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FREE workshop on including children & young people who hear voices in school

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by RaiW, May 27, 2012.

  1. Hi,

    At Voice Collective, we often meet children and young people who are struggling to deal with their experiences at school. Sometimes the school is aware of their difficulties, but often the child initially keeps them a secret. Where necessary, we work alongside the child, their family, CAMHS and the school to help the child get the most from school attendance (or, in some cases, to help them get back into school after periods of absence).

    We are running this FREE workshop to help SENCos, teachers, inclusion leads, learning mentors and youth workers support young people within the school environment. Whilst we are funded for Greater London, we are happy to offer a limited number of places to those outside London. We can also offer free individual support/coaching/consultation.

    Removing The Barriers: Supporting children & young people who hear voices to get the most from education and life.

    25 June, 9.30-3.30pm (London)

    Why focus on voices and visions?

    Research shows that hearing voices is a common childhood experience (affecting around 21% 11-13 year olds and 7% of older teens). Whilst for many this simply isn?t a problem, others find that these experiences can interfere with their education and learning. Voice-hearing is such a stigmatised experience in our society that many young people feel 
    unable to ask for help when things get difficult. 

    Even when they do open up, adults can feel unsure of what to say or how to help.

    About this workshop

    Our workshops are led by experienced staff, some of whom have personal experience of voice-hearing. Using examples based on real life, it provides the opportunity to:
     
    - Explore the impact of voices and visions on children & young people in educational settings
    - Identify ways of challenging stigma within the classroom, promoting a supportive learning environment where young people can seek help if necessary
    - Develop a practical toolkit that can help remove unnecessary barriers to learning
    - Recognise when extra support is needed, and identify other agencies that can provide 
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    For more information, see:

    http://www.voicecollective.co.uk/news/news_main.html#summerworkshops

    Best wishes

    Rai (Project Manager)
     

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