University of Oviedo
University Professor in Psychosocial Intervention in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oviedo.
Her research activity is part of the Family and Children Research Group (GIFI), where she is a deputy director. The Group has been doing work closely linked to the professional practice of family and children’s social services. In recent years, the lines of research have been focused on the evaluation and intervention of the emotional and behavioral problems of the population in child protection homes, as well as the evaluation of therapeutic residential care programs and evidence-based programs.
“Therapeutic intervention in young people in foster care homes – needs and intervention model”
International research and, more recently, several national studies have shown the high rate of emotional and behavioral problems presented by children and adolescents in foster care. It is not only important to enhance the detection and evaluation of these needs, but also to develop intervention approaches that adopt a therapeutic character capable of promoting the resilience and adequate development of this population. The search for an adequate balance between educational and therapeutic intervention is one of the most important challenges of the current protection system. It is not only about promoting the creation of support resources that facilitate coverage of mental health needs, but also about enhancing skills in educational teams to handle increasingly complex situations and needs, coordination and supervision strategies and, ultimately, strategies that allow creating a therapeutic, healing environment in the context of foster care. To this end, the implementation of evidence-based programs, based on models that have proven to be effective in promoting the resilience of young people in foster care, is set up as a fundamental strategy for child protection systems.