Understanding Child and Adolescent Counselling and its potential role

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Understanding Child and Adolescent Counselling and it’s potential role during parental separation for mediators and lawyers

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Parental separation can see children experience significant losses and changes, perhaps for the first time in their life. These losses and changes can, of course, be explored within the nuclear and extended family and the child’s feelings, communications and actions supported and therapeutically understood.

However, some children can be affected or disturbed by the losses and changes to the extent that their mental health suffers and therefore, often, their education, friendships and enjoyment of life and/or maladjusted coping mechanisms, such as aggression, self-harming, suicidal ideation, appear.

Parents may or may not understand the support that counselling can provide during their separation or later during the divorce or in years to come as their child develops intellectually and therefore this workshop will be of interest to professionals who would like to understand how counselling works and how it can support child and young people during their parent’s separation and divorce, to enable them to feel confident in recommending this intervention to parents.

During the workshop we will explore the varied, possible impacts of parental separation and divorce on children and young people, the feelings they may experience and we will consider their needs. We will look at the role parents can play in supporting their children’s mental health needs and will consider when it is prudent for parents to access counselling support for their children during this process.

We will consider how counselling works, including its use of boundaries and confidentiality, and the commitment it involves, from both parent and child. We will explore the benefits of Child and Young People counselling, its limitations and we will dispel the myths surrounding it.

Finally, the workshop will consider what counselling can realistically provide and how parents can access counselling support for their child or children and parenting support for themselves and work with the counsellor to promote positive mental health outcomes.

This workshop will be delivered by Carol Belsey and Suzanne Bunt.

Carol Belsey is a Senior Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychology (BACP) with over 15 years- experience as a counsellor of adults and children and young people. Having worked as a teaching assistant in a large Senior school and then a Therapeutic Learning Mentor within another Senior school tasked with building therapeutic relationships with those children at risk of exclusion, she worked as a counsellor in both a Child and Adolescent Counselling charity and schools.

Carol now works in Private Practice in Godstone, where she set up a group practice of 5 counsellors collectively known as East Surrey Counselling Group. The group provides counselling for all ages and couples/partners Monday to Saturday and Carol remains passionate about enabling children and young people access to counselling and its benefits, alongside her work with adults.

Carol is also a Supervisor of other local counsellors and runs CB Counsellor Training, a local training organisation for therapists offering one-day CPD workshops and longer 12-day courses.

Suzanne Bunt is an Accredited counsellor and member of the BACP, qualifying over 14 years ago. She works with adults, children and young people in Private Practice, schools and GP surgeries and specialises in working with communication impairments and Deaf and hard of hearing clients.

Suzanne has worked in both education and social care, accessing and supporting people to cope with a variety of difficulties for more than 30 years.

Supporting parents is a very important part of her work. She runs parenting groups in schools and offers one to one support for parents. Whilst working in social care she developed and implemented parenting skills courses for Deaf parents, recognising this as an unmet need in communities. Informing and supporting parents to change thinking style, increase self-awareness and use valuable strategies Suzanne believes improve their effectiveness to be able to meet their children’s emotional and physical needs.

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