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iCAAD Fashion Development and Understanding of Mental Health and Safe Guarding within Talent Management with Sam Parker and Chula Goonewardene


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This workshop will help talent managers to improve their professional and personal development by being better equipped to recognise, understand and find treatment for mental health and addictive disorders.

From personal experience, it can be particularly challenging to work with talent as they can often be of a sensitive and perhaps vulnerable predisposition and due to the nature of their work and environment, be more likely to experience mental health issues.

This workshop is about equipping the participants with an understanding of basic mental health and addiction issues that may affect their clients and equipment them with information to make better evaluations and information on how to seek help.

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iCAAD Fashion Development and Understanding of Mental Health and Safe Guarding within Talent Management with Sam Parker and Chula Goonewardene

  1. 1. THE INDUSTRY SESSIONS Development and Understanding of Mental Health and Safe Guarding within Talent Management Parker Consul-ng: Specialist Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant to the Music & Entertainment Industry m 07961 406022 e:
  2. 2. Our Story.
  3. 3. Chula Goonewardene MBACP !3
  4. 4. Not so different… The Fashion & Music Industry
  5. 5. Learning Objectives • UNDERSTAND Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 (Under 18s) • UNDERSTAND what stress is and how your talent might respond to it neurologically, physically, emotionally, and behaviourally. • UNDERSTAND what external and internal triggers of stress are. “If it’s hysterical it’s historical” • UNDERSTAND The Nature Of Addiction - including eating disorders. • UNDERSTAND co-dependency as a potential internal stressor when it comes to talent management. • UNDERSTAND how relationship dynamics can play out in talent management
  6. 6. What is Safeguarding? The term safeguarding is used to define actions taken to protect vulnerable groups from harm. This harm might come from adults or other children and, as someone working closely with vulnerable groups, it’s important you understand what safeguarding is and why it’s important. Safeguarding Children Legally, a child is defined as anyone under the age of 18. Therefore, safeguarding children is about protecting all those under 18 from harm. When safeguarding a child you: • Protect them from abuse, maltreatment and exploitation. • Prevent anything from harming their health or development. • Ensure they can grow up under safe and effective care. • Take action to ensure they have the best outcomes in life. Part of the safeguarding process is identifying and protecting children suffering from, or likely to suffer from, significant harm. All children are covered by child protection and safeguarding guidance and legislation. Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  7. 7. “Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way.”
  8. 8. The Human Function Curve
  9. 9. • Adrenaline increases your heart rate, raises your blood pressure and provides extra energy to get you ready to defend yourself or to run away. • Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, also temporarily increases energy by triggering the release of glucose into the bloodstream, to help you to fight or run away. At the same time, other bodily functions which are not immediately needed, such as digestion, are suppressed. Primitive brain triggers release of adrenalin and cortisol when under perceived threat
  10. 10. Signs and Symptoms • Exhausted – but cant sleep • Overeat / under eat • Constipation / diarrhoea • Chest pains, dizziness, nervous twitches, • Back, neck and shoulder pain • Skin problems • Sexual difficulties • Frequently ill • Memory problems
  11. 11. Physical consequences • Energy mobilised • Blood pressure up • Increased heart beat / pulse • Faster, shallower breath • Digestion stops - mouth dry • Bladder and rectum contract • Immune system inhibited • Reproductive system inhibited • Inhibited cognitive function • Neck and shoulder muscles tense • Arteries, veins, muscles - constrict
  12. 12. Feelings • Anger / irritability • Frightened • Frustrated • Bored • Lose sense of humour • Apathetic – can’t be bothered • Depressed – Anxious - Hopeless • Overwhelmed, can’t cope • Shame – self doubt
  13. 13. Behavioural Consequences • Drink more • Smoke more • Drug use • Become cynical • Isolate • Sarcastic • Can’t concentrate • Become critical of others
  14. 14. Depression
 Melancholy – Albert Gyorgy
  15. 15. Depression
It can look like this…
  16. 16. Anxiety
  17. 17. Sources of stress External • Juggling work and family demands • Increased responsibility • Increased financial obligations • Chronic illness • Working long hours - social media/ email/travel • Traumatic events • Fame • Deadlines
  18. 18. Sources of Stress • Difficulty saying no • Parents beliefs and behaviours • Perfectionism • Impact of childhood messages • Worth attached to how much we earn • Unrealistic expectation of self and others • Excessive worry over things which we have no control. • Self-worth attached to our talent doing well Internal
  19. 19. Addiction The science – Dr Kevin McCauley’s youtube lecture ‘Is Addiction Really A Disease?’ How addictive disorders manifest: 1. Mind 2. Mood 3. Process and relational
  20. 20. Co-dependency: An Internal Stressor Many Definitions but simply put… “Co-dependent relationships are a type of dysfunctional helping relationship where one person supports or enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility or underachievement, disempowering them from taking personal responsibility”
  21. 21. Characteristics of Co-dependency • feel overly responsible for other people. • feel anxiety and guilt when other people have a problem. • feel compelled to help, then angry when it doesn’t work • wonder why people don’t do the same for them, but never say so. • say yes when they mean no. • try to please others instead of themselves. • are attracted to needy people. • deny their family was troubled. • get artificial feelings of self worth from helping others. !21 • over commit themselves. • feel used. • become angry when criticised. • blame themselves for everything. • fear rejection. • take things very personally. • think they are not good enough. • reject compliments or praise. • worry obsessively. • pretend circumstances aren’t as bad as they are.
  22. 22. The Cycle Of Change
  23. 23. Motivational Interviewing Express Empathy – an empathic response to the client is a key element of most psychotherapies, specifically in the person-centered model of counselling designed by Carl Rogers, (Corey G. 2001). Rogers believed in self- directed change and that a counsellor’s ability to show an understanding of the client’s inner-world, in a warm, honest and congruent manner, was crucial to facilitaFng the client’s emoFonal growth. In addiFon to this, by not providing answers to the client’s problems, the client is enabled to feel empowered and discover their own soluFons. Develop Discrepancy – this principle focuses on the point in Fme where a client’s current behaviour is at odds with their perceived goals and values. By increasing the client’s awareness of this discrepancy, the counselor hopes to elicit an increased moFvaFon to change and works on the theory that ‘the greater the discrepancy, the greater the perceived importance for change’, Miller (2002). Roll with Resistance – the intenFon behind this principle is to avoid conflict and not directly oppose a client’s resistance to dealing with a specific issue. The idea is to explore the client’s ambivalence, using a tool such as the Decisional Balance Matrix, to bring the client closer to an inner decision to change, without imposing any judgement, or soluFon from the counsellor. Support Self-Efficacy – this principle is concerned with the clients own belief in whether they have the ability to address specific tasks and facilitate change. The counsellor’s role is to affirm moFvaFonal statements, e.g.; reflecFng posiFve change talk, in order to increase a sense of hope and faith, in the client’s belief that they are responsible for, and capable of, deciding and direcFng the changes they wish to make.
  24. 24. Transactional Analysis Originated in the 1960’s from the Psycho-Analyst Eric Berne, author of the best-selling book Games People Play (1968) and is profoundly commiYed to the value of mutual respect as a means of human interacFon. Describes three roles/ego states; Parent, Adult and Child, that we can all play in adult life, depending on the interacFon and how we are feeling. Parent can be controlling (precepts & rules) or nurturing (suggests, supports and guides). Adult uses raFonality and logic (relaxed, calm, friendly and slightly detached). Child can be adapted (dependant, apologeFc, insecure, blaming) or natural (free and creaFve). This theory suggests that our ego states interact with the ego states of others, calling forth predictable responses. For example – many of our clients will present in the Child ego state, they may be presenFng surly and uncooperaFve behaviour. This automaFcally pushes us into the Parent ego state and we may feel to react from a puniFve or authoritarian posiFon, which keeps the dynamic stuck. If we operate from an Adult ego state, by addressing the client as capable of being a responsible adult, we are likely to produce a matching adult ego state, which shi]s the dynamic.
  25. 25. Where to get immediate help? Emergency Dial 999 and ask for an ambulance, police. You can take someone direct to A&E or you call their doctor and take them there. Professional Help: GP, Hospitals, Community Mental Health teams are aYached to the local borough. Look on borough website for services. Samaritans – Freephone: 116 123 (Open 24 hours a day) Calls are free and do not appear on bills. Maytree Suicide Respite Centre 020 7263 7070 (24 hours a day) Offers free respite stays for people in suicidal crisis.
  26. 26. Counselling,Psychotherapy & Resources Bri-sh Associa-on of Counselling Prac--oners The BACP are a charity that hold a public record of therapists who meet their standards for registraFon both for iniFal registraFon and for maintaining their registered status. You can look up a therapist in your area using their website. 01455 883300 UK Council for Psychotherapy UKCP are a charity set up to protect the public by making sure everyone on their register meets their professional standards. You can look up a therapist in your area using their website too. Tel: 020 7014 9955 MIND Mind have a great website and are a fantasFc resource for informaFon and where to seek help for issues ranging from mild anxiety to server mental illness. Their booklets are downloadable or you can order physical copies. Tel: 0300 123 3393
  27. 27. Any Questions?
  28. 28. Thanks for listening THE END Parker Consul-ng: Specialist Mental Health and Wellbeing Consultant to the Music & Entertainment Industry m 07961 406022 e: