How do we talk proactively, sensitively and constructively to children and young people about the crisis in Ukraine?
Many children and young people of various ages are currently experiencing mixed feelings, curiosities, and questions about what's currently happening in Ukraine – and it is not unlikely that many will be finding the current news upsetting, and / or at the very least, anxiety provoking.
As we as adults continue to move forward, and in and around our personal and professional lives – how might we support those younger people and children dealing with these potentially big confusions? And as the children and young people in our lives are very likely to mirror our own emotive states – an equally important question perhaps to also ask is – how might we best deal with our own thoughts and feelings around such a situation?
In this session we explore tools and mechanisms for creative, positive and safe conversation around what might feel like a “difficult topic.” We will define what we mean by age appropriate conversations and language – and how we might communicate around this subject matter differently, with the various ages in our lives.
We will go on to briefly explore a therapeutic communication model that will help facilitate safe, curious and creative interactions, rather than negative influence.
Darren will share a few personal, professional-therapeutic examples, practical strategies, ideas and interventions for helping support these potentially provocative conversations – and then we will open up the ‘floor’ for questions and reflections.
This session can of course be applied to all geographical crises.
Darren has been working as an individual, relationship, family and group psychotherapist since 2006 – as well as being an extremely experienced trainer, role-player, presenter and facilitator in both public and corporate, national and international settings, including NHS Trusts, Cancer Research, BBC Academy and the National Bank of Pakistan.
Darren is also an actor, director, writer, teacher, dramaturg and Artistic Director of Damn Cheek Productions. A fluent British Sign Language user, he's currently developing Damn Cheek’s newest creations which include an extensive site-specific community theatre project in the North East of England, plus a theatre piece focused on disordered eating, and an outdoor site-specific piece exploring individual and collective grief. Darren is also continuing to develop the monthly Zoom performances which Damn Cheek which began in 2020 during lockdown which aim to stretch the boundaries of Zoom for online audiences.