This course is a new initiative designed for those who support those who suffer from the impact of memory impairment. Cognitive memory impairment can have an impact affecting relationships, education, employment and emotion.
Relationships – families may harbour misconceptions becoming totally isolated for fear of public reaction. Understanding should form a prominent part of the treatment programme with provision of accurate information and support.
Education – memory disturbances affect language related skills, teachers and parent expectations and misconceptions can sometimes cause absence from school, low self-esteem and anxiety due to stress.
Employment – feelings of low self-identity and worth cam make paid employment become increasingly unobtainable.
Emotion – coping psychologically varies considerably and interventions aimed at encouraging adaptive coping strategies can help reduce anxiety and depression and promote positive lifestyle changes.
This course involves participants in identifying and maximizing the strengths of the memory capacity that they have and developing a personal action plan to get the most out of it.
This course attempts to provide practice guidance for those working with homeless people in a variety of settings. It is led by Dr Phil Robinson and draws heavily on his book, ‘Working with Young Homeless People’, published by Jessica Kingsley, in 2008. It utilises the views and insights of young homeless people themselves, gathered through a small-scale research project sponsored by Quarriers, the Scottish social care charity, woven together with a distillation of the experience of the author and many of his colleagues in these services from the professional viewpoint. It is hoped that the course will prove illuminating for all who wish to learn more about the largely hidden world of youth homelessness and what can be done about it.
This course addresses the following issues: