Complex and cumulative trauma may impact on every aspect of a child’s life, affecting their brain and emotional development, their capacity to self-regulate and their ability to form fulfilling relationships. Those caring for, teaching or working with children who have experienced profound neglect, abuse or loss may also encounter real difficulties in understanding the significance of the child’s experience and the impact this can also have on them as practitioners. This conference, the 4th in our series focusing on relationship-based practice with children, young people and their families, aims to consider the impact of trauma as it reverberates throughout the system, between child, caregiver, practitioner and institution. The day will bring together diverse perspectives and focus on how a deeper understanding of the range of presentations and feelings encountered may inform work practice and service delivery. The day will also consider the impact on services which are equally vulnerable to the unconscious processes of anxiety and defences inherent in trauma work. Organisations have an important role in containing and managing such dynamics both internally and as they relate to the wider system.
Keynote Speakers: Robin Balbernie - Clinical Director, PIP UK Monica Lanyado - Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, London Gillian Ruch - Professor of Social Work, University of Sussex
Who should attend? Practitioners and managers in the NHS, social care, education and voluntary sectors concerned with the delivery or organisation of services for children and young people.