The Reflective Fostering Programme-Adapting a group parenting programme for online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom

Redfern, Sheila, Pursch, Benita, Katangwe-Chigamba, Thando, Sopp, Rumour, Irvine, Karen, Sprecher, Eva A., Schwaiger, Theresa and Midgley, Nick (2023) The Reflective Fostering Programme-Adapting a group parenting programme for online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom. Psychology and Psychotherapy.

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Abstract

Objective: In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown restrictions, service providers faced significant challenges in delivering programmes to support their vulnerable service users. Foster carers-an already often isolated group of caregivers - were offered an adapted remote-delivery model of the Reflective Fostering Programme (Redfern et al., Adopt. Foster., 42, 2018, 234) from March 2020. Method: This paper outlines the adaptation process of the original programme to online-remote delivery and describes the feedback from participants in the programme. Results: The adaptation of the Reflective Fostering programme to online, remote delivery had both strengths and weaknesses - including wider access to foster carers who might struggle to attend in person and challenge a to maintaining a Mentalizing space online and ensuring confidentiality within a therapeutic space. The programme was overwhelmingly well received by foster carers in this format. Conclusions: There are opportunities and challenges in the delivery of online therapeutic services, particularly those with a group format. This paper contributes initial reflections to what we hope will be a rapidly developing literature on best practice of supporting group services in an online format.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: adverse childhood experiences,group psychotherapy,mentalization,parenting,qualitative research,developmental and educational psychology,clinical psychology,arts and humanities (miscellaneous),psychiatry and mental health ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3200/3204
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2023 04:37
Last Modified: 22 Nov 2023 04:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/93699
DOI: 10.1111/papt.12497

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