The theme of the 2018 International Childhood Conference, Trust, Love and Betrayal is at the core of the experience of childhood trauma and ultimately the relationships which can offer safety, hope and resolution. Our 18 internationally renowned practitioners and major authors in the field of trauma and neuroscience will share their most up to date ideas and thinking about trauma using this centralising stock of ideas. The conference holds so many opportunities to hear about innovative, practical and translatable ways of working with creative arts, sand tray, play, attachment based dynamics, movement and sensorimotor intervention.

Please view the daily sessions and activities in the Program below click to download the Full Program pdf

Sunday, 29 July 2018
15.00 - 16.00 Conversation Hours
Bonnie Goldstein
Pat Ogden
Lou Cozolino
16.30 - 17.30 Conversation Hours
Ed Tronick
Marilyn Davillier
17.30  Close
Monday, 30 July 2018
09.00 - 17.30
(Note: there will be breaks for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)

Master Class
Peter Fonagy
Techniques of Mentalisation Based Treatment


Lou Cozolino
Complex Trauma in a Complex World

Theresa Kestly
The Healing Power of Storytelling Play

Kim Golding
DDP Interventions for Parenting Developmentally Traumatized Children

Bonnie Goldstein & Pat Ogden
Using Mindfulness to Engage the Body: How to disrupt entrenched patterns, change meaning making, foster self-empowerment and improve relationships through Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Tuesday, 31 July 2018
09.00 Plenary Presentations
Peter Fonagy
Epistemic trust and attachment: A fresh look at therapeutic processes in personality disorder

Helen Milroy
Findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: implications for psychiatric services

11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 Keynote Presentations
Allan Schore
The Growth-Promoting Role of Mutual Regressions in Deep Psychotherapy

Helen Milroy
The power of disclosure. Reflections from the Royal Commission

Lou Cozolino
Building the Social Brain: The Epigenetics of Early Stress

Pat Ogden and Bonnie Goldstein
The Role of the Body in Group Psychotherapy: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach

Kim Golding
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with young people and adults who have grown up in care

Jennifer Freyd
Betrayal Trauma Theory: Memory, Health, & Gender

Jennifer McIntosh and Craig Olsson
Intergenerational pathways toward disorganising care-giving and infant attachment disorganization: New evidence.

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Keynote Presentations
Allan Schore
The Growth-Promoting Role of Mutual Regressions in Deep Psychotherapy

Lou Cozolino
Building the Social Brain: The Epigenetics of Early Stress

Marilyn Davillier
Annihilating The Numinous: Childhood Trauma’s Lost Treasure

Theresa Kestly
Widening the Window of Tolerance through Storytelling Play

Pat Ogden and Bonnie Goldstein
The Role of the Body in Group Psychotherapy: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach

Peter Fonagy
Persistent mental health problems: the p factor conundrum

Jennifer Freyd Betrayal Trauma Theory: Memory, Health, & Gender

15.30 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 17.30 Keynote Presentations
Helen Milroy
The legacy of trauma in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities

Theresa Kestly
Widening the Window of Tolerance through Storytelling Play

Marilyn Davillier
Annihilating The Numinous: Childhood Trauma’s Lost Treasure

Kim Golding
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with young people and adults who have grown up in care

Peter Fonagy
Persistent mental health problems: the p factor conundrum

Jennifer McIntosh and Craig Olsson
Intergenerational pathways toward disorganising care-giving and infant attachment disorganization: New evidence.

17.30 Close
Wednesday, 1 August 2018
09.00 Plenary Presentations
Allan Schore
Early Right Brain Development and the Relational Origins of Mutual Love and Intersubjective Play

Jennifer Freyd
Moving from Institutional Betrayal to Institutional Courage

11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 Concurrent Paper Presentations
Paper Presentations from Delegates*
3x30min per room
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 16.00 Concurrent Paper Presentations
Paper Presentations from Delegates*
3x30min per room
16.00 - 16.30 Break
16.30 - 17.30 Panel Session
Allan Schore
Peter Fonagy
Ed Tronick
17.30 Close
Thursday, 2 August 2018
09.00 Plenary Presentations
Bessel van der Kolk
Session title TBC

Gabor Mate
Biology of Loss

11.00 - 11.30 Break
11.30 - 13.00 Keynote Presentations
Peter Fonagy
Recent research linking childhood trauma to deficits in reflective function.

Cathy Malchiodi
What to Do When Traumatized Children "Clam-Up:" Creative Strategies to Get Past the Impasse

Ed Tronick
The Messy Nature of Relationships and Breaking the Connection: Safety, Trust and Resilience

Efrat Ginot
The neuropsychological underpinnings of the injured self-state: Developmental processes and their unconscious repercussions

Judy Atkinson
It's Take a Village! Aboriginal Community Healing Approaches - What We Have Learnt

Bessel van der Kolk
Session title TBC

Gabor Mate
Compassionate Inquiry

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.30 Keynote Presentations
Peter Fonagy 
Recent research linking childhood trauma to deficits in reflective function.

Cathy Malchiodi 
What to Do When Traumatized Children "Clam-Up:" Creative Strategies to Get Past the Impasse

Ed Tronick 
The Messy Nature of Relationships and Breaking the Connection: Safety, Trust and Resilience

Efrat Ginot 
The neuropsychological underpinnings of the injured self-state: Developmental processes and their unconscious repercussions

Judy Atkinson 
Kungas – daughters mothers grandmothers in prison. Breaking the Violence/Trauma Vortex through Educaring

Bessel van der Kolk 
Session title TBC


Gabor Mate 
Compassionate Inquiry

15.30 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 17.30 Closing Panel Session
17.30 Close
Friday, 3 August 2018
09.00 - 17.30
(Note: there will be breaks for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
Master Class
Kim Golding
DDP-informed Parenting with PACE to Build Security for Children with Developmental Traumas (for Carers)

Bessel van der Kolk
Session title TBC

Efrat Ginot
The enacted unconscious: A neuropsychological model of unconscious processes and therapeutic change

Gabor Mate
Hungry Ghost

Cathy Malchiodi
Mindfulness-Based Expressive Arts and Play Therapy: Supporting Self-Regulation and Resilience