Annual round-up – Overview of our 2021 events and speakers

We were grateful to host our third annual conference as a live event in November. We have managed to continue with a programme of Best Practice Forums which we know are important for all our members as well as others. Members can access the PowerPoint presentations in the Resource area of the website.


March 2021
Harnessing Understanding of Attachment and Trauma for Individuals, Groups and Organisations

Orit Badouk Epstein
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
‘The role fear plays in the severely traumatised client’

Richard Cross
Adult & Child Psychotherapist
Creating resiliency for professionals when working with traumatized children’

April 2021
Preventing the Permanent Exclusion of Vulnerable Children

This was a one day virtual online conference with four speakers and time for discussion in fallout groups and it served as a launch for the IRCT Campaign, led by Patrick Finegan (Virtual School Head and IRCT Trustee), to make permanent exclusion from school illegal. 

Patrick Finegan
Head of Looked After & Vulnerable Children National Springboard Foundation
‘Why Permanently Exclude Children from Schools?’ Patrick put forward the case for permanent exclusions to be no longer tolerated as they are unnecessarily cruel and have been proven to the life chances of vulnerable children. He proposed alternative strategies that would be more constructive and inclusive.

Andrew Wright
Virtual School Head & Chair Attachment Research Community
Looked After Children Andrew discussed the problems facing schools as vulnerable children returned to school following lockdown. He advocated for more understanding of attachment & trauma as set out by ARC.

Janet Rose
Principal Norland College
Supporting Vulnerable Children through Emotional Coaching
Janet outlined how emotion coaching might support vulnerable and traumatized children, particularly in relation to the impact of COVID on their lives

Kate Cairns
Training Director Cairns Associates
Responding to Trauma Driven Behaviour: Social Exclusion or Community Resilience?
Trauma driven behaviour is socially challenging and currently often leads to social exclusion. Kate suggested that such exclusion is damaging not only for the traumatized individual but also for the community doing the excluding. She argued that human communities are only genuinely resilient when they operate from a base of compassionate reason, absorbing and transforming the disruption of trauma so that individuals can recover and the whole community can thrive.

The conference was a big success but sadly Patrick had to stand down from the IRCT Board shortly after the launch of the campaign due to a change in his personal circumstances. We are delighted that we have now been able to Co-opt Gareth Williams-James (ex-Virtual School Head) onto the Board to pick up the mantle and re-invigorate the campaign. 

If you are willing to help with this campaign, please get in touch

July 2021
Perspectives on Recovery

Sylvia Duncan
Clinical Child & Family Psychologist & Chair IRCT
A Roadmap to Recovery: A Developmental Perspective
Sylvia presented a model to explain the importance of taking a developmental perspective on the impact of trauma highlighting the therapeutic needs at each stage of development to provide a roadmap for recovery.

Yvon Guest
Beyond Just Surviving
Yvon shared findings from her research to show how recovery from significant trauma is a dynamic process between the individual and the external world, initially about survival and then moving beyond. 

Roland Woodward
Recovery Environments: The Place. The People. The Rationale.
Roland argued that for recovery to be able to take place there are some basic conditions that need to be in place. Some of these are physical but most are psychological and interpersonal. Roland outlined models and the essential components needed.
This webinar was linked to our Annual Conference on Trauma Informed Practice held later in the year 

November 2021
Trauma Informed Practice: Environments to Promote Recovery 
Dan Johnson
Forensic Psychologist & Clinical Director at Kibble Education & Care Centre Glasgow
The Implementation of Trauma Informed Care in Residential & Secure Care: Can Change Really Happen and What Makes it More Likely?

Julie Harmieson
Co-Director Trauma Informed Schools UK
School as a Place of Healing and a Pathway to Public Health

Jennifer Browner
Consultant Child Psychotherapist / Head of Therapies & Networks Team The Mulberry Bush
Trauma: Recovery or Living Alongside it?

Richard Cross
Child & Adult Psychotherapist / Head of Assessment & Therapy Services Five Rivers Child Care
Active Ingredients for the Recovery from Adversity for Children & Young People in Foster Care