CosmoKidz as mystery: Creating community and fostering peace - facts and horizons

A conference session by Marit Eikaas Haavimb, Dr Hossein Kaviani and Alastair Pearson
CMM Institute, University of Bedfordshire, School of Psychology and Tower Hamlets Education Wellbeing Service

25 September 2021, 02:30 PM

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About this conference session

We don’t know how to communicate like normal people and look people in the eye and talk to them. “ Athena, Age 13 This is just one simple statement from a young person, yet holding layers of meaning and wonder. We will be sharing experiences, research and ideas around how education can help bring in the ‘hope for change’ component to stories of fear, loss and grief, chronic anxiety, war and trauma.

This workshop offers an opportunity to reflect on the social, emotional and mental health needs of children and young people and to consider how school and educational practice might be re-imagined in order enable children and young people experience education as healing, inclusive and holistic, enabling them to enter adult life with confidence in themselves and others. Against the backdrop of the covid pandemic, ecological crisis and protest movements against racism and male sexual violence the need to consider how schools and cultures promote wellbeing, compassionate relationships and citizenship has never been greater. Brought together though a shared interest in developing "CosmoKidz", and “Cosmopolis 2045”, school resources inspired by the ideas of Co-ordinated Management of Meaning, the presenters will share aspects of their work and look forward to learning about the hopes and activities of others working in or interested in this area.

Marit Eikaas Haavimb

Marit Eikaas Haavimb is a partly retired social worker, an educator and a lifelong learner. She is also a Board member of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution, and a co-developer of CosmoKidz; a set of educational activities to support children making better social worlds. She has lived and worked in Uganda, Guyana and the UK, where she also did her Family Therapy training and MA degree. Moving back to her native country Norway, she taught at the VID Specialized University in Oslo, and worked in various positions at the Church City Mission. Today, she runs her own private practice, and lives in Kongsberg with her husband Stein Tore. These days she enjoys and learns from, amongst many things and people, walks in nature and being a granny to Mathias, Arn and Noella.

Dr Hossein Kaviani

Dr Hossein Kaviani is a clinical psychologist and has been working for approximately 20 years as an academic staff involved in both teaching and research activities. His teaching is mainly on psychotherapy and counselling. He followed two lines of research, namely (a) clinical psychology specifically in association with cognitive aspects of depression and anxiety; (b) the link between psycho-social characteristics and soci-political behaviour. He is currently involved in a research to explore how education in children can enhance their empathy, compassion and tolerance of differences. Hossein worked concurrently as a psychotherapist registered with HCPC and accredited by BABCP. His clients included people problems such as depression, anxiety, OCD and family conflicts.

Alastair Pearson

Over the course of the last 30 years Alastair has worked as a social worker and systemic psychotherapist in an East London CAMHS service. More recently he has helped to establish and jointly manage a new Schools Mental Health Support Team, working with schools to improve the availability of mental health support to pupils and put wellbeing at the heart of school practice and culture. He has published widely and co-edited an edition of Context on systemic practice in schools. He has served as an advisor to a NICE committee on social and emotional wellbeing in schools and is a Trustee at the Institute of Family Therapy and member of the AFT Diversity, Equalities and Inclusion committee.

Hosted by AFT in collaboration with Friends of KCC and CMM Institute