What is the church’s role in looking after children’s mental health and wellbeing, particularly in the current crisis? How do we minister to children experiencing anxiety, grief, anger, dysregulation or distress? In this seminar, recorded at the It Takes a Village Conference, Keely looks at how we can make our churches safe and secure bases for children where their big feelings can be validated, normalised and expressed and how to connect this to Biblical teaching.
Keely is a full-time mum and a part-time play and filial therapist and clinical supervisor and runs Shepherding Lambs Counselling and Training Service. She has worked with children and families for 25 years and intends to do so for at least 25 more. Before training as a play therapist Keely did a Masters of Theology in Pastoral Care and Counselling for Children and Young People and is passionate about ‘binding up the broken-hearted’ and ‘setting the captives free.’