Working With Women With Complex Needs
Understanding and meeting the needs of women experiencing multiple disadvantage
Working with women experiencing multiple disadvantage: This course will help participants understand the specific, multiple and complex difficulties experienced by vulnerable or multiply disadvantaged women and explore tailored approaches to service design and deliver for this population. This will include thinking about the role of power, and complex and compound trauma; prostitution; working with risk, safeguarding and domestic violence; working with couples, the loss of children taken into the care system and relationships to care and support professionals; before exploring practical skills to enhance engagement, strengths-based approaches, work with substance use, trauma informed systems and female service re-design.
Length: Four modules, duration: 30 - 45 mins of study per module
Dr Rebecca O'Grady has worked as a Clinical Psychologist since 2013 and is registered with the Health & Social Care Professionals Council as a practitioner psychologist. She currently works for Solace Women’s Aid, leading on a project to engage women experiencing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), who facing multiple barriers to accessing support - such as homelessness, insecure immigration status, involvement in prostitution, substance use issues and mental health issues.
Rebecca trains professionals across the statutory and non-statutory sectors in complex trauma and and in gender-informed and trauma-informed approaches. She has previously worked within a Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Service, and was an integral part of the Psychology in Hostels service in Lambeth, a pioneering Psychologically Informed Environment (PIE) service for individuals with multiple complex needs. She draws on a range of psychological theories in her approach, including attachment theory, mentalisation-based therapy (MBT), narrative therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. She strongly believes in drawing on the strengths and resources of the women we are working with to enable them to take greater agency within their own lives.
Passionately working across organisational boundaries to develop new approaches to address health inequalities, Dr Williamson has a national reputation as leader in the development and delivery of services to address the needs of complex and multiply disadvantaged populations. With over 10 years’ experience using innovation to address social exclusion, Dr Emma Williamson (Principal Clinical Psychologist) continues to lead award winning NHS services for South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, spanning multiple London boroughs.
Emma formerly worked at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in their innovative Primary Care Psychotherapy Consultation Service and has a personal interest in contributing to service redesign and development of the evidence base for working with socially excluded and multiply disadvantaged populations. Emma is also the CEO of aneemo Ltd staff training and development company, works in private practice, teaches on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate at the Kings College London’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and is a published author; regularly talking at conferences, in national media, TV documentaries & news programmes.
StartWorking with couples (14:29)
StartWoman who have children (9:09)
StartSupporting women whose children are taken into care
StartDomestic and sexual violence (15:42)
StartSupport and guidance for domestic abuse
StartRelationships to professionals and care (12:53)
StartQuiz 2 - Relationships