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THERAPEUTIC CONVERSATIONS TO CHANGE CHILDREN’S LIVES: (age 4 to late teens) with award-winning author and expert Dr Margot Sunderland

Course Cost:
February 18, 2017 10:00 am until February 18, 2017 4:30 pm

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


THERAPEUTIC CONVERSATIONS TO CHANGE CHILDREN’S LIVES: (age 4 to late teens) with award-winning author and expert Dr Margot Sunderland

"Brilliant day... want to come to all of them!"
"Very focussed on interventions and working creatively."
"Margot was wonderful as always!"

(Delegates, 25/4/15 conference)

The following conversational topics will be covered:

  • Conversations about loss   
  • Conversations about messing up in a big way (teenagers) 
  • Conversations about anxiety, fear, worry
  • Conversations about living with parents with mental health problems  
  • Conversations about lying/stealing 
  • Conversations about hopelessness/depression 
  • Conversations about bullying 
  • Conversations about parents fighting, quarrelling or splitting up  
  • Conversations about sibling rivalry
  • Conversations about sexual abuse 
  • Conversations about transitions and major life changes
  • Conversations about not daring to trust 
  • Conversations about being too frightened to love or be loved 
  • Conversations about self-harm 
  • Conversations about sexuality and transgender issues

When faced with a child’s pain and suffering it can be difficult to know how to respond. How do you avoid being patronising, crass, dismissive? How do you stop yourself giving an unhelpful lecture or moving into misplaced optimism, opening up a can of worms and generally making things worse?

This topic based day will give child professionals and parents alike a wealth of resources to empower them to respond in ways that really help, leaving the child/teenager feeling deeply understood and supported. Moreover, as a result of repeated meaningful conversations like this, children and teenagers can then develop the capacity to reflect on things themselves (rather than just react), and in so doing successfully work through whatever life throws at them. This way they can go on to thrive, rather than growing up with the blight of mental ill-health. If we don’t help children through therapeutic conversations, we will continue to see the epidemic levels of mental ill-health and human misery in society today.

Benefits from attending this conference 

  • Become more confident in addressing difficult subjects

  • Take away a wealth of skills for talking about the child’s or teenager’s experiences of trauma or loss

  • Feel far more skilled in what to say, how to attune and empathise so that the child or teenager feels understood and connected to

  • Understand ways of not taking things personally when the going gets tough but to stay reflective rather than reactive under stress

Speaker: Dr 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.

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Who Should Attend?
Anyone who wants to be able to offer healing conversations to children and teenagers including behaviour and learning support staff, early learning centres, teachers and teaching assistants, social workers, counsellors, therapists, CAMHS workers, residential care workers, learning mentors, health visitors, educational psychologists, day-care providers, nursery workers, therapists, staff in secure settings, youth offending team workers, youth workers, carers, foster, adoptive, and birth parents.




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