Children’s Grief Matters: A Conference on Childhood Bereavement & Loss

The Children’s Bereavement Centre is delighted to host its second national conference: ‘Children’s Grief Matters’ in the charity’s hometown of Newark. Featuring a cast of leading practitioners in children’s grief and loss, the conference will explore the scale of loss amongst children in the United Kingdom as well as the emotional and physiological impacts, concluding with therapeutic solutions, strategies and interventions to support the holistic wellbeing of those most vulnerable.

Date: Wednesday 21st November 2018

Time: 10am – 4:30pm

Venue: National Civil War Centre, Newark


Dr Margot Sunderland

Dr Margot Sunderland: Internationally acclaimed Author of over 20 books in the field of child mental health. Child Psychologist with over 30 years working with children & families. Director of Education & Training at the Centre for Child Mental Health, an Honorary visiting fellow at London’s Metropolitan University & Senior Associate Member of the Royal College of Medicine.

For over 20 years Dr Sunderland has carried out a meta-analysis of the scientific and psychological research on the long-term impact of adult/child relationships on the child’s developing brain and mind. Dr Sunderland lectures all over the world on the psychology and neuroscience of child and teenage mental health, offering a wealth of practical strategies and interventions, always underpinned by the latest research. She makes TV and radio appearances as a child and parenting expert. Overall, she is concerned to ensure that parents, teachers and mental health professionals alike, are offered the most up to date psychological and brain science research on how children and young people can be enabled to thrive. She is passionate about social change for a kinder, warmer world.

Dr Sunderland will utilise her extensive research and clinical expertise to outline creative relational interventions, tools and techniques for supporting and transforming children with challenging behaviours resultant from loss.

Dr Katie Koehler

Katie Koehler: Deputy Director of Bereavement Services & Education, Child Bereavement UK and Clinical Psychologist.

Katie joined Child Bereavement UK in May 2009. Prior to this, Katie spent most of her career as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in the NHS in a Tier 2 child and adolescent psychology service. As part of her role, she was the lead psychologist in the multidisciplinary Child Development Team supporting children and families with developmental delay and learning disability.

Katie has a particular interest in supporting children with learning difficulties and Autism and this is the area in which she carried out her doctoral research. Katie has a wide experience supporting children, young people and families presenting with a wide range of difficulties, including loss and bereavement and has experience in both research and training.

Drawing on her wealth of experience from clinical practice and work at Child Bereavement UK, Katie will examine the scale of childhood bereavement in the UK and explore the individuality of grief based on the development of a child’s concept of loss.

Jo Stockdale

Jo Stockdale: Programme Director & Consultant at “Well Within Reach” (formerly known as CLADAC).

Jo Stockdale is a trainer and consultant with “Well Within Reach” and specialises in training all kinds of practitioners in brain development, helping them to understand how to nurture social and emotional growth, and good mental health ‘from the inside out’, from birth onwards; with a particular focus on children who may be considered ‘vulnerable’.

Jo also works as a consultant, supporting organisations in developing and, in particular, evaluating wellbeing programmes by ‘translating’ their ‘soft’ outcomes into scientific and theoretically underpinned impacts and change.

Using her expertise in cerebral functioning and weaving in the latest neuro-scientific evidence, Jo will discuss how the brain and a child’s general physiology is impacted by both expected and sudden loss.

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