SEND and Mental Health Conference

Our 2020 Conference is aimed at providing Parents/Carers and Practitioners with a greater understanding of SEND and Mental Health.

All sessions will be recorded and available to those booked after the event. Bookings close on 11 November.


Pooky Knightsmith:

An internationally respected face of child and adolescent mental health, Pooky works tirelessly to ‘be the change she wants to see’. A prolific keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and author, she develops and shares practical, evidence-informed approaches to promoting mental health – arming health and education staff with the skills, information and knowledge they need to support the children in their care; whilst also working hard to drive collaboration and change at a national and international level amongst politicians and charity, business and service leads. Pooky has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, is the author of five books and is the current vice chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. She’s also a Mum of two who works hard every day to win her own battles against PTSD, anorexia, self-harm and depression.

Jo Billington:

Jo is a Doctoral Researcher in the Centre for Autism at the University of Reading and an Associate Lecturer in SEND and Inclusion in the School of Education at Oxford Brookes University. Her teaching and research focuses on the lived experiences of autistic students in mainstream primary schools with a particular emphasis on wellbeing. She is committed to improving outcomes for autistic learners by enhancing understanding and acceptance of neurodiversity in schools. In addition to her academic work, Jo is a parent to two autistic boys and works as a specialist autism practitioner for Berkshire-based charity Parenting Special Children, offering practical support to schools, parent/carers, and allied professionals. She also has a particular interest in mental health and is part of the training team at the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, working directly with staff and students in mainstream and special schools to promote good mental health in learners with SEND.

Zobia Kalim:

Zobia is a Trainer and Specialist Parenting Practitioner with wide-ranging training and experience of developing & delivering projects for families of special needs children and young people across the country over the last 17 years. She achieved accreditation in Equality & Diversity practice in 2015 followed by extensive training in the impact of Developmental and Relational Trauma. She holds a Certificate in Parent-Child Therapy and PCAP (Parent Child Attachment Play) from IATE, London. She is a Mental Health First Aider with MHFA England as well as a Sleep Practitioner. She is also the mother of two special needs children, both with experience of early life trauma.

PSC Sleep Team: 

Parenting Special Children’s Sleep Service was established in 2013 and PSC has provided specialist support to hundreds of families with children with additional needs who have experienced sleep difficulties. The Sleep Service is provided by our team of practitioners including our highly specialist Sleep Practitioners. The service offers a range of advice, support and training to parent/carers of children and teenagers with additional needs. In the last two years the sleep team have developed sleep workshops and clinics directly for children and young people; this has included providing sleep workshops in specialist schools across Berkshire. Our team of specialist Sleep Practitioners have received NHS Sleep training and have professional backgrounds in learning disability nursing,  social work and teaching. Most importantly, they are also parent/carers of children and teenagers with additional needs.

  • COST Varies - dependent on ticket type
  • DURATION 8.5 hours
  • DELIVERED BY Specialist facilitators and trainers with expertise in supporting children and young people with additional needs or disabilities.
  • FREQUENCY Yearly