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Paediatric Psychology Network Annual Conference

Working with Trauma in Paediatrics: Promoting Well-being for Patients, Families and Professionals

SIGs, Workshops and AGM: Thursday 6th June 2019 at DoubleTree Hilton, Cambridge

Conference: Friday 7th June 2019 at Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

The event is the annual meeting of the Paediatric Psychology Network (PPN), aimed mainly at UK-based clinical psychologists working with paediatric populations. The PPN-UK is part of the Faculty of Children and Young People within the British Psychological Society. The PPN-UK has good links with the equivalent organisations in Europe and welcomes submissions and delegates from outside of the UK who feel that the conference would be relevant to them.

The theme of our 2019 conference is “Working with Trauma in Paediatrics: Promoting Well-being for Patients, Families and Professionals”. Workshops will be held on the afternoon of Thursday 6th June, followed by the Annual General Meeting of the PPN-UK at 4:30pm. Our main conference programme will be on Friday 7th June, comprising a full day of talks and presentations on our theme. Our keynote speakers are Michelle Cree (compassion-focused therapy approaches with perinatal distress), Vince Hesketh and Tina Gutbrod (systemic approaches to understanding medically unexplained symptoms and trauma), and David Trickey (trauma-focused cognitive-behavioural therapy in paediatric psychology).

The aim of this meeting is to share knowledge generated through research and clinical experience amongst members of the PPN and paediatric clinical psychologists more widely, as well as provide an opportunity for paediatric clinical psychologists to meet and network. We have provided an extended time over lunch to allow space for networking, as well as viewing the poster submissions and stalls.

When you book your attendance you can select two workshops to attend, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Should your chosen workshop be full, we will allocate your booking to another workshop.

SIG meetings will be held on the morning of Thursday 6th June; these will be separate to the conference and free to attend. Please contact your SIG chair for further information.

Delegates are also invited to join us for a relaxing evening of socialising on the evening of Thursday 6th June comprising a tour by punt along the River Cam (weather permitting!) accompanied by wine, followed by dinner at Browns Brasserie in Cambridge. Spaces are limited so we advise booking early!

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • To gain knowledge and share good practice examples about current research and clinical practice in the area of paediatric clinical psychology
  • To gain a greater understanding about various approaches to working with trauma presentations in paediatric clinical psychology settings
  • To meet and network with other clinical psychologists working in paediatric settings

Workshop Choices - Thursday 6th June 2019

  1. Together we stand, Divided we fall; clinical psychology and psychiatry working together for children and young people in paediatric settings (Birgit Westphal and Elaine Lockhart)
  2. Working with trauma appraisals in children and adolescent PTSD (Richard Meiser-Stedman)
  3. The importance of father’s mental health (Mark Williams)
  4. To debrief or not to debrief? An exploration of the literature and shared reflection on experiences (Sadie Thomas-Unsworth)
  5. What happens in teams when children die – speaking about the unspeakable (Rosemary Novak and Katherine Peckitt)
  6. Chronic medical trauma – using Theraplay® to enhance attachment in oncology (Joanna Blundell Jones)

Delegates should choose two workshops when they book to attend. Places for workshops are limited and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who is the event intended for?

The Conference will be of interest to members of the PPN and to clinical psychologists working in paediatrics who are not members of the PPN.

Travel and Accommodation

Parking in and around Cambridge (and particularly on the Addenbrooke’s site) can be very difficult, so we would strongly recommend using public transport where possible during the conference. For further travel and accommodation information, please click here.

Registrations for this event were available until 17:00 Tuesday 28th May 2019. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Thursday 6th June 2019

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

12:30Workshop registration
13:00Workshop 1
14:30Refreshment break
15:00Workshop 2
16:30Annual General Meeting of the PPN-UK

Friday 7th June 2019

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

09:00Registration and refreshments
09:25Opening remarks (Sally Benson)
09:30Keynote 1: The Compassionate Mind Approach to Perinatal Distress (Michelle Cree)
10:15Network Update (Helen Griffiths)
10:45Refreshment break and poster viewing
11:15Keynote 2: Systemic Approaches to working with medically unexplained symptoms and parental trauma (Vince Hesketh and Tina Gutbrod)
12:00Judith Houghton Award presentation
12:30Lunch, networking and poster viewing
14:00Quickfire presentations
15:00Refreshment Break
15:30Poster awards
15:40Keynote 3: The Application of Trauma-focused CBT to Paediatric Psychology (David Trickey)
16:25Closing remarks
16:30Conference close

Speakers and Facilitators

Michelle Cree

Keynote Speaker
Michelle worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist for the Derby Perinatal Mental Health Service for 17 years providing both individual and group therapy using Compassion Focused Therapy. She also developed a 12 week Compassionate Mind course for staff in Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust. She has published a paper outlining the use of Compassionate Mind Training with Perinatal distress in a special edition of the International Journal of Cognitive Therapy in 2010 and has just submitted a paper on the role of compassion in parenting and new motherhood. She is author of “The Compassionate Mind Approach to Postnatal Depression: Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Enhance Mood, Confidence and Bonding”. This book has been selected for inclusion in the Reading Well for Mental Health Scheme for England and has now been put forward as one of the first to be translated into Welsh for the new Welsh Reading Well scheme. Michelle is a Compassionate Mind Foundation trainer and has trained a diverse range of individuals and professional groups across the UK and Europe, in CFT in general and the application of CFT to perinatal issues in particular. She also co-founded the British Psychological Society’s Faculty of Perinatal Psychology.

Tina Gutbrod

Keynote Speaker
Dr Tina Gutbrod has been working as a family therapist at the Croft inpatient family unit for 11 years, and more recently at the Darwin Centre for Young People. Her background is in psychology, where she conducted clinical research (at the Rosie/Addenbrookes) for her PhD on the impact of preterm birth on mother-child attachment. She has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, both to University students as well as to health care professionals. Her special interests include systemic approaches to working with complex trauma, trans-generational attachment patterns, and the role of family therapy in psychiatry.

Vince Hesketh

Keynote Speaker
Vince Hesketh is a family therapist coming from a background in social work. Prior to his present post at the Croft (a residential unit for children and their families), he worked in a community team with families where one or more children had been sexually assaulted. For 24 years he taught family therapy at the Tavistock Centre in London. His special interests focus on power and structure in families, the role of double binds in complex trauma and the importance of including grandparents in family therapy.

David Trickey

Keynote Speaker
David Trickey currently works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment Service at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London (AFNCCF). He is the co-director of the National Trauma Council. He has specialised in working with traumatised children, young people and their families since 2000. He continues to focus on direct clinical work and the supervision of other clinicians working with traumatised children and young people. He regularly offers training and consultation, he presents at international conferences, and he supervises doctoral research. He acts as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases in the area of children and trauma. In all of his roles he draws heavily on the published research literature, to which he has made a minor contribution.


DoubleTree Hilton

Granta Place, Mill Ln, Cambridge CB2 1RT •  Website•  Directions

The SIGs, Workshops and AGM on Thursday 6th June 2019 will be held here.

CRUK Cambridge Institute, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Hills Rd, Cambridge CB2 0QQ •  Website•  Directions

The conference on Friday 7th June 2019 will be held here. Addenbrooke’s Hospital

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