General recovery

Saturday 13th May 2017 | 10am – 4pm
The Counselling Foundation Training Centre – St Albans

With guest speaker: Diana Samuels, Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist and Counsellor from Young Herts Minds


Would you like to explore and understand the mind of an adolescent?

This course has been developed to help parents, therapists and anyone working with adolescents to navigate and explore inside the mind of teenagers.  The pressures of modern day life can affect a child’s mental wellbeing, from struggling in class to falling out with friends.  It is estimated that 50 per cent of all mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and 75% by the age of 24.

The course will look at how we can protect our children’s mental health as they spend ever more time on social media, with studies showing some for more than three hours a day.  We look at current research into this and explore practical ways we can support them.

Diana is a qualified and experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist and play therapist. She has a background in social work and has provided consultative support to other professionals, parents and carers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discussion around what is adolescence?
  • Explore and understand different Attachment Theories and how it relates to adolescence.
  • Look at the influence of social media on teenage mental health.
  • Introduction to theory stages through the life cycle and how adolescence fits in
  • Developments in Neuroscience – what we know about changes in the adolescent brain and how we can support teenagers in the changing world
  • Discover practical ways to listen and communicate effectively
  • Helpful books and resources


The workshop will use a combination of experiential, group discussion and more traditional learning methods.

Suitable for

This course is suitable for parents, therapists and anyone working with adolescents; teachers, police, nursing, mentors, youth workers or pastoral areas.



Cost £85

A discounted rate of £75 applies to all staff, counsellors and existing trainees.

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