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:

Maree Todd MSP is the Minister for Children and Young People. 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 is the 2018 recipient of the Orwell Book Prize for his first book 'Poverty Safari'. From his roots in Pollok, on the south side of Glasgow, his book expertly weaves his own story with a wider analysis of the effects of poverty, violence and addiction on individuals, families and communities. He recently gave a TED talk in Glasgow, where he examined the role of toxic emotions and how they can undermine our wellbeing as well as our ability to bring about wider social change. Darren is a regular contributor to the BBC, STV and other national media and was a recent success on Question Time.

Dr Alex Hassett works across the various programmes at Salomon's Centre for Applied Psychology at Christchurch University in Canterbury in his role as Principal Lecturer and Senior Consultant. He is programme director for the PhD in Professional Practice: Psychological. Alex also works as a therapist, working predominantly with teenagers. His research interests focus on attachment, trauma and being in the care of local authorities and the link with emotional well-being. His academic work can be found on the Christchurch University website. He also recently took part in a podcast discussing teenagers, which you can find on SoundCloud.

Louise Wallwein MBE, renowned and award-winning poet, playwright and performer from Manchester. Louise was brought up in 13 different children's homes, and wrote her first play at the age of 17. Her plays have been broadcast by the BBC, graced the stage of the Sydney Opera House, Royal Exchange and Contact Manchester. GLUE, her acclaimed one-woman show is currently on tour. Louise is under commission with the National Theatre Wales and BBC Radio 4, and is one of the Hull 17 Poets in Residence. Louise was recently awarded an MBE for her services to music.

Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA is an international trauma healing specialist who has worked around the globe. She is known in particular for her work in Rwanda after the genocide, where she set up the world's first youth healing, heart-centred leadership and entrepreneurship programme.

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