The Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma International Conference

Date: Thursday 20th June 2024


Location: Virtual via VFairs platform


Price of virtual ticket: £10 plus VAT




                                     The Essential Tools of Therapeutic Parenting


Join Sarah Naish, Sarah Dillon, and Jane Mitchell for the essential and informative first steps guide to Therapeutic Parenting.

Therapeutic Parenting is a highly nurturing approach, with empathy at its core. It uses firm but fair boundaries and routines to aid the development of new neural pathways in the brain so children may gain trust in adults.

This virtual conference will be great for those starting out and as a reminder for those further down the path with adoption, fostering and kinship.



From Trauma to Trust – inspiring change and support

The Centre of Excellence in Child Trauma will be holding the national conference From Trauma to Trust on the 29th November in Coventry.

The conference provides straight-talking solutions for people supporting vulnerable children. The conference is aimed at professionals working with children who have difficulties relating to trauma, however therapeutic parents are more than welcome too. There will be a variety of talks supporting and overcoming trauma from leading experts.

Sarah Naish, therapeutic parent and best-selling author and Sarah Dillon, attachment therapist and child trauma psychotherapist, will be discussing Truth, Lies and the ‘Memory Carousel’. This will cover issues such as children’s memory, why false allegations happen and what to do about this.

Sally Donovan, adopter and author, will then be discussing The Lost Years. Sally will be speaking on trauma, adolescence and creating ambition for vulnerable young people. She will be delving into the practicalities to consider when children become teenagers.

Louise Bomber, specialist teacher, therapist and DDP certified practitioner, will be speaking about The Human Bridge to Recovery – Settling to Learn. Louise focuses on the issue of children who have experienced trauma being misunderstood due to their behaviour. She will explain how we should be combatting this by updating our policies and practices in schools.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please take a look at this link for further information.

Interrupting Trauma Seminar – strategies for parents to overcome hardships

Sarah Naish and Sarah Dillon will be delivering a seminar on Interrupting Trauma on October 1st in Redhill, Surrey.

Supporting a child who has experienced trauma can be an incredibly difficult process for both parents and children, so they are introducing an Interrupting Trauma seminar to assist with the latest supportive techniques in the field.

They are experts in the field; Sarah Naish is a best-selling author on therapeutic parenting. She can also relate to parents’ experiences as she is an adopter and therapeutic parent herself. Sarah Dillon is a therapist and accredited member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists. She is also a Developmental Trauma and Attachment Consultant for numerous independent Fostering Agencies, Schools and Local Authorities. She delivers Therapeutic Parenting training courses to Adoptive Parents, Foster Parents and Supporting Professionals Nationwide. She teaches from personal experience having grown up in multiple foster and children’s homes.

On the day, they will provide practical strategies for unique parenting situations. They will also teach Trauma Interruption Methods, such as ‘Brushing Therapy’, focusing on recognising trauma-based behaviours and reducing fear. The aim is to provide parents the support and confidence needed to raise children with a history of trauma, in a completely non-judgemental and calm space.

If you are interested in attending the seminar please take a look at this link for further information.