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May 20, 2017 10:00 am until May 20, 2017 5:00 pm

CCMH, 2-18 Britannia Row, London N1 8PA, UK




A mere 30% of teenagers in the UK struggling with emotional and behavioral problems, receive any form of intervention or treatment. The other 70% simply struggle through the pain/emotional turmoil, doing their best to make it to adulthood. 50% of all mental ill-health shows up by the age of fourteen.

This conference will explore cutting-edge evidence-based interventions that reach out of the box in terms of enabling deeply troubled teenagers to turn their lives around. The day, enriched throughout with fascinating case material and film footage, will resource parents and professionals in practical ways to empower teenagers to develop emotionally, socially and intellectually and to move on from the emotional baggage of their past.

All the presenters are published authors and involved in, or originators of, deeply moving interventions that work. The interventions include: powerful attachment with key adults, specific life-changing conversations when teenagers reach rock bottom, school interventions bringing out the entrepreneur in disaffected teenagers, teenagers helping troubled toddlers alongside psychological education for themselves, and supporting adults and parents to stay emotionally regulated in the face of the most provocative and difficult teenage behaviour.

Delegates will take away a wealth of new ideas and practical tools and techniques to apply to their work with teenagers. In addition, the day will offer essential resources for professionals to have therapeutic conversations with the parents of teenagers, as well as with the teenagers themselves.

Benefits from attending this conference

  • Take away a feast of tools and techniques of what to say and how to be with troubled teenagers
  • Understand the latest brain science research and psychology relevant to adolescent development
  • Understand how a teenager’s attachment patterns play a key role in their development
  • Take away an easy-to-use assessment tool for teenage development to be used to diagnose and set a formal or informal treatment plan
  • Learn how key adults in the teenager’s life need to relate to the teenager to ensure emotional and social health


Darren Abrahams and Claire Webster

Darren Abrahams 


Darren is singer, trainer, social entrepreneur and coach and is the creator of many programmes designed to expand the potential of individuals and organisations. He works internationally as a facilitator and project leader in the fields of creativity, music and trauma, arts and community, social entrepreneurship and personal development. Darren is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (trauma therapist), a Brainspotter, a Sound Healer and a Certified High Performance Coach. He is also co-founder of the School Bus Project, a new charity bringing education to refugees and displaced people across the world, primarily focused on the Jungle camp outside Calais, France. More information:

Claire Webster 


Claire initially qualified in Graphic Design and was employed in the International Magazine industry for 15 years. Subsequently as Business Development Manager in the field of e-learning, she participated in the development and adaptation of eLearning tools. Claire is an experienced Teacher of Business, Enterprise and Technology and currently Director of Entrepreneurship at Brighton Aldridge Community Academy (BACA). Having achieved an MA in Coaching, since September 2014 Claire has been building the Team Academy project at BACA linking students, teachers, employers and mentors with the objective to embed the Foundation’s entrepreneurial attributes and skills to Lifelong learning.

Em Farrell


Integrative Psychotherapist, Supervisor, Teacher and Eating Disorder Specialist. Em first trained as a counsellor when she was a university student. She has worked with eating disordered patients since she set up a Centre for Eating Disorders in 1989. She worked with over 200 bulimic and anorectic patients using CBT and massage therapy to help them. She worked for several years as the on-line columnist for eating disorders and body image problems for Psychologies Magazine. She ran short courses on Eating Disorders for psychotherapists and counsellors across London and the UK including offering a certificate course in Eating Disorders at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. 

Author of A is for Anorexia: Anorexia Nervosa Explained and Lost for Words: The Psychoanalysis of Anorexia and Bulimia. Specialises in on-going long-term work and intensive individual and family interventions.

Dom Guard
Integrative Child Psychotherapist and Supervisor. Works with children, adolescents and parents in private practice. Worked therapeutically in many settings including Family Futures, within schools, with school-excluded children, as an expert witness and on the Teens and Toddlers project. Author of ten published storybooks for children.

John Poyton


John Poyton was appointed CEO of Redthread in 2009. Prior to that he had been a senior youth worker at Redthread, establishing Redthread’s adolescent health arm, which began with the setting up of Paxton Green Group Practices Young Peoples Clinic. In 2006 he set-up the Redthread King’s Youth Violence project, the first of its kind in the country.  John is the co-founder of The Well Centre, a one stop shop partnership with Herne Hill Group Practice’s Young Peoples Clinic.





CCMH, 2-18 Britannia Row, London N1 8PA, UK