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Digital conference - 16/24/30 Nov & 8 Dec

Four digital modules from 3pm to 5pm

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Speakers

Sarah-Jane is a keynote speaker, consultant, coach and author who wrote ‘A Different Joy: The Parents’ Guide to Living Better with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD and More...’  and contributor to two books on autistic girls. As Programme Manager of the Autism Education Trust for over 10 years, she developed training, standards and competencies that reached over 270,000 people.

A renowned speaker, trainer and author on mental health and SEN, Sam has been a SENCo in a large secondary school and is a qualified cognitive behaviour therapist, and a child and adolescent counsellor. Sam set up a company providing mental health CBT programmes for schools and regularly speaks at conferences, providing in-house training for schools and companies, nationally and internationally. Lauded for her humour and ‘telling it like it is’ approach to mental health, Sam authored ‘Mental Health in Education’ and regularly writes for several publications.

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Headteacher of an outstanding PRU & SEMH Provision (up until January 2020) and previously a foster carer. In September 2019, Marie became a behaviour adviser for the government and is also a Specialist Leader of Education. She works closely with The Difference and is Co Director of Magic Behaviour Management. Marie is also trained in the Solihull Approach.  

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Sharon Gray OBE's 28 years' experience working with children, workforce and systems include 20 years of headship leading SEMH residential units and special schools and a larger than average mainstream school with enhanced provision for excluded children. An Ofsted inspector for 9 years, Sharon is a co-opted member of ‘engage in their future’ - representing special schools nationally for young people experiencing severe SEMH difficulties. A member of the Youth Justice board, she is part of the strategic overview project lead of education in custody and the development of its first secure school. Her work and purpose is in taking a systemic approach to help adults, teams, school, communities and local authorities to create environments that enrich the emotional well-being, creativity and learning of children and young people. 

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Neil Humphrey is Professor of Psychology of Education at the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, UK. His research focuses on what we mean by mental health, why mental health matters, what matters for mental health, and what works for mental health, in children and young people. 

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Julie trained as a nurse and has been an educational consultant specialising in wellbeing and PSHE for 28 years. Trained as a systemic therapist, Julie worked as a psychotherapist in schools and private practice. A leading provider of workshops and seminars for young people and parents in London, Julie teaches mindfulness and mindfulness self-compassion to children, teachers and parents. Author of several children’s books on issues including bullying, anger, and step families, Julie contributed to Radio 4 productions including ‘Bringing up Britain’ and a series on cyberbullying. She is committed to informing, equipping, affirming, and at times challenging, all who work with children, adolescents and parents.

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Deputy headteacher of an outstanding PRU & SEMH Provision (up until January 2020) and extensive experience working with ASD children and SEMH. In March 2020, Katie became a Specialist Leader in Education. Co Director of Magic Behaviour Management, Katie is also trained in the Solihull Approach. 

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International educational consultant, author and teacher, Nicola has a reputation for successfully managing the most challenging students and motivating staff to help implement change. Working closely with schools and parents, Nicola often speaks at conferences on behaviour change, engaging families, mindset and resilience. She regularly receives comments on how motivated and inspired schools feel following her sessions which provide the confidence to really push their own boundaries for personal achievement. An International Values Education approved trainer and NLP Master Practitioner, Nicola is author of more than 10 educational books and countless articles. 

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Founder of Mental Health Learning, Alice is a provider of mental health, self harm and suicide prevention training. Having worked and studied in the field of mental health and suicide prevention for over 12 years, Alice has psychology degree, worked for a national Suicide Prevention Charity and managed a nationwide helpline and training team, equipping individuals with life-saving skills. Passionate about not just creating a society in which mental health, self harm and suicide are no longer taboo, but where any member of the community feels confident and prepared to ask and support an individual with any of these concerns, Alice is a Silver trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and one of the first UK trainers to provide the Assessing Suicide Risk in Kids workshop.

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A consultant clinical psychologist with more than 25-years’ experience across a range of settings with children, young people, and families, Emma has a post in a busy CAMHS at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Director of Wellbeing at Highgate School, she consults with staff, parents, and pupils at Highgate and partner schools on individual and whole-school mental health issues. Emma supervises and trains clinicians working with children and families at UCL and the Anna Freud Centre. Passionate about working with and developing accessible mental health services for young people, Emma's current research explores the relationship between social media and teenage mental health. 

A qualified psychotherapist, Lisa has delivered mental health courses for more than 15 years, regularly leading training for The Post Adoption Centre and Adoption UK. A national trainer for Mental Health England, Lisa initially worked as a social worker in residential settings and in acute and rehabilitation mental health services. After adopting two children, Lisa quickly realised the impact of early trauma on children’s health and wellbeing and focused on attachment issues. 

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Paula is a registered nurse in both adult and paediatric nursing, mental health first aider, qualified mindfulness teacher and independent schools’ inspector. Director of compliance, health and welfare at Cumnor House Sussex, she has 25 years' experience in child development, mental health, physical health and wellbeing in both hospital and educational settings. With a MSc in nursing science, she has completed research focused on therapeutic nurse-patient relationships and attitudes towards adolescents with mental health issues.

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