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Talks at Twelve: James Anglin, Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Dealing with Pain and Complexity in the Struggle to Serve the Child’s Best Interests
James Anglin, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, B.C.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
Beebe Hall, 2nd floor conference room

Lunch will be served. This talk is open to all.

Dr. Anglin coined the term “pain-based behavior” in order to counteract misunderstandings and misguided reactions to children in residential care. Responding effectively to children’s psycho-emotional pain, as well as to the triggering of their own secondary pain, is a central challenge for careworkers. Recent research by Dr. Anglin on the implementation of the Cornell CARE Program Model has highlighted the importance of adult development at all staff levels in child welfare agencies – front line, supervisory, and management.

Findings suggest that in order to be truly responsive to the needs and interests of the young people in care, agencies need to recognize the complexity of carework and actively support shifts in staff mindsets. The recent work of Robert Kegan on adult mindset development appears to offer useful insights into this process.

Following his presentation, Dr. Anglin will invite an active dialogue on these issues, and implications for education, training, organizational development, and further research.

Jim Anglin began his career as a child and youth care worker in a mental health center in Vancouver after which he developed a 6-bed group home for adolescents in Victoria. He then pursued graduate studies, worked in social policy in Ottawa and with the Children’s Services Division, Government of Ontario, in Toronto. Returning to B.C. in 1979, he joined the faculty of the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria where he is a full Professor and former Director.

His recent research interests have focused on a re-appreciation of residential care for children and youth (see “Pain, Normality and the Struggle for Congruence: Reinterpreting Residential Care for Children and Youth” (Haworth, 2002). Currently, he is involved in researching the implementation of the CARE Program Model with colleagues from the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research.

He has published in North American and international journals and child welfare texts on a variety of child and youth care issues. He is on the editorial boards of Child and Youth Services, International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, and Reclaiming Youth at Risk.

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