Thinking about Children, Young People and Adults with Learning Disabilities: A Work Discussion Seminar

  • Commencing on Tuesday12 January 2021 at 18:30
  • A series of 10 online seminars, weekly on Tuesdays
  • Lasting approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes

The seminars take place on the online meeting platform Zoom OR if you are unable to use Zoom because of organisational guidelines we are able to offer Microsoft Teams instead.  Please indicate in the booking form which platform you can use.

Zoom is easy to use on your laptop, PC, tablet or phone and you will be sent all the information you need from the tutors beforehand.  This includes a password for the online meeting space in order to respect the privacy of the clinical material being discussed (see programme below).

Who’s it for

This is beneficial for those working with children young people and adults with learning disabilities, such as: social workers, residential staff, care staff, teachers, support staff, counsellors , specialist nurses and other clinicians working in specialist learning difficulties teams and people working in the voluntary sector.

Seminar leader

Annie Baikie


People with learning difficulties have often experienced separation and loss, trauma and some have experienced deprivation or abuse.  Others have physical difficulties, ill health, challenging behaviours, life shortening and degenerative conditions all of which can impact on their emotional health. Lack of resources, change of staff and carers alongside societal attitudes including discrimination all add to the emotional challenges that people with learning disabilities face every day.

Those working with children, young people and adults or caring for them are often on the receiving end of powerful emotional experiences. Reflecting and thinking about our emotional experiences as workers can allow us to find helpful ways to understand the impact of traumatic experiences on these children’s /adult’s emotional and personality development and on their relationships.

This series of 10 online seminars are designed to provide an opportunity for a range of professionals working with children and adults to think about the challenges that the children and adults face and the challenges that they pose for those working and caring for them.

The seminars focus on gaining understanding of some of the dilemmas which confront the children/adults and their families as well as the how this might impact on those working with them.

Psychoanalytic theory is used to throw light on the complex issues that often arise for children, young people and adults and in the context of therapeutic relationships. We will also consider contemporary disability writings. 

Seminar structure
  • Participants are expected to record a discrete piece of current work written in the first person which includes the seminar member’s own actions and comments as well as those of the child, young person or carer. Note that you should anonymise the information you share (e.g. do not use real names).
  • Each participant will have one opportunity to present current material for discussion which involves the exploration of presented material.
  • There will be three seminars that will introduce some reading for discussion the reading material will be sent out in advance.

It is hoped that through this process, participants will be able to think together, to reflect on some of the issues often faced, and to gain a different perspective on the work.

NB This is not intended to replace work-based supervision, nor is this ‘individual supervision’ in the presence of others.


£160 for all 10 seminars

Course limit
  • 7 participants
  • Please note that spaces are limited to a certain number of participants to ensure an enhanced learning experience for everyone.
  • Closing date for bookings is Friday 11 December.
About the seminar leader
Annie Baikie

Annie Baikie is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist, trained at the Tavistock Clinic. For nineteen years, she worked in NHS Grampian specialising in the areas of LAC and Learning disability alongside teaching at HDS.

She contributed a chapter to the book; “Unexpected Gains; Psychotherapy with People with Learning Disabilities” edited by D Simpson and L Miller; Tavistock Clinic Series 2004

She recently retired from the NHS, but continues to teach, supervise and lecture in affiliation with Human Development Scotland and a range of other organisations. She has a small private practice.

Refund policy
  • A cancellation can be made up to 4 weeks before the event and a full refund will be issued. 
  • After this date, a refund cannot be processed, unless under exceptional circumstances.
  • No refund will be issued for non-attendance.
  • We can accept substitute delegates at any time, although sufficient notice should be given where possible.

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