The neuroscience of adoption and fostering – A day with Dr Margot Sunderland
Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Child Psychologist and British Medical Association award-winning Author, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Senior Associate Member of the Royal College of Medicine.
Dr Margot Sunderland is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries. Originally she trained as a teacher working in secondary education for several years. She has also worked therapeutically with looked after children for nearly a decade. Additionally, Dr Sunderland was a member of the Early Years Commission, Centre for Social Justice, Westminster and co-author of the cross party advisory report The Next Generation (early years intervention). Dr Sunderland has written the syllabi for five Masters Degree programmes one of which is MA Education: Emotional Literacy for Children. Dr Sunderland makes TV and radio appearances as a child and parenting expert.
Dr Margot Sunderland is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health including The Science of Parenting, the result of ten years research into the long-term effects of adult-child interaction on the developing brain. She is a world renowned expert in the area of neuroscience and attachment, with a particular ability to make these complex subjects accessible to others. Other publications include Bothered: Helping Teenagers to speak about Feelings and Helping Teenagers with Anger and Low Self-Esteem.
This conference has been constructed to appeal specifically to those involved in adoption and fostering, and has been structured in a way that will make the subject applicable to children at all developmental stages including adolescence. It will combine theory and practice, leaving professionals (including adopters and foster carers) with practical solutions to some of the challenges that children bring when they have experienced poor parenting in early life.
Dr Sunderland makes TV and radio appearances as a child and parenting expert. She has received international acclaim for her first class audio-visual presentations on a wide range of topics in child mental health and psychological health and well-being in general. Her use of images, film and case histories, along with her highly accessible use of language means delegates go away moved, inspired and informed.
This conference will consider:
- the very latest research in the neuroscience of attachment and what this means for children at different developmental stages
- the specific application of neuroscience to looked after children and in relation to adoption and fostering
- what neuroscience teaches us in relation to being effective parents and carers for children
- specific tools and techniques that might be employed by foster carers and adopters
- how to apply learning from neuroscience in work with depressed, anxious, and out of control children
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Social workers, managers and practitioners in local authority adoption, fostering, and childcare teams, from voluntary adoption agencies and independent fostering providers, independent reviewing officers, adoption and fostering panel members, CAFCASS children’s guardians, child psychologists, adopters and foster carers.
9.30am – 10.00am Registration and refreshments
10.00am – 10.05am Welcome and introduction by chair
10.05am – 11.25am The neuroscience of attachment and its relevance for adoption and fostering
11.25am – 11.45am Refreshment break
11.45am – 12.25pm Science based tools and techniques for adopters and foster parents – part one
12.25pm – 1.00pm Science based tools and techniques for adopters and foster parents – part two
1.00pm – 2.00pm Lunch
2.00pm – 3.00pm The neuroscience of adolescence – anxiety and depression and effective interventions
3.00pm – 3.30pm The neuroscience of challenging behaviour and working effectively
3.30pm – 3.55pm Questions and discussion
3.55pm – 4.00pm Chair’s closing remarks
4.00pm Evaluation & close
Telephone 020 7520 7520
Full or associate CoramBAAF member - £185.00 + £37.00 VAT Total - £222.00
Individual CoramBAAF member - £135.00 + £27.00 VAT Total - £162.00
Non-member - £250.00 + £50.00 VAT - Total £300.00
Concessions available for adoptive parents, foster carers, care leavers and adopted young people. Contact the Conference Team for further details.
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