New Release, June 2018
2nd Edition (by Dr Margot Sunderland. Illustrated by Nicky Armstrong)
Draw on Your Emotions is a bestselling resource for therapists and educators to help people of all ages express, communicate and deal more effectively with their emotions, using images as a starting point. It is designed to help individuals begin to explore their emotions by completing the easy picture exercises, encourage people to rehearse other ways of functioning by trying out alternatives safely on paper, and create clarity and new perspectives as a step towards positive action. This revised and updated second edition also contains a new section on how to use the superbly emotive The Emotion Cards to facilitate deeper therapeutic conversations.
The Emotion Cards are 48 emotive and artistic images designed to help people to review their emotions and their relationships in a meaningful and often transformative way. The cards are designed to capture the deeper truth of how people experience their life, offering poignant descriptions for what someone may be feeling. This beautiful resource is also a perfect supplement to Draw on Your Emotions, Margot SunderlandÅs bestselling book. The second edition of Draw on Your Emotions contains a new section that explains how to get the most out of combining the activities in the book with these cards to encourage meaningful conversations and take steps towards positive action.
Buy both resources together and save money! Bundle ISBN: 978-0-815-39451-8: £47.99 (RRP: £59.99)
Margot will be presenting at the following half-day conferences at The Centre for Child Mental Health, (2-18 Britannia Row, London N1 8PA).
Saturday 6 October (10.00-13.00), cost £80. How to Set Up a Successful Business / Organisation Visioned on Social Change
Many professionals in the caring professions have a passion and drive for social change. With such accuracy and perception they see what needs to be done in particular areas of society to alleviate suffering and to improve qualify of life for far more people. Yet for many professionals, turning their vision into a reality seems just too daunting a task, so they give up on their vision and carry on in the paid job. This conference is about changing all that. It's about providing delegates with the vital facts and knowledge on how to run a successful business/organisation based on social change, and how to avoid the very common pitfalls. It will give you key information about marketing, getting known, getting your vision across well, getting funding, dealing with competitors, managing staff and managing money. The speakers are successful social entrepreneurs who have suffered, got the t-shirt and are now running thriving enterprises. With real honesty they will speak about their high points, their low points, what drove them to nearly give up and what helped them to carry on to make a real change to people’s lives.
Saturday 6 October (14.00-17.00), cost £80. Therapeutic Stories for Troubled Children: How to write one and get published
Therapeutic stories can change children’s and teenagers' lives by providing them with accurate empathy for their painful life experiences and psychological messages, key to change. Therapeutic stories offer the relief of feeling truly understood, sometimes for the very first time, and empower with options for a way forward. They also provide ‘protection of the metaphor’ when a child or teenager is not yet ready to talk about painful issues more directly. Dr Margot Sunderland and Andrea Perry (publisher) will together take you through the process of 'seed of an idea' to acceptance of your book by a publisher. When so many children are suffering from mental health problems, the field needs far more therapeutic story books, so come along and become a significant author in the field.
BEST RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR CHILD (DVD series)
There is so much out there on how to get your child to behave. But recent studies have shown that parents want so much more than this. They want to know how to have the best possible relationship with their child, and this is what these films are all about. They will equip you with a whole host of fun packed ways of connecting, communicating and being together, proven to be vital not only for bonding but for brain development. So if you want the best possible relationship with your child, these films will give you a fabulous menu of ideas, not only to enrich your relationship now, but as an investment for life.
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The Centre for Child Mental Health: https://www.childmentalhealthcentre.org/films/category
CONVERSATIONS THAT MATTER. Talking with children and teenagers in ways that help.
This book offers a wealth of tools and techniques to empower practitioners and parents to connect to children and teenagers through conversation, in life changing ways. Packed with creative possibilities, and illustrated with numerous ‘conversations’, this book can be returned to again and again whilst helping children and teenagers work through any painful life issue, past or present. The book also contains photocopiable worksheets. A ‘must-buy’ for any adult who want the conversations they have with children and teenagers to genuinely help, and to matter.
More information from Worth Publishing Ltd: http://www.worthpublishing.com
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Telephone: 01332 841190
The Parent - Child Relationship Spa (devised by Dr Margot Sunderland)
The main goal of the Parent-Child Relationship Spa is to equip parents and carers with the tools to nourish their relationships with a fabulous take home repertoire of activities for that vital quality time. Like all spas, it’s a wonderful pampering environment uniquely designed to enhance parent- child bonding and brain development. (Age range: Babies and children up to nine years of age). No actual jacuzzis or saunas, but sensory rooms for parent child couples to be transported together into blissful states of awe and wonder,and exciting taught sessions on relational games and communication strategies that can be used to deepen parent child bonds long after you leave. There is also live theatre, surprise visits from fantasy characters, messy play, small world play, drumming zone, dressing up, snacks and refreshments on tap (one and half hour sessions every Wednesday, pre-booking essential www.enchantedhouse.net/spa)
'Helping Children of Troubled Parents' and 'Monica Plum's Horrid Problem'
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.
The two books 'Bothered' and 'Helping Teenagers with Anger and Low Self-Esteem' are based on years of experience working in adolescent units and underpinned with all the latest theory in psychology and neuroscience.
'Bothered' aims to empower people to have thoughtful, reflective conversations with teenagers about their life experiences. The book is full of tools and techniques for what to say and how to be when having conversations with teenagers, underpinned by the latest research, psychology and neuroscience in adolescent development. The exercises will help teenagers to move towards real self-awareness, better self-esteem and the ability to thrive. The book offers a key assessment tool, 'The Teenager Well-Being Profile'. If the teenager is struggling in some areas, the Well-Being Profile will show clearly which life skill they need support in. The accompanying worksheets address key feelings, issues and concerns common to teenagers, enabling adults to talk with teenagers in a confident, non-embarrassing and effective way. This book provides an opportunity for transformational conversations with young people aged 11-18 that will really make a difference.
Many teenagers who suffer from anger, anxiety and low self-esteem need help from understanding adults. Without this help, painful feelings can often overwhelm them, badly affecting their emotional health, their relationships with parents and peers, their schoolwork and quality of life. This comprehensive resource contains vital theory and practice, tools and techniques as well as case studies from contributors with extensive hands-on experience of working with troubled young people.
- Practical ideas for creating and building connections.
- Learn how to initiate and develop transformative conversations.
- Offers tried-and-tested therapeutic interventions.
- Understand what lies behind aggressive behaviour. - Help teenagers address their feelings so they don't act them out in a destructive manner.
- Learn why teenagers can move from painful feelings to anti-social behaviour.
- Understand key psychological research and the brain science behind troubled feelings and behaviour in adolescence.
- Gain key parenting skills.
- The extensive selection of illustrated worksheets and exercises have been developed in consultation with teenagers themselves, and will be a vital aid to helping young people deal with their feelings.
Contributors: Louise Bartel; Lynne Davis; Alison Eldridge; Tracy Godfroy; Dom Guard; Margot Sunderland; Louis Sydney. A vital resource for all professionals and parents who seek to reach and help teenagers who struggle with anger, anxiety and low self-esteem.
Course designed by Margot. Certificate/Diploma in Parent-Child Therapy
"I am passionate about this course. It is totally unique. So often, just like couples, parents and children get stuck in their relationship and they need help to get unstuck and move on.
This course is about enabling professionals to empower parents with a kind of relationship repair tool kit! The course will also resource professionals to help a parent and child talk together in ways that can enable the two people to become close and connected again, ending often literally years of alienation or harbored resentments” (Margot Sunderland)
The Centre for Child Mental Health (Director Margot Sunderland) supports an orphanage in North Uganda run by a former child soldier. The orphanage has no other aid.
David Taransund a former student at The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (co founding director Margot Sunderland) has just come back after spending time at an orphanage in Uganda. He used art therapy, puppets, drawing and play, to heal traumatised child soldiers and their victims. Currently the orphanage has absolutely no aid from any of the big charities. Before David’s visit, the orphanage had only one book for a 100 children and no toys. The children sleep on cow dung (it keeps the snakes away). The Centre for Child Mental Health has just paid for toys, books and art materials to be sent. They have also paid for 100 beds (see final picture)