Speakers

Over 25 internationally renowned experts will speak at the conference - giving delegates the chance to deepen their knowledge of current thinking and new research on street-connected children.

Meet international experts in: ending family violence, recovery from trauma and sexual abuse, missing children, reintegrating street-connected children, child development, clinical psychology, family therapy, arts therapy, and child protection.

Isabel Ramírez Santos is a Psychologist from the Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla, Mexico and she is part of the family team in the JUCONI Programme. She has worked with mothers and young people in the Tzotzil communities, and held group discussions, talks and workshops about sexual and reproductive health, violence and gender issues. Isabel helped to develop a therapeutic process with women in prison, and has presented at conferences in universities and schools about family and couple relationships. She has worked with women who have experienced extreme domestic violence, helping them improve the quality of family life and protect children. When she volunteered in a home for abandoned children, Isabel became interested in the potential to transform children’s lives by working with them and their families. She has been trained by the JUCONI Institute and has acquired experience and knowledge thanks to the whole family team. Nowadays, she is the first point of contact with children working on the street. Once they are enrolled in the JUCONI programme, she visits visit them and their families weekly.

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KEYNOTE: Secure attachment, safe children, safe families: a methodology with transgenerational impact (with Sandra Cortés)

Attachment theory is fundamental to the JUCONI methodology as through creating secure relationships between children and their caregivers one establishes the foundation for the development of children that being and feeling loved as they are, they grow confident in their set skills, abilities, and with proper management of their emotions. These children will grow up taking care of themselves, their community, their family, and the society they later construct. That's why the methodology and the interventions in each of our workplaces and family attention are designed to generate secure attachment and to recover from the wounds of intergenerational trauma. If the change is profound, emotional neglect is prevented and the impact will reach generations of families forming safe communities.

WORKSHOP: Promoting secure attachment as a vaccine against violence in high risk families (with Sandra Cortés)

The first three years of life are crucial for child development, not only nutritionally or physical development. Neurophysiology helps us understand the impact on neuronal formation of relationships in this specific period of development. During the workshop participants can observe in detail the difference between the behaviours of children with secure attachment and one that has not. Participants will reflect the basic principles to generate secure attachment, think and create activities that can be used in therapeutic interventions with families so caregivers and children form emotional bonds that provide emotional security that allows them to develop with confidence in themselves and in the world as a safe place.