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Relational Ways of Working with Teenagers

May 18, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm



Adolescence is a time of significant neurological, emotional, social and intellectual change.  Professionals supporting adolescents through this transition are all too aware that adolescents can be volatile and the work can be complex.  Ongoing research of different interventions points to the effectiveness of relational approaches in this key developmental period.

What is it about?

This seminar led by Bert Powell, will look at the ways in which understanding and supporting these relationships can be vital in the prevention and treatment of many mental health problems during this exciting and difficult time. It is  designed to help and inform the practice of anyone working closely with this exciting and challenging age group

Who should attend?

Social Workers, Family Therapists, Mental Health Counsellors, Youth Workers, Family Support Workers, Outreach Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Behaviour Support Specialists, Teachers and anyone providing parenting education and /or counselling to parents and teenagers

The Speakers

Bert Powell has considerable experience in this field and is currently acting as a consultant for the Spokane school district to help them manage adolescents with behaviour problems. He will look at how the Circle of Security© Parenting approach works with teenagers. He will  focus on how we can enable parents to support and nurture their teenagers in ways that strengthen both their relationship and the child’s emotional well-being. He has spent many years exploring the clinical applications of attachment theory and as part of this has been working with at-risk youths, often one step away from the Criminal Justice system, and their families to good effect.

Dr Gates and Dr Hohnen will draw from their clinical experience of teenagers and families and up to date research on brain development. They will consider how we can foster emotional resilience in adolescents. It is designed to help and inform the practice of anyone working closely this exciting and challenging age group.

Dr Clare Gates (MRCPsych) is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working in private practice in London and Windsor. She has extensive experience in general Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and special interests in clinical applications of Attachment Theory and Mental Health.

Dr Bettina Hohnen is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist specialising in working with children, young people and families. She also holds a post as a Senior Research Fellow at University College London and runs a private practice in Central London.

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May 18, 2015
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Kate Logan


St Mary’s
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