Trauma in schools: a one day conference supporting school staff and school leaders

Conference overview

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has hosted a series of conferences over many years which have been a focus for developing approaches to child and adolescent mental health in schools. This national conference aims to further ideas and practice in considering the nature, impact and responses to trauma in schools.

The Tavistock has long been at the forefront of developments in approaches to children’s and young people’s mental health. We provide a wide range of clinical services to children, young people and their families, locally, regionally and across the UK, as well as playing a leading role in training professionals who work with children and wehave a long history of working in, and with, education. This includes providing training, consultancy and conferences nationally and internationally to promote the development of approaches to children’s mental health in education settings. 

Schools and educational settings are becoming expected to manage increasingly complex and demanding situations. These include the traumatic life experiences of children and young people, their families and communities. These can also include what happens day to day in and out of school, whether in the playground or online, in the staff room, on school trips or outings, or on social media. Children and young people and their families bring a range of distress with them in through the school gates. Staff too have to manage their own selves in work, as well as their responses to what they see, hear and encounter when interacting with the young people they teach and support.

Drawing on the Tavistock’s history and understanding of trauma, we shall:

  • introduce a framework for thinking about impacts of trauma and ways of responding
  • be applying this framework to support school leaders, school staff and all those with an interest in what happens in our schools.
  • provide participants with opportunities to learn how to apply these ideas in practice in response to various challenges that schools face

This conference aims to apply an understanding of trauma, its manifestations, impact and effects, to issues currently preoccupying schools and school leaders. We hope that everyone attending will leave feeling better informed, with ideas about what next steps they might take to be better placed to manage trauma in their schools.

The conference will also aim will to address current preoccupations in ways that participants will find highly applicable back in school.

9.30       Registration and coffee

10.00     Welcome and introduction

10.15      Thinking the Unthinkable: How to manage the impact of trauma in schools

11.15      Coffee break

11.45      Parallel workshops

               Workshops will include:

  •      Managing self harm and suicidality in schools
  •      Leading schools at times of trauma
  •      Using the Tree of Life model as a narrative therapy tool with refugee        children in schools
  •      The trauma of loss in schools

12.45      Lunch

1.45        Parallel workshops (as above)

2.45       Tea break

3.15        Screening of “Kids on the Edge: Last chance school” and group discussion

4.15        Final plenary

4.30        Close

Friday 13 October 2017, from 9.30am - 4.30pm, at the Tavistock Centre, London, NW3 5BA

£175 (£140 early bird if booking by 31 August 2017)

The Tavistock Centre, London
13 October 2017 09:30 to 16:30

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