Changing the system: Bryan Samuels at HFCC 2015

A former director of Child Services for the state of Illinois in the US says that simply removing a child from harm’s way shouldn’t necessarily mean “case closed”.

In his presentation to the Helping Families Change Conference in Amsterdam in February, 2015, keynote speaker Bryan Samuels said simply moving a child out of immediate danger did reverse or eliminate the effects of toxic stress on children exposed to maltreatment.

He said children retained learned links and thoughts from adverse experiences and these memories could elicit an ongoing sense of fear. Mr Samuels’ presentation at HFCC 2015 is summarised in the latest post of the Triple P Research blog here.

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The 18th Annual Helping Families Change Conference will be held in the beautiful town of Banff, Alberta, Canada on 3 – 5 February 2016.

We look forward to seeing you in Banff – one of the most precious, protected places in the world. A visit here offers the chance to experience the spectacular Canadian Rocky Mountains and glacier-fed lakes, wildlife at its wildest and small-town charm that only Banff can offer.

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Amsterdam is looking beautiful and the delegates are starting to arrive as  this year’s Helping Families Change Conference gears up for Wednesday’s opening speakers. Leading the program will be the keynote opening address by Prof Matt Sanders, founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program and director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland.

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You can also stay up to date with the latest news in Triple P research at the Triple P Research blog here.

Do parenting interventions work better than we think they do?

What if parenting interventions work better than we think they do?

Marinus H. van IJzendoorn, Professor of child and family studies at Leiden University and a research professor of human development at Erasmus University Rotterdam, poses this question in his keynote address at next week’s Helping Families Change Conference at Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam on Thursday, February 26.

Professor van IJzendoorn will look at “what works for whom’’ and suggests that some children are more open to influences in their child-rearing environment than others.

In light of this, the modest efficacy of parenting interventions might be explained by a combination of strong effects in the susceptible group and weak or absent effects in the non-susceptible group.

In his keynote, Neil Humphrey, Professor of Psychology in Education at the University of Manchester, will explore the role of schools and families in promoting children’s social and emotional wellbeing while Bryan Samuels, executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, and former director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, will highlight the importance of focusing on children’s wellbeing to decrease the likelihood of a return to the child welfare system.

To download the full conference program for this year’s event, go here.