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January 25, 2020 10:00 am until January 25, 2020 4:30 pm

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



"The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: 
it is easier to say “My tooth is aching” than to say “My heart is broken” 

(CS Lewis)

About the conference

Experts will explore causes of depression and anxiety in children and young people as opposed to simply being able to recognise symptoms and ‘refer on’. Many child professionals feel de-skilled when faced with what appears to be ongoing relentless anxiety states and/or futility in children and young people. Many of whom who have lost all hope in a better life. Yet being able to sit with a child in despair or in catastrophic phantasising is vital. So this day will focus on how to be and what to say, showing that empathic listening, understanding, coupled with emotional regulation all in the context of relationship with a trusted adult can do so much.

Benefits from attending this conference

Moving audio-visual input demonstrating narrative competence (being able to respond effectively to the child’s story) resulting in the child moving into health. We know that it’s not pills and diagnosis that supports children to value life again and/or to know deep states of calm often for the first time, but time with an emotionally-available adult who knows what to say and is able to think and respond when faced with the most painful intense dysregulated states in children and young people. So this day will enable delegates to understand the how the why and the what to do.


What you'll learn from attending

  • Understand underlying causes of depression and anxiety (including panic attacks, heart palpitations, somatisation, phobia, social anxiety, worry, catastrophising )
  • Understand how unprocessed trauma and loss can result in depression and anxiety
  • Learn the difference between deep sadness and depression, normal worrying and generalised anxiety disorder
  • Understand what is happening in the brain and mind in states of depression or anxiety
  • Learn key tools, techniques and ways of being that support children and young people back to mental health
  • Be moved by very powerful film footage of adult child interactions that support the healing process
  • Consider what schools and communities can do to prevent children and young people developing depression and anxiety


Who should attend

Anyone who works with troubled children and young people in education, social work or other contexts


Professor Andrea Danese


Professor Danese is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre and the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, UK. The research from his team focuses on childhood trauma, and he has published widely on the consequences of childhood trauma, the biological mechanisms through which childhood trauma affects health, the mechanisms of resilience, the reversibility of biological liability linked to trauma, and treatment of trauma-related psychopathology. Dr Danese is also Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist of the National and Specialist CAMHS Clinic for Traumatic, Anxiety, and Depression, at the Maudsley Hospital, London, UK. This is a top-tier clinic for children with complex histories of trauma victimisation and treatment resistance. The clinic has also been advising the UK Department of Health on public health strategies and clinical response to emergencies.

 Dr Margot Sunderland

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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:

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