Maladaptive behaviours

Audience Specialist school staff, Specialist college staff, Social workers, Foster carers
Course Level 4
Hours 20

Learning criteria

  • Explain how the attachment process in infancy promotes adaptive behaviour
  • Explain the impact of adolescence on adaptability
  • Consider three different types of self-harming behaviours: eating disorders
  • self-injuring and substance misuse
  • Explain the benefits which children and young people believe they may derive from self-harming behaviour.
  • Describe positive interventions in working with children and young people who self-harm
  • Analyse how adult responses to maladaptive behaviour can promote adaptiveness or reinforce harm
  • Explain how you can address discrimination and promote recovery

Learning outcomes

  • Understand how childhood trauma can lead to a range of self-harming behaviours
  • Be able to develop skills in working effectively with children and young people who harm themselves
  • Understand how systems & processes support recovery or reinforce harm