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Barnardo’s Education Community is delighted to be working with some of the most well-known experts in the fields of Trauma, Grief, Loss and Bereavement.

Whilst we have a wide range of articles and resources that will help you support your students; we also want to direct you to some other websites and introduce you to some of the best practitioners in the UK.

The organisations and individuals that you will find in this section are people who we have worked with for a long time.

We trust that they provide the highest quality information, training and support in their specialist areas.

Mentally Healthy Schools

Support the wellbeing of your pupils and staff with Mentally Healthy Schools, a one-stop-shop for free mental health resources, guidance and information for schools across the UK. Sign up to the Mentally Healthy Schools mailing list to receive free, quality-assured resources and toolkits throughout the academic year.

Dr Karen Treisman, MBE

Dr Karen Treisman, MBE, is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the National Health System and children’s services for several years. Karen has also worked cross-culturally in both Africa and Asia with groups ranging from former child soldiers to survivors of the Rwandan Genocide. She also is the author of 11 books/ workbooks, including the bestselling book, “The therapeutic treasure box”, and of 4 sets of therapeutic card decks.

Dr Triesmans website, Safe Hands and Thinking Minds Associates draw on a range of interdisciplinary expertise, theoretical perspectives, and evidence bases to promote, solidify, and develop high standards in areas of parenting, trauma, adversity (ACE’s), attachment, fostering, adoption, asylum-seeking & refugee young people, and culturally/adversity/trauma-informed and trauma-responsive organisations.

Childhood Bereavement Network

The Childhood Bereavement Network is the hub for those supporting bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK. Underpinning their members’ work with essential support and representation, the Network signposts to local and national resources as well as advocating for bereaved children and improving policy and practice in their interests.

You can find out more about the network here:

Amanda Seyderhelm

Amanda Seyderhelm is a recognised expert in her field of innovative creative play therapy for children. She is a certified Play Therapist based in Stamford, where she focuses her work with children between the ages of 4 and 12.

Her area of specialism is in treating children (and their families) who are suffering with mild to moderate emotional or psychological problems

Amanda has 2 training programmes open for registration

  1. Practitioner level to develop a therapeutic play toolkit for family support work.
  2. Primary and Secondary Schools - how to use a therapeutic framework to support grieving children, reduce staff secondary trauma, and burnout.

Free resources:

  1. Download a free guide - 7 steps for teachers to help children talk about grief and loss.
  2. Register to listen to my free webinar - how to use a therapeutic framework to support grieving children, reduce staff secondary trauma, and burnout.
  3. Listen to my podcast on Spotify - Helping Children Smile Again after Loss and Change.

Buy her books

  1. Isaac and the Red Jumper - a picture book for bereaved children.
  2. Helping Children Cope with Loss and Change: a guide for professionals and parents.

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