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Complex Trauma within Secure setting: patients and staff views

Tuesday 23rd January 2018 at St Andrews Healthcare, Northampton

Please note, this event is now fully booked.

This conference will explore the impact of complex trauma upon the patients and staff. The patients cared for within this specialised pathway have often experienced complex trauma as in childhood and as patients. Staff providing the care will at times be exposed to traumatic incidents and aggression. The conference with provide an outline of the diagnosis of complex trauma and a range of presentations and discussions will engage the delegates in debate about best to support and manage complex trauma for both patients and staff.

Conference Programme

The detailed Conference Programme can be viewed here.

Conference Facilitators

Conference opening speech: Dr Alice Parshall, Chief Medical Officer at St Andrews Healthcare
Chair of the conference: Professor Mary McMurran
Key note speaker: Professor Thanos Karatzias
Speakers: Dr Deborah Morris, Dr Annette Greenwood and Helen Turner

Poster Prize

Submissions are invited for posters that reflect the theme of the conference of complex trauma in a secure setting. There will be a prize for the best poster as judged by the delegates on the day of the conference. The winner will receive a paid entry to a day of their choosing at the BPS Annual Conference from 2nd-4th May 2018 at the East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham.

  • Posters must be in line with the theme of the conference but can reflect clinical practice, literature or research or other related area.
  • Posters must be printed and/or laminated on A3 size card. The contact details of the person submitting the poster must be given either on the poster itself, or on the reverse.
  • Posters must be sent directly to St Andrews Healthcare marked for the attention of Dr A Greenwood at Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5DG.
  • All submissions must adhere to the BPS Code of Human Research Ethics (2014), any submission not adhering to these standards will not be included
  • All submissions must be received by Friday 12th January 2018.
  • All posters will be displayed at the conference venue. The winner will be notified in writing.
  • Expenses, travel and overnight accommodation are not included in the prize.

Please note, this event is now fully booked.

Registration fees can be found on the booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506.

Speakers and Facilitators

Professor Karatzias

Professor Karatzias, is Professor of Mental Health at Edinburgh Napier University, UK and Consultant Clinical & Health Psychologist at the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress, Edinburgh, UK. He is the Director of Research for the School of Health & Social Care in Edinburgh Napier University. He is a former Chair of the British Psychological Society Scotland Working Party for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BPSSS) and is a current member of the Committee of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Section and UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS) Board. He has spent his entire clinical and academic career working in the field of psychological trauma, particularly in interpersonal psychological trauma. In collaboration with national and international research partners he has developed a special interest in the effects and treatment of psychological trauma on physical and mental health; on prison populations; and on people with learning disabilities. He has published widely in these areas.

Dr Deborah Morris

Dr Morris is the Clinical Lead and Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Learning Disability Forensic Service in St Andrews Northampton. During her career Dr Morris has worked with adults with complex neurodevelopmental, forensic and mental health needs in community, assertive outreach, crisis residential and inpatient forensic settings. Dr Morris teaching on several post graduate courses and has presented papers at national and international conferences and published in peer review journals in the areas of developmental trauma, personality disorder, risk assessment, co-production, coping skills, DBT, gender and violence, family support services and the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders in adults with complex needs.

Dr Annette Greenwood

Dr Annette Greenwood is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist and Clinical Lead for the Trauma Response service who specialises in psychological trauma and staff wellbeing. She is an Associate Fellow of the BPS and an executive committee member of Crisis, Disaster & Trauma section of the BPS. She has worked at consultant level in the NHS and now is the Trauma Response Lead at St Andrews Healthcare, a charity that provides specialist secure care for mental health patients within the UK. She has lead psychological incident responses both at international and national level and was a consultant psychologist on a Neonatal Unit for 10 years working with parents and staff who cared for sick and dying babies. She has published two chapters which describes the first response model she has developed at St Andrews. More recently she has had a paper accepted for publication by the Journal of Forensic Practice: Violence and aggression towards staff in secure settings (in press).

Helen Turner

Helen Turner is a Forensic Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist (Family Therapist). She has worked in the Prison Service since 1998, working so far in a High Security, then local Prison and currently at a Young Offenders’ Institution in Yorkshire. During this time she also completed training to be a counsellor. Although she does not work as a counsellor, her training in a relational model of therapy influences her practice. Her passion is in using systemic approaches with young people, to respond to problems and in supervision. She is currently undertaking training in Supervision of Family Therapy. Working with young people in custody means she meets and works with a lot of people who have been subject to what is called “complex trauma”.


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