Hi, I’m Brenda Mclackland, a clinical psychologist specialising in relationships between parents or carers and babies or children.
I have had a twenty five year career in the NHS, mainly working as a Perinatal Clinical Psychologist. I worked with parents to be and parents up to the child’s first birthday helping them to bond with their baby. Many people who find this difficult have had problems in their own lives, often their childhood. Once these are resolved bonding is much easier.
I have also spent the last ten years supporting Foster Carers and Adopters.
In 2009 I drew on my experience in both roles to develop Comfort Zone, an approach to help parents bond with their baby.
I was born in Wallsend on Tyneside. Years later I returned to the neighbourhood where I had lived as a child, to work as a Clinical Psychologist with parents and babies! When I was little, women were mainly involved with looking after babies, but by the time I returned men were involved too.
McLackland, B., Community Practitioner 88(5);37-40
McLackland, B., Every Child Journal Vol 3.6 n www.teachingtimes.com p18-24.
McLackland, B., Channon, S., Fowles, K., Jones, L., Community Practitioner 86(4); 24-27.
Comfort Zone for Children Scale
McLackland, B., Kingdom of Northumbria, UK.
What factors differentiate long-stay psychiatric inpatients who are judged suitable for nurse staffed homes, staffed hostels, homes for the elderly, and more independent accommodation?
McLackland, B. M., Griffiths, R. D., Pryce, I. G., Gentry, R. M., & Talbot, I. C. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal Vol 20(2) Oct 1996, 45-49.
How important is the Assessment of Social Skills in Current Long-Stay In-patients?
Pryce, I. G., Griffiths, R. D., Gentry, R. M., Hughes, I.C.T., Montague, L.R., Watkins, S.E., Champney-Smith,J., and McLackland,B., British Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 498-502.
An estimation of the services required for long stay psychiatric inpatients if they were relocated in the community
Griffiths, R. D., Pryce, I. G., Gentry, R.D., Hughes, I.C.T., Montague, L.R., Watkins, S.E., Champney-Smith,J., and McLackland,B., Journal of Mental Health,1,343-351.
The nature and severity of disabilities in long-stay psychiatric inpatients in South Glamorgan
Pryce, I. G., Griffiths, R. D., Gentry, R. M., Hughes, I.C.T., Montague, L.R., Watkins, S.E., Champney-Smith,J., and McLackland,B., British Journal of Psychiatry,148, 1-11.
The long stay psychiatric patient as consumer
Hughes, I. C. T., McLackland, B., Oles G. S., Pryce, I. G., Griffiths, R. D., Psychiatric Bulletin,15,662-663.