For Parents

We are excited to invite you to join our inaugural Well Educated Event at The Elms in Colwall, Uk. Date TBC

In Person & Digital

World-Renowned Speakers

Sponsorships Available

As a parent, you’re well aware of the pressures that surround the children of today. They are exposed to the demand of social media, the pressure to fit in amongst peers and the expectations of education daily.

On the surface many children may appear to be fine, but often this is not the case. Underneath there may be a whirlwind of confusion, anxiety and despair slowly chipping away at their mental health and self-esteem. However, there are ways you can help them to feel psychologically secure and happy in their environment.

We understand your child’s well-being is of the utmost importance to you. We are excited to invite you to our upcoming active learning event, where you will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the importance of mental health in young people through interactive discussions and hands-on exercises.

It’s not always easy to know what mental health looks like in our own children and often it can be difficult to identify the right steps to help them. This event will educate you on how to recognize the signs of mental health problems in children and adolescents, and provide you with tools and resources to support your child’s mental well-being.

Our event will feature expert speakers  who will share their knowledge and experience on the topic, as well as provide practical advice on how to support your child through difficult times. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussions.

The event begins


To help you gain a holistic understanding of mental health and wellbeing we will be covering a range of topics including:

Emotional resilience

Polyvagal Theory

Importance of nature for the mind

The importance of movement

Staff and parent wellbeing

Eating disorders

The anatomy of grief

Family dynamics

What you'll learn

We strive to ignite the spark of connection and empathy between you and your child. Being able to truly understand the inner workings of your child’s mind, to comprehend the struggles they may face, and to communicate with them in a way that they feel truly heard is invaluable for their development and is the foundation of a deep and lasting bond between you both.. Join us and discover the transformative power of understanding, compassion, and open communication.

Other areas we’ll cover are:

  • Early detection and intervention: by understanding the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, you can identify potential problems early on and take steps to intervene before they become more severe.
  • How to increase your capacity to provide support: having a comprehensive understanding of your child’s mental health can help you give them emotional support, connect them with appropriate resources, and advocate for them if they need help.
  • Improved academic and social outcomes: mental health issues can negatively impact academic and social development. By understanding and addressing these issues, you can help improve your child’s performance and well-being in school and in social situations.
  • Promote resilience: when you understand and support the mental health of your child, you can help them build resilience and coping skills to manage stress and uncertainty, which will benefit them in the long term.

Featuring Key Speakers:

Linda Thai - LMSW, ERYT-200, CLYL

Professor Steve Peters

Dr. Lori Desautels

Diana Sharpe

Jo Vizor B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E, A.M.B.D.A

Dr Gauri Seth, MBChB BSc (Hons) MRCPsych PG CERT CCP

Emily Daniels M.Ed., MBA, NCC, SEP™

Kevin Coleman

Michael Allison

Natasha Silverbell

Maks Ezrin

Lily Magill

Neil Moggan

Join Us for the Event of the Year

Having a deep understanding of mental health and wellbeing will help to improve overall quality of life for your child and assist you in building a stronger relationship with them.

Mark your calendar and join us to learn more about how to support your child’s mental health.

Make sure you take advantage of our Early Bird ticket for parents for just £95 for all day access to workshops and presentations specifically tailored to you and your child’s needs

Linda Thai - LMSW, ERYT-200, CLYL

Linda is a trauma therapist and educator who specialises in brain and body based modalities for addressing complex developmental trauma. She is highly sought after for her trainings in trauma-informed care, compassion fatigue resilience, and vicarious trauma recovery skills for human services professionals.

As an adjunct faculty member in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Linda’s decolonized approach to education and engaging teaching style makes her well-loved with students. She assists internationally renowned psychiatrist and trauma expert, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, with his private small group psychotherapy workshops aimed at healing attachment trauma. She has a Master of Social Work with an emphasis on the neurobiology of attachment and trauma.

Her areas of expertise are in the fields of meditation, yoga, and self-enquiry. Addictions and behavioral health. Childhood adversity and resiliency. Colonization, intergenerational refugee trauma and social justice, and also grief, loss and reclamation.

She teaches to liberate the joy and peace at the essence of our beings. To ignite a passion and excitement for life, to connect us back to ourselves and to each other.

Professor Steve Peters

Professor Steve Peters’ career began with teaching Mathematics and he is now a Consultant Psychiatrist who specialises in the functioning of the human mind.

His work, past and present, in the field of psychiatry and education, includes: the National Health Service (NHS) for over 20 years; Clinical Director of Mental Health Services; Clinical Director at Bassetlaw Hospital; Forensic Psychiatrist at Rampton; Senior Clinical Lecturer of Medicine at Sheffield University for over 20 years; Undergraduate Dean at Sheffield University for over 10 years; and visiting Professor at Derby University.

He holds degrees, higher degrees and postgraduate qualifications in medicine, mathematics, education, medical education, sports medicine and psychiatry.

Professor Peters has clients across a wide range of disciplines from health and education to business and elite sport, and he also works with members of the public. In all areas, he helps people to understand how the mind works, gain insight into their own unique mind and situation, and then develop skills to optimise individual performance and quality of life.

In a bid to further his reach as a psychiatrist, Steve founded Chimp Management. Established to provide training and consultancy, Chimp Management helps people to better understand their psychological wellbeing and to achieve their optimum performance.

Steve is also a published author, having written the books The Chimp Paradox, My Hidden Chimp and The Silent Guides. His book The Chimp Paradox quickly gained popularity, selling over 1.7 million copies

‘My Hidden Chimp’ is an educational book for children offering parents, teachers and carers some ideas and thoughts on how to help children to develop healthy habits for life.

The science behind the habits is discussed in a practical way with exercises and activities. The neuroscience of the mind is simplified for children to understand and then use to their advantage.

Dr. Lori Desautels

Lori is an Assistant Professor at both undergraduate and graduate programs at Butler University in Indianapolis. Before teaching at Marian and Butler University, Lori taught emotionally troubled students in the upper elementary grades, worked as a school counselor in Indianapolis, was a private practice counselor and co-owner of the Indianapolis Counseling Center. Lori was a behavioral consultant for Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on the adolescent psychiatric unit.

Lori’s passion is engaging her students through neuroscience in education, integrating Educational Neuroscience and learning principles and strategies into her courses at Butler University. Lori has conducted professional developments and workshops throughout the country and world, most recently in Dubai with over 5,000 educators. Lori’s articles are published in Edutopia, Brain Bulletin and Mind Body Spirit international magazine. She recently was published in the Brain Research Journal for math and sciences for her work in the fifth grade classrooms this year during a course release position with Washington Township Schools. Lori is most excited about a five part series she wrote, published through Edutopia from the pixar film “Inside Out.” You can find this series on Lori’s blog from Edutopia.

Lori has written a book entitled, “How May I Serve You, Revelations in Education” published in March of 2012. She has currently completed a second book, entitled, “Unwritten, The Story of a Living System”, co-authoring with educator Mr. Michael McKnight published by Wyatt McKenzie.
Lori’s website is at

Diana Sharpe

This is Diana’s bio – Diana is a highly experienced UK trained Psychotherapist with more than 20 years experience working within schools. She is qualified to work with children from age 5 through to adolescents and adults, tackling a range of issues from alcohol and drugs to behavioural problems.

Having pursued further training in Child and Adolescent Counselling & Psychotherapy in the USA, Diana also specialises in Eating Disorders and Self-harm, as well as being qualified in Child Play Therapy.

Diana has had the privilege and pleasure to be a school counsellor at Harrow, Tudor Hall, Wycombe Abbey and Christ’s Hospital School.

She is currently a school counsellor at St Paul’s Girls School and Sumerfields School as well as continuing to consult with many independent schools.

Jo Vizor B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E, A.M.B.D.A

Jo is the interim Deputy Head and Head of SEND and EAL at the Elms.
For the last 13 years, Jo has worked across key stage 1 and 2 in a local primary school as a class teacher, PE coordinator, Music Lead and Modern Foreign languages Lead. She has trained teachers locally and nationally and designed and conducted government-backed research projects.

As a 15 year old volunteer, working with severely disabled children, Jo knew that working with children was the direction that life would take her in and yet, I took a circuitous route there. In the UK and then New Zealand, she spent several years working as a project manager on dynamic and challenging projects which came very close to the thrill and wonder of teaching. So, she retrained and has never looked back.

The Elms’ culture of understanding and educating the whole child really appeals to her personal ethos and experience. She enjoys the challenge of finding the key to every child’s learning journey. She specliases in emotional resilience.

Dr Gauri Seth, MBChB BSc (Hons) MRCPsych PG CERT CCP

Gauri is a mother of three children, and executive parent and emotional intelligence coach, with a background in medicine, psychiatry and psychotherapy.

Gauri graduated from the University of Bristol with a first-class honors in Bioethics. She has worked as an NHS doctor and clinical academic, with specialist experience in psychiatry and psychotherapy. Her clinical experience includes working with couples and families in systemic therapy, mothers in perinatal psychiatry, adults in schema therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and cognitive analytical therapy.

Gauri is widely published across peer-reviewed academic journals and has received several awards for her research. She has collaborated and published on Medical Ethics education in medical schools across the UK.

Gauri founded Brain-Based Connection in 2021, a parenting coaching programme to support parents with emotional connection with their children. Gauri is passionate about sustainable mental health, and the importance of the parenting period on transgenerational wellness.

Gauri is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, advises Shawmind, a UK based charity, on supporting parents with emotional connection and is a parent expert for SPARKLE, a clinical trial at Kings College London developing interventions for family wellness.

Emily Daniels M.Ed., MBA, NCC, SEP™

Emily is the author of The Regulated Classroom©, an approach to cultivating conditions for felt safety in the classroom. She developed this approach after spending years as a school counselor working with dysregulated students and staff. ​​

Emily has 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable youth. She holds a Master’s of Education in School Counseling and a Master’s of Business Administration in Organizational Sustainability. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Somatic Experiencing™ Practitioner (SEP) in training. She is trained in SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy) and has trained in Trauma-Informed Sensory Modulation with Dr. Tina Champagne. She is a trained Reiki practitioner and trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

Much of Daniels’ career was spent as a public educator and school counselor – developing programs and interventions to serve at-risk youth.

In June of 2017, she resigned her position as a student-assistance counselor to launch her own consulting firm. Her boutique firm, provides training, coaching, and consultation to those organizations and systems seeking to become trauma-informed and trauma-responsive.

Working as a trainer to educators, she saw that they needed tools and practical strategies to help them apply what they had learned in her workshops in their classrooms. However, she firmly believe that those things alone are not enough. She needed to design a completely new approach that would blend tools and strategies with educator self-awareness— The Regulated Classroom©.

Kevin Coleman

“If you present (Shakespeare) to them in a way that engages their imagination, that engages their playfulness, that engages their willingness, they really come alive,” — Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman is a c-ofounder and director of education of the illustrious Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. He brings over 40 years of experience to a life changing project called the Fall Festival. Using professional acting methods, the Fall Festival brings students to community, connection to themselves and their voices through play and the work and words of Shakespeare.

Since 2001, Shakespeare & Company Education artists began working closely with juvenile court judges and the probation officers of Berkshire County to engage adolescent offenders and those in need of support and provide an alternative to traditional punitive measures. This program has the incredible ability to facilitate empowerment and healing for the students participating.

Michael Allison

Michael is currently leading the development and delivery of a Polyvagal-informed Certificate for Health, Wellness & Performance Coaches in partnership with Polyvagal Institute and Stephen W. Porges Ph.D., and also developing a variety of education and coaching around the application of Polyvagal Theory.

His unique application of Polyvagal Theory to performance – The Play Zone – provides a paradigm shifting methodology to optimize control of our performance through skillful and conscious control of our physiology, and is endorsed by Polyvagal Institute and Dr. Porges.

Michael consults with professional, collegiate and high performing coaches, teams, organizations, athletes and performers in a variety of disciplines, as well as schools, executive coaches, business leaders and corporate teams.

He is a Health & Performance Coach, Personal Trainer, Medical Exercise Specialist, Post Rehab Specialist and Certified Oxygen Advantage Breathwork Instructor, and the author of SMARTER Coaching, a certificated behavior change course accredited by the American Council on Exercise. In addition, a certificated ILS Safe & Sound Provider / Remote Provider and Focus System Training Provider.

Natasha Silverbell

As CEO and founder of SilverBell Coaching LLC, Natasha Silverbell has been a driving force in transforming the recovery landscape. An established professional in the field of addiction and recovery for over a decade, Natasha has grown SilverBell Coaching into the global leader it is today— with150 coaches collaborating with best-of-class clinicians to bring effective, sustained recovery to clients of all ages, all over the world. SBC global headquarters are located in New York City, with anchors in London and Dubai.

A trusted source for post-rehab/detox referrals and support, SBC taps the same wellspring from which all health and recovery flourish: that of partnership, connection, and growth. As a firm believer that a rising tide lifts all boats, Natasha is dedicated to expanding the field of recovery services and science through the mentorship of up-and-coming professionals and rigorous case study outcomes and analyses.

In addition to her groundbreaking work at SilverBell Coaching, Natasha is a co founder of The SBC Townhouse, New York City, a bespoke, action- oriented residence facilitating concierge treatment programs. Along with Dr. Rami Kaminski, Integrative Psychiatrist, and Thad Turner, US Navy Seal, Natasha created Due North Quest, an intensive and fully customizable program providing young men in search of direction with a highly structured, eye-opening, and life changing experience. In addition, Natasha helped found Youth Prevention Mentors (YPM), a fast-growing organization focused on mitigating risk and increasing the prevention of substance abuse among teenagers.

Natasha sits on the board of the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (NCADD) and is an Ambassador for Partnership to End Addiction where she was honored in 2017 at the Partnership to End Addiction Winter Wish Gala in New York City. She has more than a decade of experience working in the field of addiction.

Maks Ezrin

Maks Ezrin had his own experience with early addiction. He was born and raised in New York City and, as a child, enjoyed everything the city had to offer. He attended the best schools, maintained a rigorous course load and had the support of a loving family and enjoyed a wide and varied social circle.

Despite these advantages, by age 14, Maks began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. His substance dependence worsened during college, eventually leading to a near-fatal overdose in his mid-20s.

Through the help of friends and family, Maks has been sober since 2016. Recognizing the importance of early detection and the support of sober mentors, he dedicated himself to giving back and helping other young pre-addicts.

His experience propelled him to connect with leaders in the field of addiction to raise awareness for the ‘silent problem’ that most families don’t notice until it is too late. Together with Natasha Silverbell, an internationally recognized figure in the field of recovery, and Dr. Rami Kaminski, a renowned pioneer in the psychiatric field, Youth Prevention Mentors was founded.

Maks is a Recovery Coach, Certified through CARC and CCAR. He is trained and studied under Dr. Louise Stanger, LCSW, CSAT-1, CDWF, CIP and Dr. Rami Kaminski MD. Maks is a candidate for Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Lily Magill

As SBC’s Lead LifeTeam Manager and Recovery Specialist, Lily believes that recovery is an ever-evolving journey of self-discovery and healing, informed by her personal experience and her years of work with adolescents, young adults, and families.

Passionate about accepting and celebrating all parts of ourselves, Lily empowers her clients’ exploration of mind, body, and soul to find deep and harmonious self-unity. Lily is committed to the principles of hope, gratitude, and compassion backed by rigorous training.

Lily’s background in the Social Sciences led her to pursue a degree in Criminology and Psychology through The Open University. She  is a Certified Recovery Coach and Trauma-Focused Mental Health Specialist, with a professional interest in Eating Disorders and Personality Disorders.
Lily’s work is holistic and client-focused,  combining cognitive and somatic modalities such as DBT, Parts Work, Polyvagal Theory, and MI to address the underlying root causes behind her clients’ presenting symptoms.  Lily has also worked with and been mentored by leading clinicians and healers in trauma and recovery.

Neil Moggan

Neil Moggan is a current Director of Sport, Health and RSHE in a secondary school in the UK. Neil is passionate about transforming young people’s life chances and has 16 years experience of leading in schools.

Since lockdown Neil has helped over 100 schools across the world implement his ‘RISE Up’ early intervention mental well-being programme through his company Future Action.

Neil is a trauma informed practitioner and has created & road tested the ‘Recover’ roadmap to guide Physical Education departments how to implement trauma informed practice to transform relationships, mental wellbeing & learning.

Neil is currently writing a book in collaboration with PE Scholar on early intervention wellbeing programmes, trauma informed practice, and the link between physical activity and mental well-being. Neil is also a educational consultant for a number of schools, NGOs and companies.