Inside Out Professional Development

Our team has been busy attending various training courses and conferences this term, in line with our mission to stay fresh in our thinking and evidence-based in our approaches.
Here’s a snap shot of a few:


Beyond Working Memory – Executive Functions for Learning.

We all attended this conference that made its way to Perth last week. A line up of fantastic presenters excited us with their unique research, practical techniques and approaches. The headline speaker was Dr Joni Holmes – Senior Investigator Scientist at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK. Joni’s presentation was about better understanding the 15% of our school population who are recognised as having special educational needs. Why do some children struggle to learn? Joni’s research into the various aspects of our memory systems helps to identify where children struggle most – their working memory.  This is the ability to hold onto information in the here and now, and manipulate it to answer questions and complete tasks. Thinking about how we can boost our children’s “mental workspaces” is central to good teaching and therapy.


Zero to Three’s: DC:0-5 ™ Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood Training.

Lisa Adeney recently attended this two day training looked at the three main diagnostic classification systems (ICD 10 and DSM V), and how the DC:0-5 multiaxial system looks further into infant and early childhood mental health to assist in case formulation- i.e. working out what is impacting on the child’s mental health. The DC: 0-5 system is the latest revision of Zero to Three’s diagnostic classification and assessment system. It is comprehensive and aims to look at all areas of the child’s life including their development, physical health, environment and relationships – essential for intervention and treatment planning.


When Children Won’t Eat: Picky Eaters versus Problem Feeders: Assessment and Treatment using the SOS Approach to Feeding

Lisa Cooper and Kylin are delighted to have attended the recent 4-day workshop on the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to Feeding.   Founder Dr Kay Toomey, PhD Paediatric Psychologist and Occupational Therapist Bethany Kortsha – travelled all the way from Colorado USA to share this nationally and internationally recognised program.  SOS is a transdisciplinary approach, designed to address the complexity of feeding problems using a whole-child approach.   It embraces a natural and graded approach in developing a child’s feeding skills and acknowledges the child’s ability to lead this.  Inside Out has a growing team of therapists accredited in the SOS Approach – providing assessment and treatment of infants and children with feeding difficulties and feeding disorders.  For more information on this program and whether it could assist your family, please call or send an email to:


Circle of Security Parenting Training

We continue to have our clinicians trained in in this valuable therapy approach, and Kylin has enjoyed this recent 4-day course.

A bit about the approach…

Circle of Security® aims at supporting and strengthening parent-child relationships by providing a clear map to reflect on our own needs as parents and to better understand and respond to our child’s emotional world. It helps parents identify strengths whilst making sense of difficult behaviours, emotional difficulties and relationship needs.

Underpinning the Circle of Security® approach is each child’s innate need to feel safe and secure – emotionally connected. And that a child’s behaviour is often driven by this need for emotional connection. The ‘circle’ encourages parents to support their child in exploration, welcome their coming back and being strong, available and kind – the hands on the circle. It is through “being with” our children in times of need and in all their feelings that sets their foundation for self-regulation. And it is through “good enough” parenting that our children are happier, healthier and more secure.