Macclesfield Counselling & Training Centre is pleased to announce that they will be hosting their first annual Northwest Based Conference at the Manchester Conference Centre.

We are very privileged that Dr Margot Sunderland has agreed to host the day’s event as our main speaker. For those that are aware of her specialities, we are sure (like us) you will be very excited to know that rather than a trip to London, we are fortunate in being able to offer you a Northwest based conference experience in Manchester.

Margot SunderlandAs a psychotherapist, Director of Education and Training at the Child Mental Health Centre in London, in addition to having been a Director of the Institute for Arts Therapy which offers training in the education of the emotions (some of you may have read “Draw on Your emotions” a fabulous book for both Adult and young clients; Dr Margot’s work is extremely revered.

Most well known amongst many helping professionals she is most notably renowned for her publication “Science of Parenting, which she was awarded first Prize at the BMA (British Medical Association) in 2007.

On the 15th October 2011 at the Manchester Conference Centre, she will be hosting an invaluable conference which will consider how we will continue to see the level of mental ill- health in society as we see today until we dramatically improve the relational experiences of vulnerable children and teenagers.

Dr Sunderland will explore how positive adult child interaction e.g. relational play, meeting the child in both their joy and their distress, addressing key attachment needs, addressing loss and trauma, can have a profoundly beneficial effect on the developing emotional brain.

In light of this, Dr Sunderland will focus on the key psychological and neuro scientific research studies to show just how potent child professionals can be in changing children’s lives. Her evidence based presentation will give an over-view of the long-term effects, for better or worse, of adult- child interactions on the child’s and teenager’s developing emotional brain.

Importantly Dr Sunderland will explore what happens if mammalian infants (including humans!) are deprived of sufficient positive adult -child interactions and how, without intervention, this can result in them growing up devoid of true vitality, or never……… ‘Being fully called to life’ (Guntrip 1973).

To find out more about this exciting event please click here.


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