SAT 9TH NOV
An exploration of the way sleep is connected to stress and anxiety levels, and the impact this can have on relationships between adolescents and their parents. Based on the science of sleep, we will delve into why it is the foundation of physical and emotional health and ‘the best bridge between hope and despair’ (Dr Matthew Walker). Beth and Alicia will go on to discuss practical strategies to help parents and their children cope with the very real anxiety and stresses which are such a feature of the lives of young people today.
For the past decade, Alicia has been working with over 100 UK and international schools and businesses, and with the NHS. She is the in-house mental health expert for School Notices, the in-house parenting specialist for the CQC healthcare clinic, Esher Groves, regularly appears on BBC Radio, has written a book, “Why Every Teenager Needs A Parrot” and is a popular speaker at conferences.
Following graduating from Loughborough University as a Physical Education teacher, she worked in a large state comprehensive in Leicestershire, and as a moderator and examiner for OCR GCSE and A Level PE. Her last position before moving to Cognita was a Senior Deputy Head in a mixed through school in Hertfordshire, specialising in pastoral care and wellbeing. She finished her MSc from UCL in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in 2018, and is passionate about the role of educators in improving the wellbeing of young people today. Beth has a particular interest in the impact of digital media and screen time on children and adolescents, and regularly gives talks in the media and to parents and teachers on this topic.