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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.
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
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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