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Friday, 15 May 2020
14.00 - 15.00

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Mental Health Conference 2018

We are pleased to invite you to join us at our first Mental Health Conference for teaching and support staff. The event is being held at the University's Kedleston Road site on Thursday 15 November, 3-7pm, and is aimed at teaching staff in schools and colleges who would like to learn more about supporting the mental health and wellbeing of their students. 

The event will include:

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Workshop sessions

Sarah Williams, Psychological Wellbeing Co-ordinator

We have become much more aware of mental health issues which affect young people. This instructive session will help to put that information into the current context of the University of Derby’s research and learning about the impact of mental health issues on learning. Sarah will also offer ideas and strategies as to how best to support the mental health and wellbeing of learners.

Sarah is an experienced psychotherapist and trainer in psycho-education, she is also one of the University mediators. She has previously worked in secondary schools as a Connexions Personal Adviser and is also a trained youth worker with significant experience in this field both nationally and regionally.


Martin Brock, Senior Lecturer, Department of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Teacher retention is a key issue facing the profession, with stress, student behaviour, current competitive policies and practices resulting in many leaving teaching within the first five years of qualification. Consequently, recent research initiatives have focused on resilience training. Drawn from Compassion Focused Therapy, this workshop will give the opportunity to explore the principles of Compassionate Mind Training (CMT) and consider the potential implications for the education environment and both teachers’ and pupils’ wellbeing.

Martin initially trained as a psychiatric nurse in 1978 and undertook a 34 year career in the NHS before specialising as a Principal Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist. He has also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBP) Mindfulness Based CBT, Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Martin joined the University as a Senior Lecturer in 2012 and his current programme responsibilities include the BSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Post-Graduate Compassion Focused Therapy and MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.

Alice Goodall, DANCOP Communications Officer and Sam Cornwell, DANCOP Project Officer

Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of mental health in young people and how stress and anxiety can affect them. This informative session will include a discussion on challenging the stigma around mental health, particularly in relation to language, and will allow teachers and advisors to recognise the signs and symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Participants will take away strategies to support their learners to build healthy coping mechanisms and engage in self-care, particularly around periods of pressure including exam time and transition phases.

Both Alice and Sam are qualified Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructors and deliver courses on supporting young people experiencing mental ill-health to teachers, advisors and post-16 learners. Sam has a background in psychology and has previously worked as a learning mentor for SEND students and a support worker for children in care with severe learning difficulties or mental health conditions. She has also delivered Chill Club, a psychological therapy programme which teaches students skills to manage anxiety. Alice has a background in language and communications and has previously been involved with mental health charities, including delivering performance workshops about mental health. She also has experience of advising and supporting learners to enter careers in Counselling and Psychotherapy and Health and Social Care.

Widening Access event enquiry form

If you would like to attend this event please complete this form with details of your enquiry, feel free to add in any additional questions. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

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