"Brilliant conferece... Dan is great at storytelling and getting the message across through his obvious experience and love for the job." (delegates, 10 Nov 2018)
In this deeply moving and highly informative presentation, famous clinician Dr Dan Hughes will address how to help children and young people who have been catastrophically let down, hurt and/or betrayed by the people who are supposed to care for them. Some then switch off from the world of people, move into cold, cut off states, re-victimising others as they themselves have been treated. Others retreat into a solitary world preferring to relate to technology than to people. Sadly ‘blocked trust,’ often leads to other people disliking these children, being frightened of them getting angry with them or giving up on them, just the responses these children know so well.
Dr Dan Hughes will address how to relate to a child, what to say or how to be to enable them to make that essential shift from blocked trust to trust, from avoidant or disorganised attachment to secure attachment. Dan will offer theory, practice and moving case material to show how to reach out to children who don't want to feel, to get close to anyone, and who often treat people who want to help with contempt.
Film footage will be used to illustrate how these children can be offered sanctuary, playfulness and ultimately a re- engagement with life as a privileged adventure rather than a living nightmare.
Benefits from attending this conference
Learn how to recognise when a child or teenager has adopted an extreme defence or destructive way of being in relationships and in the world as a way of coping with a deeply painful past
Understand why children decide that it hurts too much to feel and why then contempt, control and violence are so appealing
Learn how to emotionally regulate you in order to emotionally regulate them in the face of the most provocative, hurtful, shocking interactions
Learn how to forge transforming connections with children and teenagers who push you away, make you very angry with them, frightened of them or feel like giving up on them
Learn what to say and how to be to help angry children feel sad and grieve their painful past
Understand how a child or teenager can be enabled to move from blocked trust and controlling behaviour to the desire to seek solace, comfort and joyful encounter
Speaker: Dr Dan Hughes
Dr Dan Hughes has achieved international acclaim for his profoundly transformative therapeutic work with the most troubled and traumatised children and young people. Dan’s empathic way of relating to children and young people can bring about major changes often in a few sessions. He is a Clinical Psychologist and author of many books including Building the Bonds of Attachment - Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children and Principles of Attachment-Focused Parenting. He has decades of ground-breaking and profoundly moving clinical practice with very traumatised adolescents who have moved into violence.
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