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About this webinar
This webinar is about optimising the skill set of the emotionally-available adult, through active listening skills and creative interventions key to the healing process. The ‘Make it Count’ campaign (Mental Health Foundation, October 2018) found that nearly half a million children in the UK say they have no one to speak to at school when they are experiencing feelings of sadness or worry. As a result, many report sleep difficulties, getting into fights, struggles with homework and/or wanting to withdraw from friends and family.
Many children and young people are desperate to be listened to, but that said, they are also very discerning. They seek out adults who are naturally ‘talkable to’. In the webinar, Dr Sunderland will address in detail what brings connection with a child/young person and what to avoid, to ensure against misstatement and misconnection.
- Learn the difference between active listening and passive listening.
- Learn what breaks connection with a child and what brings connection.
- Learn the neuroscience of active listening, empathy and understanding and why they can heal brains, minds and bodies.
- Listen to examples of how to express empathy in terms of finding the words to say it.
- Learn how children/young people can experience huge relief from talking about painful events with someone trained to listen and who helps them make sense of what’s happened.
- Listen to a wealth of creative interventions (use of puppets, sand play, big empathy drawings, therapeutic story) designed to empower children and young people to safely reflect on key events in their lives.
- Learn how to help children and young people to think psychologically so that at times of stress, they can reflect rather than react.