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HOW TO HELP PEOPLE TELL THEIR STORIES IN ORDER TO HEAL EMOTIONALLY (live stream event, UK time zone)

Title:
HOW TO HELP PEOPLE TELL THEIR STORIES IN ORDER TO HEAL EMOTIONALLY (live stream event, UK time zone)
Course Cost:
£125.00
When:
June 13, 2020 10:00 am until June 13, 2020 4:30 pm

HOW TO HELP PEOPLE TELL THEIR STORIES IN ORDER TO HEAL EMOTIONALLY (live stream event, UK time zone)

Due to COVID-19 we have sadly closed our building and unable to hold on-site conferences and training days until further notice.

THIS CONFERENCE CAN NOW BE ATTENDED AS A LIVE STREAM (via Zoom)

Please purchase your place via the online booking link and we will send you full instructions on how to join this livestream conference. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@childmentalhealthcentre.org

About the conference

“There is no greater agony than having an untold story inside you.”  (Maya Angelou)


If the painful events in a person’s life are not heard, acknowledged and made sense of by an empathic other, they can blight quality of life, ability to function well, and relationship with self and others. What’s more, in an attempt to cope with the distress of unprocessed trauma or loss people often do something which actually makes their life worse (e.g. self-harm, shift their focus of panic and anxiety to their body, develop obsessions or phobias, withdraw or attack). All these coping mechanisms are designed to protect them from the sheer intensity of their psychological pain, which, in its ‘untold state’, feels so frightening and overwhelming. Freud was right, "A thing which has not been understood inevitably reappears: like an unlaid ghost, it cannot rest until the mystery has been solved and the spell is broken." (Freud 1909). Similarly, Santayana (1905) said "Those who cannot remember their past are condemned to repeat it."

On this conference, presenters will address what happens when a child, teenager or adult is not given the opportunity over time to tell their painful story to someone who is trained to listen, understand and help them make sense of what happened. The presenters will also explore why telling your story to someone who is a skilled empathic listener can modify painful memory and set a person free to enjoy real quality of life.

What you'll learn from attending the event

  • Learn about the ongoing psychological pain of ‘unstoried emotions’
  • Learn the process of storying and re-storying your life
  • Learn about the intervention Therapeutic Life Story Work with children and teenagers 
  • Learn about ‘formulation’ as the psychological alternative to psychiatric diagnosis (a core skill in the profession of clinical psychology)
  • Learn how many clients who’ve been given a psychiatric diagnosis wish to 'take back authorship of their own stories' (Dillon & May, 2003)
  • Hear about key competencies in responding, when someone tells you their story
  • Listen to fascinating case material of children and teenagers who have used creative media to make sense of what’s happened to them
  • Learn how telling your story to a trained practitioner can lead to memory reconsolidation (a modifying of traumatic memories to the point where they no longer interfere with healthy functioning in the world)
  • Understand how telling your story can lead you to the realisation that your symptoms make perfect sense in terms of what has happened to you
  • Learn how in-depth personal development can ensue from the process of standing back and looking at your life as a journey
  • Learn about the use of storytelling in therapy with children and teenagers

Speakers

Sue Hughes

Sue Hughes is a UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist, Senior Social worker (SWE) and is a Director of Family Futures, an OFSTED 'Outstanding' rated specialist therapeutic service for Adopted, Fostered and Kinship placed children. With over thirty three years' experience of working with children and families in local authority, CAMHS and the non-profit sector, Sue now works therapeutically with children, young people and their families, to heal the impact of early trauma and provides training for professionals and parents/carers in a wide range of topics relating to adoption, fostering and kinship care. 


Dr Lucy Johnstone

Dr Lucy Johnstone

The aim is to move, in simple terms, away from the “What is wrong with you?” towards the “What has happened to you?” question.

Dr Lucy Johnstone is a consultant clinical psychologist, author of Users and Abusers of Psychiatry (2nd edition Routledge 2000) and co-editor of Formulation in Psychology and Psychotherapy: Making Sense of People's Problems (Routledge, 2nd edition 2013) and A Straight-talking Guide to Psychiatric Diagnosis’ (PCCS Books 2014), along with a number of other chapters and articles taking a critical perspective on mental health theory and practice. She is the former Programme Director of the Bristol Clinical Psychology Doctorate and was the lead author of 'Good Practice Guidelines on the Use of Psychological Formulation' (Division of Clinical Psychology, 2011.) She has worked in Adult Mental Health settings for many years, most recently in a service in South Wales. She was lead author, along with Professor Mary Boyle, for the ‘Power Threat Meaning Framework’ (2018), a Division of Clinical Psychology-funded project to outline a conceptual alternative to psychiatric diagnosis. 

Lucy is an experienced conference speaker and lecturer, and currently works as an independent trainer. Her particular interest and expertise is in the use of psychological formulation, in both its individual and team versions, and in promoting trauma-informed practice.

Dr Johnstone will discuss and explore some of the following:

  • Psychiatric diagnosis is often presented as the only way of thinking about distress
  • Psychiatric diagnosis does not support people to tell their life story, and so their life story often remains unheard
  • Psychiatric diagnosis can be hugely damaging in terms of telling a person in distress that they have an illness. "We turn people with problems into patients with illnesses." (Lucy Johnstone)
  • Diagnosis can give the message that the best people to help you are medical staff who know about drugs, rather than deeply empathic people who are not afraid of intense emotion and know how to listen to and help you make sense of painful life events  
  • Psychological formulation (core competency for clinical psychologists) is an opportunity and often a life line for clients who’ve been given a psychiatric diagnosis who wish“take back authorship of their own stories” (Dillon & May, 2003),

(More info: https://www.madinamerica.com/2018/03/dr-lucy-johnstone-power-threat-meaning-framework/ - Mad in America and The Power Threat Meaning Framework, BPS)


Dr Margot Sunderland

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.

For more details about Dr Margot Sunderland: www.margotsunderland.org

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Venue

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

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