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Supporting children and young people who internalise their distress


21/11/2019 09:30






About this event

There are many reasons why children internalise their distress. Often assumed to be quiet, shy or well-behaved when actually they are in pain, they can become invisible to those working with them.

This training workshop will explore how to recognise, support and communicate effectively with children who are unable to show their feelings when they need you most.

Key learning:

  • Trauma, attachment, childhood maltreatment, and how children internalise their distress
  • Relationship-building and communication skills
  • Using creative tools and techniques to engage children and young people.

Facilitator bio

Jan Montgomery is an experienced therapist who works across the lifespan. She is a qualified Life Coach, Play Therapist and Adult Psychotherapist. Jan specialises in working with trauma and has a passion for sharing her learning in an accessible and creative format.

Jan has worked in health and social care in various roles throughout her career. She is a qualified Play and Creative Arts Therapist, an Accredited Adult Psychotherapist and a qualified Coach. Jan has just completed a Certificate in Traumatic Stress with the Trauma Centre at Bessel van der Kolk’s Justice Resource Institute, Brookline, and is in the process of completing her EMDR qualification.
Jan worked with vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the voluntary sector for almost a decade. This was where she developed her interest in working with attachment and trauma. Jan moved from this area to working in foster care to support children and carers of traumatised children. Today, Jan works with adults with mental health challenges which prevents them from moving into employment.

Jan has been delivering training for a number of years. She enjoys taking complex subjects and making them accessible to everyone. She believes that theories are important but understanding how they apply in practice is essential if we are to offer best practice to those who use our services.

Jan loves learning new things. She enjoys being creative; embroidery and lapidary are just two of her favourite pastimes.

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