The child’s right to be heard

Workshop name: The child’s right to be heard
Presenter  Name and Surname : Joanna Hewitt Evans
Co-presenter Name and Surname: Kathleen Carroll
Workshop duration:  1 hr 30 min/ 3 hr

Biography of presenter :

Joanna Hewitt Evans, UKCP Gestalt and EAIP Integrative Psychotherapist is Co-director of European Centre for Psychotherapeutic Studies – EUROCPS. She jointly runs an EAIP and EAP accredited Integrative Psychotherapy Training Programme and EIATSCYP accredited programme for Psychotherapy with Children and Young People. She is a visiting trainer on several Psychotherapy Training Programmes in Europe including ARPI and IRPI. Joanna worked for many years with Children and Families developing and managing projects particularly for those who had experienced abuse.

Biography of Co-presenter:

Kathleen Carroll is a Registered Independent Senior Social Work Practitioner, experienced Counsellor and Children’s Advocate. Kathleen has a particular interest in therapy with children and also Children’s Rights. She currently works as an Advocate with children and young people in the care system ensuring that their voices are heard in matters that affect them, even resulting in a change to UK Law. She has a private therapeutic practice in the North East of England where she works with adults and children. Kathleen is an experienced trainer particularly in the areas of therapeutic skills, communication and Children’s Rights.

Workshop presentation :

In the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 12 states “Every child has the right to have a say in all matters affecting them, and to have their views taken seriously”. This means that every child has a right to be listened to, to be heard.
As therapists we have a responsibility to ensure this happens in our work with children and in our work with adults. When we work with adults, we engage with the previously unheard child within.
This workshop will explore our ability to communicate creatively and effectively. In order to hear the voices of children and adults we work with, we need to be able to hear our own. Using exercises and discussion we aim to enable participants to draw on their personal and professional experience and to consider together ways in which we can improve our practice, ensuring the voices of children are heard.
Come and join us and have some fun.

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