and practice in social work by developing excellent research and supporting the user of evidence-based approaches in practice. Professor Forrester has carried out many studies of social work practice with children and families, using highly innovative research methods. He is particularly well-known for his work in the following areas: 

  • How should professionals assess and intervene when parents misuse drugs or alcohol and how difficult decisions such as removing (or returning) a child are made.
  • What works in engaging parents when there are child protection issues and what evidence is there for the effectiveness of different approaches.
  • Evaluations of Motivational Interviewing and social work communication skills.

His seminar paper will draw on his research, especially the work he has done on how social workers and other professionals talk to parents in child welfare and protection cases.

This Masterclass will be held on Tuesday 15 January 2013 at Park House, University of Birmingham from 4.30 until 6.00 pm.

How to book

If you would like to attend this BSWA Masterclass, please contact Tracey Gray, with your name and contact details.