University of Edinburgh

SSC Course 14: Attachment in the care of people with a visual and intellectual disability: theory and practice

Presented on Friday, 13th June, 2014

Courses evaluation summary

Number of Participants: 21
Number of Respondents: 20

Overall Assessment:

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Enhancement to your expertise


Content and supplementary material


How will you use what you have learned today?

Dissemination to other staff, further development of my own use of video and a better knowledge of the diagnosis of attachment disorders.
Enhancing the work with individuals - forming secure attachments and clarifying their needs.
Have a better understanding of attachment.
Share with class team and colleagues. Put into practice in class.
Having ongoing work with our ASN school which is working to look at these areas.
New ideas in terms of interventions for individuals, reinforcement of practice, share with colleagues.
This will help me support my pupils, parents/carers and my staff teams to better support and develop all of our learning but most of all my pupils.
I shall share this with my staff and parents. I will discuss and plan with class teams how to enhance attachment for our severe and complex pupils. I will ask our psychologist to think about training in the therapy role.
I feel a lot more confident in my knowledge and feel that it consolidated information I had learnt previously. I have also gained some links to research further and share knowledge with my colleagues.
Staff development team at school and to inform school improvement plan.
What I have learned today will inform my responses to information requests. I will also update colleagues with practise.
Cascade information to colleagues. Try to influence parents/carers and staff working with children who have ASN.
Circle of security when dealing with young people.
It will impact positively on what I do in class in future - I am more knowledgeable and I am more enthused about my job.
I would like to learn more about intervention strategies and introduce to the school.
Enhance the quality of advice and information to teachers & parents.
Outreach advice and support for own staff with our pupils.
Inform support and information given to parents and staff also.
Develop more interaction sessions.

How would you rate the following: Excellent = 1; Poor = 5

Clarity of presentation


Pacing of course/event


What was best about the course/event?

Video clips and handout notes which breaks everything down.
Useful video case studies to underline practice
The confidence of the presenter.
Confirmation that what I am doing is good practice.
Clips and relation to theory.
Excellent use of video - especially the therapy intervention.
Paula is fascinating to listen to! Her work is backed up by valid and valuable research with real children and young people which really helps me to relate this to my pupils.
At last - theory & how to support! Too often are given the theories with no practical and/or proven interventions.
The ease of conversation and discussions - a very knowledgeable lecturer as well as the supplementary material and further links for research.
Paula's delivery style.
Good mixture of talking, group role play and video resource.
The whole day - presentation of videos and Q & A's throughout.
Circle of security - information on this.
Everything - I find it so interesting and affirming. Thank you so much.
The expertise and wealth of knowledge shown by Paula.
The video clips created the context and exemplified the learning points very well
Opportunity to find out about the latest research in attachment and how to address difficulties.
The movies and the discussion.

What, if anything, could have been improved about the course?

The part before lunch was a bit rushed.
Much more focus on VI. Could have shown one or two images of male carers - a real issue these days, with feminisation of the workforce and the gradual elimination of good male role models.
I just wanted to hear more and more.
Better ventilation. (2)
Nothing it was all interesting and riveting in some parts.
Abbreviations could have been explained for people who have no previous knowledge of info being given. The course came to a good natural end around 3.25 but lecturer continued and repeated info, I felt it went on too long.
Aware no voiceover on video clips for VI attendees.
Part 2!

How did you hear about this course?

Course leaflet/mailshot/SSC email:9
Co-ordinator/Line Manager: 2
SSC eBulletin: 3
SSC Website: 1
Other: Employee Found: 1

What other CPD training would you like the SSC to provide?

Assessment of CVI.
Practicalities of storage of items for sensory stories and how stored stories can be used by different persons i.e. a very specific course on aspect of sensory stories.
More on therapy interventions - would love to hear the VI research from Paula!
CVI implications.
CPD valuable for those working with children with complex needs is very hard to find. This type of CPD is invaluable to those of us working in this sector.
Do you provide inhouse CPD?
Deafblind training. (2)
If there is ever attachment training I would like to be involved.
Courses for parents - cost would be an issue however.
Early intervention.
Visual stimulation.
Communication for MDVI pupils.