"Brilliant day... want to come to all of them!" "Very focussed on interventions and working creatively." "Margot was wonderful as always!"
Helping children with feelings is about opening up their capacity to take in comfort. (Schore, 2005)
This day is designed to equip professionals with vital counselling tools and techniques to help children and teenagers to talk about their feelings and engage in meaningful conversations about their lives. As a result of these conversations, children and teenagers can develop the capacity to reflect, as opposed to managing their feelings in damaging ways, hurting self and/or others. Arguably, anyone working with children and teenagers needs these counselling skills otherwise too many troubled children will go unhelped. Research shows that at home over two thirds of parent-child conversation is about daily routine, and at school far too many children feel that the painful events in their lives outside the school gates go unnoticed.
People often fail to take on board the fact that children and teenagers suffer from troubled feelings just as much as adults and that ‘Childhood is rarely the happiest period in someone’s life’ (Valerie Sinason, 2009). Painful feelings don’t just go away; instead they need to be talked about and ‘worked through’ with an adult who can help the child/teenager make sense of their experiences, empathise and understand, and modify the pain. Without counselling in childhood or the teenage years, long-term emotional baggage carried through into adult life is often the result, blighting work, life and relationships.
Help children and teenagers to reflect on their negative feelings rather than behave them and to communicate through words rather than destructive or negative acts
Learn how to have a therapeutic conversation with a child/teenager and parent/child in ways that develop the capacity for emotional regulation and mentalisation
Watch moving film showing how time with a reflective adult can bring about long-term positive change to a child’s/teenager’s brain and mind
Learn ways of talking about feelings with children and teenagers so that they can take on board the emotional complexities of a situation
Learn ways of connecting with even the most defended child/teenager so that profound personal development takes place
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.
Who Should Attend? Anyone who wants to be able to offer healing conversations to children and teenagers including behaviour and learning support staff, early learning centres, teachers and teaching assistants, social workers, counsellors, therapists, CAMHS workers, residential care workers, learning mentors, health visitors, educational psychologists, day-care providers, nursery workers, therapists, staff in secure settings, youth offending team workers, youth workers, carers, foster, adoptive, and birth parents.
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The Centre for Child Mental Health’ and send to: The Centre for Child Mental Health, 2-18 Britannia Row, Islington, London N1 8PA
Conference Days cost £174.00 (all include a complementary buffet lunch). Training Days cost £150.00 (lunch not included) Half Day lectures cost £75 Courses please see individual course information
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