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UPCOMING CONFERENCES at The Centre for Child Mental Health

conferences: £91.50, half-day conferences: £40, training days: £82.50

Sat 20 January 2018 (10.00-16.30). Cost £183

BUILDING RESILIENCE: USING KEY TOOLS, TECHNIQUES AND INTERVENTIONS WITH CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS (positive psychology, stress management, CBT, mindfulness, The Big Empathy Drawing) With two eminent authors and practitioners: Dr Tina Rae and Dr Margot Sunderland


This day offers delegates a wealth of take-away practical evidence-based strategies to teach children and teenagers ways to become stable under stress and to bounce back and keep going when things go wrong in their lives. The practical skills explored on the day will help children and teenagers to better manage anxiety and stress through sensory awareness; regulation of emotions, attention and acceptance of thoughts and feelings, and understanding of what is going on in their brains and bodies when they feel stress/distress. Presenters will also explain how to teach children and teenagers about the brain biochemistry of positive and negative emotions. This involves knowing how to trigger positive arousal chemicals through health-healing behaviours, when they are feeling anxious, angry or depressed. In this way children and teenagers feel far more in control of their lives, their mood states and their relationship with self and others.

In modern day society it is vital that child professionals have these interventions as part of their tool kit. Trauma and loss, pressures from school, social media and relationships can seem overwhelming to children and teenagers, often leading to health-harming behaviours and a deterioration in their ability to learn, to relate well to others and to enjoy life. The strategies, explored on this conference day will also help children and teenagers to build self-esteem, assertiveness, problem-solving skills and a reflective as opposed to reactive approach to life, all shown to improve mental health and wellbeing. Remarkably the ability to ‘think positive’ in a variety of ways also impacts on long-term physical health and longevity (Ong et al, 2017).

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Sat 3 February 2018 (10.00-17.00). Cost £183



Attachment experts will address the key question of why having a troubled attachment history (without intervention) can bring such pain and suffering throughout life? They will explore how insecure attachment can lead to all manner of human misery, physical and mental un-wellness, disturbances to mind, brain, body, personal identity and relationship difficulties and even early death (see ACE study Felitti and Anda 2014). From this starting point the experts will consider interventions that support children, teenagers or adults to:

Prevent taking painful attachment histories from cradle to grave

Make the shift from an insecure attachment to a secure attachment

Make the shift from blocked trust to trust and blocked care to care (Dan Hughes)

Change core feelings about self and others

Become an ‘earned secure’ and in so doing enjoy optimal activation of pro-social chemical systems in the brain (Panksepp 2012) bringing about a sense of well-being for much of the time, the ability to love in peace, and so even with its ups and downs, life becomes a privileged adventure.

Presenters will discuss and demonstrate interventions on how to relate to children/teenagers/adults with specific attachment styles/disorders promoting an ability to trust, to seek comfort and solace when distressed, and daring to love often for the first time. Avoidant attachment, ambivalent attachment, disorganised attachment and attachment in terms of developmental trauma disorder will all be explored and how specific relational interventions can heal.

Benefits from attending this conference 

Get up to date with the latest interventions, thinking and research in attachment

Recognise the social and emotional differences between secure and insecurely attached children, teenagers and adults

Understand the relational events which are key for people to move from being insecure to securely attached

Learn what is happening psychologically and neurobiologically when a person shuts down their attachment needs and capacity to feel

Understand the psychology and neuroscience of different attachment disorders and styles

Take away key interventions, which support the development of secure attachment

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BOOKINGS for all events at The Centre for Child Mental Health:

Credit/debit card payments: Book online

Telephone 020 7354 2913

To book and pay by cheque: Please make cheques payable to ‘The Centre for Child Mental Health’ and send to The Centre for Child Mental Health, 2-18 Britannia Row, Islington, London N1 8PA (please make clear which event you wish to book).