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Dr Beverley Costa- Supporting Children and Young People with English as an Additional Language. Online Event.


Patients, whose first language is not English, are often doubly disadvantaged by their reliance on others to provide their voice and to mediate their communication. How can Low intensity Mental Health practitioners ensure that they are able to work effectively with multilingual children, young people and their families – with and without interpreters in their practice?

The experiential day’s training covers the following:

  • Working effectively with an interpreter.
  • Issues of power and safety in a ‘triad’ – boundaries, communication, power dynamics and relationships with both patient & interpreter.
  • Maintaining clinical authority when you don’t understand the language(s) spoken in the room.

We will also consider how multilingual identities impact on emotional expression, memory recall and a sense of belonging. Why is it, for example, that children choose their friends based on whether or not they sound like them? We will explore the tensions between Safeguarding, discrimination and cultural sensitivity.

Drawing on research findings we will consider the issues of assumptions, loss, anxiety, agency, insider and outsider status, all from the multilingual/ multi-ethnic perspective. Throughout the workshop amalgamated case examples, as well as findings from research, will provide illustrations and promote discussion.

Presented by Dr.Beverley Costa, a psychotherapist, who set up Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service www.mothertongue.org.uk in 2000. She then founded The Pásalo Project in 2017 www.pasaloproject.org  to disseminate the learning from nearly two decades of Mothertongue’s service.


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This workshop will run from 10:00 am until 4.30 pm, with a 45- minute break for lunch, at a cost of £75.

Group bookings of 4 workshops or more will receive a 10% discount (£67.50 per session), and 10 workshops or more will receive a 15% discount (£63.75 per session)*.

University of Reading Students (current and graduate) will receive a 20% discount upon verification of a valid student number. Please contact cwi@reading.ac.uk in the first instance with your student number and for further instructions.

*Please note: The online store accepts card & PayPal payment ONLY. If you wish to pay via another method or make multiple bookings to benefit from the discount, please email the CWI Team on cwi@reading.ac.uk.

Events will be delivered online, for which delegates will be sent a link for joining. No previous experience of any tool or specific software is required (although we do recommend that you access the event using a connection with good bandwidth).

Taught by leading experts, our workshops provide training opportunities in evidence-based treatments. All of our courses are accredited and are BABCP compliant providing 5 CPD hours, with an approximate 50/50 split between theory and skills. The cost of the workshop includes an electronic CPD certificate. All workshops, unless otherwise stated, are intended for a cross/mixed ability audience.

We also offer a range of training options in all psychological treatments, all of which are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).


Cancellations & Terms (Online workshops)

  • Delegates will receive a full refund if notification of cancellation is received more than one calendar month prior to the event.
  • If notification is received between 1 calendar month and 2 weeks prior to the event we will offer a refund of 50%.
  • No refund will be offered if notification is received 14 days or less before the event.
  • Places can be transferred to other delegates, with prior agreement, provided that payment has been received, and no later than 3 days before the event.
  • Cancellations must have been received in writing/email and acknowledged by the Institute, to qualify for any refunds that may be eligible.

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28th March 2022
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

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