Free Zoom workshop for parents, carers and professionals during Lockdown

Dr John Coleman OBE

Dr John Coleman OBE - Credit: Supplied

A national expert on the Teenage brain is offering a free Zoom workshop for parents, carers and professionals on January 26 from 7.00-8.00pm.
As lockdown continues children and young people become more disconnected from their routines and interaction with their friends and fellow school pupils. Routines are disrupted and stress levels increase. We are all feeling fed up with this lockdown that feels different to the one last spring. This can lead to heated exchanges in the family as everyone feels on top of each other and sometimes your child’s behaviour may feel challenging. While the situation is really difficult for young people now, let’s not forget about parents and carers who may also need support to cope with these difficult times.
Dr John Coleman OBE and Julie Turner would like to invite any parent or carer that is interested to a free virtual workshop on the Teenage Brain. This will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 - 8:00pm.
The purpose of the workshop is to share current thinking on the development of the Teenage brain and offer practical strategies to help parents/carers understand the changes their sons/daughters are going through and what they can do to support them.
Dr John Coleman is a psychologist with a special interest in teenagers. He has run a special school, spent time on the teaching staff at Oxford University, and been an advisor to the government. He has written many books, including the best-selling "Why won't my teenager talk to me?" He was awarded an OBE by the Queen for his work with young people. Most importantly he was born in Sidmouth!"
Julie Turner is a Trainer for the mental health charity, The Charlie Waller Trust. She has worked in education for over 30 years as a teacher, school counsellor and the leader of a multi-agency student services team in an Oxfordshire school, a deputy head in Somerset and most recently an interim headteacher in West Berkshire.
John and Julie are both very passionate about working alongside parents/carers to support positive relationships with their sons/daughters.
If you would like to join the workshop, please email Julie at and she will send you a Zoom link.
Sidmouth Primary school and Sidmouth College continue to provide support for both pupils and their parents and carers and they can advise where else you can get help during this time.
Emily Sethi, Youth Work Coordinator and Wellbeing Practitioner can offer support to parents using parent led Cognitive Behaviour Therapy if your child is aged under 12 and feeling anxious. There are other options of support work for parents who are struggling with their child’s behaviour. If you would like support please contact Emily via Plans are underway for Emily and the college to run a group programme for parents of young people who are struggling with their mental health. This will be delivered as soon as they are able to work face to face, hopefully towards the end of term.

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