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October 14, 2017 10:00 am until October 14, 2017 5:00 pm

CCMH, 2-18 Britannia Row, London N1 8PA, UK



This conference is all about empowering staff with key knowledge, tools and techniques to help traumatised children and young people to thrive rather than ending up with mental health problems, addictions or in prison. In addition, with the very limited resources of CAMHS, it is now acknowledged that schools are having to deal with more and more mental health problems, so it is vital they have the knowledge and key effective interventions that work.

“The kids in custody are our most troubled children. School teachers, social workers, community workers, all these skilled professionals have not been able to get through to them, so what do we do? We put them in an institution with loads [of others] just like them. It’s bonkers, right? Bonkers!” (Nick Hardwick, Chief Inspector of Prisons)

It is indeed bonkers not having ‘trauma aware’ and ’attachment aware’ schools/organisations, as the cost (financial and in terms of human suffering) to self and society of not helping these children is astronomical. It costs £65,000 to imprison a person once police, court costs and all the other steps are taken into account and then a further £40,000 a year to keep them incarcerated. To get through to traumatised children in life-changing ways presenters will speak about having a whole-school/organisation approach to support a traumatised child. Presenters will challenge the preconception that staff should leave this work to other professionals and will discuss how to implement effective interventions leading to a vital paradigm shift in thinking, reflecting and responding so these children and teenagers can turn their lives around.

‘Almost the entire prison population has experienced mental health problems, homelessness, suffered abuse or violence as a child… or grown up in care. The children we don't help end up as the adults we don't want in society.’ (Mike Snelle, 2015, The Independent)


A ground-breaking new documentary on the biology of stress and Adverse Childhood Experiences and its links to major illnesses.

We are thrilled to have been granted permission to screen the film 'Resilience' at this conference, showing only at a few exclusive venues (most screenings are now sold-out' and this film is not available to view online).

RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behaviour.

A wonderful film which presents a message of hope too in terms of what we can do to ensure preventable suffering.

For more information and to view the trailer please follow the link here:

Benefits from attending this conference

  • Supporting traumatised children to learn
  • Building resilience through attachments in the classroom
  • Why so many traumatised children get expelled and the far better alternatives, practical tools and techniques
  • Dealing with explosions and meltdowns triggered by post-traumatic stress
  • What every teacher and child professional needs to know about the psychology/brain science and physiology of child trauma


Louise Michelle Bombèr


Strategic Attachment Lead Teacher & Therapist. Louise qualified as both a specialist teacher and a therapist. She has worked with individual pupils, classes, whole school settings, local authorities, teachers and support staff across both the primary and secondary phases. She has provided consultations and training for education, social services and health. Louise Michelle has set up TouchBase™ Brighton and TouchBase™ Bristol. Louise and her team offer a range of services supporting children and young people who have experienced significant relational traumas and losses to move towards learned security and recovery. Louise also works as a clinical supervisor for counsellors/therapists working in schools. She created the 7-day intensive course, accredited by the University of Brighton, for staff wanting to become Attachment Leads in their schools and authorities. Author of the very popular book Inside I’m Hurting, now translated into French and Italian. She also wrote What About Me?. Louise contributed to the book Teenagers & Attachment. She has co-authored Settling Troubled Pupils to Learn: Why Relationships Matter in School together with Dr Dan Hughes. More recently Louise has written the Attachment Aware Schools Series – Bridging the gap for troubled pupils.

Julie Harmieson 

Former Head Teacher in an EBD special school environment. Nurture practitioner in Cornwall. Experienced Senior trainer and Practitioner in Thrive in schools throughout the UK. Over 15 years' experience as a SENCo and teacher supporting pupils with a wide range of additional needs in mainstream settings.

Sean Williams


Headteacher of The Forge School, an acclaimed trauma informed Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). He has worked actively with traumatised and insecurely attached children in education, sports coaching and community work for over 20 years. In the PRU he has developed a team who can front the challenge of working with traumatised children. A licensed Thrive practitioner, outdoor enthusiast and judo coach, Sean is passionate about making alternative provision for traumatised young people a safe yet challenging experience. Sean believes that children who mistrust are faced with a terrible dilemma in relationship which requires a deep understanding from the adults around them. At the Forge they ask these key questions 'How do we care for and teach a child who is often terrified of our adult connection?'  'How do we care for our adult team in the face of such powerful rejection and projection?’ This has lead the team at the Forge to clearly define two primary tasks - to reparent traumatised pupils and provide an education that allows a child to take the next steps into education employment or training. Sean’s work is informed by the research of  Bessel van der Kolk, Allan Schore, Bruce Perry, Dan Hughes, Kim Golding as well as Thrive and the Therapeutic Communities Model.


CCMH, 2-18 Britannia Row, London N1 8PA, UK