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Wise before the event: Supporting psychological wellbeing of children affected by disaster & trauma

Friday 7th June 2019 at BPS Offices, London

Led by the current BPS campaign focus on the mental health and psychological wellbeing of children and young people this event commemorates 25 years since the publication of the seminal booklet ‘Wise Before The Event’. Professor Bill Yule will review progress in research, interventions and crisis responses since he co-authored the guidance for schools. What do we now know about how best to support children and young people? Are some children more vulnerable? What can we learn from developments in neuroscience? How can we intervene to reduce the impact of crisis and trauma on later mental health? The event draws together those leading research as well as educational and clinical psychology practitioners to discuss current knowledge about the affect of childhood adversity, critical incidents and crises. Preventative interventions at both universal / school level and specialist, individual level will be considered.

This conference will be of interest to those working in research and/or as educational, clinical or counselling psychologists. It will also be of interest to social workers, teachers, emergency responders, charity and aid workers and emergency planners.

Conference Programme

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Learning outcomes and objectives:

  1. Have an overview of research and developments in the area of responding to trauma and crisis for children and young people over the last 25 years
  2. Be aware of the concept of latent vulnerability and how childhood adversity may impact on later mental health
  3. Begin to understand how Acute Stress Disorder or PTSD may or may not develop following a crisis
  4. Find out if Psychological First Aid is a relevant and useful approach for schools responding to a critical incident.
  5. Learn from Educational Psychologists who responded to school communities following the Grenfell Fire tragedy about supporting resilience and coping strategies
  6. Consider how to apply knowledge and understanding to practice and how to find out more
  7. Be aware of the UK Trauma Council project

Who is the course intended for?

Members and non-members postgraduate students. The conference will be of interest to those working in research and/or as educational, clinical or counselling psychologists. It will also be of interest to social workers, teachers, emergency responders, charity and aid workers and emergency planners.

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

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


Friday 7th June 2019

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

09:30Event Starts
13:00Crisis Disaster and Trauma Section Annual General Meeting
13:40Event Continues

Speakers and Facilitators


Christina Buxton

Christina Buxton is an experienced practitioner and academic in the field of psychological trauma. She is currently the Chair of the British Psychological Society Crisis Disaster and Trauma section and programme lead for the MSc in Psychological Trauma at the University of Chester. Having worked in the field of Psychological Trauma for over 20 years Christina has a wealth of knowledge of both academic and clinical aspects of the area. She recently was an invited keynote speaker at the International Trauma Summit in Belfast where she presented on the subject of the ICD-11 and CPTSD with Dr Judith Herman and Professor Gordon Turnbull. Christina’s most recent clinical work is with young people and adolescents suffering from CPTSD, her other work includes a special interest in psychological assessment, as well as research into the social contexts of trauma.

Siobhan Currie

Siobhan Currie is a Senior Educational Psychologist in Northamptonshire. She has worked at all levels in psychology services to schools and families and has led a critical incident response team for over 10 years. Her doctoral research at UCL focused on schools’ responses to critical incidents and the confidence of teachers to implement a psychological first aid approach.

Helen Kerslake & Jane Roller

Helen Kerslake is Assistant Principal Educational Psychologist and Jane Roller a Senior Educational Psychologist. Helen and Jane have worked as educational psychologists (EPs) within Kensington and Chelsea for over 20 years. Following the Grenfell fire tragedy on June 14th 2017, Helen and Jane led the EP team’s critical incident response to the 17 local school communities directly affected by the tragedy. The EP team continues to be involved in working systemically with school communities to help to promote resilience and recovery, and to develop restorative interventions for children and young people.

Professor Eamon McCrory

Eamon McCrory is Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at UCL and Director of the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit. His research uses brain imaging and psychological approaches to investigate the impact of maltreatment on emotional development. He is also Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and visiting Professor at the Yale Child Study Centre.

Professor Richard Meiser-Stedman

Richard Meiser-Stedman is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia. He was awarded a Peggy Pollak Research Fellowship in Developmental Psychiatry to undertake research into childhood PTSD. He was MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. He is a co-investigator on the PYCES trial (the treatment of PTSD in preschool children) and the PROTECT study (looking at how families shape children’s responses to trauma). He is currently evaluating the efficacy of cognitive therapy for PTSD in children and adolescents who have been exposed to multiple traumas.

Professor Emeritus William Yule

William Yule PhD is Professor Emeritus of Applied Child Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, University of London. He is a qualified clinical psychologist. He was founding director of the Child Traumatic Stress Clinic in the Children’s Centre at the Maudsley Hospital. He is a member of the Board of Research and Implementation at the Children and War Foundation. He has published extensively, most recently on traumatic stress in children.


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