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2019 UKPTS Conference - "Trauma, Attachment and Compassion"

The Principal | YO24 1AA York
Thursday, 28 February - Friday, 1 March 2019

The 2019 UKPTS Conference "Trauma, Attachment and Compassion" took place in historic and beautiful York on Thursday 28th Feb and Friday 1st March 2019.

With key-notes and presentations by:
  • Deborah Lee, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Vittoria Ardino, President of the Italian Trauma Society
  • Chris Holman, Chair of the third sector provider Re-Shape & former Medical Director of the Retreat York, and
  • Filmmaker Kirsty Cunningham & Childcare consultant Shelagh Beckett

and workshops by:

  • Dominic Murphy
  • Derek Indoe
  • Kay Garbett & Ellie Wildbore
  • Fionnuala Larkin & Stephanie Petty
  • Amber Holmes and Sammy Short

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The 2018 UKPTS Regional Cardiff Conference

All Nations Centre | Sachville Avenue, Heath | CF14 3NY Cardiff | United Kingdom
Wednesday, 28 November 2018 at 09:00 - Friday, 30 November 2018 at 17:00 (GMT)
Wednesday 28th November 2018 

Whole day workshop: Working with Dissociation, Dr Mike Lloyd

Thursday 29th November 2018

Workshop 1 Prolonged Exposure for treating PTSD, Dr Tracey Vick & Dr Neil Kitchiner
Workshop 2 (Part 1) Introduction to traumatic stress, Dr David Turgoose
Workshop 3 (Part 1) Traumatic bereavement, Dr Jennifer Wild

Workshop 2 (Part 2) Introduction to traumatic stress, Dr Tracey Vick & Julie Dorey
Workshop 3 (Part 2) Traumatic bereavement, Dr Jennifer Wild
Workshop 4 Using Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat PTSD via Skype, Dr David Turgoose

Friday 30th November 2018

Workshop 5 Moral Injury, Dr Hannah Murray *Due to unforeseen circumstances workshop 5 was cancelled, and instead workshop 7 ran as an all-day workshop*
Workshop 6 Introduction to the CAPS5 to assess DSM-5 PTSD, Prof Jon Bisson and Dr Catrin Lewis
Workshop 7 (Part 1) “EMDR and Getting to the Roots of Trauma; Working with Attachment”, Mark Brayne
Workshop 7 (Part 2) “EMDR and Getting to the Roots of Trauma; Working with Attachment”, Mark Brayne
Workshop 8 Introduction to the International Trauma Inventory to assess ICD-11 PTSD and CPTSD, Prof Jon Bisson and Dr Catrin Lewis

10th Annual UKPTS Conference 27 & 28 Februry 2018, Napier University, Edinburgh

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Thanos Karatzias, Edinburgh Napier University & Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress - PTSD and CPTSD as per ICD-11: Classification and Treatment
Prof. Tim Dalgleish, University of Cambridge - Post traumatic stress reactions in children and young people: From theory to practice
Prof. Jon Bisson, Cardiff University – The Assessment of PTSD and Complex PTSD
Prof. Cherie Armour, Ulster University - The Nosology of PTSD in the DSM-5: Symptoms, Structures, and Subtypes

The Edinburgh 2018 Conference Programme can be found here.

9th Annual UKPTS Conference 20 & 21 March 2017, Belfast

Venue: Hilton Belfast, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3LP United Kingdom. Programme 

Keynote Speakers
Charles W. Hoge, M.D: Challenges in the evaluation and treatment of PTSD, including unintended consequences of changing the PTSD definition in DSM-5 and ICD-11.
Ian Cobain:  Talking to the traumatised and to those who made them suffer - a journalist's perspective
Professor Anke Ehlers:  Psychological Treatments of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Advances and Future Challenges
Professor Siobhan O’Neill:  Trauma, Conflict and Suicide in Northern Ireland; Lessons learned and how to move forward

Workshop 1 - Dr Cherie Armour & Dr Laura Toplis: Introduction to traumatic stress **Takes place over both days**
Workshop 2 - Georgina Clifford: The development and facilitation of an Emotion and Memory group programme for the treatment of Complex PTSD
Workshop 3 - Professor Stephen Regel: Traumatic Bereavement and Post Traumatic Growth
Workshop 4 - David Bolton: Conflict, peace and mental health: Addressing the consequences of conflict and trauma in Northern Ireland
Workshop 5 - Professor Neil Greenberg: Veterans’ Mental Health
Workshop 6 - Dr. Hannah Murray & Dr Sharif El-Leithy: Beyond reliving in PTSD treatment: Advanced skills for overcoming common obstacles in memory work
Workshop 7 - Dr Eiko Fried: Understanding the clinical utility of symptom networks
Workshop 8 - Dr Mark McFetridge & Dr Alison Hauenstein Swan: How Complex can it be?; CPTSD and the UKPTS Guidelines
Workshop 9 - Dr. Neil J. Kitchiner, Gillian Moreton & Dr Idit Albert: Coordinated response for psychological care of survivors of terrorist attacks. Lessons learnt from recent programmes run in Wales, Scotland and England
Workshop 10 - Dr Brock Chisholm & Polly Rossdale: Here the Rain Never Finishes: The identification, consequences and rehabilitation following torture perpetrated by Western States


Regional Conference Cardiff 2016 - 30 Nov 2016 - 02 Dec 2016

Venue: All Nations Conference Centre, Sachville Avenue, Heath, Cardiff CF14 3NY

Pre-conference workshop. Håkon Stenmark and Merethe Hellen - Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)

Workshop 1 - Neil Greenberg - Organisational management of traumatic stress.
Workshop 2 - (Part 1). Cherie Armour - Introduction to Traumatic Stress
Workshop 2 - (Part 2). Tracey Vick & Julie Dorey - Introduction to Traumatic Stres
Workshop 3 - Deborah Lee - The Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service Model
Workshop 4 - Shelley McCann – Group Therapy for survivors of sexual abuse
Workshop 5 - Tony Downes & Joanne Shuttleworth– Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms and PTSD.
Workshop 6 - Ann Hubbard – Child refugees
Workshop 7 - Clare Crole-Rees & Neil Kitchiner – Couples therapy for PTSD using Cognitive Behavioural Conjoint Therapy
Workshop 8 - Georgina Clifford – The development and facilitation of an emotion and memory group programme for the treatment of complex PTSD
Workshop 9 - Ian Hughes, Alison Fear, Pamela Roberts & Natalie Simon – Emotional regulation groups

8th Annual UKPTS Conference 11 & 12 April 2016 Edinburgh, UK

Venue: Apex Grassmarket Hotel, Edinburgh

Cherie Armour & Laura Toplis - Introduction to Traumatic Stress Symptoms (run over 2 days)
Professor Neil Greenberg- Veteran’s Mental Health – Facts, myths and the future 
David Trickey - Treatment of Traumatic Stress Reactions in Children and Adolescents 
Dr Sandra Ferguson - An introduction to safety and stabilisation for people with complex trauma presentation
Dr Brock Chisholm & Dr Rachel Morley - Working Therapeutically with Adult and Child Refugees and Asylum Seekers Following Multiple Traumas
Dr Marianna Odysseos - Working with military families 
Dr Lisa Reynolds and Dr Anne McKechnie - Raising the profile of complex PTSD; the development of a Trauma pathway and an integrated and innovative service in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde 
Dr Roslyn Law - IPT and Post Traumatic Disorders: Using the network as a mechanism of change
Dr Claire Fyvie  -  Creating lightbulb moments for your patients – Running psychoeducation groups for people with PTSD 


Annual Regional UKPTS Conference, 2-4 December, 2015, Cardiff, Wales, UK

Venue: All Nations Conference Centre, Sachville Avenue, Heath, Cardiff


Dr Alistair Hull - Introduction to Traumatic Stress Symptoms (full day workshop)
Dr Laura Toplis - Working with the psychological sequelea of major physical trauma
Dr Herman Veerbeek - EMDR for Anger, Resentment, and Revenge
Dr Annette Wyndham – EMDR and psychosis – getting your bearings and plotting a course
Dr Catrin Lewis – Internet-based guided self-help for the treatment of PTSD
Dr Robin Bennett – Child and Adolescent trauma workshop
Dr Jane Boyd – The role of psychological formulation in the treatment of complex PTSD
Dr Neil Roberts - Psychological therapy for PTSD and comorbid drug/alcohol abuse
Prof Jonathan Bisson - Pharmacological treatment of PTSD: present and future

Northern Ireland Seminar, 26 August 2015, Antrim

Every Voice Counts: Domestic Violence in NI an Evidence Based Approach Seminar 

Venue: Dunsilly Hotel Antrim 

Event Timetable

Dr Cherie Armour, Ulster University - Assessing the co-occurrence of intimate partner violence domains across childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood; relating typologies to mental health.
Annemarie Miller, QUB - Police responding to children during domestic violence calls.
Dr Bronagh McKee, Stranmillis University College - Preventative education in the early years classroom:  helping children 'draw' conclusions about keeping safe.
Susan Lagdon, Ulster University - Every Voice Counts:  Police responding to intimate partner violence in Northern Ireland.
Tony McGinn, Ulster University - Survivor perspectives of change processes in their domestically violent partner.
Dr John Devaney, QUB - Older women's experiences of domestic violence.
Probation Board NI - Preventative Approaches to Domestic Abuse.

7th Annual UKPTS Conference, 20 & 21 April 2015, London

Psychological Trauma in the Modern World

King’s College London: The Strand 

This event commemorated the 10th anniversary of 7/7 London Bombings and looked at the psychological impact of terrorism, hostage taking, FGM and other contemporary issues that society faces today.


Keynote Speakers

Dr April Naturale, PhD, Traumatic Stress Specialist & Senior Advisor at ICF International, USA 
Conference Opening Presentation - Shared Lessons in Long Term Disaster Response from Across the Pond
Professor Jon Bisson, Professor in Psychiatry & Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Cardiff University
Prevention and Treatment of PTSD: The current evidence
Gavin Rees, Director of Dart Centre Europe & UKPTS Board Member
Responding to Terror and Extremism: New media, New challenges

Professor Chris Brewin, Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College, London
Managing the Mental Health Consequences of Disasters: What every clinician should know”
Professors Chris Freeman (ex UKPTS President) Jon Bisson & Chris Brewin
Panel Debate led by Dr April Naturale 

Julie Nicholson, Member of Disaster Action and mother of Jenny, killed in the 2005 London Bombings
Author of “A Song for Jenny: A Mother’s Story of Love & Loss”   

Sian Williams, Journalist & Broadcaster
Reporting on Trauma: When will there be good news?


Miranda Horvath & Jacqui Gray:
Multiple Perpetrator Rape
Level: Suitable for All 

Neil Greenberg:
Traumatic Stress Management for trauma exposed Organisations
Level: Intermediate 

Alison Hauenstein Swan & Sarah Heke: 
Working together with refugee trauma: service user and therapist perspectives
Level: Introductory 

Wendy Frappell-Cooke & Marianna Odysseos:
Bitter-Sweet Homecoming: Impact on military personnel and their families
Level: Suitable for All  

Patricia d’Ardenne:
The London Bombings 10 years on: Lessons Learned
Level: Suitable for All  

Lisa Peregrine & Suzie Dixon-Eccles:
Child Sexual Abuse from a developmental perspective 
Level: Introductory 

Kevin Hyland:
Trafficking and Slavery
Level: TBC 

Jacqui Gratton and Eileen Walsh:
FGM: assessment, safeguarding and psychological interventions
Level: Suitable for All 

Fred Piggott, Brock Chisholm and Nik Grubeck:
Medico Legal Report Writing
Level: Suitable for All 

Rebecca Avery: 
Online Safeguarding for Children & Adolescents - what Professionals need to know
Level: Suitable for All 

Sandra Ferguson, Thanos Karatzias & Adam Mahoney:
Disruptive, Optimistic, Progressive and Entrepreneurial: Is Survive and Thrive D.O.P.E.?
Level: Introductory 

Katy Robjant & Mina Fazel:
An Introduction to Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) in Children (KIDNET)    
Level: Introductory  

Previous Annual Regional UKPTS Conference in Cardiff, Wales, 5 December 2014

Venue: Haydn Ellis Building, Maindy Rd, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 2HQ 

Please note all workshop slides and MCQs are available to view in the members' section of the website.  


Dr Catrin Lewis
Online guided self-help for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Dr Mat Hoskins & Dr Ben Sessa

Professor Jon Bisson

Dr Neil Kitchiner and Dr Neil Roberts
Introduction to Traumatic Stress (Full day ESTSS certified workshop)

UKPTS 6th Annual Conference, 3rd & 4th April 2014, Edinburgh

Trauma across the Lifespan

Keynote Speakers

Professor Kevin Browne, Director of the Centre for Forensic & Family Psychology at the University of Nottingham Medical School, UK
How early adverse life events and trauma can affect later family relationships

Dr Christine Courtois, National Clinical Trauma Consultant, USA
Treating Complex Trauma: a sequenced, relationship-based approach in Adolescents and Adults

Dr Miriam Silver, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, UK
Attachment and Developmental Trauma

Dr Imogen Sturgeon-Clegg, Consultant Counselling Psychologist and Professional Lead Adviser for the Ministry of Defence, UK
Trauma in later life: the importance of understanding context


1. Dr Christine Courtois, National Clinical Trauma Consultant, USA 
Treating Complex Trauma: a sequenced, relationship-based approach abstract 
Level: Intermediate 

2. Dr Imogen Sturgeon-CleggConsultant Counselling Psychologist and Professional Lead Adviser for the Ministry of Defence, UK
The challenges of working with trauma in later life abstract
Level: Intermediate.  Delegates will need a good knowledge of trauma-focused therapy but no previous experience of working with older people, just an interest or enthusiasm. 

3. Professor Neil Greenberg, Professor of Defence Mental Health, King's College, London 
Veterans and Traumatic Stress: what you should know and what to look out for abstract
Level: Intermediate

4. Gavin Rees, Director of Dart Centre Europe and UKPTS board member  & Sarah Ward-LilleyHead of International Bureaux, BBC News Group, London & UKPTS board member
Trauma and Journalism: the media’s role in reporting tragic events and the impact on news professionals abstract
Level: Suitable for All

5. Gill MoretonPsychological Therapist at the Rivers Centre in Edinburgh and UKPTS Treasurer 
“What about us?” Supporting the family and friends of people with traumatic stress disorders abstract
Level: Suitable for All

6. Susie ReadeMental Health Practitioner, Meadows Sexual Trauma Service, CAMHS, Edinburgh Gita Ingramretired Team Leader, Edinburgh Connect (CAMHS) 
What do you expect from the grown-ups? Using Story Stem Assessment to understand attachment and trauma in young people abstract
Level: Suitable for all but aimed at people who have experience of working with children.

7. Prof Kevin BrowneDirector of the Centre for Forensic & Family Psychology at the University of Nottingham Medical School.
From victim to offender: a forensic psychology perspective abstract
Level: Suitable for All 

8. Dr Miriam Silver, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Differential diagnosis: developmental disorder or the impact of developmental trauma? abstract
Level: Introductory / Intermediate

9. Dr Deborah Lee, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service & South Central Veterans Service and a UKPTS board member 

Developing compassionate resilience as part of a phased phased approach to treating complex PTSD: 12 session group outline. abstract

Level: Intermediate to Advanced

10. Dr Rachel Morley, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Team Leader, Compass, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Dr Sharon Doherty, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Compass, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
Working therapeutically with trafficked adults and young people abstract
Level: Intermediate

11. Dr Laura ToplisPrincipal Clinical Psychologist, East of England Major Trauma Centre, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and UKPTS Board Member 
Working with the psychological sequelae of major physical trauma abstract
Level: Introductory

12. Stuart AllardyceSocial Worker, Barnardo’s & on secondment to Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice, Strathclyde University
Picking up the pieces: Recent developments in relation to adolescent harmful sexual behaviour and trauma abstract
Level: Suitable for all but aimed at people who have experience of working with young people. 

13. Dr Ian BarronReader/Senior Educational Psychologist, University of Dundee & Director of PhD programme, School of Education, Social Work & Community Education & David MitchellProfessional Services Manager, Rossie Young People’s Trust
Trauma Recovery across Scotland's Secure Estate: Young people with developmental trauma in residential secure care abstract
Level: Suitable for all but aimed at people who have experience of working with young people.

UKPTS 5th Annual Conference, 6 & 7 March 2013, Newcastle, The County Thistle Hotel

The presenter slides can be found in the Members Area.

Biographies and abstracts of workshops

Dr Robin Bennett - is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who qualified at UCL in 2004. He is currently working in Tower Hamlets Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service, East London Foundation NHS Trust, as well as Recolo (community neuropsychological rehabilitation service for children, young people and families) and is a director of Trauma Psychology UK. He has previously worked at two NHS specialist PTSD treatment services. He has trained mental health professionals in the UK and overseas in the assessment and treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. He is trained in various trauma-focussed approaches including CBT, EMDR, NET/KIDNET, and CATT (Children’s Accelerated Trauma Therapy). He has been interviewed on LBC radio, BBC News24 and BBC World News regarding issues relating to childhood trauma and other mental health issues. He is currently a board member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS). Abstract: Early Life Traumas and the Developing Child.

Dr Jo Billings is a senior Clinical Psychologist and Deputy Clinical Lead for the Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service. She has extensive experience of working across both specialist trauma services and secondary care mental health services. Her clinical and research interests include complex trauma, trauma and psychosis, vicarious trauma and trauma affecting occupational populations such as emergency service workers and mental health workers. Dr Billings is trained in trauma-focused CBT, EMDR, NET and schema-focused therapy. She has trained clinicians across the UK on the identification and treatment of PTSD. She is an accredited CBT practitioner, supervisor and trainer with the BABCP.

Dr Anne Douglas - is Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Head of the Trauma Service in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. She is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at the University of Glasgow and has specialized in the field of trauma for over 25 years. She has provided specialist Trauma placements for clinical psychology and psychiatric trainees over this period. Her Doctoral research focused on parenting anxieties in mothers with a history of childhood sexual abuse.  In 2000, she set up the Compass mental health liaison team for asylum seekers and refugees which she has continued to lead. Compass has won a number of national awards: In 2004 the team was awarded the Scottish government’s first prize for innovative practice.  In 2006 she received the British Psychological Society Award for Promoting Equality of Opportunity in the UK.  In 2008 the Compass Team won the Equality in Health Care Award at the Scottish Health Awards.  Dr Douglas has been instrumental in setting up and developing the Trauma service in NHSGG&C. She has published widely in the field of Trauma and is a regular conference speaker both at national and international Trauma conferences.  She has been a member of the British Psychological Society for over 30 years and is a member of the Clinical Division. She is registered with the HPC. She is also a registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council. In 2012 she was awarded an OBE for services to the health of asylum seekers and refugees.

Professor Chris Freeman - Consultant Psychiatrist and Consultant Psychotherapist, NHS Lothian Edinburgh.  Chris is a fellow of The Royal College of Psychiatrists and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh. He has been a Consultant psychiatrist since 1980. He is Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Ethics Committee and a member of The Intercollegiate Ethics Forum. He is an Honorary Professor at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh. He has worked in trauma services since 1988 and set up the Rivers centre for Traumatic Stress in Edinburgh 15 years ago. He is currently trying to develop Trauma informed mental health services and trauma informed general health services in Scotland. He was Chair of The United Kingdom Trauma Group for 8 years and then with a group of colleagues from that group set up the UKPTS five years ago and became its founding President. He has been an elected board member of ESTSS and is now a board member because of his UKPTS role. He has written several books, some 200 scientific papers and edited a major psychiatric textbook for 15 years. He currently works as a Regional Consultant in the South East of Scotland coordinating services for eating disorders across four Health Boards. He set up training courses in Scotland for CBT and UK wide for IPT. 

Dr Deborah Lee - is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service and South Central Veterans Service. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London. Dr Lee has worked in the field of trauma for 20 years and specialises in the treatment of PTSD and complex Trauma.  Her particular area of clinical and research interest is in shame based PTSD and self-criticism. She has developed the use of compassion based treatments including the use of compassionate imagery in shame based flashbacks to enhance clinical practice in this field. She has widely contributed to the dissemination of her clinical knowledge through writing and delivering over 150 clinical workshops and talks in north America and Europe. Dr Deborah Lee is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service and South Central Veterans Service. She is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London. Dr Lee has worked in the field of trauma for 20 years and specialises in the treatment of PTSD and complex Trauma.  Her particular area of clinical and research interest is in shame based PTSD and self-criticism. She has developed the use of compassion based treatments including the use of compassionate imagery in shame based flashbacks to enhance clinical practice in this field. She has widely contributed to the dissemination of her clinical knowledge through writing and delivering over 150 clinical workshops and talks in north America and EuropeAbstract: A compassionate Approach to recovering from shame-based trauma and PTSD.

Dr Mark Andrew McFetridge - has been a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Retreat York since 1996. More recently he also evolved into head of the Psychological Trauma Service, Professional lead, and chair of research. The Retreat is a charitable independent psychiatric hospital developed and overseen by the Society of Friends (Quakers) from 1796 to the present day. After training as a clinical psychologist in 1987 he went back to Leeds to do further research, submitting his Doctoral thesis; The process of EMDR therapy for Post Traumatic Stress in 2001. As part of this he extended his EMDR training; having previously completed Level 1 by Puk 1996 in London, he was fortunate to complete Level 2 with Shapiro in New York in 1998. Since then he has also completed trainings in Cognitive Therapy in 2010 (Newcastle) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (foundation training Chester) in 2009. Mark continues to be fascinated by and learn from his clients, spending much of his time in clinical work within a DBT-informed therapeutic community for women with histories of attachment problems compounded by complex trauma and associated affect regulation difficulties. An appreciation of these factors, with a dash of neurobiology help Mark imagine he has a clue.  Abstract: Affect Regulation in Complex Trauma. 

Dr Sarah Heke - is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of the Institute of Psychotrauma, East London Foundation NHS Trust. She qualified from the University of Leicester in 2000 with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and has subsequently held various positions in the NHS including: sexual health and HIV, community mental health and substance misuse services. For five years she worked at the Haven Whitechapel and provided psychological therapy and assessments for over 250 women and men affected by sexual assault and rape.  She has provided training and lectured on the psychological impact of rape and sexual assault to the Metropolitan police and other constabularies, the Crown Prosecution service and a wide range of medical professionals.  She has published in the area and presented at national and international conferences.  She is currently Secretary of the UK Trauma Group and sits on the Committee of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS).  She is also an accredited BABCP member and is trained in EMDR.  Her current post includes managing the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder service for East London, where she continues to work therapeutically with a wide range of people affected trauma including sexual trauma and violence.

Gill Moreton (current UKPTS Treasurer) - is the Specialist Psychological Therapist, Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress, NHS Lothian, Edinburgh.  She is a psychological therapist at NHS Lothian’s Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress in Edinburgh and lead clinician for all of the Centre’s external contracts, including its work with emergency service personnel.  Gill began her professional career in 1991 as a child and family social worker and team manager in Central Regional Council with a special interest in work with survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence and child sexual abuse. In 1996 she was involved in the immediate response to the shootings at Dunblane Primary School and in the establishment of the Dunblane Support Centre where she worked for the next five years. Since then she has specialised in the treatment of children and adults affected by trauma, completing psychotherapy training in CBT and EMDR. She was coordinator of the CAMHS Child Sexual Abuse service in NHS Lothian prior to joining the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress in June 2002.  Gill now manages the services The Rivers Centre provides to a number of Scottish Police and Fire services, the Scottish Ambulance Service, City of Edinburgh Council, the Scottish Jury Service and Lothian and Borders Strategic Coordinating Group. She is involved in training and research in the UK and internationally, and has a particular interest in work with emergency service personnel and other staff with occupational exposure to potentially traumatic stressors. She has developed a “Buddy” model of peer support for police firearms officers and has also developed resources for the friends and family of Rivers Centre clients, establishing a group model of support for adult and child “supporters”. She provides supervision to staff working in the CAMHS CSA team and EMDR supervision to a wide range of NHS colleagues.  Gill is currently a Consultant to the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Team and is leading the production of national Guidance on Psychosocial and Mental Health Care following major incidents. She is also working with the Scottish Government to develop a model for improving the assessment and management of trauma reactions in primary care.  Gill was a founder member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society and was Secretary for two years before becoming Treasurer in 2012. She is a member also of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) Uniformed Services Task Force.  Abstract: Stabilisation, Psychoeducation & Grounding Techniques.  

Dr Lisa Reynolds - is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and the Team Lead for the Trauma and Homelessness Team which is part of Greater Glasgow and Clyde Trauma Services . She found her way into complex trauma through working within addiction services and mental health services for female offenders. After graduating from the D.Clin Psych from the University of Glasgow she has undertaken developing services and Interventions for people experiencing complex trauma. Abstract: Group therapy for complex trauma.

Dr Sandi Richman - is an accredited trainer and accredited consultant in EMDR.   Her trainings are fully approved by EMDR International Association and EMDR-Europe Association.   She was trained by Dr. Francine Shapiro, the founder of EMDR, and has used EMDR in her own practice for over 19 years.   Sandi is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist supervising clinical practice in a number of trauma services in the UK.   She headed up an EMDR service within the Traumatic Stress Service at the Maudsley Hospital in South London for 12 years.   Sandi has delivered a number of keynotes at Trauma Conferences over the years presenting on working with the survivors of torture and complex trauma. Abstract: Phase orientated processing model.

Dr Maeve Crowley - Maeve Crowley is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Europe Approved EMDR Consultant. She leads a Complex Trauma service in Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which deals with clients on the Dissociative spectrum. She trains, supervises and teaches in the area of Complex Trauma and EMDR in her local NHS Trust and beyond. She is a member of the EMDR UK and Ireland Board. Abstract: EMDR with complex trauma. 

Kerry Young is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead of the Forced Migration Trauma Service (London). This is an innovative service offering evidence-based cognitive-behavioural treatment to refugees and asylum seekers suffering from PTSD within a phased, multidisciplinary model of intervention. Kerry also works in Oxford University Department of Psychiatry within the Experimental Psychopathology and Cognitive Therapy Lab (EPACT). She has worked for 16 years in trauma and has written and lectured widely on how to treat simple and complex PTSD and how to work with traumatized asylum seekers and refugees. 

Dr Katy Robjant is a clinical psychologist specialising in the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees who have PTSD. She works at the Institute of Psychotrauma, East London NHS Foundation Trust and formerly at the Traumatic Stress Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a VIVO member and has trained mental health professionals in NET at the Refugee Council as well as through the BABCP and UKPTS together with VIVO founders who developed the therapy. She has published a review paper on Narrative Exposure Therapy. Abstract: An introduction to narrative exposure therapy.