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Transdisciplinary CPD Showcase Series: Mental Health, Empathy and Picture Books for Children



Book NowNorthumbria University's Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing (SWECW) places itself strategically to play a significant role in aiding societal recovery and repair beyond the pandemic period (Future of SWECW, 2021).

Together with the Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Health (NMH), SWECW have a wealth of expertise in working with our partners in the north-east and beyond, supporting professional development and being responsive to workplace needs.

In this series we showcase some of our expertise in teaching and in research, to our partners and interested parties. We can offer bespoke CPD provision (either accredited or non-accredited). Working collaboratively, we can blend our CPD offer with our research and knowledge exchange strategies.

Session 3: Mental Health, Empathy and Picture Books for Children
Delivered by: Dr Mel Gibson

Mel will open the session by talking with participants about children's books that they remember from childhood, or work with professionally today, which focus on emotional states. The session will explore how such books could potentially be used with children and young people to enable conversations around mental health. Using children's books allows children and young people to talk about issues without making themselves vulnerable and can increase empathy in those who have not had the experiences the books depict. Mel will share several key picture books, including Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett, reading them aloud and asking for feedback for participants about where and how they might be used.

Who Should Attend?

  • Teachers, but, actually anyone with an interest in children’s books and working with them and young people.

Register your place for the session by filling in the form below or clicking on the button above;

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