Dr Emma Woodward

After working as a children's Social Worker in East London for several years Dr Emma Woodward decided that the only effective way to support children and young people with their mental health was to get in earlier and teach them the protective skills they needed in the first instance. So, in 2006 Emma decided to retrain and undertook her Doctorate in Child, Educational and Community Psychology at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Emma now has over 20yrs experience working with children, young people and their families to support mental health and wellbeing. After moving to NZ in 2014, where she was Practice Lead for the Intensive Wraparound Service with the Ministry of Education, Emma is now the Managing Director of The Child Psychology Service in Auckland.

Emma supports children and their families with a range of concerns (predominately anxiety in school aged children) and delivers training nationally around NZ on using strengths-based approaches and Positive Psychology when working with children and young people. As mother to three wonderfully lively and curious boys, Emma has a specific interest in how we use the science of Positive Psychology to support today's children to develop the skills that they need in order to thrive in their tomorrow and is currently authoring a book on future focused parenting. Emma has a warm, genuine and curious approach to her work and her passion lies in enabling clients to use their strengths to support self-motivated and lasting change.

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Cultivating hope in the age of Global Threats

We are living in unprecedented times and our children are growing up in a world that is constantly changing. Meeting the wellbeing needs of our young people is paramount to ensure that they can make good choices about themselves, others and the planet. In this presentation, touching on technology, climate change, hope and community, Emma explores the factors that have supported young people to take hopeful and powerful action in the face of potentially overwhelming information, and then looks at how we might purposefully embed and teach this proactively as interventions to prepare our young people for their future and make positive change.

Sponsored by Christchurch City Council