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Risk and Resilience: Reaching Out to Children, Young People and Families

Friday 3rd October 2014 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

Please note, this event is now full.

If you wish to be added to the wait list, please e-mail lneaknk-oe.ouyn.ti@cjnsc.k

DCoP Young Work Networking Group

Working with children, young people and their families often means we are working with the future, helping children and families to build resilience and hope in the face of difficulties. This event will demonstrate and elucidate some of the work being undertaken by Counselling Psychologists with children, young people and families. Underpinning the day will be these questions:

  • How do we work with risk with children and young people?
  • How can we build resilience?
  • How can we reach out to children, young people and their families?

The Young Work Networking Group is launching this as its first event with a view to convening all those interested in the interface of Counselling Psychology and children, young people and families.

We are happy to announce that we have two confirmed keynote speakers:

Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling Psychology, University of Roehampton, London
Dr Zack Eleftheriadou

About the Young Work Group

Young Work is a recently formed networking group within the BPS for Counselling Psychologists interested in working with children, young people and families. The Group meets once every two months in London and runs an online forum for sharing our ideas and experience in this area. We are open to anyone who would like to join us. Young Work is committed to raising the profile of Counselling Psychology and to spreading awareness of the valuable contribution which Counselling Psychologists are making in the CYP field. Young work is also active in representing the child's viewpoint in clinical work, research and training. You can contact us on doyugokbsogucponwr@p.r.k or sign up to our forum on

Call for Submission

For this specialist learning event for YoungWork , we are inviting submissions around practice and research for those working with children, young people and their families. Come and join us to celebrate the diversity and energy involved in working with children and families, and be a presenter at this inaugural event for YoungWork.

We welcome submissions around the theme of Risk and Resilience: Reaching out to Children, Young People and their Families.

Risk: working with risk, safeguarding, difficulty .

Resilience: helping children, young people and their families build resilience, either as intervention or prevention.

Reaching out: outreach, engagement, hard-to-reach groups, innovative delivery, and the therapeutic relationship.

We encourage you to interpret these themes broadly and flexibly.

Submission deadline: 16th June 2014

If you are interested in presenting your research and practice please e-mail Pamela Lawson (pml.nrsascae@mi.oaeaetutsoitsgalcm) and Julia Hutchinson (jlahthno2bitre.oui.ucisn@tnentcm) with a summary of your submission.

Submissions can be in the format of oral presentations, workshops, symposia or poster presentations. Please provide an abstract/summary of no more than 250 words outlining your presentation. State the time needed for your presentation (between ½ - 1 ½ hours), whether or not your submission has been presented elsewhere, and if research, whether it is completed. We welcome submissions from experienced, newly qualified or trainee counselling psychologists.

Please note that presenters will need to also register as a delegate (delegate fee is £14 for member of DCoP).

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Friday 3rd October 2014

09:25Open and housekeeping
09:30Keynote: Counselling interventions in UK Secondary Schools: Current findings and developments - Prof Mick Cooper
10:30Refreshment break and Posters
12:00Oral Presentation: ‘Widening the circle of belonging’ - Jacob Zelinger
12:45Lunch and Posters
13:45Workshop: ‘Winston’s Wish SWITCH programme: promoting resilience in bereaved children’ - Gianna Daly
14:45Presentation: ‘On the ball? How football can help the mental health of at-risk adolescents’ - Dr Paul Gaffney
15:30Comfort Break
15:45Keynote: Reducing risk and facilitating resilience: therapeutic work with traumatised kids - Dr Zack Eleftheriadou
16:45Plenary Q and A
17:15Wrap up and Close
17:30Event Finish

Speakers and Facilitators

Professor Mick Cooper

Keynote Speaker
Mick Cooper is a Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Roehampton. Mick has led a range of research studies exploring the process and outcomes of humanistic counselling with young people, and was clinical lead for Counselling MindEd: a freely-available e-learning programme for counselling work with children and young people. Mick is author and editor of a range of texts on person-centred, existential, and relational approaches to therapy, including Existential Therapies (Sage, 2003), Working at Relational Depth in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2005, with Dave Mearns), Pluralistic Counselling and Psychotherapy (Sage, 2011, with John McLeod), and The Handbook of Person-centred Psychotherapy and Counselling (Palgrave, 2003, with Maureen O’Hara, Art Bohart and Peter Schmid). Mick lives in Brighton with his partner and four children.

Dr Zack Eleftheriadou

Keynote Speaker
is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist and a UKCP registered integrative, psychoanalytic and child psychotherapist. She has worked in the area of trauma in different areas: supporting the staff at The Royal London Hospital, as Coordinator of the Child and Family referrals at the Inter-cultural Centre, Nafsiyat, as part of the Medical Foundation's Unaccompanied adolescent team and more recently supporting psycho-social workers in refugee camps abroad. She currently works in private practice in North London, working with children and adults. She also lectures widely in the areas of parenting/child development, cross-cultural issues and refugees.

Jacob Zelinger

Chartered and HCPC Counselling Psychologist; Senior Practitioner – BPS Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy; UKCP registered Psychotherapist and registered supervisor; 30 years in practice.

Gianna Daly

Gianna’s first degree was in Business and Marketing, retraining as a psychologist and graduating from the University of Roehampton in 2004. Gianna initially trained as a couples therapist before spending 10 years working in Gloucestershire Social Care teams gaining extensive experience with vulnerable children and their families. She subsequently spent a number of years with Solihull Child and Adolescent Service initially in Looked After and generic CAMHS teams and subsequently in Schools Psychology, consulting to 24 schools across the borough. She has a special interest in attachment issues, separation anxiety, bullying, sibling rivalry, ADHD, and children’s anxiety and depression. Gianna has made use of further training in Arts therapies as a medium to engage therapeutically with children and parents alike. Gianna’s current role is at the child bereavement charity ‘Winston’s Wish’ where she has been Head of Clinical Services since 2011.

Dr Paul Gaffney

Senior Clinical and Counselling Psychologist working with at risk adolescents and those who care for then in secure and community settings. He helped develop both “Mind Yourself”, an evidence based positive mental health project which has been delivered to over 9,000 young people in Ireland, and “Back of the Net”, an exercise/mental health project which has utilised a combination of football/exercise/cognitive behavioural therapy as a promising treatment for depression in young men. He is a Consultant Tutor with the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), training mental health professionals internationally, and he enjoys a broad range of research and clinical interests, especially making effective mental health interventions more readily and broadly accessible.


BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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