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Early Interventions for Trauma

Tuesday 25th November 2014 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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The high incidence of traumatic exposure and the negative consequences for survivors and society highlight the need for effective and appropriate early interventions.
The symposia brings together a group of internationally recognised psychologists who have worked at the front line in supporting adults, young people and children exposed to war, natural and technological disasters and other traumatic events.
The day has been designed to provide opportunities for all the participants to engage with the topic and to grapple with some of the issues that surround the provision of early interventions following traumatic exposure.

Who is the course intended for?

The symposia will be particularly interesting to practitioners engaged in working with victims of crisis, disasters or other traumatic events as Clinical, Counselling, Educational, Social and Trauma psychologists.

During the workshop you will have an opportunity to learn about:

  • The history of early post trauma interventions
  • The most commonly deployed early intervention models
  • The role of watchful waiting
  • Common themes and principles in early interventions
  • Organisational issues related to early interventions
  • Current research findings into early interventions
  • How and when to use early intervention skills

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506


Tuesday 25th November 2014

Provisional Agenda as at 19.08.14

09:00Registration and Refreshments
09:30Introduction - Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes
09:45Preparing for emergencies - Prof Susan Klein
10:15What can we learn from the debriefing controversy? - Dr Debbie Hawker
10:45Refreshments & Discussion
11:30Early Interventions in War/Disasters - Professor David Alexander
12:00Early Interventions with Children/Education - Henryk Holowenko
12:30Lunch & Discussion
14:00Early Interventions in Organisations - Dr Noreen Tehrani
14:30What is Success? - Dr John Durkin
15:00Refreshments & Discussion
16:00Bringing it all together - Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes
16:30Close - Professor Bill Yule

Speakers and Facilitators

The day is being chaired by Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes (BPS President Elect). Jamie will also be facilitating the discussion groups throughout the day and helping to draw up a statement of intent for the application of early post trauma interventions. The other speakers are:

Dr Debbie Hawker

A Clinical Psychologist who previously worked at Oxford University Psychiatry Department and now specialises in providing psychological support for humanitarian workers around the world

Professor David Alexander

Emeritus Professor who is a trauma specialist and one of three Principal Advisors to the UK police services

Henryk Holowenko

Deputy Principal Educational Psychologist working in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Dr Noreen Tehrani

A Trauma Psychologist who works in emergency services and other organisational settings developing programmes of psychological screening and support

Dr John Durkin

A psychologist specialising in crisis intervention and posttraumatic growth. Co-founder of the BeTr Foundation and Director of Being Transformed Ltd

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

Clinical Psychologist, CBT Therapist and EMDR Consultant, Former Head of MoD Clinical Psychology and Founder Director of the Veterans and Families Institute, Anglia Ruskin University

Professor Bill Yule

Emeritus Professor of Applied Child Psychology; Chair of BPsS Crisis, Disaster and trauma Psychology Section; Founder member of Children and War Foundation

Prof Susan Klein

Professor Susan Klein is the Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research and a Principal Member of the Institute for Health & Wellbeing Research (IHWR) in Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.


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