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(Sunday 19 April 2020: this day does not include lunch)
Margot Sunderland will provide a wealth of vital tools, techniques and knowledge (from neuroscience and psychology) for professionals to help teenagers to live life well, to ‘suffer well’ and rise again if they hit rock bottom. The training is intended to empower teenagers to be able to make informed decisions, instead of living their lives blighted by painful unresolved emotions, living dangerously, failed relationships and body harming.
Whilst current PSHE mental health programmes (Personal, Social and Health Education) for teenagers address such issues as sexual consent, safety around use of social media, and self-image, the intense emotions that smash teenagers and adults against the rocks so to speak, and drive them to hurt each other or themselves, often remain unaddressed. PSHE often teaches teenagers how to just ‘manage their feelings’; for most people, this simply doesn’t work. If for example, you try to ‘manage’ your panic attacks you will still have panic attacks. If you are given a PSHE worksheet to boost your self-esteem, when deep down you ‘know’ you are scum, you will still think you are scum. The neurochemical and physiological forces of anxiety, depression, shame, social defeat, rejection, self-loathing etc. are just too strong. If any other school subject, e.g. chemistry or maths, failed to use a sound up-to-date knowledge-base there would rightly be an outcry.
In contrast, Dr Sunderland will draw on 50 years of peer-reviewed psychological and neuroscience studies about the human condition, applied to the highs and lows of the life of the teenager, so we can have far more hope of empowering vulnerable teenagers to use life well and for society to become healthier for all.
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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