Conference Contribution Details
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Declan Coogan
CAMHS North East Family Therapy Special Interest Group Conference 2013
Annual conference of the multi-disciplinary special interest group in the HSE
HSE training centre, Ardee, Co. Louth
Keynote Address
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Child to parent violence is as an act carried out by a child with the intention to cause physical, psychological, or financial pain or to exert power and control over a parent (Cottrell 2001; Calvette et al 2013). Although child to parent violence has yet to become a visible and explicit concern of social work policy and practice development, child to parent violence is a growing social problem with broad implications for research, policy and intervention (Avrahim-Krehwinkel & Aldridge 2010; Tew & Nixon 2010; Coogan 2011; Hong et al 2012). Clinical practice experience and conversations with social workers, family therapists and people working with child and families in a range of different services also suggest that the aggressive behaviour of children and adolescents towards their parents is an increasing concern in child and adolescent mental health practice in the community. It seems that although the initial referral for work with children or young people might be related to concerns about ADHD, depression or out of control behaviours, more parents are beginning to talk with embarrassment and fear about their experiences of being the target of their child’s physical and emotional aggression and violence in their homes. I would like to talk today about the nature and extent of child to parent violence and suggest a clear definition of child to parent violence for anyone working with children and families. There are some obstacles in practice that prevent the recognition and development of effective responses to child to parent violence and I would like us to think about this and about how to dissolve these barriers to detection and intervention. I would also like to use an outline case example from my work with families and during this case example I will suggest the Non Violent Resistance Programme (Omer 2004; Weinblatt & Omer 2008) as one innovative response to the problem of child to parent violence.
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