Selection of previous training/ lecture presentations provided for organisations by Margot Sunderland

Child Mental Health: General  (Psychology and Brain Science)

  • Creating a passion for learning: Vital knowledge from psychology and neuroscience.
  • Children behaving badly – why they do and what can be done about it.
  • Understanding and improving children’s behaviour to impact learning: Practical strategies and ideas that work.
  • The importance of the early years and what can be done when children have suffered relational stress or relational poverty.
  • Emotional Intelligence in schools: Making it a reality informed by brain science and psychological research.
  • Essential cutting edge Child Development: Theory and practice (neuroscience and psychology)
  • Helping children thrive: What cutting edge brain science and psychological research can tell us.
  • What every parent and child professional needs to know about the teenage brain.
  • The psychology and neuroscience of adolescence: From vital knowledge to practical intervention.
  • The neuroscience and psychology of confidence and self-esteem in children.
  • The neuroscience of emotion and the child’s ability to learn.
  • The neuroscience of play and positive adult-child interaction.
  • The role of professionals in children’s social and emotional development: What brain science and the latest psychological research can tell us.
  • The Science of Parenting: What every parent needs to know. What every parenting, family and child professional needs to know.
  • Cutting-edge theory and interventions for parent-child interaction.
  • Bullying: What neuroscience and psychological research can tell us. Prevention and intervention.

Attachment and Loss

  • Awakening attachment needs in troubled children and teenagers.
  • Frightened to love: Working with attachment issues and attachment disorders in children and young people.
  • The neuroscience and psychology of attachment: Towards practical intervention.
  • The neuroscience of attachment and attachment disorders.
  • The neuroscience of attachment and helping children who have been fostered or adopted.
  • The long term effects on brain and mind of traumatic loss and unmourned grief and interventions that work.

Troubled Children and Troubled Teenagers

  • Challenging children and teenagers: Bad behaviour? ADHD? Genetics? Parenting? Stress? Trauma? Preventing the hazard of misdiagnosis, and enabling effective intervention.
  • Neglect and abuse in childhood and adolescence: Effective interventions and ways forward
  • The impact of abuse and neglect on the brain and what can be done.
  • Children with broken hearts: From loss and hurt to psychological health.
  • Helping troubled children/ teenagers to speak about feelings: Key tools and techniques.
  • It hurts too much to feel: Working with extreme defence mechanisms in children and young people.
  • Out of control children: Why, what to do and how to be.
  • The Emotional rollercoaster of working with troubled children: Prevention and intervention.
  • The neuroscience  and psychology of learning difficulties and what to do.
  • The traumatised child: Healing brain, mind and body.
  • Transforming the challenging child.
  • Understanding anger, depression and anxiety in young people, and ways forward.
  • Working with children locked in rage and hate.
  • Preventing the shift from pain to violence.
  • Enabling troubled teenagers to thrive.

Creative Intervention: Tools and Techniques with Troubled Children

  • Healing conversations with children and teenagers: What to say and how to be.
  • Helping children speak about feelings and how to respond when they do: Key tools and techniques.
  • The art and science of therapeutic communication with children.
  • Key counselling tools and techniques for work with children.
  • The power of art and play in healing troubled children.
  • Using sandplay therapy to heal troubled children.
  • Using storytelling as a therapeutic tool with children.
  • Art and play as medicine for troubled children and teenagers.
  • Adoption/ Fostering.
  • The impact of trauma and loss on adopted and fostered children and what can be done.
  • What every foster carer/adoptive parent needs to know about the brain science of child development and long-term effects of parent-child interaction.
  • Essential psychology, brain science (made easy) and effective intervention for foster carers/adoptive parents.  
  • Essential psychology and brain science for understanding looked after children: Tools and techniques for foster carers and child professionals.


  • Healing brains and minds.
  • What it means to be a human being: What selective contributions from over 100 years of psychological research and 20 years of neuroscience can tell us.
  • From relational stress and relational poverty to relational health in children, teenagers and families.
  • How people change people for better or worse.
  • The mind’s psychological landscapes: Finding a warmer kinder inner world.

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Forthcoming Public Lectures

Saturday 10 September 2016 (10:00-17.00) 
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Saturday 18 February 2017 (10:00-16.30)
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Please note: due to major time constraints Margot regrets she is unable to offer a personal advisory service on parenting or child development issues.

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