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FROM FIRE TO PHOENIX: PERSONAL JOURNEYS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA TO BECOMING A KNIGHT FOR OTHERS - vital skills, words and competencies of emotionally-available adults

FROM FIRE TO PHOENIX: PERSONAL JOURNEYS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA TO BECOMING A KNIGHT FOR OTHERS - vital skills, words and competencies of emotionally-available adults
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May 08, 2021 10:00 am until May 08, 2021 4:30 pm

FROM FIRE TO PHOENIX: PERSONAL JOURNEYS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA TO BECOMING A KNIGHT FOR OTHERS - vital skills, words and competencies of emotionally-available adults

Live stream conference (via Zoom)
10.00pm-4.30pm (GMT)

BOOKINGS: Please click the button 'book now' to pay and we will send you full instructions on how to join the live stream. For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us: info@childmentalhealthcentre.org

About the conference

Fire to Phoenix

Every child needs a knight: What knights do and why they change everything for vulnerable children and teenagers

This conference will explore just how vital it is for every vulnerable child and teenager to have at least one emotionally-available adult (EAA) in their lives (a knight). Knights are people who deeply value and encourage the child, who tirelessly understand, empathically listen and help the child make sense of their painful life events. When a parent can’t do this, it’s vital that someone else does. Science shows that EAAs have a profound effect on children and young people who have suffered multiple traumas (e.g. parental separation, parent with mental health problems, witnessed domestic violence, multiple school moves). The EAA can interrupt the trajectory from severe childhood adversity to long term physical and mental ill-health, shortened lives and health-harming behaviours. In fact, evidence shows that EAAs impact positively on the immune system, the endocrine system and improve health and wellbeing at all levels; body, brain and mind.

For this conference you will need tissues! We are thrilled to have four heroes who have all experienced the worst possible childhood adversity and who did not have an EAA. As a result, all went on to experience terrible suffering; entering worlds of gun crime, drug addiction, homeliness, multiple prison sentences. But then, albeit, they all found an EAA and are now EAAs for others. These heroes will discuss their lives in the context of the power of the EAA and what the EAA needs to do, when and how (in school or community) to ensure the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable children, teenagers and adults in society.

What you'll learn from attending?

  • Be profoundly moved by listening to the wisdom of true modern day heroes
  • Understand how to be and what to do to become an emotionally-available adult yourself
  • Learn how to reach the most defended child, teenager or adult who doesn’t want to change
  • Learn about the scientific evidence-base for why EAA change children’s lives and impact profoundly on body, mind and brain


Sinéad Browne


Sinéad was homeless after growing up in foster care before receiving a scholarship to train as a lawyer. Two years ago, she launched Compliments of The House to provide high-quality food leftover from restaurants which otherwise would go to waste. After Covid-19 forced their communal hub to close, Sinead decided to temporarily transform the charity into a delivery service, with groceries bought from supermarkets, in order to still provide support for those who are in need, vulnerable and self-isolating. Sinead has also received recognition and an award from the Prime Minister for her COVID-19 response and was named as one of 10 inspirational women making a difference in London by The Evening Standard.

James Docherty

James Doherty

James is a Development Officer within the Violence Reduction Unit and an Advisor to Community Justice Scotland. James has previously worked on various VRU projects Mentoring people with convictions seeking to re-create their lives and supporting change. James advocates for change and awareness in how we address the hidden cost of untreated trauma and (ACE’s) in communities. Previously he has worked with a leading Children’s charity on a diversion programme with young people on the cusp of organised crime. James has both professional and personal experience of navigating the care and criminal justice system.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark is a rehabilitated offender, former drug user and the founder of the charity User Voice. Mark’s story embodies the transformative change which User Voice strives to achieve. Mark’s direct contact with the criminal justice system, and later as an employer of ex-offenders and consultant for government and other charities, left him convinced of the urgent need to create a model of service user engagement that is fair for all involved. His principal aim was to foster dialogue between service providers and service users that is mutually beneficial, aiding rehabilitation and recovery and results in better and more cost-effective services. Mark is bestselling author of Wasted which documents his descent into the depths of addiction and criminality. Homeless, hooked on heroin and crack, noone, least of all Mark, believed he would survive. And yet, astonishingly, Mark somehow pulled himself through.


Tanayah Sam

tanayah sam

The best opportunities to overcome offending are found in unlikely places. But firstly, if you can understand just how toxic the revolving door to re-offending is, and can seek out those who share a new belief system, then you can break those corrosive chains. (Tanayah Sam)

Tanayah Sam is living proof that the destructive cycle of re-offending can be broken. His harrowing but uplifting life story shows that no-one is beyond help and that solutions to issues such as gangs, extremism and violent crime can be found. Tanayah runs non-profit organisations Tanayah Sam Associates and One 2 Engage, working with young people in schools and prisons who are part of, or at risk of, joining gang culture, as well as those vulnerable to extremist influences. Tanayah is also an ambassador for Alliance of Sport in Criminal Justice. More info about Tanayah Sam: www.tanayahsam.com

Author of After Hardship Comes Ease - click on the book image for more details:


Webinar with Tanayah Sam: Changing Lives - What Schools Can Do To Prevent Young People Turning Towards Violence 


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