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News: Renowned trauma specialist to lead Children in Scotland webinar

Posted 21 October, 2021 by Catherine Bromley

In a rare UK appearance, leading American neuroscientist Dr Bruce Perry will lead the last session in the More Than My Trauma partnership series.

Children in Scotland is delighted to be hosting Dr Bruce Perry in a two-hour, live webinar, Understanding the Therapeutic Moment: The Power of Being There, on Thursday 28 October, that brings the 2021 online sessions in the More Than My Trauma partnership to a close. Ticket holders for this live event also have access to recordings of the five preceding sessions in the series.

Dr. Perry's presentation will focus on the power and regulating effects of healthy relational interactions on the developing child and the critical importance of therapeutic, educational and enrichment opportunities provided in the broader community, especially the home and school.

Formed in 2018 as a creative partnership between AberlourChildren in ScotlandClackmannanshire CouncilKibbleSeamab and Staf, More Than My Trauma draws together specialist expertise from across the length and breadth of Scotland to build consistent, trauma-responsive services that support young people in real, tangible and practical ways.

The partnership staged an online conference in September 2020 with Dr Bruce Perry, and it’s with great pride that we welcome him back to contribute his unique and inspiring perspective based on decades of research into adverse childhood experiences and childhood trauma.

Responding to the invitation and to his forthcoming Scottish appearance, Dr Perry said:

“I look forward to continuing the conversation with my colleagues in Scotland. We continue to learn from each other and share the progress we are all making in creating practice, programme and policy which understand that relationships are the agents of change.

"It will only be through respectful, reciprocal relationships that we can help transform our systems, and help improve the lives of children and young people who have experienced trauma.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences, holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programmes and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. His most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing (2021), co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, has been on the New York Times 'Bestseller list' for the past 23 weeks.

Ticketholders joining the event on 28 October will have two hours with Dr Perry plus access to the recordings from the five previous sessions in the 2021 series:
Lessons learned from implementing a large-scale, trauma-informed 5-year project, led by Clackmannanshire Council (27 May)
Reflective practice in trauma-informed care, led by Jan Montgomery (24 June)
Play, love and relationships, led by Seamab (29 July)
How our trauma journey has influenced participation, policy and partnership, led by Staf (26 August)
Moving from trauma-informed to creating safe, healing, nurturing environments, led by Aberlour (30 September)

Click here for more information and to book

More Than My Trauma webinar series: Dr Bruce Perry
Thursday, 28 October 2021 | 2-4pm | Online (please note the webinar will not be recorded).