Beyond the Label: Empowering, enabling and enhancing the potential of those with special needs

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11 June 2022 - 12 June 2022

Time: 10:00 - 17:45

Price: £250, concessions apply to students and NHS staff

Location: online


11 and 12 June 2022

Beyond the Label

Empowering, enabling and enhancing the potential of those with special needs
This two-day online course is for any professional or parents of children with special needs, be they physical, mental or behavioural challenges.

Special needs are challenging for both the individual themselves and for those surrounding them. This course tackles misconceptions about special needs and shares a different approach to providing individuals with support, empowering their innate ability to thrive and develop. The key to this approach is to keep in mind the identity and potential of the individual and their unique circumstances, and their relationship with parents and their network of professionals.

Learning aims
To give parents and professionals:

● A deeper understanding of the difficulties experienced when parenting or working with a child who has special needs – at home or in the school
● An awareness of the secondary and tertiary disability that emerges from the label
● Knowledge of how to build stronger skills in making effective interventions and daily interactions

Learning outcomes
Participants will:

● learn about the challenges faced when supporting individuals with special needs
● gain a different understanding of the dynamics of relating to individuals who have special needs
● develop practical skills
● explore ways to make effective interventions

Venue: LIVE WEBINAR…you will receive a Zoom link
2 days: Sat-Sun, June 11th & 12th 2022 Time: Sat:10.00am to 5:45pm Sun:10.00am to 5:45pm
Cost: £250, concessions apply to students and NHS staff.
CPD: Credits available

For further information or to book a place, call 020 7433 3112 or email

School of Infant Mental Health Beyond the Label June 11th and 12th 2022 Programme

First day – Saturday, June 11th
10:00-11:15 Session 1: Working with the special needs individual: challenging misconceptions – SA
11:30-12:45 Session 2: The observation scale: evaluating needs and exploring possibilities – SA
12:45-13:30 lunch
13:30-14:45 Session 3: Non-verbal communication: the unspoken language of the body and reading the cues to effectively lead, while later promoting independence – IJA
15:00-16:15 Session 4: Emotional challenges: The importance of unspoken emotions, how to start communicating these – IJA
16:30-17:45 Session 5: Keys to success and progress: The three C’s: Continuity, consistence and conviction – IJA
Close of day 1

Second day – Sunday, June 12th
10:00-11:15 Session 6: Containment and scaffolding: containing anti-development behaviours and knowing how to lead – IJA
11:30-12:45 Session 7: Structuring the mind: structured and unstructured games – IJA 12:45-13:30 lunch
13:30-14:45 Session 8: Sexuality and special needs: acknowledgement of their development, hormones and desires – IJA
15:00-16:15 Session 9: The Network (nursery, school, college and university): working together with institutions beyond the immediate family – IJA
16:30-17:45 Session 10: Conclusions: gentle and firm, yet dreaming the forgotten dream showing new possibilities – IJA
Close of day 2
SA – Dr Stella Acquarone is an Adult, Child and Parent Infant Psychotherapist, who has written or edited several books and articles on infant mental health. Her focus is on early identification and intervention, including the early signs of autism.
IJA – Dr Isabel Jimenez Acquarone is a psychologist and parent infant psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She is a member of the British Psychological Society, the Institute of Clinical Research and the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.

Please email for further information or to book a place on this course.

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