Welcome to the 2016 Childhood Trauma Conference
In August 2014, the first ever International Child Trauma Conference was held at the Melbourne Convention Centre in Australia. Developed, organised and run by the Australian Childhood Foundation, it was an incredible week with over 2000 delegates from around the world, as well as virtual delegates joining via live streaming. The high calibre of speakers with such powerful messages highlighted the need to keep adapting important evidence about neurobiology of trauma and attachment into our therapeutic work with children, individuals and families.
It was a vibrant reflection of our commitment to meeting the needs of vulnerable children and young people.
The 2016 conference promises to be even better. Many of the presenters from the last conference are returning – Allan Schore, Ed Tronick, Dan Siegel, Dan Hughes, Pat Ogden, Steve Porges, Sue Carter, Marilyn Davillier, Judy Schore, Judy Atkinson. They were so generous and informative last time. They are seminal thinkers, practitioners and authors in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, trauma and attachment.
And we have a number of new and interesting speakers to add to the experience. Vittorio Gallese (Italy) discovered mirror neurones and has continued to research their role in the neurobiology of relationships. Russell Meares (Australia) is a co-founder of the Conversational Model of Therapy and is well know for his eloquence and sensitive exploration of metaphor and play. Michael Yellow Bird (USA) is known for his application of neuroscience to colonisation of indigenous people around the world. Jon Baylin (USA) is a co-author with Dan Hughes of “Brain Based Parenting” and has a practical approach to supporting carers of traumatised and looked after children. Martin Teicher (USA) is an Associate Professor at Harvard University and is an international leader in the neuroscience of child abuse and family violence.
More great speakers, more interaction and more opportunities for you to present your work as well.
It is going to be a wonderful, thought provoking conference. I am sure it will be a sell out – like the last one. So please register early.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Dr Joe Tucci
CEO of the Australian Childhood Foundation