Part of Book Week Scotland 2019, this non-profit event is for parents, carers and anyone with an interest in the developmental stages, mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
It will be an afternoon full of information, ideas and inspiration for those of us involved in the lives of children and young people, with a focus on the pre-teen and teenage years.
Speakers during the afternoon:
Sean Humphreys, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Development Officer from Youthlink Scotland (the national agency for Youth Work, representing over 100 organisations) will be talking to us about the psychology of the adolescent brain. He will explore topics such as the various stages of development and the impact on young people and those around them, the additional impact of stress and any childhood trauma and what can be done to support young people on their journey to adulthood. Sean is a counsellor, therapist, practice supervisor, coach and training consultant with experience of working in the field of psychology in other areas of Europe as well as in Britain, and has over two decades of experience in building relationships and working therapeutically with young people, both in one-to-one and group settings: https://www.nowcounselling.org.uk/index.php/ct-menu-item-3(this will open in a new window)
Emma O'Connor created Everyday Happy while her eldest son, just 9 at the time, was suffering debilitating anxiety. It is as it says on the cover, 'a journal for happiness' – a simple, structured way for people of any age to raise themselves out of anxiety. Emma is wife to a chef, a mum of two boys and has been working with children as a swimming coach for over 13 years. She refers to herself as an accidental author: http://www.everydayhappy.co.uk/about-the-author/ (this will open in a new window)
Kim McCabe is the director and founder of Rites for Girls CIC, offering monthly groups for girls, support for parents and training for women to run girls’ groups. Kim doesn’t want parents to dread the teen years, so she tours the country talking to packed halls of parents, sharing what she’s learned from years of working with pre-teens and teens, plus having raised three of her own. Her talk is for anyone interested in steering our children happily through childhood and gives you easy-to-implement practical suggestions you can use tomorrow, while leaving you with some food for thought. Find out more here: https://www.ritesforgirls.com/book(this will open in a new window)
The first speaker will start at 13:00 sharp. Please arrive and be seated for this time.
There are no ramps at the front door but the venue is accessible for wheelchairs. The assembly hall is on the same level as the front door and there is a disabled toilet on the same level. Please contact the organiser in advance if a hearing loop is needed.