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Posted on Sep 3 2020 by

St Andrew's to host trauma conference with British Psychological Society

We're hosting a LIVE virtual conference on November 19th on Trauma Informed Care (TIC) in Practice with the British Psychological Society (BPS), as we look to focus on developing clinical practice for people who have experienced complex and multiple traumas, and the services that support them.

The event will feature a number of esteemed speakers, including St Andrew’s Dr Annette Greenwood, current chair of the British Psychological Society's Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section, and Professor Thanos Karatzias, Professor of Mental Health at Edinburgh Napier University, UK and a Clinical & Health Psychologist at the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress, Edinburgh, UK.

Speaking about the conference, Deborah Morris, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Academic Psychologist, said:

"Exposure to trauma and its enduring impact are significant humanitarian, social and economic concerns. Increased awareness of trauma has been mirrored in attempts to develop trauma-focused services, diagnoses and treatments to better understand the phenomenon and alleviate its impact." 

"Within mental health services, a significant numbers of service users have been exposed to trauma, often throughout their lives and can present with comorbid trauma needs.  As a result, the concept of ‘trauma informed care’  has grown and is now very much embedded within Mental Health services as a recognised need for service users."

"It is also being increasingly recognised that staff supporting people with complex trauma needs also require additional support from services.  As the presence of TIC grows it is vital that services offer approaches and treatments based on current understandings of trauma and that they are empirically evaluated."

This event will focus on exploring the evidence and current innovations three interrelated themes within TIC, all led by leading practitioners in the field. The first two symposiums will explore what TIC innovations work for service users and how we can support staff who work in such systems. This will be followed by a third symposium exploring diagnostic and conceptual developments and in the field of trauma that can inform our understanding and support for people with trauma related needs.

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