Early bird tickets now on sale for Adoption UK’s annual conference 2016

Published: 26.04.16

‘Early bird’ tickets are now on sale for Adoption UK’s annual conference 2016 - From Surviving to Thriving.
Early bird tickets now on sale for Adoption UK’s annual conference 2016

Our annual conference, which will be held in Birmingham on Saturday 19th November, will focus on supporting the emotional development and wellbeing of adopted children.

The guest speakers are Dr Margot Sunderland, adopter Sally Donovan and Professor Jonathan Green.

Dr Sunderland is an author and director of education and training at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London. She will discuss building resilience in the adopted child through therapeutic conversations. Her presentation includes what to do, what to say and how to be. This is based on the fact that unless troubled children and teenagers have access to thoughtful adult minds through healing conversations, their unmanageable feelings often remain unmanageable, causing misery and heartache to themselves and those around them. Yet with a trusted adult, adept at therapeutic conversation, children and teenagers can be helped to reflect on painful life experiences in ways which enable them to thrive. 

Dr Sunderland will also explore the science behind the ‘can of worms’ myth, the power of memory re-consolidation in the presence of an emotionally regulating adult and how to get through when children don’t want to talk. Delegates will also learn how to support children and teenagers to access the healing emotions of grief and empowered anger, proven to be fundamental to positive change.

In the afternoon, author and adoptive parent Sally Donovan will examine the realities of day-to-day life as a therapeutic parent with the focus on resilience; becoming educated and practiced in parenting an adopted child; and building a supportive network with an emphasis on self-care.

Prof Jonathan Green, a professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Manchester, will draw on his clinical work and research with children after adoption and discuss the factors that may impact on the mental health and well-being of children after adoption. Prof Green will explain the rationale for therapeutic support for adoptive parents and how that support might be structured. He will also look at what may also be required for children with additional needs, such as ADHD/ASD/attachment disorder – as well as anxiety, depression and aggression.

Adoption UK’s chief executive Hugh Thornbery said: “The emotional development and wellbeing of adopted children is vital in order for them to thrive so this is clearly a subject of great importance.

“All three of our guests are all very well-respected and I am sure delegates who attend will find their talks both fascinating and enlightening.”

The conference, which will run from 10am to 4pm, has a maximum capacity of 280 so anyone who would like to attend the conference is urged to take advantage of the early bird offer as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Early bird tickets, available until 31st July 2016, are priced at £72 for individual members (£93 for individual non members) and £114 for practitioner members (£144 for practitioner non members). This includes VAT, information pack, refreshments and lunch. Details of the conference’s location will be issued with your confirmation.

You can book your early bird tickers by clicking here.Please note that only credit/debit card or cheque payments are accepted for this conference.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact our training team via email training@adoptionuk.org.uk or on 01926 852877 / 07887 873145.