We know that experiencing trauma can have a severe and long-lasting effect. When childhood trauma is not resolved, a sense of fear and helplessness carries into adulthood, setting the stage for further adversity.

It is well-researched that care-experienced young people experience trauma which is disproportionate to that of their non-looked-after peers. Effective help requires intervention that is congruent with neuroscience, developmentally relevant and is rooted in relationally-based practice.

Emotional nurture is a universal physiological need which we require for our brains to develop as babies, and as we get older our connectedness with others keeps us healthy and resilient, and is key to recovery from toxic stress.

Post-traumatic growth and resilience is possible. Restoring relationships and community is central to restoring wellbeing and we can change social conditions to create environments in which young people can feel safe and where they can thrive.

This conference will bring together the latest findings and practice from neuroscience and trauma recovery, which will serve to strengthen our existing understanding as you deliver services to the young people in your care.

Speakers confirmed:

Tony Bloemendaal is a consultant, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist and currently works as Clinical Manager for Palier in The Hague, The Netherlands. He manages a variety of programmes which specialise in the treatment of adults with severe trauma, mental illness, substance abuse disorders, intellectual disabilities, and adult survivors of abuse and neglect prior to the age of 7. Tony received his Masters degree from the University of Leiden in 1999, trained for his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy in Rotterdam and is currently working on his PhD dissertation. He is a fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, founded by Dr Bruce Perry.
Maree Todd MSP is the Minister for Childcare and Early Years. Elected in early May 2016, Maree is an SNP MSP representing the Highlands and Islands on the regional list. Maree grew up in the West Highlands, attending Ullapool High School and then studying pharmacy and prescribing at Robert Gordon's and Strathclyde, as well as taking an ante-natal teaching diploma at the University of Bedfordshire, all by distance learning. A pharmacist by profession, Todd worked in NHS Highland for 20 years, mainly as a mental health pharmacist in a psychiatric hospital. She also contributed to SIGN guidance on perinatal mental health.
Darren McGarvey Orwell Prize 2018 Winner Darren McGarvey is an author, performing artist and columnist based in Glasgow. His best-selling 2017 book Poverty Safari: Understanding the Anger of Britain’s Underclass, blended memoir, journalism and polemic to make an argument that even the left – as well as Conservatives – misunderstand the complexity of poverty as it is experienced and that many traditional ideas on both the left and right are dangerously outdated. Darren brings a wealth of personal experience and understanding to a long overdue conversation about the culture of poverty in modern day Britain.
Dr Alex Hassett is a principal lecturer and senior consultant at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at Canterbury Christ Church University. He is the programme director of the PhD in Professional Practice: Psychological Perspectives. He also works across the various postgraduate programmes in the centre as well as offering knowledge exchange training and consultancy to the health, education and social care sectors and the charity sectors. He develops and delivers training to practitioners in the areas of young people’s emotional wellbeing and mental health and relationship building. This training has a particular focus on working with young people who have been traumatised. He also works as a psychotherapist. Alex’s research interests focus on emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people. A particular focus is on attachment, trauma and parenting and their link with emotional well-being. You can follow Alex on Twitter at @aha_td and view his publications at: http://create.canterbury.ac.uk/view/creators/Hassett=3AA=2E=3A=3A.html

Louise Wallwein MBE A renowned and award-winning poet, playwright and performer from Manchester, Louise Wallwein has made a name for herself as an explosive artist that detonates her audiences’ imaginations. Louise was brought up in 13 different children’s homes and wrote her first play at the age of 17. Her career took off in 1998 when she performed an award winning one-woman show on the wing of a world war 2 Shackleton reconnaissance aircraft and her various experiences as a cleaner, club promoter and dancer at the Hacienda and activist for organisations such as anti clause 28 and Viraj Mendis defence campaign have undoubtedly shaped her. Her plays have been broadcast by the BBC, graced the stage of Sydney Opera House, Royal Exchange and Contact Manchester. GLUE, her acclaimed, theatre demolishing one-woman show is currently on tour. Louise is under commission with National Theatre Wales and B.B.C Radio 4, and is one of the Hull 17 Poets in residence. Louise has made 20 films with young people around the UK, working for Bolton at Home, Home Manchester and UCLAN. Fall won Best Film at the BFI Awards 2015. Louise is in demand from artists to support them with mentoring and dramaturgy. Most notably:

- Julie McNamara, Chanje Kunda Amsterdam/Superposition
- The Welcoming Party, TheatreRites/MIF
- Stories Of Care, Sophie Willan
- Isaiah Hull, BBC WordsFirst
- Fergus Evans, Contact


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