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Dead Child Walking

The University of Nottingham School of Education

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT)

Dead Child Walking

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Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Trauma Studies Seminar Series 2017/18

Presented by Shelly MacDonald

Surely, young children do not have the necessary grasp of life to wish it extinguished before it has barely begun? Surely, children who say they want to be dead do not understand that its purchase has a no returns policy? Surely, children who say they don’t want to be here just require a change of scene? How can children want to kill self when self is so little known? This talk is based on a study anchored in the clinical experience of working with deeply troubled children. It draws on research undertaken over the last four years into professionals talking about their encounters with primary school children who express a ‘suicide’ communication. How might we make sense of these communications? How might school based practitioners equip themselves to help children (and adults) who are weighing up such hefty existential concerns?

Shelley MacDonald is Head of Counselling with the Leicester Women’s Counselling Centre. She is a BACP (Accredited) Psychotherapist who has worked for the last eight years across primary schools, delivering psychotherapeutic interventions to families and children aged 4-11 yrs. She began working in a Therapeutic Community for Adolescents in 1990 and has worked in Mental Health provision for Social Care, NHS and Voluntary Sector. She has taught on the MA Counselling Children and Young People here at the University of Nottingham, facilitated Personal Development Groups for Forensic and Clinical Psychology, delivered lectures and workshops to teachers in training and social workers. She is co-author of the forthcoming book Essentials of Counselling and Psychotherapy with Primary School Children. Shelley is in the completion stage of her Clinical Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy with the University of Exeter.

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LT1, Exchange Building
Jubilee Campus
University of Nottingham
NG8 1BB Nottingham
United Kingdom

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (GMT)


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The University of Nottingham School of Education

The School of Education welcomes students, scholars and other partners from across the UK, Europe and the world into our vibrant global community. 

The school leads the way in high quality research, teaching and professional education. We are one of the largest education departments in the UK and ranked 3rd out of all education departments in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework.

The School of Education works globally through our international campuses and innovative courses and locally through partnership schools, professional networks and diverse communities. Our suite of 'outstanding' teacher trainingprogrammes is one of the largest in the country.

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