“Resilience” is much talked about. Recently the Secretary of State for Education, Damian Hinds, stated that “the ethos of a school, the expectations that are set for students and the support that’s given, alongside what happens in extracurricular activity, in sport in public speaking in voluntary work and so on – all of these things will have an effect on character resilience and on the workplace skills that our young people will take with them,”
Thinking about the uncertain world our children are growing up in, psychologists and mental health practitioners are focusing on how we can enhance children’s resilience, for example by promoting a ‘sense of safety; calming; a sense of self- and community- efficacy; connectedness and hopefulness.’ (based on Hobfall et al., 2007)
“The more that families, schools and communities can do to promote these principles in their everyday interactions the less likely they will need therapy” (David Trickey, Professional Responses to Potentially Traumatic Events, Manchester, July 2017)
Our fifth annual Inclusion Matters conference continues our exploration of Resilience, focusing on the themes of ‘connectedness’ and ‘belonging’. We are bringing together a range of practitioners to talk about the many ways in which schools can foster a sense of belonging, helping children and young people to understand their place in the world and enhance their resilience.
We are returning to the beautiful, iconic setting of Gorton Monastery, and can guarantee an interesting and energising programme providing an opportunity to take some time out to reflect and plan.
David Trickey, Clinical Psychologist, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
David Trickey, is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with children who have experienced trauma. David was commissioned by the Government to evaluate the Humanitarian Assistance Centre established in response to the London terrorist attacks.
Anne Rathbone, Senior Training and Consultancy Manager, Boingboing-Resilience CIC
Anne Rathbone has 25 years experience in participatory approaches in planning, commissioning and delivery of young people’s services. She is currently supervised by Professor Angie Hart and Dr Carl Walker at Brighton University, working on co-produced research on resilience with young disabled adults.
Professor Kevin Woods, Research Co-ordinator, Manchester Institute of Education and Director of Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology, University of Manchester
Kevin will be discussing his research into Children's Rights and Rights Respecting Schools, along with two trainee educational psychologists, Jo Williams and Leanne Taft.
Emma Beresford, Director, Parental Engagement Network CIC
Members of Emma's team will be talking about building relationships with parents, including building engagement and empowering parents early on through mouse club and the home learning project.
Dr Iyabo Fatimilehin, Director, Just Psychology CIC
We are especially pleased to welcome Dr Fatimilehin, a psychologist colleague from a North West Community Interest Company. Dr Fatimilehin will talk about the experiences of international newly arrived children and families.
Vickie Plummer, Director, Canine Assisted Learning
"Canine-Assisted Learning provides animal-assisted intervention, activities and support to both educational and private environments. Our highly trained assistance dogs and therapists have a wealth of experience working with young people with special educational needs along with mainstream students. We take pride in the professional, unique service we offer and aim to be the leaders in Animal Assisted Interventions in schools in the UK. We are a member of the Society for Companion Animal Studies and we fully comply with their codes of practice."
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