Forging New Connections keynote speakers

For 2020/21, the Thrive programme of CPD included live keynote webinars from internationally renown paediatric psychologist Mona Delahooke and clinical psychologist Kim S Golding.


Forging New Connections

As part of the annual CPD programme for Thrive Licensed Practitioners, we run an annual Forging New Connections conference series. For 2020/21, the conference was offered as a suite of live webinars – including age-specific topics – run by Thrive trainers, plus live webinars from our Forging New Connections keynote speakers.

For Summer 2021 we were delighted that Kim S Golding returned and also to be joined by Mona Delahooke from America.

New webinar topics for 2020/21 included:

  • Developing a Relational Policy – using the Relate-Rupture-Repair cycle to support behaviour
  • Bridging the Gap – further supporting children with individual action plans with right-time learning
  • 1825 Days – the incredible Early Years
  • Tales from the Teenage Brain – the opportunity of Adolescence.


2020/21 Keynote Speakers

Mona Delahooke, PhD

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Mona Delahooke is an internationally renown clinical and consulting paediatric psychologist from America, with over 30 years of experience supporting children and families. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation, an organisation dedicated to supporting families of neurodiverse children, adolescents and adults. She is a trainer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.

Dr Delahooke is a member of the American Psychological Association and holds the highest level of endorsement in the field of infant and toddler mental health in California, as a Reflective Practice Mentor (RPM). She is a frequent speaker, trainer and consultant to parents, organisations, schools and public agencies. Dr Delahooke has dedicated her career to promoting compassionate, relationship-based, neurodevelopmental interventions for children with developmental, behavioural, emotional and learning differences.

Dr Delahooke has written a number of books on the social and emotional development of children. Her latest book, 'Beyond Behaviour' published in March 2020, explores what is lying behind behaviour, recognising the important signals and how to approach this. This publication has been awarded the 2nd Annual Benjamin Franklin Book Award Winner in Psychology.

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Kim S Golding, CBE, DClinPsy, AFBPsS

Kim Golding

Kim S Golding is a Clinical Psychologist living in Worcestershire, UK. Kim worked for 35 years in the NHS before becoming independent. Throughout this experience Kim has always been interested in collaborating with parents to develop their parenting skills tailored to the needs of the children they are caring for.

She was involved in the setting up and evaluation of the Integrated Service for Looked After and Adopted Children; providing support for foster, adoptive and residential parents, schools and the range of professionals around the children.

Kim is the author of several books written for parents, educational staff and practitioners supporting children with experience of developmental trauma. Kim is keen to promote the emotional and social needs of children in school settings.

She is the lead author of three observational checklist books, designed for use in educational settings: ‘Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings’ for children aged 0-4, and ‘Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in School’ for children aged 5-11 and for young people aged 11-16.

She has also co-authored, with Sian Philips and Louise Bomber, a guide to Dyadic Developmental Practice (DDP) for educators: ‘Working with Relational Trauma in Education’ published in 2020.

Kim currently sits on the board of the DDP Institute and is involved in accrediting and training other professionals in this approach. She is also one of the directors of the Community Interest Company: ‘DDP Connects UK’.

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