Dwell in Possibility: The Place of Hope in Work with Childrenu
With Ted Bowman,
Tuesday 26th June 2012 at Wrest Park, Silsoe.


Hope, in work with children, gets underwhelming attention. Caring helpers want to stop
the bleeding, lighten the load, promote resilience, or protect the children.
This is to be applauded and is essential. Still, when approaches such as these
become the norm, programmes and carers become reactive, problem centred, and,
if not careful, jaded. Hope can be placed on the back burner where there is little fire, money or commitment.


In this practical session, participants will be guided in a realistic use of hope in work
with children, one that addresses what James Garbarino has described as an
attitude of featurelessness or terminal thinking by too many children and
adolescents. Further, attachment and hope will be included. Using stories, case
studies and humour, hope will be discussed in ways that a range of carers can
immediately apply in work with children and families.


Ted Bowman is a trainer, educator, and consultant who specialises in change and
transition, whether it occurs in families, an organisation, or the community.
Ted has taught Family Education courses at the University of Minnesota since
1981. He is also an adjunct professor teaching grief and loss courses at the University
of Saint Thomas School of Social Work.


Ted has been travelling to the UK and Ireland for work with a wide array of
organisations for over 20 years, including well-received workshops with CHUMS.


‘ Hold fast to dreams

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird

That cannot fly’


Langston Hughes