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Iron Mill College Conference - Poole, Spring 2018: Saturday 7th April

Promoting Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing in Young People:
We are hearing but are we really listening?


Including Special Guest Keynote Speakers / Presenters: 

Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, founder of Childline.

Dr Andrew Reeves, Chair of BACP.

Karen Huckvale, Co-Director of Insider Art.

Maddie Burton, Senior Lecturer at University of Worcester.

Plus representatives of Young Minds and Education Support Partnership.


  • A 1 day conference for anyone committed to the mental health and wellbeing of young people, held in the impressive surroundings of Canford School near Wimborne, Dorset.
  • Includes keynote speeches from Dr Andrew Reeves, Chair of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, founder of Childline. Further contributions come from Karen Huckvale (Co-Director of Arts & Health training provider, Insider Art) and Maddie Burton (co-author of the recently published 'Children’s Mental Health and Emotional Well-being in Primary Schools'.
  • Presentations and workshops from 2 leading UK charities: Young Minds, promoting the voices of young people in improving mental health, and Education Support Partnership, celebrating 140 years of supporting the wellbeing of those working in education.
  • Valuable networking opportunities with a range of interdisciplinary professionals, including counsellors, therapists, teachers, pastoral care and mental health practitioners, youth workers, parents, carers and more. The day also includes a 2 course lunch and refreshments provided, as well as a certificate for 8 hours of CPD for attendees.

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Course Details

"In 2017, we now know that three out of every 10 young people will experience mental health difficulties that affects their current well-being and will impact their capacity to develop meaningful relationships, access education and build healthy, resilient coping strategies."

  • Mental health problems often start in childhood with 75% of mental illnesses beginning before a child reaches their 18th birthday.
  • Failure to recognise problems and long waiting lists mean that young people can often wait up till 10 years to receive appropriate support by which time problems may have reached crisis level.  
  • Suicide is still a leading cause of death in young men and women aged 20-34 in the UK. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that the number of young suicides each year is greater than it has been for the past 10 years.
  • Mental health problems leave young people feeling embarrassed, isolated and alienated.

(Statistics from MQ - Transforming mental health through research) 

Yet it doesn’t have to be that way.

This conference invites leading professionals in the fields of counselling, mental health and education to share what we can do to make a difference. The conference will consider strategies and interventions that work, how to make environments more mentally and emotionally wealthy and how to ensure we make and maintain resilient relationships with vulnerable and distressed young people.

If it takes a whole village to raise a child (Igbo and Yoruba Proverb), this conference will give delegates the chance to understand and develop the roles they can play in that process.

Our conference is open to anyone who is interested in the subject matter. It will be of particular relevance to practitioners and carers who work with young people experiencing difficulties, including counsellors, therapists, teachers, pastoral care and mental health practitioners, youth workers, parents, carers and more.

How to apply:

Simply sign up using the booking form on this web page - supplying the requested details and paying the applicable fee (please see the 'Fees' tab for further information and details of other ways to pay)You will need to pay the full relevant conference fee in order to reserve a place at the conference. There are limited places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Prior to the conference, attendees will be invited to book onto any optional seminars / workshops with places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, as some workshops / seminars may have limited spaces available. Attendees who have not booked onto any optional seminars / workshops in advance of the conference will be invited to do so at registration on the morning of the conference (subject to remaining availability of places).


What our Students Say

"Every weekend is full of practical skills to learn with the added theoretical background needed to understand it. The makeup of the group allows us to learn from each others experiences and from people with different therapeutic backgrounds. It's a great course with a supportive and excellent tutor."
Antoinette Davey - Advanced Transactional Analysis Programme

What our Students Say

“The course has opened up my mind and my emotions to all aspects of human life both positive and negative. Because of this, I believe I am a much more rounded person & the possibilities are endless. For me the practical application along with the academic understanding really enriches the course...”
Suzanne Richards - Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Graduate
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