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This webinar presents a range of ideas and interventions for practitioners to address the emotional needs of vulnerable and traumatised young people. The interventions are not generalised policies which at the end of the day really don’t help anyone, e.g., ‘support resilience for all’ or ‘build wellbeing in staff and students’; rather, they are specific and can be easily implemented into any setting where being trauma-informed and mentally healthy is taken very seriously.
Leaving unmet the emotional needs of vulnerable young people in any setting, usually results in derailed learning, stalled personal development, and the young person suffering from severe emotional distress. It doesn’t have to be this way. This training identifies and addresses each unmet emotional need in a troubled or traumatised young person, including psychological safety, belonging, connectedness, self-esteem, finding purpose and meaning. The presenter offers specific interventions for each emotional need and illustrates these with relevant and moving film footage and case studies. Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is key theory here, with each emotional need explored through the lens of the latest neuroscience and psychological research (full references are supplied).
Most importantly, this training explores the underlying causes of why so many young people say they want to die and why many tragically do take their own lives. The presenter will address how settings can implement a Suicide Prevention Policy to protect young people, not simply by ‘looking for signs’ (often there are no signs) but by addressing underlying causes and in particular unmet emotional needs, so no young person is left suffering agonising states of emotional distress.
This is followed by discussion of ways of supporting vulnerable young people who suffer from anxiety; again, addressing underlying causes of traumatic experience, rather than focussing solely on behavioural or cognitive interventions that often don’t work overtime. Case material will be used to illustrate effective interventions in alleviating anxiety long-term.
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Dr Sunderland will explore how to help traumatised young people who are ‘locked in anger’, to be able to experience quality of life and enjoy fulfilling non-power-based relationships, often for the first time. She will address underlying causes for teenagers who ‘do battle’ with the world and have behaviours that challenge. She will discuss ways to prevent the ‘school to prison pipeline’ by addressing young people’s unmet emotional needs and helping them process unresolved trauma in order to dare to move from blocked trust to trust and enjoy secure attachment for the first time.
Dr Sunderland also will address how to support young people who have never really experienced social joy, or passion for creative pursuits and instead feel alienated from learning and life, suffering lethargy, boredom and disaffection. She will discuss what has happened when a young person has fallen out of love with learning and sometimes with life itself. She will explore the neuroscience of lethargy and lack of motivation, and the neurochemical systems that have been so badly impacted by life experience and trauma in particular. Dr Sunderland will then go on to look at re-activating the young person’s SEEKING brain system, perfectly possible with the right emotionally available adult and an appropriately enriched environment. She will discuss actual models of remarkable change in disaffected young people who have re-engaged with life and learning in a beautiful way. The Teens and Toddlers programme is one example. Additionally, so often fear and rage from unprocessed traumatic experience block activation of the brain’s PLAY system. This is the system of social joy, all too rarely optimally activated in young people who have suffered developmental trauma. Again, Dr Sunderland will offer interventions to support optimal activation of the brain’s PLAY system ensuring that traumatised young people feel psychologically safe enough to engage in social joy.
Furthermore, in a world where Pornhub is one of the most popular websites for 11-year-old boys, Dr Sunderland will address how we need to change the social narratives around sex and sexual exploration, and help young people find connection and meaning in healthy intimate relationships, rather than feel more anxiety alienation, pain and distress. Assertiveness training will be presented as key to help in this area and in particular for alleviating anxiety.