Louis Weinstock: How This World Is Making Our Children Mad and What To Do About It

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We are so pleased to be able to offer up this brilliant new CPD day with Louis, based on his award-winning book. This will be a really rich and valuable day of learning, consideration and discussion around child mental health, the current climate crisis, digital technology, psychiatric diagnoses and, most important of all, the children we work with and care about – and how we can help them find hope amongst challenge.


Content Summary:

Over the last few years, suicide rates of young people have steadily increased in some parts of the world. 7 per cent of children in the UK have attempted suicide by the age of 17 and almost one in four say they have self-harmed in the past year. Meanwhile, rates of anxiety, depression, and ADHD seem to be rising, as does the use of medication to treat these symptoms in children. In the past five years, there has been a 40 per cent rise in antidepressants prescribed for children in the UK, while in the US, one in ten children are now diagnosed with ADHD and the number of children taking Ritalin (a powerful amphetamine-like drug) is growing all over the world.

Imagine going to the dentist with toothache from an infected root and, instead of doing a root canal surgery, the dentist gives you some painkillers and sends you on your not-so-merry way. This is how most child mental health problems are treated today. We focus almost exclusively on surface-level, quick fixes for children’s minds instead of getting to the root of the problem. How can we make sense of this crisis and support our children to better mental health?

In this workshop, you will learn

a) how our children’s minds are affected by the world around us, and how to help them – with a particular focus on the impact of digital technology and the climate crisis;

b) how to think critically about psychiatric diagnosis in children and young people and how to work with children in a non-pathologising way;

c) how to help our clients find hope in a world that can feel hopeless.


About Louis: 

Louis Weinstock is a Child and Family Psychotherapist who works with children and the child inside us all. He helps people find a light in the darkness – in the things that are unseen, unheard and unspoken. For over 20 years, he has expertly guided children and grown-ups through some of the toughest challenges life can throw at us – loss, trauma, divorce, burnout and breakdowns. He is also co-founder of Apart of Me, a multi-award-winning charity that helps young people transform their grief into compassion. His work has been featured on the BBC, ITV, and in the Guardian newspaper. He lives in Manchester with his wife and daughter.

Louis is available for consultations, and bespoke training and speaking bookings – more information and an enquiry form is available via the Our Services page on our website.


This workshop counts as 6 CPD hours as part of the CPD Access Pass 12 hour allowance. The Access Pass is a key part of The Sunflower Network’s commitment to providing affordable and accessible high quality CPD to our peers, and can be bought by individuals who have joined our free Sunflower Hub multi-disciplinary resource.



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27 April
10:00 am-4:00 pm
£65.00 – £85.00


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Louis Weinstock: How This World Is Making Our Children Mad and What To Do About It
£ 85.00 Excluding VAT