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Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section of the British Psychological Society

AGM and Conference

Challenges and controversies of working with trauma in the helping professions

Friday 8th June 2018 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

Please note this event is now fully booked and we are operating a wait list. To be added to the wait list, please complete the booking form via the link below and a member of the team will be in touch should a place become available.

The Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section of the BPS present their annual conference and AGM. This conference is an exciting opportunity to hear from leading experts in the field of trauma. The conference will explore the impact of trauma on helping professionals by discussing the latest research in the field of compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and post-traumatic growth. Delegates will hear the experiences of professionals working in this field and have opportunity to attend a workshop to explore the impact of their own work.

This event will be of interest to anyone working clinically or academically in the field of mental health, aid or trauma.

Who is the course intended for?

The conference is aimed at professionals and academics who have an interest in the field of secondary trauma, post-traumatic growth and compassion fatigue. The conference is aimed at both members and non-members of the section. The course may be of interest to health professionals, first responders, emergency personnel, researchers.

Please note this event is now fully booked and we are operating a wait list. To be added to the wait list, please complete the booking form via the link below and a member of the team will be in touch should a place become available.

Delegate fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Friday 8th June 2018

Please note all timings, speakers and content are subject to change

09:30Coffee and Registration
10:00Introduction to the Day
10:05Benefits of trauma support for caring professionals, Dr Annette Greenwood
10:35The impact of working in the helping professions, and potential psychosocial interventions to support well-being, Dr Sarita Robinson & Dr Gayle Brewer
11:05The Psychology of Post Traumatic Growth, Dr Nicola Graham-Kevan & Matt Brooks
11:35Psychological Wellbeing and Workability in Child Abuse Investigators, Dr Noreen Tehrani
12:05Lunch and AGM
13:00Challenges of Training Survivors to Work with Psychological Trauma, Christina Buxton
13:30Choice of Two Workshops run in Parallel; a) Understanding and managing the impact of exposure to trauma in helping professionals, Dr Jennie Ormerod
13:30Choice of Two Workshops run in Parallel; b) Using compassion focused therapy to manage exposure to trauma and improve wellbeing, Dr Ashleigh McLellan
14:30Coffee/Tea Break
14:45Self-Compassion and Compassion Fatigue, Kate Upton
15:15The Impact of Traumatic Events on Older Workers, Dr Imogen Sturgeon-Clegg
15:45Plenary session, all speakers

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Gayle Brewer

Gayle is a Lecturer at the University of Liverpool. She has published over 60 peer reviewed journal articles and numerous books and book chapters. She is particularly interested in the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Her work is regularly featured in the national and international press.

Matthew Brooks

Matt is a PhD Researcher at the UCLan. He written on cumulative trauma, repeat victimisation, vulnerability and posttraumatic growth. Matt has worked on domestic violence, mental health, sexual offending and victimisation and undertaken evaluations and research on repeat victimisation and delivered assessments and therapy programmes to young people with emotional difficulties and harmful sexual behaviours.

Christina Buxton

Christina is a chartered academic psychologist and psychotherapist specialising in psychological trauma. She is programme lead for the MSc in Psychological Trauma at Chester University and a registered psychological tester with the (BPS) Psychological Testing Centre. Christina work is in training and consultancy in psychological assessment and with those working with psychological trauma. Christina currently works clinically with young adults who suffer from PTSD.

Dr Annette Greenwood

Annette is clinical lead for the Trauma Response service & Staff Welling service for over 4,000 staff working in secure mental health. St Andrews is the largest independent provider of inpatient secure care to over 1000 patients with severe mental health problems. Annette advises the Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue, the Ministry of Justice, the Prison service and the EU regarding CRBN major incidents.

Dr Nicola Graham-Kevan

Nicola is a Reader in the Psychology of Aggression at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, UK. She is the lead on Violence and Aggression in the School of Psychology and in the university-wide Criminal Justice Partnership. Dr. Graham-Kevan has been researching offending and its treatment for over a decade, with numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and professional reports.

Dr Ashleigh McLellan

Ashleigh is clinical lead at the Humber Traumatic Stress Service in Humber NHS Foundation Trust. For many years she has been using a Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) framework to promote staff well-being, resilience and leadership training; and runs CFT groups for NHS staff. Ashleigh teaches for the Compassionate Mind Foundation and is also involved in research exploring threats to compassion and how to promote staff well-being

Dr Jennie Ormerod

Jennie is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in trauma and staff wellbeing. Jennie was previously the Clinical Lead of a specialist trauma service working with complex trauma. Jennie has run workshops on compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma for over 10 years. She currently works in an acute trust providing psychological support to staff working in critical care.

Dr Imogen Sturgeon-Clegg

Imogen Sturgeon-Clegg is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist working in Defence Community Mental Health for the Ministry of Defence. She began her career in Older Adults Community Mental Health care and developed a ‘Trauma in Later Life’ workshop from her clinical experience there. She then spent 5 years working for a veterans’ mental health charity before helping develop the South Central Veterans Service as Service Lead. She then worked as Professional Lead Advisor and Consultant Psychologist in the Complex Trauma Team at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Service, Headley Court, initially assessing and treating battle-injured personnel returning from Afghanistan then working with the psychological consequences of many different kinds of injuries.

Dr Sarita Robinson

Sarita Robinson is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire. Sarita’s research interests are cognitive neuropsychology and psychobiology in relation to people under threat. Sarita’s research interests are within the domain of health and forensic psychology, looking at the impact of acute environmental events on health and well-being.

Dr Noreen Tehrani

Noreen works to support organisations affected by trauma. She has been involved in working with emergency services and members of the public affected by terrorism, accidents and natural disasters. Noreen has a special interest in reducing the traumatic impact of working with on-line abuse including developing training, screening and support for police and other agencies dealing with terrorism and child abuse.

Kate Upton

Kate has historically been a Nurse lecturer at the University of Birmingham and is currently a visiting lecturer at the Department of Medicine, Aston University Medical School, as well as a freelance lecturer and tutor. Kate has a special interest in Compassion Fatigue and Self-Compassion and improving the emotional and physical well-being of health-care staff.


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