"Ellie is an outstanding trainer and a truly inspirational person. Everytime I see her talk I feel like it changes my life a little bit."
About the day
Many of the following conversational topics will be covered:
The principles of ensuring it's a conversation not a row
Conversations about loss, transitions and major life changes
Conversations about sexuality and transgender issues
Conversations about messing up in a big way (teenagers)
Conversations about anger, rage and hating people and parents
Conversations about anxiety, fear, worry
Conversations about living with parents with a mental health problem
Conversations about lying/stealing
Conversations about hopelessness/depression and suicidal ideation
Conversations about destructive behaviour and self harm
Conversations about bullying and cyberbullying
Conversations about social media and use of technology
Conversations about parents fighting quarrelling or splitting up
Conversations about sexual abuse
When faced with a child’s or teenager’s pain and suffering it can be difficult to know how to respond. How do you avoid being patronising, crass, dismissive? How do you stop yourself giving an unhelpful lecture or moving into misplaced optimism, opening up a can of worms and generally making things worse?
This topic based day will give child professionals and parents alike a wealth of resources to empower them to respond in ways that really help, leaving the child/teenager feeling deeply understood and supported. Moreover, as a result of repeated meaningful conversations like this, children and teenagers can then develop the capacity to reflect on things themselves (rather than just react), and in so doing successfully work through whatever life throws at them. This way they can go on to thrive, rather than growing up with the blight of mental ill-health.
If we don’t help children through therapeutic conversations, we will continue to see the epidemic levels of mental ill-health and human misery in society today
Benefits from attending this conference
Become more confident in addressing difficult subjects
Take away a wealth of skills for talking about the child’s or teenager’s experiences of trauma or loss
Feel far more skilled in what to say, how to attune and empathise so that the child or teenager feels understood and connected to
Understand ways to not take things personally when the going gets tough but to stay reflective rather than reactive under stress
Speaker: Ellie Baker
UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist. Educational Consultant and Trainer (Masters Degree programme in Child Psychotherapy, Adolescent Counselling and Emotional Literacy). 28 years of experience in the field of Education and Emotional Literacy, Psychotherapy and Psychology working with adults, adolescents and children. Psychotherapeutic work in hospitals, schools, private practise and for Parenting Groups and Art Therapy Groups. Founder of 'HeartSpace' (Holistic, Education and Art Related Therapies). Principal Trainer for Headstart Kernow (Big Lottery Project to promote emotional wellbeing in schools). Chair for The Centre for Child Mental Health. Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice.