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Event Date 11-07-2020 10:00 am
Event End Date 11-07-2020 5:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Registered 0
Individual Price £183.00
Location CCMH
Categories Conferences

About the conference

This conference is all about empowering staff with key knowledge, tools and techniques to help children and young people who have experienced horrible events in their lives. Practical interventions will be discussed from a knowledge base of what happens to the brain and body when undergoing shocking experiences and being left unhelped, with extreme stress. Presenters will explore the science and psychology of common symptoms: emotional numbing, hyperarousal, physical symptoms and illness and repeating the trauma but this time with someone else as the victim, causing hurting as they themselves have been hurt. They will discuss the pull to punish trauma victims rather than to understand so that children and young people can go on to enjoy quality of life instead of re-victimising others. Most importantly, presenters will discuss the specifics of how to be, what to say and how to become ‘talkable to’ with children and young people in extremis. As a result, children and young people can feel safe enough to want to share and work through their painful life experiences in ways that enable them to reflect, feel and function in healthier ways.

What you'll learn from attending

  • Listen to expert presenters who all have decades of working with profoundly traumatised children and young people
  • Learn about the psychology of primitive defence mechanisms, e.g. lashing out, emotional numbing, somatisation, withdrawal, self-harm and the long-term cost to self and others
  • Understand the move from trauma and traumatic loss to violence
  • Learn about the management of your own stress states to prevent secondary trauma
  • Learn about interventions which have prevented traumatised children, teenagers from hardening their hearts and losing their humanity
  • Know how to respond when children, teenagers and adults have cut off from their pain Learn how to address post-traumatic stress in children, teenagers and adults
  • Take away key tools and techniques for connecting with children and young people who experience the world as threatening and hostile


Tracy Godfroy


Tracy is an Integrative Child Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor with twenty years’ experience of working with traumatised children and adolescent clients and their families. She works at a therapeutic community for young girls aged between 9 and 18 years who have experienced backgrounds of severe trauma, abuse and neglect. She specialises in group and individual therapy with clients who have experienced complex trauma and interfamilial sexual abuse. She also works closely, where possible, with parents, carers and keyworkers as well as with the child. Within the therapeutic relationship she encourages the use of the arts as a medium for creative expression. Tracy was previously Head of Therapeutic Programme during which time she created and established the individual and therapeutic group work programme targeting areas such sexual abuse and exploitation, living with domestic violence, mental health and emotional well-being, assertiveness, sense of self, personal and cultural identity and raising self-esteem. She now provides clinical supervision and training to the staff and education team at the therapeutic school and community. She is based in Bath where she has a small private practice. She has completed courses and trainings in Child Development, Transactional Analysis, Counselling Skills in a Multi-Cultural setting, Group Analysis with IGA, Somatic Trauma Training with Babette Rothschild, Intensive Trauma Treatment with Bessel van der Kolk. She is currently working towards Certification as a Practitioner in DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy).

Lemn Sissay


Lemn Sissay is a BAFTA nominated award winning writer, international poet, performer playwright, artist and broadcaster. He has read on stage throughout the world: from The Library of Congress in The United States to The University of Addis Ababa, from Singapore to Sri Lanka, Bangalore to Dubai, from Bali to Greenland AND Wigan library. He was awarded an MBE for services to literature by The Queen of England. Along with Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie and Margaret Atwood he won a Pen Pinter Prize in 2019. He is Chancellor of The University of Manchester and an Honorary Doctor from The Universities of Huddersfield, Manchester, Kent and Brunei. He is Dr Dr Dr Dr Lemn Sissay. He was the first poet commissioned to write for the London Olympics and poet of the FA Cup.

Dr Valerie Sinason


Dr Valerie Sinason (PhD PGTC MACP M Inst Psychoanal) is a poet, writer, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She was Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, until her retirement from long-term clinical work in December 2016. She is registered with the BPC, ACP and UKCP. Dr Sinason specialised in work with abused, abusing and dissociative patients, including those with a learning disability, and has been used as an expert witness in court cases. Dr Sinason currently retains a Consultant post at the CDS UK (Clinic for Dissociative Studies) which focuses on course development. She is Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist to the University of Cape Town’s Child Guidance Clinic. Dr Sinason is also president of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability, patron of the Dorchester Trust and the Centre for Action on Rape and Abuse, acting chair of trustees of the Nieu Bethesda Arts Foundation and a council member for Norwood. In April 2016, Dr Sinason was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation). In 2017, she was made a Fellow of the ISSTD and in January 2019 she was elected to their Board of Directors. Dr Sinason’s extensive writing includes over 100 published, peer-reviewed papers. She has written over 20 books and lectures nationally and internationally. More details: www.valeriesinason.co.uk

David Taransaud 


David is a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor for adolescents. He has over 15 years' experience working with challenging youth in the most deprived boroughs in London. He frequently presents workshops across the UK and abroad on how to connect, empathise and form a genuine working alliance with troubled and troubling young people. He works as a foreign consultant in Karachi, Pakistan and independently set up an Art Therapy service in north Uganda in an orphanage for former child soldiers and young people affected by conflict and trauma. His travel journal is available on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AmdJNE2XLA

An interview with David Taransaud in The Guardian (2016): More information

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