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09.00 - 09.30am Registration & Refreshments on Arrival
09.30 - 09.35am Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Conference Chair
Martin Crewe, Director, Barnardo’s Scotland & Northern Ireland
09.35 - 10.05am Making Sense of Attachment and Trauma in 2019; Where we are - where do we need to go?
Laura Falconer, Assistant Director, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Barnardo’s UK
10.05 - 10.10am Questions
10.10 - 10.40am Light Bulb Moments
Sir John Timpson CBE is the chairman and owner of Timpson, a UK shoe repair chain with over 2000 shops and has fostered 90 children. John will recount his first-hand experience of fostering and adopting children and the influence on his life, the work of the Alex Timpson Trust and how Timpson’s have made the workplace attachment & trauma friendly, so staff thrive too!
10.40 - 10.45am Questions
10.45 - 11.15am Refreshment Break
11.15 - 12.10pm Making the Classroom the Safe Place for Learning – Developing Trauma Informed Practice in Schools
Tony France, Director, Headsight Services
Tony will explore the physical and relational environment of a school and classroom; and identify opportunities to bring trauma informed practice to life.
12.10 - 12.15pm Questions
12.15 - 12.45pm Reaching the Heart of the Matter
Antony Meade, Managing Director of Fresh Start Scotland Ltd will explore the importance of moving beyond theory to creative, practical, applications using traditional and new methods of support when working with children and young people.
12.45 - 12.50pm Questions
12.50 - 13.45pm Lunch
13.45 - 13.50pm Introduction from the Conference Chair
Martin Crewe, Director, Barnardo’s Scotland & Northern Ireland
13.50 - 14.20pm Making Every Contact Count
Forming a therapeutic relationship with the families you work with can be a challenge: this presentation will look at new ways for building better relationships and offer practical and solution-based skills.
Rachel Stephen, Mellow Consultant, Mellow Parenting
14.20 - 14.25pm Questions
14.25 - 14.50pm Ruff Times
Helping children and young people through tough times, using creative dog-assisted interventions
Suzanne Ruby, Operations Manager & Kirsty MacQueen, Community Instructor, Paws for Progress
14.50 - 14.55pm Questions
14.55 - 16.15pm Breakout Sessions– delegates can choose to attend one of the following sessions.

A) Why did you do that?!’ – Understanding curious behaviours
Tony France, Director, Headsight Services

  • Reflecting on models and practice in understanding behaviour
  • Understanding a developmental needs approach to behaviour
  • Developing the role of emotional presence as a skill for co-regulation
  • Understanding crisis and meltdown

B) Art Therapy Approaches to Trauma & Attachment
Sheena McGregor, Creative Therapies Lead Therapist for Hospital Projects

C) ‘Creating New Stories with Children who have Experienced Trauma: Practical Strategies to Building Resilience within the System’
Amanda Jordan, Couple and systemic psychotherapist, Kibble Education and Care Centre
16.15PM Approx. Conference Close