Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship based approaches in social work


Promoting systemic thinking, and therapeutic and relationship-based approaches in Social Work

Constructing and Reconstructing Childhood in Care – (Workshop in two parts)


Tuesday 22nd June, Tuesday 6th July


Online via Zoom


9.15am - 12.30pm




Stephen Mills

Part 1 – Tuesday 22nd June 9.15am – 12.30pm
Part 2 – Tuesday 6th July 9.15am – 12.30pm (Participants will do some reflective work between sessions and return for the second session with their discoveries)

In these two workshops participants will consider how in everyday language and practice social workers construct and reconstruct children involved in the care system. The workshops are drawn from presenter, Stephen Mills’ recent research.
Why is this subject important and relevant? – Because it is in adults’ professional language and practice that children in care and their needs are ‘made’.

  • Who is it relevant to? – Social workers and others working with children in care.
  • What will the workshops enable me to do? – You will notice how in your everyday language and practice you (and your colleagues) are (often unconsciously) constructing children/childhood and care.
  • What have these ideas got to do with care? – Professional language and practice not only construct children, they also construct the care that children can receive.

These two workshops will provide participants with opportunities to:

  • engage with current research in the field
  • take part in reflective conversations
  • consider connections between theory and practice
  • reflect on their own caring, ethical, and relational practices.
Stephen Mills

Stephen Mills

Stephen Mills is a systemic psychotherapist currently working in the NHS as an Associate Lecturer and Doctoral Supervisor for candidates on the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice at the Tavistock in London. He has spent several years working in CAMHS teams, most notably with children in the care system. His own doctoral thesis is concerned with the way child/hoods in the care system are constructed, the role that professional networks around the child play in these constructions, and the implications these constructions have for the care children receive.

Examiners of Stephen’s thesis said it demonstrates a ‘strong ethics of care for children’, an ‘impressive range of relevant knowledge across a range of disciplines’, and a ‘strong practitioner perspective’.

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