This day offers delegates vital knowledge on ways teenagers and children make themselves deeply unhappy by activities and ways of connecting with people that initially promise so much. Presenters will explore the initial excitement and thrill of social media for example, which then for young people often leads to terrible feelings of humiliation, shame, being left out or utter loneliness. Other presenters will similarly look at the ‘promise then the pain' of self-harm, drugs, alcohol, or taking the decision to eat very little.
From this base point, presenters will discuss how adults can support children and teenagers to make better choices and yet still enjoy the delights and thrills of life. There will be exploration of vital relational interventions, and also accessible psychology to give to teenagers on how to ensure their emotional well-being in the digital age. There will also be exploration of how to address painful feelings rather than trying to escape them through the brain biochemical promise of alcohol, drugs or self-harm. Through psycho-education, which teenagers usually find fascinating, there can be vital lessons to be learnt about how to change painful brain chemicals into positive chemicals through 'people rather than pills'. In short delegates will learn about health-healing alternatives which offer children and teenagers real change in their lives and ways of being. This includes knowing how to trigger positive arousal neuro-chemicals through activities such as meditation, mindfulness, exercise, accompanied music, helping troubled young children, and reflecting on their life in creative ways.
Catherine Knibbs is an author, published and leading researcher in the UK around the topic of cybertrauma. She is a blogger, vlogger and podcaster. She writes for the largest UK e-safety companies, including a national newsletter #DITTO that goes directly into schools, she presents at National and International conferences including NSPCC, and has presented at ACTIO (leading online counselling organisation), Confer and other leading Psychotherapy Organisations around this topic. She has been on Shrink Rap Radio and Trauma Therapist podcasts in the US (alongside names such as Dan Siegel). She is BACP (Accred) and UKCP MSc Child & Adult Psychotherapist. She’s also a mum to two adolescent/adult boys, runs a trauma practice and has a private practice too. She is currently writing a second book. She has a great self care routine and ‘biohacks’ to ensure she is performing optimally for herself and her clients.
Phoebe McIndoe is a Producer/Presenter at the RAP Project. In addition to researching key studies and articles relevant to our work, she is presenting, producing our social media content, and fulfilling her passion as a talented writer by crafting blogs and podcasts. Phoebe graduated from Warwick University with a First in English and Creative Writing. She has worked as a teacher in rural, Western Uganda and in Siping, China. Following university, Phoebe volunteered with community centres in the Midlands, offering writing programmes to isolated and vulnerable adults. She worked with Depression Alliance organising and overseeing depression support groups and researching cross-cultural attitudes towards Depression. In 2017, she joined RAP presenting talks and running social media campaigns. Recently she represented RAP at the Durex-sponsored Sexual Rights Conference organised for National Human Rights Day at the UCL Centre of Gender and Global Health. She is talented communicator with a wealth of knowledge on teenagers and social media and brings a youthful perspective to teenagers on the perils and pleasures of social media, its influence on their attitudes, body image and expectations.
Deana Puccio is a former Senior Assistant District Attorney from New York City. She worked in the Sex Crimes/Special Victims Unit of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. As a sex crimes prosecutor, she worked on cases involving adults, teenagers and child victims. She then worked as a law secretary to a Supreme Court Judge in Brooklyn before moving to London in 2001. During her time in the UK, she taught US law at Holborn College in London. She attended New York University, where she received her undergraduate degree in Political Science, her Master’s Degree from The Graduate School of Political Management at, The George Washington University and her Juris Doctorate Degree from The City University of New York Law School at Queens College. Deana brings real experience & legal expertise to the students, detailing the law and sharing case studies which Rap’s audience finds exceptionally easy, if uncomfortable, to relate to. Through her work with The RAP Project, she has appeared as an expert commentator on various panels. Deana is co-author of Sex, Likes and Social Media: Talking to our teens in the digital age.
David Taransaud is a psychotherapeutic counsellor, consultant, author, and trainer with over 15 years experience working with challenging youth. He currently works as the Therapeutic Team Lead at Chaigeley Educational Foundation in Warrington.
Author of You Think I’m Evil: Practical strategies for working with rebellious and aggressive adolescents (2010) I, Monster: Positive ways of working with challenging teens through understanding the adolescent within us’ (2016) and The Rage for Life (2017), a resource for therapists, counsellors and other educational and social care professionals working with young people who have experienced abuse or witnessed domestic violence. David also works as a foreign consultant in Karachi (Pakistan) and travelled to Kitgum (Uganda) where he independently set up an Art Therapy service in an orphanage for former child soldiers and young people affected by conflict and trauma. His travel journal, ‘Kitgum’s Orphans; Invisible Wounds’ was entered in the Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA 2013). An international documentary and educational impact media award honoring members in the independent film and global humanitarian industry. It can be can be watched on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/54758687.
An interview with David Taransaud in The Guardian (October 2016): More information
Dr Jody Walshe Educational and Child Psychologist working in an outer London borough. Jody completed her doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology at the University of East London. Consultant Psychologist providing consultations for foster carers and supervising social workers with the Compass Community as part of their REACH approach. Tutor on the University of East London Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme. Previously worked as a teacher, learning support assistant and tutor with young people from 5-19 years. The focus of much of her work looked at anxiety and mental health issues in school settings. Her doctoral research explored the experiences, perceptions and training needs of secondary school staff working with self-harm. Jody presents on a wide range of subjects, recent topics for speaking engagements include: CBT, techniques to support the emotional development of children and young people, staff resilience and well-being, self-harm, anxiety, eating disorders, attachment in the classroom, self-esteem and staying safe online. Jody’s publications include: Understanding and Prevention Self-Harm in Schools: Effective Strategies for Identifying Risk and Providing Support (with Dr Tina Rae), The Essential Guide To Mindfulness With Young People (with Dr Tina Rae and Dr Jo Wood), The Teen Toolkit (co-authoring 6 of the 20 sessions on sexual identity, drugs and health, mindfulness, self-harm, coping with difference, managing stress).