Resilience documentary online viewing with Q&A certificated webinar


Beverley Webb, founder of The Step Forward Recovery Practice invites fellow IRCT members to join a short presentation with a Q&A session afterwards with a guest panel of experts from most forms of trauma and beyond. They have a diverse range of working, learning and lived experience between them.

Resilience is a documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress.

For the Q&A, Beverley will be joined by:

Carole Randell (Specialising in ME/CFS/Fibromyalgia recovery – Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Chronic Pain)

David Coulter (Therapy Lead and Senior Occupational Therapist The Complete Education Solution (TCES)

Chris Tuck (Author, Public Speaker, Activist.  Founder and Director of SOB and consultant to the Independent Enquiry into Child Sexual Abuse)

Thomas Keaney (CEO and Schools’ Proprietor The Complete Education Solution (TCES)

Alethea Sterling-Chambers (Specialist Recovery Practitioner for Myalgia Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia)

Date: Tuesday 24 November 2020

Screening: 2pm, Q&A: 3-4.30pm

Click here to register for the event


IRCT Conference 2020 – Tickets available now!

We’re pleased to announce our 2020 online conference exploring the use of biopsychosocial models to promote recovery from trauma.

The event will be hosted online on Friday 6 November 2020 in partnership with ICTC.

  • Hear about the latest neuro-developmental research
  • Gain improved understanding of the importance of adopting a biopsychosocial model to promote trauma recovery
  • Learn how to use a neurodevelopmental model
    to inform therapeutic interventions
  • Learn about the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to trauma recovery

Click here for full event programme and speaker biographies.

Cost: £50 or £40 early bird booking by October 15th

Please book your place via eventbrite here

James McAllister joins IRCT & ICTC Conference Line-up

Our annual conference is this Friday and we’re pleased to announce that IRCT Trustee James McAllister has now joined the programme of guest speakers (replacing Shoshanah Lyons).


The event will be hosted online on this  Friday 6 November 2020 in partnership with ICTC.

  • Hear about the latest neuro-developmental research
  • Gain improved understanding of the importance of adopting a biopsychosocial model to promote trauma recovery
  • Learn how to use a neurodevelopmental model
    to inform therapeutic interventions
  • Learn about the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach to trauma recovery

James is a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist, Click here for full event programme and speaker biographies. (updated with James McAllister’s bio)

Cost: £50 or £40 early bird booking by October 15th

It’s not too later to book your place via eventbrite here

Online event 3 June 2020 – Tickets available now

The Mulberry Bush and Orb8 are presenting a half day online session titled ‘Re-thinking Foster Care: Therapeutic Approaches’ 

Date: Wednesday 3 June 2020

10.00 – 10.10 Brief Introductions

10.10 – 10.30 Jane Herd, Orb8: What makes fostering therapeutic?

10.30 – 11.00 Discussion

11.00 – 11.20 Harvey Gallagher, NAFP: Implications for sector development

11.20 – 11.50 Discussion

12.00 – 12.20 The Mulberry Bush: Training and reflective practice for foster carers

12.20 – 13.00 Discussion and Plenary: Where do we go from here?


To find out more and book a space, follow the link below

Video: Step Inside the Circle

This powerful video brings to life the correlation between complex trauma and a percentage of the prison population. In research published by the Ministry of Justice Research in 2012, drawing from a longitudinal study by Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction (SPCR),  Overall, 24% (347 prisoners) stated that they lived with foster parents or in an institution, or had been taken into care at some point when they were a child. This compares, as shown in the same report with an earlier study of young offenders where 27% of young men (n=1,052) reported having spent some time in care. 

Twenty-nine per cent of SPCR prisoners stated that they had experienced emotional, physical or sexual abuse as a child. Women (53%) were more likely to report having experienced some sort of abuse than men (27%). Forty-one per cent of SPCR prisoners said that they had observed violence at home as a child. This scenario is, unsurprisingly, international, which is commented on in the following research.

From trauma to incarceration: exploring the trajectory in a qualitative study in male prison inmates from north Queensland, Australia (2016)

Bronwyn Honorato, Nerina Caltabiano & Alan R. Clough


There is evidence that childhood trauma is a determinant of aggression in incarcerated populations. For example, in an Italian study of 540 prisoners, Sarchiapone et al. (2009) suggested that childhood trauma represents a developmental determinant that may interact with genetic factors to predispose prisoners to aggression. Further study is required, however, to generalize these findings to the wider, non-forensic, mixed-gender population. Additionally, Carlson and Shafer (2010) studied the trauma histories and stressful life events of 2279 inmates in Arizona, United States of America (USA). They found high rates of exposure to traumatic events, especially child abuse, across gender and ethnic groups. Other research shows youth involved in the criminal justice system typically have extremely high rates of trauma exposure from early life (Dierkhising et al. 2013; Ko et al. 2008). Furthermore, incarceration itself holds the risk of continued trauma and abuse, with traumatized youth more likely to reoffend as a juvenile or an adult, and to have poor long-term economic, academic and mental health outcomes (Justice Policy Institute 2009; Widom and Maxfield 1996).

This strong correlation between Early childhood trauma, other Adverse Childhood Experiences and incarceration needs urgently to be addressed. The path into the Justice System for those that have experienced complex trauma, is costly for the state as well as the individual, leaving aside these likelihood of PTSD, drug and alcohol dependence, mental health problems (including Dissociative Identity Disorder and depression). Please join IRCT and help to change minds and mindsets to promote more effective assessment, long term interventions, understanding of childhood trauma and better outcomes.

Children worry too!

Parents have a lot to worry about at the moment; protecting their families from Coronavirus, keeping their jobs, money, having enough food to put on the table etc and now the children aren’t in school, but need to carry on with school work at home and be entertained while parents have to work from home as well. With so much to worry about, it’s easy to see how parents might forget that children worry too.

Many children are frightened and traumatised by what they are hearing about the virus.

The problem is that children usually act out their worries rather than putting them into words. Worried children are often attention seeking, demanding, defiant and whine or regress in their behavior. This can be too much for already over-burdened parents who may well respond with anger and place children at risk.


Safeguarding children is a job for all of us. Call for help if you think it is needed.

Children’s book publisher Nosy Crow have released a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler. The book is recommended for age 5-9.

You can view and download the book here

IRCT ONLINE AGM (Report & Accounts year ending 30 November 2019)

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we had to cancel our AGM on the 27th March 2020, but do still need to file the IRCT Annual Report and Accounts for the year ending 30th November 2019 with Companies House and the Charity Commission. We have until the beginning of August this year to do this.

The Annual Report and Accounts are ready for sign off by the Trustees and Members of the Charity, but due to the cancellation of the AGM this could not be done.

Companies House has recently said to all companies with the same problem that we can hold the AGM;

  1. By phone
  2. Using proxy voting
  3. Holding the AGM online

We have decided to hold the AGM online and will send Members the Annual Report and Accounts together with a link to vote on Tuesday 14th April 2020 with casting votes made by 24th April 2020.

More details will be sent to Members via email.

Thank you again for your continued support and cooperation during these challenging times.