Addressing Adversity London Conference

Addressing Adversity London Conference

As part of our project, Addressing Adversity, we are running a series of conferences and training days for professionals who work with children and young people.

Our nationwide project promotes trauma informed practice that helps professionals to support children and young people who have experienced distressing or disturbing times.

Details of the day

  • 29 September 2017
  • Professional Development Centre, 229 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 6AB
  • For frontline staff within the Health Workforce
  • Tweet #AddressingAdversity 

Conference programme

   9.00 - 10.00             Arrival & Registration
10.00 - 10.20             Welcome by YoungMinds
10.20 - 10.50             Speaker 1: Jonathan Stanley
10.50 - 11.20             Speaker 2: Dr Warren Larkin
11.20 - 11.35             Coffee Break 

11.40 - 12.10             Speaker 3: Young Person Activist 
12.10 - 12.40             Speaker 4: Dr Helen Aspland & Dr Anna Picciotto 
12.45 - 13.30             Lunch

13.30 - 14.30              Workshop 1
14.30 - 14.45              Coffee Break 

14.45 - 15.45              Workshop 2
15.45 - 16.00              Plenary & Close


  • Dr Warren Larkin

    Dr Warren Larkin is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Visiting Professor at Sunderland University.

    He is also the Clinical Lead for the Department of Health Adverse Childhood Experiences programme and a Director at Warren Larkin Associates Ltd. He has a long-standing interest in the relationships between childhood adversity and outcomes later in life. He has spent most of his career working in specialist early intervention services with service users who are experiencing psychosis.

    He has published numerous research articles on the topic of trauma and psychosis and published an edited book with Tony Morrison in 2006 (now commissioned for a second edition) exploring this theme. Warren led one of the two national IAPT (Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies) demonstration sites for Psychosis and was a member of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services National Task Force. Warren also developed the REACh approach (Routine Enquiry about Adversity in Childhood) as a way of assisting organisations to become more trauma-informed and to support professionals to ask routinely about adversity in their everyday practice.

  • Jonathan Stanley

    Jonathan Stanley is Chief Executive Officer for the Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) and Principal Partner for the National Centre for English Residential Child Care (NCERCC). 

    ICHA is the representative voice for the Private and Voluntary providers of Residential Child Care in England, the majority of such providers being in membership. ICHA works in partnership with Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS), in which capacity Jonathan facilitates the Heads of Care group, and with the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers (NAFP).

    NCERCC is a principal point of reference and dialogue for the whole of the residential sector of England. NCERCC provides up-to-date information on significant policy, research, theory, and practice developments, and practical tools and materials for service and practice improvement.

    Jonathan was a member of the work groups for the Department of Education regarding the Reform of Residential Care. He also meets regularly with Ofsted and the Local Government Association. 

    He has worked in local authority, voluntary and independent sectors, managing residential and associated integrated provision (education, care, health) for national resources addressing the learning, emotional, and social needs of young people. He has provided training and consultancy on a wide range of subject areas to audiences, both specialised and mainstream, seeking to bring the learning from one area for use in another. He has written extensively on residential child care from theory to reports to practice guidance. He currently provides regular columns for various media and is editing the forthcoming book ‘What is Residential Child Care for?'. 

  • Nikki Mattocks

    Nikki Mattocks, 20, has been campaigning with YoungMinds as an Activist for the last three years. After using mental health services throughout her teenage years and receiving a diagnosis of PTSD, she now leads her own support group in Guildford, and is currently training to become a mental health nurse.

  • Dr Helen Aspland

    Dr Helen Aspland started her post graduate career working and studying at the Institute of Psychiatry, London, on two large randomised control trials looking at parenting interventions for Conduct Disorder. She qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2003 at Oxford university and worked in South Manchester Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in an under 5’s service, and generic CAMHS.

    From 2005 she moved to London and worked across the many services that make up Islington CAMHS, including perinatal mental health services, multiagency adolescent services and providing mental health services across a number of community settings. She also worked in the Learning Disabilities team in York CAMHS but has spent most of the last 12 years working in Islington.

    For the majority of this time she has worked in Islington’s CAMHS In Schools Team across secondary and primary settings. She now leads this multidisciplinary team providing on site CAMHS provision across 60 schools, as well as CAMHS in Pupil Referral Units across the boroughs.

    She has a longstanding interest in working with traumatic stress and is jointly leading a project to develop trauma informed school practice within Islington schools.

  • Dr Anna Picciotto

    Dr Anna Picciotto is a Clinical Psychologist and Lead for CAMHS in Schools for Islington Community CAMHS.

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