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Children experiencing loss and trauma Sunderland conference


Jun 21, 2017

The University of Sunderland is once again hosting a regional conference focusing on sharing ways to support Children Experiencing Loss and Trauma (CEL&T).

The conference is a free specialist training opportunity and is being hosted by a team from the University’s Faculty of Education and Society. It takes place on Thursday June 8, (8.45am-1.45pm) at the Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre at St Peter’s Campus.

Topics to be discussed throughout the event include: Children Experiencing Loss and Trauma; Attachment and the impact on brain development and learning; and Child on Parent Violence (CPV), what this means for professionals and those working with or supporting children.

Margaret Parsons in the Faculty of Education and Society at the University of Sunderland commented: “We’ve hosted a number of successfully attended conferences in this area over the years and this latest one focuses on children who have experienced loss or trauma, for whatever reason this may be and how best to support them at home and at school.

“Many people feel that loss and trauma mainly affect children in care or those who are adopted, but they are only two groups of children loss and trauma impact upon. New emerging research shows the life impact for these children, so the conference is relevant to a wide range of people including professionals but also parents, carers, foster carers, adopters support staff and the police or youth justice staff.”

Conference keynote speakers include the Dr Wendy Thorley, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland and Director of CEL&T. Dr Thorley has been involved in several programmes as a consultant and programme leader, including: Applied Family Studies, Early Years Professional Status, Foundation Degree in Education and Care, BA (Hons) Education and Care, Higher Level Teaching Assistant and collaborative partnerships with further education colleges and Local Authority organisations for continuing professional development (CPD).

National adoption advisor Al Coates, a father of six adopted children, award-winning blogger who is part of the Department for Education Adoption Support Advisory Panel, will also provide information at this event as a speaker.

The event is expected to attract a wide range of professionals working in areas such as health, social care, education, adoption and fostering.

To book a place for this event please contact : Dr Wendy Thorley. email: celandt@celandt.org

By Emily