Workshop: Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities in Special Schools. October 2019 in London, UK

M F80Workshop Training on Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – 9.30-4.00pm.

Access and Inclusion Centre, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee School, Kennet Road, London, W9 3LG

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This workshop draws from the material and activities of the upcoming book:

Supporting the Emotional Well-Being of Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities: A Whole School Approach

Written by Fox, M., Laverty, T., and Chowdhury, S. (2019) London: Routledge (currently in Press 2019)

The central theme of the book is developing a whole school approach to supporting the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people with severe and complex learning difficulties.

This approach offers a practical framework to further develop a greater understanding of the emotional needs of the children and young people with severe and complex needs. It supports emotional well-being through two main strategies,

  • Supporting the class as a whole group
  • Supporting the individual child or young person with severe emotional difficulties


Aims of Workshop:

  • To provide teachers with a means of identifying and supporting children who have emotional and mental health difficulties as well as their severe learning difficulties
  • To provide class teams with practical strategies to work together to improve the emotional well-being in their classrooms
  • To provide Emotional Well-Being Coordinators/Mental Health Leads a framework for working with outside agencies to support the emotional well-being and mental health of children in the school
  • To provide senior management teams in schools for children with severe and complex learning disabilities with a framework to meet the government’s commitment to making schools central to supporting the well-being and mental health of children and young people


Each participant at the workshop will receive a FREE copy of the book


Target audience:

Members of School Leadership Teams with responsibility for emotional well-being and pastoral support, SENCOs, class teachers, other professionals working with special schools – including Educational Psychologists, Clinical psychologists, Social Workers, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Child Therapists and School Counsellors.

Lunch and Refreshments will be provided

The total cost for the day will be £145


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Dr Mark Fox (Pictured above)

Consultant Educational & Child Psychologist

Mark has over 40 years’ experience working with parents and their children and young people with complex and multiple learning difficulties. Mark taught at a secondary and at a special school in the North of England before training as an Educational Psychologist. He worked in Solihull, Bromley and Essex Educational Psychology Services before taking on a role Head of National Advisory and Assessment Services at SCOPE. Here he developed an integrated model of assessment, and services for people with complex disabilities. He went on to be a senior lecturer at Essex University in conjunction with the Tavistock Clinic in London. He was also Associate Director for Research and Development at the Tavistock. Mark then became the Program Director for the Professional Doctorate Training Course in Educational and Child Psychology at the University of East London, supporting the development and supervision of trainee psychologists. Mark has worked and written with Tom for over 10 years particularly on modules for the government funded Training Resources for Special Education in the 21st Century (Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and Real Group).


Tom Laverty

Specialist Trainer & Consultant for Complex Educational Needs

Following completion of his Psychology degree in Hertfordshire Tom worked for 3 years as a residential social worker in a respite centre for children with complex learning needs and their families. After completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at University of London – Goldsmiths College he worked for 21 years in a school for children and young people with Severe, and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. He worked as a class teacher for 8 years before becoming primary team leader and behaviour and family support coordinator. His most recent post was Acting Deputy Head in an innovative inclusive school in North London with responsibility for pastoral support. During this time he secured a 5 year Big Lottery Grant to develop and manage a family support project for the families of children with complex needs and challenging behaviour in North London. This involved developing and managing a team of specialist support workers, as well as offering workshop training to parents and professionals, locally and nationally.

Tom has now moved into supporting and training practitioners within specialist settings across London. He has a special interest in understanding and addressing the emotional needs of children and young people with complex needs.


Dr Sanchita Chowdhury

Specialist Educational & Child Psychologist

Parenting Therapist

Sanchita currently works as a Senior Specialist Educational Psychologist in a London borough as well as working independently with her own company. She supports children, schools and families in identifying and assessing additional needs using her specialist knowledge and skills. She also supervises trainee educational and child psychologists at the University of East London as a Fieldwork Tutor.

Her extensive training has included teaching a wide demographic of pupils in London at the primary level following completion of her first degree in Psychology at University College London (UCL) and then teacher training at the UCL-Institute of Education (IoE). Following her teaching role, she completed a doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent Psychology at the UCL-IoE. She went on to complete a post graduate diploma in mental health and parenting at UCL, whilst practicing as a psychologist and mental health professional in a Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Sanchita has a special interest in supporting parents of children presenting with behaviour difficulties, alongside working directly with children and young people with emotional difficulties.




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