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This conference is a must for any child professional who feels anxious, de-skilled or out of their depth to help children and teenagers who, in a desperate state, turn aggressively against themselves, engage in self-harming behaviours and suffer from debilitating levels of self-hate and feelings of worthlessness. Presenters will support delegates to shift from impotent bystanders to be able to engage these children and teenagers in meaningful dialogue to move from self-destructive ways of being in the world to healthier energised engagement.
Mark is a rehabilitated offender, former drug user and the founder of the charity User Voice. Mark’s story embodies the transformative change which User Voice strives to achieve. Mark’s direct contact with the criminal justice system, and later as an employer of ex-offenders and consultant for government and other charities, left him convinced of the urgent need to create a model of service user engagement that is fair for all involved. His principal aim was to foster dialogue between service providers and service users that is mutually beneficial, aiding rehabilitation and recovery and results in better and more cost-effective services. Mark is bestselling author of Wasted which documents his descent into the depths of addiction and criminality. Homeless, hooked on heroin and crack, noone, least of all Mark, believed he would survive. And yet, astonishingly, Mark somehow pulled himself through.
Jack Rowlands is a police Inspector in the Metropolitan Police. During his 15 years service he has focused his work around primary prevention and diversion. Working within response policing, safer neighbourhoods and specialist violence reduction he is motivated by long term solutions. Founder and Prorgramme lead for DIVERT (@DIVERTLondon), a police custody diversion programme, is an example of his work that has been recognised nationally as best practice.
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.
For more details about Dr Margot Sunderland: www.margotsunderland.org
Dr Jody Walshe is an Educational and Child Psychologist working in an outer London borough. She is also a Consultant Psychologist providing consultations for foster carers and supervising social workers with the Compass Community as part of their REACH approach. Jody delivers teaching to the students on the University of East London Professional Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme. Previously Jody worked as a teacher, learning support assistant and tutor with young people from 5-19. The focus of much of her work looked at anxiety and mental health issues in school settings. Her doctoral research explored the experiences, perceptions and training needs of secondary school staff working with self-harm. Jody presents on a wide range of subjects, recent topics for speaking engagements include: CBT, techniques to support the emotional development of children and young people, staff resilience and well-being, self-harm, anxiety, eating disorders, attachment in the classroom, self-esteem and staying safe online. Jody has co-authored Understanding and Prevention Self-Harm in Schools: Effective strategies for identifying risk and providing support (2017) with Dr Tina Rae.
Nick Luxmoore was due to present on this day but it is with great sadness that we have heard the news that he died unexpectedly. Please see his website for more information about his work and if you wish to leave a message of condolence.
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