This conference addresses how to help children and young people who are highly defended and do not trust anyone anymore. By and large these are children who have been catastrophically let down, hurt and/or betrayed by the people who are supposed to care for them. Some then switch off from the world of people, move into cold, cut off states, re-victimising others as they themselves have been treated. This often leads to the diagnosis of ‘callous traits’ without anyone asking ‘what has happened to him?’ Others live a largely isolated existence preferring to relate to computers or other objects. All these coping mechanisms come with a cost to emotional and physical health. As Freud said, ‘The person has made a bad bargain with himself’; the child’s or young person’s defences bringing about their own particular nightmares.
Furthermore shockingly, we know from attachment research, that the decision for ‘self-help’ can start as young as one year old! This day with world famous clinician and author Dr Dan Hughes will address how to help a child move from blocked trust to trust, from avoidant or disorganised attachment to secure attachment. Dr Hughes will offer theory, practice and moving case material to show how to reach out to children and teenagers who don't want to feel, who often treat people who want to help with contempt.
Film footage will be used to illustrate how the most resistant and defended children and young people can come to see relationship as a place of safety rather than a place of threat. In so doing, they can be offered sanctuary, playfulness and ultimately a re-engagement with life as a privileged adventure rather than a living nightmare.
Speaker: Dr Dan Hughes
Dr Dan Hughes has achieved international acclaim for his profoundly transformative therapeutic work with the most troubled and traumatised children and young people. Dan’s empathic way of relating to children and young people can bring about major changes often in a few sessions. He is a Clinical Psychologist and author of many books including Building the Bonds of Attachment - Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children and Principles of Attachment-Focused Parenting. He has decades of ground-breaking and profoundly moving clinical practice with very traumatised adolescents who have moved into violence.
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