Margot Sunderland

Margot Sunderland

Dr Margot Sunderland is Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health London, Honorary Visiting Fellow at London Metropolitan University, Associate Member of the Royal College of Medicine, and Child Psychotherapist with over thirty years experience of working with children and families. She is the author of over twenty books in the field of child mental health, which collectively have been translated into eighteen languages and published in twenty-four countries.  Her internationally acclaimed book, “The Science of Parenting” (Dorling Kindersley), won First Prize in the British Medical Association Medical Book awards 2007 Popular Medicine section. (Paperback version entitled “What Every Parent Needs to Know”). The book, endorsed by one of the world’s leading affective neuroscientists, Professor Jaak Panksepp, is the result of ten years research on the long-term effects of adult-child interaction on the developing brain. Dr Sunderland has two doctorates, one in child psychotherapy, thesis entitled “The Application of Art and Science to the Psychological Treatment of Children.” Read More

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:21

Monica Plum's Horrid Problem

This accompanying story will help you work with children whose emotional wellbeing is being upset by troubled parents.

They may be: Alarmed by their parent rather than experiencing them as a place of safety and solace, harbouring a mass of painful feelings about a chaotic and disturbing world, left self-helping, which all too often means drugs, drink, self-harm, depression, anxiety, eating disorders or problems with anger in the teenage years.

Age: 4-12

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 11:01

Helping Children of Troubled Parents

The titles in this extraordinary series are a vital resource. Nine practical guidebooks, each with an accompanying beautifully illustrated storybook, have been written to help children (aged 4-12) think about and connect with their feelings. These guides and stories enable teachers, parents and professionals to recognise the unresolved feelings behind a child's behaviour and to respond correctly to help. Each guidebook focuses on a key feeling and is written in very user-friendly language. The exercises, tasks and ideas for things to say and do are specifically designed to help children think about, express and process the feeling to the point of resolution. This guidebook offers readers a wealth of vital theory and effective interventions for working with these children and, specifically, the key feelings such children need help with. Particular focus is given to the effects on children of: Family breakdown Separation and divorce Witnessing parents fighting Parents who suffer from depression or anxiety, mental or physical ill-health, alcohol or drug addiction.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:48

A Pea Called Mildred

(A story to help children pursue their hopes and dreams)

Mildred is a pea with dreams. She has great plans for her pea life. However, people are always telling her that dreams are pointless as she is just an ordinary pea like so many other peas. Eventually, with the help of a kind person along the way, Mildred ends up doing exactly what she has always dreamed of doing.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:40

How Hattie Hated Kindness

(A story for children locked in rage or hate)

Hattie lives by herself on an island. She likes anything hard and spiky. Lots of people try to bring kindness to Hattie, but each time she is horrid to them, smashing and spoiling everything they try to do for her. So after a while they all stop coming to the island. Hattie is very alone. So she sits by the water's edge and tries to figure out why she hates love and loves hate. She thinks it must be because she is a bad girl.

(A story for fearful children)

One day Teenie Weenie finds himself in a scrumbly screechy place. It is full of noises and crashes and things that swoop and scratch. The worse it gets, the smaller Teenie Weenie feels. After a while, he feels so small that the tiniest insect tries to eat him up. Teenie Weenie feels terrified and desperately alone. But after a while along strolls a Wip-Wop bird who invites Teenie Weenie to come and have a chocolate muffin in his tree house.

Monday, 13 August 2012 16:11

A Wibble Called Bipley

(A story for children who have hardened their hearts or become bullies)

Bipley is a warm cuddly creature, but someone has broken his heart. He feels so hurt that he decides it is just too painful to ever love again. When he meets some big tough Honks in the wood, they teach him how to harden his heart so that he doesn't have to feel hurt.

Monday, 13 August 2012 16:06

Willy and the Wobbly House

(A Story for Children Who are Anxious or Obsessional)

Willy is an anxious boy who experiences the world as a very unsafe, wobbly place where anything awful might happen at any time. Joe, the boy next door, is too ordered and tidy to be able to ever really enjoy life.

(A story for children who yearn for someone they love)

Frog is very much in love with the moon because he is sure that once she smiled at him. So now he spends all his time thinking and dreaming about her. He waits and waits for her to smile at him again, so much so that the moon becomes his obsession, and he is unable to enjoy life.

(A Story to Help Teenagers with Anger and Alienation)

Simon Asher, known as Smasher, is good at being bad. He bullies, breaks into cars, carries a knife, gets into fights, and lots more. At best Smasher is heading for trouble and, at worst, jail. He is full of anger because of all the bad things that have happened in his life.. One day he comes face-to-face with a strange presence who takes him on some horrid journeys and some wonderful journeys. As a result, Smasher realises he is at a major crossroads and has some serious choices to make. Does he destroy everything in his life, or think again and change direction in time?

Monday, 13 August 2012 15:52

Ruby and the Rubbish Bin

(A story for children with low self-esteem)

Ruby hates herself so much that she often feels more like a piece of rubbish than a little girl. She gets bullied. Sometimes, Ruby feels so miserable that she wants to sleep and sleep and never wake up again. Then one day, Ruby meets Dot the lunchtime lady, When Ruby feels Dot's kindness and understanding, something warm happens in Ruby's tummy. Over time, Dot helps Ruby to move from self-hate to self-respect.

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Dr Margot Sunderland (Award-winning Author and Expert in Child Development, Child Psychology, Child Psychotherapy and Parenting).

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