Updates in Addiction and Trauma Conference 2024
2-Day Conference - One Birdcage Walk, London
Friday 17th May - Saturday 18th May 2024

This event is designed for mental health care professionals.

General Information

Welcome to our annual 2-Day Addiction and Trauma Conference 2024, hosted at the prestigious One Birdcage Walk, Westminster – London, where we explore the intricate topics of addiction and trauma.

Day 1 delves into cutting-edge insights on addiction, featuring renowned experts sharing the latest research and practical approaches. Please see the presentations below:

Day 2 focusses on trauma, offering a comprehensive exploration of its impact and strategies for recovery. Embrace this unique opportunity to gain holistic perspectives and foster connections within the addiction and trauma recovery community.

More information on speakers and topics below.

We are carefully organising a line-up of expert speakers that will give attendees the opportunity to hear about the latest findings, theories, and research in the area of addiction and trauma.

As always, Hazell Forums aims to create a welcoming environment which focuses on education and networking, with a no sponsorship approach.

Pre-Conference Toolbox

An assortment of relevant resources to help prepare you for our conference talks.

Why Attend?

Our conference warmly welcomes all mental health care professionals, fostering a supportive environment for learning and collaboration. Whether you’re a psychologist, psychiatrist, counsellor, business development specialist, or any other mental health professional, your expertise is valued and encouraged at our event. 

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Day 1 Addiction

"Preventing Opioid Overdose Deaths: Responsibilities the Treating Clinician Needs to Meet"

In this presentation, Professor Sir John Strang will delve into the essential responsibilities that treating clinicians bear in preventing opioid overdose deaths. Opioid misuse has become a pressing public health concern, and clinicians play a pivotal role in mitigating this crisis. The session will provide actionable insights and guidelines for clinicians to assist in the prevention of opioid overdose deaths.

In this presentation, Professor Sir John Strang will delve into the essential responsibilities that treating clinicians bear in preventing opioid overdose deaths. Opioid misuse has become a pressing public health concern, and clinicians play a pivotal role in mitigating this crisis. The session will provide actionable insights and guidelines for clinicians to assist in the prevention of opioid overdose deaths.

Here is a video of Professor Sir John Strang speaking on naloxone:

Professor Sir John Strang

Head of Department of Addictions at
King's College London (KCL)

Professor Sir John Strang, MBBS, FRCPsych, FRCP, MD, F.Med.Sci., is a renowned clinical academic with 40 years of experience in addiction research and policy formation. Leading the addiction group at Kings College London (KCL) since 1995, he is recognised as a “Highly Cited Author” by ISI, with over 500 publications. He is the Director of the National Addictions Centre, and also serves as Co-Deputy Lead for the Pain and Addictions Theme at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.

Professor Sir John Strang, MBBS, FRCPsych, FRCP, MD, F.Med.Sci., is a renowned clinical academic with 40 years of experience in addiction research and policy formation. Leading the addiction group at Kings College London (KCL) since 1995, he is recognised as a “Highly Cited Author” by ISI, with over 500 publications. He is the Director of the National Addictions Centre, and also serves as Co-Deputy Lead for the Pain and Addictions Theme at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.

"Female Hormones, Mental Health and Addiction"

Dr. Louise Newson delves into the intricate connection between female hormones, mental health, and addiction, shedding light on the nuanced interplay that shapes women’s well-being in a thought-provoking exploration.

Watch Dr Newson’s recent podcast episode on “Addiction and Menopause” below:

Dr. Louise Newson delves into the intricate connection between female hormones, mental health, and addiction, shedding light on the nuanced interplay that shapes women’s well-being in a thought-provoking exploration.

Dr Louise Newson

GP, Menopause Specialist and Author

Dr. Louise Newson, a renowned medical professional, served as a writer and editor for various medical journals, notably GP magazine and the British Journal of Family Medicine. Her extensive contributions to academic papers and abstracts, along with her role in crafting educational materials for healthcare professionals, highlight her commitment to advancing medical knowledge. Dr. Newson’s impactful work extends to menopause advocacy, evident through collaborations with organisations, charities, and media appearances. She is the creator of the menopause support app “Balance,” offering inclusive and evidence-based information globally. With a strong media presence, she has been featured on ITV’s This Morning, Lorraine, BBC Breakfast, and more, actively raising awareness about menopause through diverse channels.

Dr. Louise Newson, a renowned medical professional, served as a writer and editor for various medical journals, notably GP magazine and the British Journal of Family Medicine. Her extensive contributions to academic papers and abstracts, along with her role in crafting educational materials for healthcare professionals, highlight her commitment to advancing medical knowledge. Dr. Newson’s impactful work extends to menopause advocacy, evident through collaborations with organisations, charities, and media appearances. She is the creator of the menopause support app “Balance,” offering inclusive and evidence-based information globally. With a strong media presence, she has been featured on ITV’s This Morning, Lorraine, BBC Breakfast, and more, actively raising awareness about menopause through diverse channels.

"ADHD and Addiction: Epidemiology, Genetics, Neurobiology, Prevention and Treatment"

In this presentation, Professor Brink will address: the prevalence of adult ADHD in substance use disorder patients, biopsychosocial mechanisms, the prevention in children/adolescents with ADHD, and interventions for comorbid cases. This review shows that adult ADHD is present in 15–25% of treatment-seeking patients with substance use disorders, that shared genetics factors play an important role in the comorbidity of these disorders, and that ADHD and substance use disorders share many neurobiological characteristics. Professor Brink will conclude with a summary of an international consensus paper on screening, diagnosis, and treatment for comorbid substance use disorders and ADHD.

In this presentation, Professor Brink will address: the prevalence of adult ADHD in substance use disorder patients, biopsychosocial mechanisms, the prevention in children/adolescents with ADHD, and interventions for comorbid cases. This review shows that adult ADHD is present in 15–25% of treatment-seeking patients with substance use disorders, that shared genetics factors play an important role in the comorbidity of these disorders, and that ADHD and substance use disorders share many neurobiological characteristics. Professor Brink will conclude with a summary of an international consensus paper on screening, diagnosis, and treatment for comorbid substance use disorders and ADHD.

Here is a video of Professor Brink speaking at the Nordic Reform Conference in 2019:

Professor Wim van den Brink

Professor of Addiction Psychiatry
and Co-Founder of the International Collaboration of ADHD and Substance Abuse (ICASA)

Professor Wim van den Brink earned his medical degree in 1981 and completed psychiatric epidemiology training in Groningen and New York. He obtained his PhD in 1989 and has been a full professor of Addiction Psychiatry at Amsterdam University Medical Centers since 1992. Recognised for his contributions, he received awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 2014 and the European Addiction Research Award in 2017. He became an honorary member of the Spanish Society for Dual Disorders in 2015 and received an honorary professorship at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in 2020. With over 600 international peer-reviewed papers, he mentors PhD students, chaired Dutch treatment guideline development, and co-founded the International Collaboration of ADHD and Substance Abuse (ICASA). His research focuses on the neurobiology of addiction and pharmacological treatment of substance use disorders and related comorbidities.

Professor Wim van den Brink earned his medical degree in 1981 and completed psychiatric epidemiology training in Groningen and New York. He obtained his PhD in 1989 and has been a full professor of Addiction Psychiatry at Amsterdam University Medical Centers since 1992. Recognised for his contributions, he received awards, including a lifetime achievement award in 2014 and the European Addiction Research Award in 2017. He became an honorary member of the Spanish Society for Dual Disorders in 2015 and received an honorary professorship at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in 2020. With over 600 international peer-reviewed papers, he mentors PhD students, chaired Dutch treatment guideline development, and co-founded the International Collaboration of ADHD and Substance Abuse (ICASA). His research focuses on the neurobiology of addiction and pharmacological treatment of substance use disorders and related comorbidities.

"Shifting the Treatment Paradigm"

In the current treatment paradigm, we often treat symptoms without looking deeper into the root causes of addiction and mental health concerns. When clients present to our programs, often for multiple treatment episodes, we may need to ask ourselves what we can do to address the underlying issues that drive addictive and maladaptive behaviors. In this presentation, TJ Woodward will explore techniques and practices from his groundbreaking treatment model, Conscious Recovery, that will not only address the behavior of our clients but will assist them in breaking free of life-long destructive patterns.

Learning Objectives

  • Consider how the power of presence and openness assist in the therapeutic alliance
  • Explore the effect that our deeply held unconscious beliefs and concepts have on our clients
  • Identify techniques to “hold space” for our clients to heal from patterns that keep them stuck in relapse and hopelessness
  • Discuss methods to identify a recovery path and support system for long-term health and recovery

In the current treatment paradigm, we often treat symptoms without looking deeper into the root causes of addiction and mental health concerns. When clients present to our programs, often for multiple treatment episodes, we may need to ask ourselves what we can do to address the underlying issues that drive addictive and maladaptive behaviors. In this presentation, TJ Woodward will explore techniques and practices from his groundbreaking treatment model, Conscious Recovery, that will not only address the behavior of our clients but will assist them in breaking free of life-long destructive patterns.

Learning Objectives

  • Consider how the power of presence and openness assist in the therapeutic alliance
  • Explore the effect that our deeply held unconscious beliefs and concepts have on our clients
  • Identify techniques to “hold space” for our clients to heal from patterns that keep them stuck in relapse and hopelessness
  • Discuss methods to identify a recovery path and support system for long-term health and recovery

Here’s a video of TJ speaking on “A Return to Wholeness”:

TJ Woodward

Recovery Expert, Bestselling Author, Inspirational Speaker, and Addiction Treatment Specialist

TJ Woodward is a revolutionary recovery expert, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and addiction treatment specialist who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. He is also the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method, which is a groundbreaking and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction.

TJ is a featured thought-leader on wholehearted.org along with Brené BrownMarianne Williamson, Dr. Gabor Maté, and Mark Lundholm, as well as a featured thought leader in the upcoming docuseries, Addiction Revealed, that will be released by the end of 2024. He was given the honor of being ordained as an Agape minister by Dr. Michael Beckwith, and was also the founding minister of Agape Bay Area in Oakland, which was the first satellite community of The Agape International Spiritual Center in LA. 

TJ is the author of the bestselling books, Conscious Being: Awakening to your True NatureConscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction, and Conscious Creation: 5 Steps to Embracing the Life of Your Dreams, as well as the co-author of their accompanying workbooks.

TJ Woodward is a revolutionary recovery expert, bestselling author, inspirational speaker, and addiction treatment specialist who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. He is also the creator of The Conscious Recovery Method, which is a groundbreaking and effective approach to viewing and treating addiction.

TJ is a featured thought-leader on wholehearted.org along with Brené BrownMarianne Williamson, Dr. Gabor Maté, and Mark Lundholm, as well as a featured thought leader in the upcoming docuseries, Addiction Revealed, that will be released by the end of 2023. He was given the honor of being ordained as an Agape minister by Dr. Michael Beckwith, and was also the founding minister of Agape Bay Area in Oakland, which was the first satellite community of The Agape International Spiritual Center in LA. 

TJ is the author of the bestselling books, Conscious Being: Awakening to your True NatureConscious Recovery: A Fresh Perspective on Addiction, and Conscious Creation: 5 Steps to Embracing the Life of Your Dreams, as well as the co-author of their accompanying workbooks.

"Gut Health Within the Context of Addiction and Mental Health: New Tools For Clinicians"

Mark will briefly review the current understanding of the connection between gut health, addiction and mental health, provide an overview of the flaws in existing microbiome testing technology which have prevented the widespread adoption of microbiome testing in across clinical practices, and discuss the breakthrough 16S-ITS-23S approach to sequencing, which is producing clinically ACTIONABLE data. He will then discuss several case studies showing what power of the technology reveals and how it can be used to change health outcomes.

Mark will briefly review the current understanding of the connection between gut health, addiction and mental health, provide an overview of the flaws in existing microbiome testing technology which have prevented the widespread adoption of microbiome testing in across clinical practices, and discuss the breakthrough 16S-ITS-23S approach to sequencing, which is producing clinically ACTIONABLE data. He will then discuss several case studies showing what power of the technology reveals and how it can be used to change health outcomes.

Mark Driscoll Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer at Intus Biosciences

Mark Driscoll received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester for research on gene expression in cancer, and moved to the NCI in Frederick, Maryland as a postdoctoral fellow to study HIV viral replication.

Mark joined 454 Life Sciences in 2004 to lead the team that developed and launched the GS 20, the first of the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms. The GS 20 accelerated the human genome project, and as an unintended side effect enabled the first practical microbiome experiments, demonstrating how the microbial world interacts with humans.

As a co-founder and CSO of Intus Biosciences, Mark is leading the development of new technology that for the first time enables differentiation of closely related bacterial strains using a practical, high throughput, high accuracy platform, Titan-1.

Titan-1 has been released as a lab developed test for bacterial profiling in gut and oral samples. Recent studies show that Titan-1 can diagnose colorectal cancer (CRC), and may be useful for following transmission of CRC-causing oral bacteria to the gut.

Mark Driscoll received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester for research on gene expression in cancer, and moved to the NCI in Frederick, Maryland as a postdoctoral fellow to study HIV viral replication.

Mark joined 454 Life Sciences in 2004 to lead the team that developed and launched the GS 20, the first of the Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms. The GS 20 accelerated the human genome project, and as an unintended side effect enabled the first practical microbiome experiments, demonstrating how the microbial world interacts with humans.

As a co-founder and CSO of Intus Biosciences, Mark is leading the development of new technology that for the first time enables differentiation of closely related bacterial strains using a practical, high throughput, high accuracy platform, Titan-1.

Titan-1 has been released as a lab developed test for bacterial profiling in gut and oral samples. Recent studies show that Titan-1 can diagnose colorectal cancer (CRC), and may be useful for following transmission of CRC-causing oral bacteria to the gut.

"Is the Minnesota Model (12 Step) Still Current and Valid?"

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Nick Hazell

Business Development Specialist and Director/Founder of Hazell & Partners

With over 15 years of experience in business development across various sectors, with a focus on Private Mental Health and Addictions, I founded Hazell & Partners after 8 years at the Priory Group where I was responsible for private business development – including responsibility for inpatient and outpatient growth. My experience includes promoting the business at 14 Priory hospital sites, therapy centres and private practices. Over the years I developed a vast network of relationships with key referrers in the industry. My approach emphasises networking with GPs, Psychiatrists, Therapists and other clinicians.

With over 15 years of experience in business development across various sectors, with a focus on Private Mental Health and Addictions, I founded Hazell & Partners after 8 years at the Priory Group where I was responsible for private business development – including responsibility for inpatient and outpatient growth. My experience includes promoting the business at 14 Priory hospital sites, therapy centres and private practices. Over the years I developed a vast network of relationships with key referrers in the industry. My approach emphasises networking with GPs, Psychiatrists, Therapists and other clinicians.

David Delapalme

Psychotherapist

A Franco-American psychotherapist, based in Paris, with a diverse educational background including a BS in Political Science from Georgetown University, a Paris Medical University Diploma specialising in addiction, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment-based Therapy from London. He has also taught at the Paris Medical School. Accredited as an EMDR Practitioner and a member of Addictions Professionals and the BACP, he co-founded Chevalier Delapalme Counselling in London and Paris with Gérard Chevalier.

A Franco-American psychotherapist, based in Paris, with a diverse educational background including a BS in Political Science from Georgetown University, a Paris Medical University Diploma specialising in addiction, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment-based Therapy from London. He has also taught at the Paris Medical School. Accredited as an EMDR Practitioner and a member of Addictions Professionals and the BACP, he co-founded Chevalier Delapalme Counselling in London and Paris with Gérard Chevalier.

Gérard Chevalier

Psychotherapist

Gerard Chevalier, with over 30 years of experience, specialises in individual and family therapy. Holding Postgraduate Diplomas in Attachment-based Therapy and Applied Group Analysis from London, he is accredited in EMDR at Levels I, II, and III. As a Registered Member of both MBACP and FDAP, Gerard upholds ethical practice standards. His expertise has led to roles as an author, lecturer, and trainer in the UK and France. Gerard’s holistic approach ensures personalised interventions for healing and growth, making him a trusted advocate in psychotherapy.

Gerard Chevalier, with over 30 years of experience, specialises in individual and family therapy. Holding Postgraduate Diplomas in Attachment-based Therapy and Applied Group Analysis from London, he is accredited in EMDR at Levels I, II, and III. As a Registered Member of both MBACP and FDAP, Gerard upholds ethical practice standards. His expertise has led to roles as an author, lecturer, and trainer in the UK and France. Gerard’s holistic approach ensures personalised interventions for healing and growth, making him a trusted advocate in psychotherapy.

Anna Santamouris

Psychodynamic Psychotherapist

Anna Santamouris has been in full time private practice as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist since 2006. After graduating as a teacher she trained in adolescent delinquency and family work and worked at a residential home for adolescents (wards of state) in Australia. In London, Anna taught at inner City schools and worked in both the voluntary and statutory sectors for drug and alcohol services. Over a period of 15 years she worked in residential, and outpatient programs as well as front line work in needle exchanges and outreach projects.

Anna trained and as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation with an additional post graduate diploma. Since then has worked solely in private practice since 2006. Anna has run workshops on Perversions and sex addiction; Working with Alcohol in psychotherapy; Self harm, Depression and Narcissism and presented talks for Confer on Addiction, Women and addiction, and Desire and the bad object.

Anna Santamouris has been in full time private practice as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist since 2006. After graduating as a teacher she trained in adolescent delinquency and family work and worked at a residential home for adolescents (wards of state) in Australia. In London, Anna taught at inner City schools and worked in both the voluntary and statutory sectors for drug and alcohol services. Over a period of 15 years she worked in residential, and outpatient programs as well as front line work in needle exchanges and outreach projects.

Anna trained and as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation with an additional post graduate diploma. Since then has worked solely in private practice since 2006. Anna has run workshops on Perversions and sex addiction; Working with Alcohol in psychotherapy; Self harm, Depression and Narcissism and presented talks for Confer on Addiction, Women and addiction, and Desire and the bad object.

Robert Common

Chief Behavioural Officer at The Beekeeper Mental Health Group

Robert oversees The Beekeeper Group of companies in Thailand and Cambodia. He has worked extensively in social work and mental health for over eighteen years. In addition to being a Psychologist and Psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Trauma Specialist. As such, when the Beekeeper was set up, Robert ensured the ethos of the company was firmly rooted in the clients needs and best interests.

He has wide reaching experience in working with children, families, and individuals. His Counselling and Psychotherapy training is extensive, and he takes an interdisciplinary approach to working with clients. He also has significant experience in working with addictions, grief, GSRD/LGBTQI+, complex trauma, mindfulness and clients with high and complex needs. He is also Tibetan Sound Bowl instructor.

He is a former Director of Service Provision, and still works part time as an Expert Consultant for the United Nations on issues around violence against children and women. He is also an academic who researches and publishes work around childhood trauma.

Robert oversees The Beekeeper Group of companies in Thailand and Cambodia. He has worked extensively in social work and mental health for over eighteen years. In addition to being a Psychologist and Psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Trauma Specialist. As such, when the Beekeeper was set up, Robert ensured the ethos of the company was firmly rooted in the clients needs and best interests.

He has wide reaching experience in working with children, families, and individuals. His Counselling and Psychotherapy training is extensive, and he takes an interdisciplinary approach to working with clients. He also has significant experience in working with addictions, grief, GSRD/LGBTQI+, complex trauma, mindfulness and clients with high and complex needs. He is also Tibetan Sound Bowl instructor.

He is a former Director of Service Provision, and still works part time as an Expert Consultant for the United Nations on issues around violence against children and women. He is also an academic who researches and publishes work around childhood trauma.

Day 2 Trauma

"Vicarious Trauma for Practitioners"

This presentation will explain the theories on vicarious on practitioners: how it happens and the effects of it in an attempt to de-mystify it and begin the important conversations that are often taboo in the helping/ healthcare professions. It will be an opportunity for delegates to reflect on their self-awareness of vicarious trauma, how they understand the signs of it, and what can be done about it. The presentation will offer various ways to mitigate vicarious trauma that practitioners can employ straight away.

Learning points:

  • Understanding what vicarious trauma is and how it manifests
  • Self-assessment of the effects of vicarious trauma
  • Awareness of the early signs of vicarious trauma
  • Strategies to mitigate vicarious trauma

This presentation will explain the theories on vicarious on practitioners: how it happens and the effects of it in an attempt to de-mystify it and begin the important conversations that are often taboo in the helping/ healthcare professions. It will be an opportunity for delegates to reflect on their self-awareness of vicarious trauma, how they understand the signs of it, and what can be done about it. The presentation will offer various ways to mitigate vicarious trauma that practitioners can employ straight away.

Learning points:

  • Understanding what vicarious trauma is and how it manifests
  • Self-assessment of the effects of vicarious trauma
  • Awareness of the early signs of vicarious trauma
  • Strategies to mitigate vicarious trauma

Silva Neves

Psychosexual and Relationship Psychotherapist

Silva Neves is a COSRT-accredited and UKCP-registered psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, and a trauma psychotherapist based in Central London. He specialises in sexual trauma and compulsive sexual behaviours.

Silva is a member of the editorial board for the leading international journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Silva is the author of two books: Compulsive Sexual Behaviours, A Psycho-Sexual Treatment Guide for Clinicians (Routledge), Sexology: The Basics (Routledge), and he co-edited two textbooks with Dominic Davies: Erotically Queer (Routledge) and Relationally Queer (Routledge).

Silva is the recipient of the Sexual Freedom Ally Award 2023, and speaks internationally.

Website: https://www.silvaneves.co.uk

Facebook: Silva Neves – Psychotherapy

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Instagram: @silvanevespsychotherapy

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Silva Neves is a COSRT-accredited and UKCP-registered psychosexual and relationship psychotherapist, and a trauma psychotherapist based in Central London. He specialises in sexual trauma and compulsive sexual behaviours.

Silva is a member of the editorial board for the leading international journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy.

Silva is the author of two books: Compulsive Sexual Behaviours, A Psycho-Sexual Treatment Guide for Clinicians (Routledge), Sexology: The Basics (Routledge), and he co-edited two textbooks with Dominic Davies: Erotically Queer (Routledge) and Relationally Queer (Routledge).

Silva is the recipient of the Sexual Freedom Ally Award 2023, and speaks internationally.

Website: https://www.silvaneves.co.uk

Facebook: Silva Neves – Psychotherapy

X: @SilvaNeves3

Instagram: @silvanevespsychotherapy

Threads: @silvanevespsychotherapy

"Understanding the Intersection of ADHD, Trauma and Substance Use Disorders: Exploring Challenges and Strategies"

This seminar will cover the complex relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, addiction and trauma. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of how trauma can influence the development and presentation of ADHD, and vice versa, as well as detailing the complex relationship between ADHD and addiction.

Participants will learn about: 

  • The overlapping symptoms of ADHD and trauma.
  • The controversial role that trauma may have in leading to development of ADHD.
  • The challenges in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and trauma.
  • The neurobiological basis for the strong link between ADHD and substance use disorders (SUDS).

This seminar will cover the complex relationship between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, addiction and trauma. It will provide a comprehensive understanding of how trauma can influence the development and presentation of ADHD, and vice versa, as well as detailing the complex relationship between ADHD and addiction.

Participants will learn about: 

  • The overlapping symptoms of ADHD and trauma.
  • The controversial role that trauma may have in leading to development of ADHD.
  • The challenges in diagnosis and treatment of ADHD and trauma.
  • The neurobiological basis for the strong link between ADHD and substance use disorders (SUDS).

Professor James Brown

Author, Public Speaker, Consultant, ADHD coach, and Acting Chair at ADHDadultUK

Professor James Brown is a career academic now working in the ADHD field. James has a significant presence in the field of ADHD, especially for adults, and has become a well-known figure due to his co-founding of the UK registered charity ADHDadultUK, Focusmag.uk, an evidence-based online magazine, and The UK’s most popular adult ADHD podcast ‘The ADHD Adults Podcast’. James is also an author, public speaker, consultant, science communicator, and ADHD coach.

James Website – https://jbhd.uk/

Professor James Brown is a career academic now working in the ADHD field. James has a significant presence in the field of ADHD, especially for adults, and has become a well-known figure due to his co-founding of the UK registered charity ADHDadultUK, Focusmag.uk, an evidence-based online magazine, and The UK’s most popular adult ADHD podcast ‘The ADHD Adults Podcast’. James is also an author, public speaker, consultant, science communicator, and ADHD coach.

James Website – https://jbhd.uk/

"Effectively Treating Complex and Intergenerational Trauma through blending IFS with AF-EMDR and Relational Embodiment"

In this presentation, Dr Georgina Smith will delve into complex and transgenerational trauma treatment, integrating insights from epigenetic research with Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR), and Relational Embodiment. Participants learn to dismantle shame, repair attachment, and foster self-regulation through dynamic interventions.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine key epigenetic research findings informing trauma treatment
  • Understand complex and transgenerational trauma manifestations
  • Integrate IFS with AF-EMDR and relational embodiment techniques
  • Describe therapeutic goals including somatic regulation, shame deconstruction, neurobiological changes, and many more.

In this presentation, Dr Georgina Smith will delve into complex and transgenerational trauma treatment, integrating insights from epigenetic research with Internal Family Systems (IFS), Attachment Focused EMDR (AF-EMDR), and Relational Embodiment. Participants learn to dismantle shame, repair attachment, and foster self-regulation through dynamic interventions.

Learning Objectives

  • Examine key epigenetic research findings informing trauma treatment
  • Understand complex and transgenerational trauma manifestations
  • Integrate IFS with AF-EMDR and relational embodiment techniques
  • Describe therapeutic goals including somatic regulation, shame deconstruction, neurobiological changes, and many more.

Dr Georgina Smith

Founder of Revolve Recovery and Clinical Psychologist

Georgina K. Smith, PhD received her BA in psychology and minor in Neuroscience from USC and graduated with double honours. She then completed her MA and Ph.D. at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP at AIU). Dr. Smith is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, EMDR clinician, trauma  and addiction specialist, educator and public speaker. Dr. Smith utilises an integrated approach with a relational and attachment-based focus that emphasises IFS parts work, NARM, somatic, and narrative work.

Dr Smith is currently the clinical supervisor for Connections in Recovery, maintains a full time private practice in Santa Monica, and is the founder of Revolve Recovery, a groundbreaking community conscious trauma and addiction intensive outpatient center in Marina Del Rey, California.

Georgina K. Smith, PhD received her BA in psychology and minor in Neuroscience from USC and graduated with double honors. She then completed her MA and Ph.D. at California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP at AIU). Dr. Smith is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, EMDR clinician, trauma  and addiction specialist, educator and public speaker. Dr. Smith utilizes an integrated approach with a relational and attachment-based focus that emphasizes IFS parts work, NARM, somatic, and narrative work.

Dr Smith is currently the clinical supervisor for Connections in Recovery, maintains a full time private practice in Santa Monica, and is the founder of Revolve Recovery, a groundbreaking community conscious trauma and addiction intensive outpatient center in Marina Del Rey, California.

"How Shame Containment Theory Can Help to Redefine Shame"

Shame Containment Theory is a new and innovative theory that facilitates a contemporary understanding of shame. This talk will introduce the theory and challenge some of the more traditional views about shame.

Delegates will be introduced to the five components of shame, gaining an understanding of shames purpose and it’s role in our attachment system. From there, delegates will begin to redefine shame and our relationship to this highly complex emotion

Shame Containment Theory is a new and innovative theory that facilitates a contemporary understanding of shame. This talk will introduce the theory and challenge some of the more traditional views about shame.

Delegates will be introduced to the five components of shame, gaining an understanding of shames purpose and it’s role in our attachment system. From there, delegates will begin to redefine shame and our relationship to this highly complex emotion

Lisa Etherson

Psychosexual Therapist and PhD Researcher

Lisa Etherson is the creator of Shame Containment Theory which was developed as part of her PhD research into shame and compulsive sexual behaviour in adult men. She is a Psychosexual Therapist and runs a private practice in the north east of England.

Lisa Etherson is the creator of Shame Containment Theory which was developed as part of her PhD research into shame and compulsive sexual behaviour in adult men. She is a Psychosexual Therapist and runs a private practice in the north east of England.

"Trauma Across Cultures: A mental Health Perspective"

The talk will focus on increasing the understanding  of how cultural differences impact the experience and management of trauma from a mental health perspective. In the talk there will be a exploration of the influence of culture on stress, coping strategies and psychological resilience.
The learning objectives will be 
 
  1. Increased understanding of how culture influences experience and expression of trauma.
  2. Increased understanding of culturally determined coping strategies.
  3. Increased understanding of the cultural variations in trauma presentations for mental health care delivery.
  4. Increased awareness of the ethical and practical considerations in providing inclusive trauma informed mental health care.
The talk will focus on increasing the understanding  of how cultural differences impact the experience and management of trauma from a mental health perspective. In the talk there will be a exploration of the influence of culture on stress, coping strategies and psychological resilience.
The learning objectives will be 
 
  1. Increased understanding of how culture influences experience and expression of trauma.
  2. Increased understanding of culturally determined coping strategies.
  3. Increased understanding of the cultural variations in trauma presentations for mental health care delivery.
  4. Increased awareness of the ethical and practical considerations in providing inclusive trauma informed mental health care.

Dr Tim Ojo

Consultant Psychiatrist APN London and Flinthealthcare Brighton, and Director at Eko Consulting Ltd and The Health and Wellbeing Academy

Dr Tim Ojo is a senior psychiatrist with over 30 years experience in mental health. He has a portfolio career as a consultant in private practice, coaching, mediation, facilitation and organisational consulting. He has a special interest in stress management, culture and religion in mental illness and relationship problems. He practices in a holistic manner and integrates his various trainings in support of helping those he works with be their most well and optimally functioning selves.

Dr Tim Ojo is a senior psychiatrist with over 30 years experience in mental health. He has a portfolio career as a consultant in private practice, coaching, mediation, facilitation and organisational consulting. He has a special interest in stress management, culture and religion in mental illness and relationship problems. He practices in a holistic manner and integrates his various trainings in support of helping those he works with be their most well and optimally functioning selves.

"Women and Sexual Trauma"

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion on the intersection of women and sexual trauma. Our distinguished panelists will delve into the multifaceted aspects of sexual trauma experienced by women, exploring its psychological, societal, and legal ramifications. Through insightful dialogue and personal narratives, we aim to raise awareness, foster understanding, and advocate for meaningful change. Whether you’re a survivor, ally, advocate, or simply seeking to broaden your knowledge, this discussion promises to be enlightening and empowering. Together, let’s confront the challenges, amplify voices, and work towards a future of healing.

Join us for a thought-provoking panel discussion on the intersection of women and sexual trauma. Our distinguished panelists will delve into the multifaceted aspects of sexual trauma experienced by women, exploring its psychological, societal, and legal ramifications. Through insightful dialogue and personal narratives, we aim to raise awareness, foster understanding, and advocate for meaningful change. Whether you’re a survivor, ally, advocate, or simply seeking to broaden your knowledge, this discussion promises to be enlightening and empowering. Together, let’s confront the challenges, amplify voices, and work towards a future of healing.

Mandy Saligari (MC)

Founder, Therapist and Clinical Director of Charter Harley Street

Originally specialising in addiction, Mandy entered the field after coming into recovery in 1990.  In 2008, using her pioneering approach, Mandy launched Charter Harley Street, London’s first private clinic dedicated to treating addiction in an outpatient setting. Now successfully online, Mandy’s established team continues to achieve sustainable recovery outcomes, with an emphasis on ‘the Core Characteristics®’ treating addiction as a family and relational condition.

Author of ‘Proactive Parenting’ by Orion Publishing, the first series of ‘Violent Child Desperate Parents’ and three series of ‘In Therapy’ both for Channel5, a TedX speaker also well-established in both corporate and educational settings, a special panel adviser to the Centre for Social Justice and regular contributor to press and media, Mandy is passionately committed to dispelling the myths surrounding addiction and mental health promoting well-being and communication with dignity and respect.  A compelling public speaker, well-known for her engaging, personable and informative approach.

Originally specialising in addiction, Mandy entered the field after coming into recovery in 1990.  In 2008, using her pioneering approach, Mandy launched Charter Harley Street, London’s first private clinic dedicated to treating addiction in an outpatient setting. Now successfully online, Mandy’s established team continues to achieve sustainable recovery outcomes, with an emphasis on ‘the Core Characteristics®’ treating addiction as a family and relational condition.

Author of ‘Proactive Parenting’ by Orion Publishing, the first series of ‘Violent Child Desperate Parents’ and three series of ‘In Therapy’ both for Channel5, a TedX speaker also well-established in both corporate and educational settings, a special panel adviser to the Centre for Social Justice and regular contributor to press and media, Mandy is passionately committed to dispelling the myths surrounding addiction and mental health promoting well-being and communication with dignity and respect.  A compelling public speaker, well-known for her engaging, personable and informative approach.

Lou Lebentz

Founder of The Voyage®, Online Trainer, Trauma Clinician + Therapist, Speaker + Campaigner

Lou is a highly experienced and well-known leader in the field of trauma.  Her background for over two decades was as a psychotherapist and trauma clinician but she recently founded “The Voyage®” a revolutionary online trauma training program for clinicians designed to help them work far more effectively with trauma.  Lou runs The Voyage® trainings online and in-house. She also speaks and trains both in the UK as well as internationally. 

Lou is a highly experienced and well-known leader in the field of trauma.  Her background for over two decades was as a psychotherapist and trauma clinician but she recently founded “The Voyage®” a revolutionary online trauma training program for clinicians designed to help them work far more effectively with trauma. Lou runs The Voyage® trainings online and in-house. She also speaks and trains both in the UK as well as internationally. 

Andrea Taylor

Trauma, Addiction and Couples Therapist at APN London and Private Practice and EFT Practitioner

Andrea is a highly skilled practitioner who has been in the addiction field for 16 years working both in Harm minimisation and abstinence for Blenheim Project, Turning point, Priory and recently APN London.  Andrea has worked as capacity as therapist, Manager and Director for the priory group running Addiction Units and a secondary Addiction Service and is now focused on APN and Private Practice.

Andrea has trained in London South Bank MSc in Addictions Psychology and counselling and graduated 2009 and also trained in Pia Melody Post Induction, NLP, Sex Addiction with Paula Hall, Diploma in transpersonal Couples Therapy and is currently enjoying the voyage training with Lou and Mel.

Andrea has supported clients through sexual trauma through her career and understands its impact, complexities and the nurture needed to empower through recovery both as a practitioner and survivor/thriver.

Andrea is a highly skilled practitioner who has been in the addiction field for 16 years working both in Harm minimisation and abstinence for Blenheim Project, Turning point, Priory and recently APN London.  Andrea has worked as capacity as therapist, Manager and Director for the priory group running Addiction Units and a secondary Addiction Service and is now focused on APN and Private Practice.

Andrea has trained in London South Bank MSc in Addictions Psychology and counselling and graduated 2009 and also trained in Pia Melody Post Induction, NLP, Sex Addiction with Paula Hall, Diploma in transpersonal Couples Therapy and is currently enjoying the voyage training with Lou and Mel.

Andrea has supported clients through sexual trauma through her career and understands its impact, complexities and the nurture needed to empower through recovery both as a practitioner and survivor/thriver.

Liz Martin

Psychotherapist and Case Manager

Liz is a well-established psychotherapist with over 20 years of professional experience working with individuals or the family member, and has worked both in the private and public sector, including criminal justice. Liz specialises in addiction, codependency, and trauma. She would describe herself as an activist, helping to raise awareness of addiction and trauma within our political system. She was a volunteer UK delegate at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year. Liz believes developing a spiritual and loving connection within oneself is essential for our healing.

Liz is a well-established psychotherapist with over 20 years of professional experience working with individuals or the family member, and has worked both in the private and public sector, including criminal justice. Liz specialises in addiction, codependency, and trauma. She would describe herself as an activist, helping to raise awareness of addiction and trauma within our political system. She was a volunteer UK delegate at the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women earlier this year. Liz believes developing a spiritual and loving connection within oneself is essential for our healing.

Samantha Tipples

Integrative Psychosexual, Trauma and Addiction Therapist

Samantha is a highly skilled Integrative Psychosexual, Trauma and Addiction therapist and healthcare practitioner who has extensive experience in trauma and addiction recovery. She also specialises in successfully treating complex psychosexual and relationship issues. Her therapeutic approach combines traditional proven therapeutic interventions with alternative and complementary therapies, tailored specifically to meet each individual client’s needs. She has over the years forged an extensive collaborative network with other highly skilled professionals and has a special interest in developing corporate partnerships focussed on developing new business opportunities in an industry where the future of mental health care is rapidly evolving.

Samantha is a highly skilled Integrative Psychosexual, Trauma and Addiction therapist and healthcare practitioner who has extensive experience in trauma and addiction recovery. She also specialises in successfully treating complex psychosexual and relationship issues. Her therapeutic approach combines traditional proven therapeutic interventions with alternative and complementary therapies, tailored specifically to meet each individual client’s needs. She has over the years forged an extensive collaborative network with other highly skilled professionals and has a special interest in developing corporate partnerships focussed on developing new business opportunities in an industry where the future of mental health care is rapidly evolving.

(Optional) Conference Workshops

We will be hosting workshops the day before the conference, including the “IATSA Model for treating Sexual Addiction”, hosted by Nathan Jones, and “The Healing Power of Attunement” by TJ Woodward.