The Toxic Trio

This course looks at the problems families face when parenting capacity is affected by Mental Health, Domestic Abuse and also Substance Misuse Issues.
Course Information

Course Information

The Toxic Trio

1 day

Course Overview

This course develops the understanding and skills needed to work with children and families who are experiencing difficulties due to one or more of the toxic trio - Mental Health, Domestic Abuse and Substance Misuse Issues.


The course will help participants:

  • To consider the stigma that can be attached to mental illness and what professionals can do to support.
  • To consider mental health in terms of the ‘family dynamic’ - the impact on the family, the families strengths, difficulties and building resilience.
  • To have an increased understanding of the link between parental mental health and child protection. The impact on the child, building resilience and exploring some tools for practice.
  • To consider issues in assessing parenting capacity. What questions to ask, identifying risk factors and when to flag the concerns. The competing needs, co-morbidity, working with other agencies and professionals.
  • To consider the legislative framework
  • To consider the practice tools for formulating assessments and identifying needs.
  • Exploring the challenges for meeting needs in order to support children within their own families from a practice base and strategic perspective.
  • Develop an understanding of dependence on substances and the impact of substance misuse on parental functions.
  • Explore the possible impacts of substance misuse on child welfare and development within the Common Assessment Framework.
  • To gain an understanding of how to support children and young people who are affected by parental substance misuse.
  • To understand the use of processes of inter-agency working and information sharing.
  • Understand definition of ‘domestic violence’, myths and stereotypes.
  • Consider research on domestic violence.
  • Understand impact of domestic violence on women and children and strategies for working effectively with families where domestic violence is an issue.
  • Explore political, cultural and economic reasons why women stay in violent relationships.

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