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Iben Sandahl

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Psychotherapist, Author and Parenting Expert

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Our keynote speaker Iben Sandahl is a teacher, author and a licensed narrative psychotherapist with her own practice just outside Copenhagen. Her specialty is in the counselling of families and children. Originally trained as teacher, Iben worked in the Danish Educational System for 10 years before earning her degree in Narrative Psychotherapy. She is extremely passionate about her work, and is often cited by the Danish National Radio and various media outlets worldwide.

Iben Sandahl is the bestselling author of The Danish Way of Parenting: What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids, which has taken the world by storm, having been translated into 22 different languages and has been featured in numerous media outlets such as The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The Guardian.

With over 20 years of experience of working with children as a teacher, family counselor and psychotherapist, Iben has a depth of knowledge which covers all aspects of parenting and family life. By taking key aspects of the Danish style of parenting, such as reframing and creating a family environment where authenticity is valued, Iben is showing the world how to be a better parent.

Following the success of her first book, Iben’s second book Play The Danish Way: A Guide to Raising Balance, Resilient and Healthy Children Through Play continues where her first book left off. Iben looks at the importance of integrating play into the lives of children, and how unstructured free play helps raise strong and healthy children. Equipping them for the challenges that await them in the future.

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    About the Book: The Danish Way of Parenting

    Iben Sandahl details how the book came to fruition and why the messages from the book can change the world to the better. It’s a compelling read for parents and non-parents alike, which illustrates some essential parenting principles that have been working for people in Denmark for decades. The book is not just a book about how the happiest people in the world raise happy children it is also a way of living. This keynote show audiences some of the key processes in the book.

    It is built on the acronym PARENT – of which every letter points some special areas.

    • Play: Which is essential for development and well-being
    • Authenticity: fosters trust and an ‘inner compass’
    • Re-framing: helps kids cope with setbacks and look on the bright side
    • Empathy: allow us to act with kindness towards others
    • No Ultimatums: no power struggles or resentment
    • Togetherness (hygge): a way to celebrate family time, on special occasions and in everyday life

    Keynotes: 1 Hour


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    • As a teacher and author, Iben Dissing Sandahl shares her experiences as an individual and as a businesswoman. She has a strong foundation and a strong philosophy which she brings to her way on conducting business and is also seen in her bestseller: The Danish Way of Parenting. While predominantly a book about parenting, the book’s philosophy can applied both in life at home and at work. The Danes are known for their strong interpersonal skills throughout the world and being some of the happiest people in the world. When looking at topics like reframing, empathy and the special Danish spirit of collaboration, Iben shows how these can be applied and show audiences how to foster productive and successful businesses and organisations.

    Inspirational talks: 15-30 minutes


    Keynote by Speaker Iben Sandahl


    • In her book The Danish Way of Parenting Iben highlights the value of Authenticity and a ‘No-Ultimatums’ approach in family life. With Denmark being voted one of the happiest countries in the world, and a big part of this is down to the way that danes raise their children. As a teacher, family counselor and psychotherapist with over 20 years experience working with children, Iben offers a thorough insight into the essential aspects of her work in the field and parenting.  Through this keynote, audiences will gain new insights and some important tools and become a better parent and a little more Danish in the process.

    Keynotes: 1½ hours incl. discussion

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