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Presenter: Dr Margot Sunderland
About the webinar
This webinar presented by four senior child and adolescent psychotherapists will bring you a wealth of creative ideas and interventions to support your work with vulnerable children. They will demonstrate how the use of images and the arts are powerful communicative tools for both children and young people. Saying to a child, “Can you show me?” rather than “Can you tell me?’ can bring psychological safety as well as ease of expression, when everyday words so often do not do justice to what they want to say. Literal words can misrepresent, underplay, and frequently offer only approximations to any lived experience. Without help to talk about painful life events, children are left simply reacting, with all manner of fall out in terms of behaviours that challenge, physical complaints, bodily disturbances, and mental health problems. It doesn’t have to be this way. With the use of symbols and images, children can stand back and reflect instead of react. They can share with their emotionally available adult, what needs to be talked about, witnessed, grieved, protested about, as well as what needs to be delighted in, laughed about, and savoured. Research shows that the act of collaborative sense making with the trained practitioner is highly preventative of long-term mental and physical ill-health.
Benefits from attending:
- Learn many ways to support children to use images to externalise their inner world
- Listen to moving therapeutic work with children and young people whichdemonstrates key interventions and empathic statements.
- Understand how feelings when organised and externalised in art images, can be contemplated, safely from a distance, and then resolved
- Understand how images can bring unthought about feelings and self- states to conscious awareness which brings the child/young person the motivation to make positive changes to their lives
- Learn about the sheer relief that children so often feel in having ‘said it’ in a way that is listened to understood and made sense of by an emotionally available adult.
- Learn about the danger ofun-storied emotionsand how using art media and emotion cards can bring vital narrative contextualisation that leads to recovery from trauma.
- Watch key interventions and ways of empathising that bring about real change in a child or young person’s life, setting them free from debilitating mental health issues.