María José Rodrigo López
University of la Laguna, Spain

Quality assurance in the care of children, adolescents and families from the Positive Parenting approach.

Participants: María José Rodrigo; Enrique Arranz; Victoria Hidalgo; María Luisa Máiquez; Ana Pizarro Carmona; Maria Angels Balsells; Juan Carlos Martín Quintana; Raquel Amaya Martínez; M. Ángeles Espinosa.

The Positive Parenting approach stems from Recommendation Rec (2006) 19 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to member states on policies to support positive parenting.  Positive Parenting is an integrative approach that allows reflection on the family in today's society and its important role in the protection of children's rights, while developing practical recommendations on how to articulate support for families in the professional sphere. Its growing impact on family policies in Spain has been possible thanks to a collaboration scheme between the Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 and the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces with the support of a group of experts from seven Spanish universities. The current focus of this collaboration is on increasing quality assurance in the care provided to children, adolescents and families. This symposium echoes this by presenting several contributions that report on the progress made in the development of evidence-based best practice guidelines and the interprofessional competencies required to carry them out. For this purpose, in addition to the description of these guides, empirical studies are presented which show the progress in quality assurance, both in social services and entities as well as in psychoeducational and community family support programs implemented in Spain, as well as the future challenges to be addressed.

Professor of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of La Laguna. Director (2008-2020) of the Master in Family, Social and Community Intervention and Mediation of the University of La Laguna and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. Director of the Doctoral Program in Psychology at the University of La Laguna (2014-2020). Member of the Institute of Neurosciences (IUNE) of the University of La Laguna. Past President of the European Association of Developmental Psychology (2005-2014). Honorary member since 2010 of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) for outstanding contributions to psychological science. Expert for the Spanish Ministry of Social Rights and Agenda 2030 and FEMP to promote preventive and evidence-based approaches to Positive Parenting. She has focused on evidence-based positive parenting programs for families in psychosocial risk circumstances, with numerous international and national publications. With her team she has designed, implemented and evaluated parenting education programs in face-to-face, distance and mixed modalities aimed at families using social services and primary health care centers, which are applied in Spain, Portugal and Brazil. Dr. Rodrigo has a second line of research with two topics: a) the study of the neurological, epigenetic and personality bases of maternal insensitivity to infant signals; and b) the study of the neural networks activated in the risky decision making of adolescents in social contexts and in young people with judicial measures.



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