Trauma - Day 2 (Saturday)

"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

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.


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"Shame: Introducing Shame Containment Theory (SCT)"

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.

Watch Dr Newson’s appearance on ITV’s This Morning below:

Lisa Etherson

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.