Negotiating sibling separation: A study of a method of group work with siblings in the adoption process and organisational responses

Comfort, Jill (2018) Negotiating sibling separation: A study of a method of group work with siblings in the adoption process and organisational responses. Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Full text available

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Abstract

This was a study of the author’s practice innovation in therapeutic social work with siblings in permanency planning that started in 2009 and continues. Clinical and research supervision of the unfolding project facilitated a reflexive deepening and conceptualisation of the processes involved producing the practice model which this thesis introduces. The practice intervention focused on the relational and emotional needs of sibling groups of children who all faced the inevitability of transition and potential separation from their own siblings. The research process involved three key aspects: thematic analysis of data arising from the author’s group work with the children; conceptualisation of the author’s role as a boundary spanner, and the use of transformational conversations which contributed to changes in policy and organizational ways of thinking. This thesis was underpinned by a psychoanalytic exploration of sibling relationships, group work and child centered play therapy leading to the development of a new form of practice for which the term Sibling-Centred Social Work is proposed.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: Thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London in collaboration with the Tavistock Clinic for the award of Professional Doctorate in Social Work
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Doctorate in Social Care, D60
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Children and Families - Social Work
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adoption & Fostering- Social Welfare
Families > Siblings
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1901

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