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We wish to reassure you that the CCMH office is still working remotely during this crisis. Should you wish to contact us please sent an email to info@childmentalhealthcentre.org or telephone 020 7354 2913.



We are delighted to offer delegates a full range of training events. These comprise one day conferences, training days and lectures. With our conferences we bring you the very best brains in the mental health field from all over the world. Over the years we have welcomed speakers from a great many countries, including several hundred acclaimed child mental health professionals from the UK who have offered lectures and workshops. Our training days are all designed to enable children to thrive with particular emphasis on helping children to speak about feelings rather than acting them out or bottling them up. All training days are run by senior Arts Psychotherapists with years of experience in working with children in both education and psychotherapy. Finally, our lectures celebrate the work of true pioneers in their particular field. Speakers are all of international acclaim.




Course Cost:
May 12, 2020 10:00 am until May 12, 2020 5:00 pm

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

Conferences and Upcoming Livestream Events


Due to the current government guidelines and the necessary measures to tackle COVID-19, we have sadly closed our building and so we are currently unable to hold on-site conferences and training days until further notice.


The day will comprise of 4 sessions as follows:
10.00-11.00: Session One with Dr Margot Sunderland
(11.00-11.20: Morning Break)
11.20-13.00: Session Two with Stacey Hart
(13.00-14.00: Lunch Break)
14.00-15.30: Session Three with Stacey Hart
(15.30-15.50: Afternoon Break)
15.50-17.00 Session Four with Stacey Hart
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 day

This day focuses on ways of helping children and teenagers with the acute pain that can ensue after traumatic loss and/or unwanted, sudden or unexpected change. The conference presenters will focus on a range of painful losses and transitions: separation/divorce, death of a loved one from natural causes, accident or suicide, living with parental illness, traumatic and sudden separations, losing your country (refugees), moving house, school, losing everything familiar. The far-reaching consequences of un-mourned loss is often under-estimated. Neuroscientists have now found a clear link between un-mourned loss and depression. So both presenters will address how to help children and teenagers who are suffering from traumatic loss, to address un-helpful coping mechanisms and find better ways of making sense of what has happened. Most importantly, presenters will discuss how to help children and teenagers mourn and how to support them to feel safe enough to want to talk about and ‘work through’ their loss in ways that enable them to reflect, feel and function in healthier ways.

Illustrated with fascinating and moving case material and film footage, practical interventions will be discussed from a knowledge base of what happens to the brain and the body when undergoing traumatic loss.

What you'll learn on this day

  • Learn to recognise common disturbed behaviour manifestations resulting from unprocessed traumatic loss
  • Learn how to enable children/teenagers to mourn
  • Know how to respond when children and teenagers have cut off from the pain of too much loss or too painful a loss
  • Understand why so many children and teenagers who are not helped to mourn move from traumatic loss to violence
  • Understand how to prepare children and young people for important life transitions and difficult life events
  • Take away effective interventions for dealing with a child’s/teenager’s loss and grief, so that unbearable feelings become thinkable thoughts.

This day will also include the following:

  • Child bereavement theory
  • Memory making - continuing bonds
  • Contracting with bereaved children
  • Age appropriate understanding of death
  • Needs of bereaved children/young people
  • Sample classroom session
  • Sibling bereavement
  • Complex/traumatic death


Stacey Hart

Stacey has been a therapist, trainer and group facilitator for over 20 years. She has always been involved with the bereavement world and has worked for Grief Encounter for 10 years.  She is an expert on childhood bereavement and has vast experience, currently she manages all the training needs of Grief Encounter and works as a trauma specialist in schools and corporations when a traumatic event occurs.  She has been asked to comment in National Press articles as well for the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  She has appeared several times on national television and radio. Stacey is also a winner of a Family Law Award for her services to children that have experienced family separation.

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: www.margotsunderland.org

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