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On Thursday 19th November 2020 we welcomed almost 200 professionals joining us for our Trauma Informed Care in Practice online event.  It was a fantastic day with presentations from Prof. Thanos Karatzia, Christina Buxton, Kate Lucre, Dr Mark Doyle, Dr Annette Greenwood, Dr Adrian Coxell, Dr Elizabeth Beber and Dr Deborah Morris.

Our attendees gave us some truly inspiring feedback!  94% reported they would change their practice as a result of attending this event and an amazing 98% reported having learnt something completely new!

Here are just a few of the lovely comments we received... 

"Thanks for the conference- so much to learn from a practice perspective" ..... "Great conference, thank you to all the presenters!"  ... "I have been very impressed with the organisation of and the quality of all the presentations in the conference, Excellent, Thank you!"  ...  "Excellent training day, very interesting and informative"

Conference Posters

Congratulations to Abigail Moffat, Elanor Webb and Emma Parmar - the winners of our 2020 Trauma Informed Care in Practice Poster Competition with their poster on 'The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Placement Breakdowns and BMI in an Adolescent Secure Inpatient Population With Developmental Disorders'.

Thank you to all of our poster entrants the quality was very high, giving our judges a challenging task!

BMI Poster Patient and staff perspectives of the implementation of a trauma informed assessment inanEUPD Inpatient population Poster Staff satisfaction and effect on attitudes towards Trauma Informed Care Poster The relationship between ICD 11 CPTSD symptomology and functionalimpairment in an EUPD inpatient populationPoster Understanding Trauma Poster

Trauma Informed Care

The lifetime impact of trauma and the need for services to adopt more holistic approaches to trauma informed care is becoming increasingly understood. As our knowledge of trauma grows, including the impact on support systems, so does the need to develop services that can meet the wide ranging care needs of those who have been exposed to trauma.

Conference presentations

The Trauma Informed Care in Practice Conference will bring together senior practitioners and researchers in the field to offer keynote oral presentations. The event will focus on developing clinical practice for people who have experienced complex and multiple traumas and the services that support them. Keynote presentations will follow four themes throughout the day:

  • Supporting staff groups in trauma informed settings
  • Working with systems in developing trauma informed care
  • What works and for whom? Evidence and innovations
  • Diagnosis: developments and inclusive approaches

The morning sessions will focus on working with staff and wider organisational systems. These sessions will be led by Dr Annette Greenwood, current chair of the British Psychological Society's Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section, and Kate Lucre, a Consultant Psychotherapist.

The second session will be led by Professor Thanos Karatzias of Edinburgh Napier University, who will present a paper on the outcomes of Trauma Informed Care models. Two papers on treatment innovations, focusing on Virtual Reality and working with adolescents will also be presented.

In the afternoon session, the initial papers will focus on developments in diagnosis. Dr Christine Buxton, former chair of the BPS Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section, will offer a paper updating on complex PTSD diagnosis. Two additional papers focusing on developmental trauma as an alternative to Intellectual Disability for people exposed to significant early trauma and the role of PTSD from one’s own actions will also be presented.

Below you can download the conference flyer, full conference timetable and the BPS Recommendations for education and training of psychologists when working with psychological trauma

Trauma Informed Care in Practice Flyer 19 v2.11.20 Trauma Informed Care in Practice Conference Timteable Recommendations for education and training of psychologists when working with psychological trauma

Who is the event of interest to?

The event is aimed at registered practitioners engaged in direct clinical practice in the area of trauma care. This includes psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health / learning disability nurses and professionals working in prison settings. The conference may also be of interest to health leaders involved in policy and service leaders.

Meet Our Speakers

Professor Thanos Karatzias

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Professor Thanos Karatzias

Professor Karatzias, is a Professor of Mental Health at Edinburgh Napier University, UK and a Clinical & Health Psychologist at the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress, Edinburgh, UK. He is the Director of Research at Edinburgh Napier University. He is a former Chair of the British Psychological Society Scotland Working Party for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BPSSS) and is a current member of the Committee of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Section and UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS). He has spent his entire clinical and academic career working in the field of psychological trauma. In collaboration with national and international research partners he has developed a special interest in the effects and treatment of psychological trauma on physical and mental health; on prison populations; and on people with learning disabilities. He has published widely in these areas.

Dr Annette Greenwood

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Dr Annette Greenwood

Working in the specialist filed of psychological trauma for over 25 years leading psychological support for staff following a major incidents for example; Beverley Allitt Incident at Grantham Hospital, Major inquiry at Bassetlaw General Hospital, Organ Retention project, Dr Holton Inquiry misdiagnosis of 8,000 children, psychological support for the misdiagnosis of 1,200 women with cancer and the Madeline McCann case and so on.  Commissioned by the RCN to write the guidelines for setting up staff counselling service within the NHS and published in 2001.

In 2011 (Berlin) -2012 (Madrid) I was commissioned by the European Union (EU) with a team of psychologists across Europe to write the psychosocial guidelines for supporting first responders after a CRBN major incident.  (Chemical & dirty bombs).  This project was a result of the Madrid bombings.  In 2013 nominated for the Nurse Times Awards and a finalist for providing Excellent & Quality for the Trauma Response and Wellbeing service for staff at St Andrew’s Healthcare and lunch with HRH Prince Charles at Clarence House in recognition for this work for the charity.

More recently I have been advising the Ministry of Justice and Prison Service on how to provide the ASSIST Psychological first aid model to support traumatised staff in the workplace.  I met Jeremy Wright MP, minister for Prisons and discussed how the model could be developed within these services.  This model developed at St Andrew’s Healthcare has been adopted by Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue.

Following completion of a doctorate in applied psychology at the University of Leicester, I have been successful in the submission of two papers at national conferences from the thesis. One is a symposium on impact of psychological trauma for the annual British Psychology Society (BPS) conference in April 2016, funded by the BPS.

Christina Buxton

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Christina Buxton

Christina is a chartered psychologist and a full member of the British Psychological Society Division of Teachers and Researchers (DTR), a member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (DOP) ). She is also a member of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP) and is also Chair of the British Psychological Society North West Branch.

Christina's research interests are in social support in organisations and the influence of individual differences on the experience of stress and trauma in high risk occupations.

Christina works commercially carrying out organisational research and psychometric testing in a variety of setting and has led commercially based academic courses in leadership and management for the DFES and the NHS. She has been involved in a number of commercial projects both in collaboration and independently and holds certificates of competence in occupational testing (Level A and Level B).

Dr Mark Doyle

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Dr Mark Doyle

Dr Mark Doyle is a lecturer in psychology at Solent University and an early career researcher. He is a chartered psychologist with the British Psychology Society and a qualified cognitive behavioural therapist and is a current member of the BABCP. His primary teaching focus relates to mental health, counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy.

Current Projects: the wellbeing of police online child sex crime investigators, Stressful experiences, resilience and mental health of university students, Profiles of childhood trauma and revictimization, Developmental contexts (attachment and child trauma) and their relationship with anxiety and depression. He is also working with collaborators at University of Portsmouth to explore the wellbeing of security personnel who are regularly involved with potentially traumatic experiences as part of their job (e.g. door staff at clubs, bank security).

Previous Projects: Previous research conducted during his related to toxic childhood environments and their influence on child mental health and wellbeing using a range of structural equation modelling techniques.

Research interests: Spectrum of traumatic experiences and PTSD (type 1 and type 2), secondary traumas, how trauma affects mental health across the lifespan, revictimization of those who have experienced child trauma.

Kate Lucre

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Kate Lucre

I am a Birmingham based Compassion Focused Therapist and Supervisor specialising in the use of CFT for complex trauma, personality and relational difficulties for groups and individual . I am the regional supervision coordinator for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and also run workshops for the Foundation and across the UK on CFT for Groups and Compassion Focused Staff Support and Supervision. I offer CFT supervision in groups and individually, including a monthly international  Supervision Group for therapists involved in the provision of CFT groups. I have published data on Compassion Focused Group Psychotherapy and am currently completing a PhD in CFT at Birmingham University evaluating a 12 month CFGP programme for people with severe personality disorder. I am also involved in a number of UK wide research projects developing and evaluating Compassion Focused Staff Support Initiatives.

Dr Adrian Coxell

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Dr Adrian Coxell

Dr Elizabeth Beber

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Dr Elizabeth Beber

Dr Deborah Morris

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Dr Deborah Morris

Deborah is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and leads the St Andrew’s developmental and complex trauma research programme, which focuses on the needs of marginalized sections of society. During her career she has worked clinically with adults with complex personality disorder, neurodevelopmental, forensic and mental health needs in community, assertive outreach, crisis, residential and inpatient settings. Deborah has previously worked in professional and clinical lead positions. Her research interests and publications include; treatments for personality disorder, intellectual disabilities, developmental trauma disorder, intimate partner violence, gendered approaches to trauma and trauma care, adverse childhood experiences, complex trauma in marginalised populations and the physical health impact of exposure to trauma