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DCP Faculty of Perinatal Psychology Annual Conference 2018: Working with Complex Trauma - two workshops to enhance psychologically informed practice

Wednesday 13th June 2018 at The Studio, Birmingham

The Faculty of Perinatal Psychology was established 12 years ago as an expert network amongst Clinical Psychologist members of the British Psychological Society. We now have over 120 UK wide members with additional affiliate members who are non-psychologists involved in the delivery of perinatal services nationally. We are offering a series of trainings to enhance the skills of the workforce who are delivering psychological interventions in the perinatal period. This year’s workshop focuses on psychological approaches for working with complex trauma.

New and existing community and inpatient perinatal services are all working to achieve National Institute of Clinical Excellence compliance and RCP quality standards in perinatal service provision which now have Clinical Psychology as a Type 1 ‘essential’ component of community MDT staffing. These national drivers emphasize (i) the importance of delivering high quality psychological therapies across the full range of severity and complexity, (ii) the importance of frontline staff receiving appropriate leadership, training and clinical supervision and (iii) assessment and delivery of NICE approved psychological therapy services. Practitioners will also be working to promote optimal mother-infant interactions. All therapists delivering psychological interventions across different levels of service provision from IAPT to specialist services may find themselves working with women who have experienced past trauma and may benefit from enhanced understanding and skills in this domain. You are all encouraged to attend.

To this end we have constructed this day to set the scene with an introduction reviewing research evidence for the bio-psychosocial underpinnings of complex trauma and how these findings can inform psychological interventions. In this way we aim to encourage attendees knowledge of theory-practice links. This introduction is followed by two practice based workshops which focus on building skills in using a compassionate mind approach in the context of complex trauma and enhancing mentalising in the mother-infant relationship. We are sure the day will be stimulating and will be provide a forum for lively discussion and practice-based skill development.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Increase knowledge of biopsychosocial factors involved in complex trauma
  • Develop knowledge of and practice based skills in a Compassionate Mind approach to working with trauma in the perinatal period
  • Develop awareness of and practice based skills in increasing mentalising in mothers towards their infants

Who is the course intended for?

All clinicians/therapists (particularly clinical psychologists and other psychologists) involved in the delivery of psychological interventions in the perinatal period across all levels of service provision.

Conference Programme

Click here to download the DCP Faculty of Perinatal Psychology Annual Conference 2018 Programme.


We have a limited number of rooms available at Holiday Inn Express Birmingham Snow-Hill on Tuesday 12th June 2018, charged at £75.00 B&B (including VAT). If you would like to book one of these rooms, please call 0121 647 3999 (Option 1 for In-House Reservations) or email gop@ibriga.orusheimnhmcm.

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Wednesday 13th June 2018

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change. A more detailed programme can be downloaded further up the page.

09:00Registration and Refreshments
09:30Welcome from the Faculty Chair. What do we mean by complex trauma? - Professor Helen Sharp
09:45An update on the NHS England perinatal mental health transformation programme: what perinatal psychology can do to support trauma informed care - Dr Camilla Rosan
10:15The biopsychological underpinnings of complex trauma and how the field can inform the development of psychological therapies - Dr Anke Karl
10:45Refreshment Break
11:15Workshop: A compassionate mind approach to working with trauma in the perinatal period - Michelle Cree
14:15Workshop: Increasing mentalising in the parent infant relationship in the context of parental trauma - Dr Sheila Redfern
16:15Small group discussions to reflect on learning from the day
16:45Closing thoughts from the Chair
17:00Conference Close


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7 Cannon St, Birmingham B2 5EP •  Website•  Directions

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