With two eminent authors and practitioners: Dr Tina Rae and Dr Margot Sunderland
This day offers delegates a wealth of take-away practical evidence-based strategies to teach children and teenagers ways to become stable under stress and to bounce back and keep going when things go wrong in their lives. The practical skills explored on the day will help children and teenagers to better manage anxiety and stress through sensory awareness; regulation of emotions, attention and acceptance of thoughts and feelings, and understanding of what is going on in their brains and bodies when they feel stress/distress. Presenters will also explain how to teach children and teenagers about the brain biochemistry of positive and negative emotions. This involves knowing how to trigger positive arousal chemicals through health-healing behaviours, when they are feeling anxious, angry or depressed. In this way children and teenagers feel far more in control of their lives, their mood states and their relationship with self and others.
In modern day society it is vital that child professionals have these interventions as part of their tool kit. Trauma and loss, pressures from school, social media and relationships can seem overwhelming to children and teenagers, often leading to health-harming behaviours and a deterioration in their ability to learn, to relate well to others and to enjoy life. The strategies, explored on this conference day will also help children and teenagers to build self-esteem, assertiveness, problem-solving skills and a reflective as opposed to reactive approach to life, all shown to improve mental health and wellbeing. Remarkably the ability to ‘think positive’ in a variety of ways also impacts on long-term physical health and longevity (Ong et al, 2017).
Dr Tina Rae
Tina is Academic and Professional Tutor at the University of East London. She has a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Education and a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Professional Educational Psychology. TIna has over 30 years experience working with children, adults and families in both clinical and educational contexts within local authorities and specialist educational services. Tina specialises in social, emotional and behavioural disorders and difficulties. She has undertaken research in the areas of engagement and disaffection with learning in young people, debriefing following critical incidents, attachment disorders, emotional wellbeing and the psychological assessment of young offenders. Tina is also a prolific author and has written extensively on topics such as wellbeing, attachment, emotional literacy, behavioural problems, anger and stress management, critical incidents, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, solution-focused brief therapy, loss and bereavement in young people, youth offending and social skills development. Tina is a member of SEBDA’s council and executive, the European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC) and a trustee of the Nurture Group Network (NGN). She is also on the editorial board of The International Journal of Nurture in Education and SEBDA’s journal Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.
Books relevant to this conference include: Building Positive Thinking Habits: Increasing Self-Confidence and Resilience in Young People through CBT, The Essential Guide to Mindfulness with Young People, Bouncing Back and Coping with Change: Building Emotional and Social Resilience in Young People Aged 9-14.
Speaker: Dr Margot Sunderland
Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health, London. Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Associate member of The Royal College of Medicine and Child Psychotherapist with over 30 years’ experience of working with children and teenagers. Author of over 20 books in the field of child mental health. What Every Parent Needs to Know (Dorling Kindersley) won First Prize in the British Medical Association Medical Book awards 2007 (Popular Medicine section). Originator of ‘Helping Where it Hurts’, a therapy programme for troubled children in North London schools.
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