Uncovering Hidden Trauma

Uncovering Hidden Trauma

Uncovering Hidden Trauma, 20th May 2020, St. Alban’s Centre, London

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About the conference

Uncovering-Hidden-Trauma

Uncovering Hidden Trauma Expanding on the themes of the recently published book, Invisible Trauma: Women, Difference and the Criminal Justice System (Motz, Dennis and Aiyegbusi, Routledge: 2020) this conference tackles the urgent and often neglected issues facing women who offend. How can we understand the reasons for their contact with the criminal justice system? Are they criminalized for the colour of their skin or for behavior that is unfeminine? For the expression of justifiable anger? Can the criminal justice system respond their offences in ways that recognize their underlying trauma? And how can psychological understanding enable these women and the systems within which they find themselves?

There is an expectation that women will be nurturers and carers. Women who have been judged violent, destructive and criminal and who are detained in the criminal justice system can find themselves perceived through a distorted lens as unwomanly. The histories of women in the criminal justice system are often overlooked. This conference brings together experts in the field, who address issues of unconscious racism, the repeated marginalization of women in the criminal justice system, and key interventions designed to improve pathways out of offending.

We explain how they become hyper-visible in their difference while the histories of trauma and suffering that are communicated through their offending and other risk behaviour may remains hidden, and unseen. It is essential that we trace the traumatic roots of women’s violence and offending. Powerful intergenerational factors perpetuate the cycles of offending and trauma re-enactment that current sentencing practice overlooks. This conference presents psychological perspectives on the development of violence and other offending, identifying pathways for change to address trauma within the lives of these women and their children, and also to create a responsive, effective and sensitive workforce.

From a Review of Invisible Trauma:
Stunningly broad yet rigorously focused, these authors ruthlessly expose the harm of a criminal justice system that responds to complex histories of trauma with retribution rather than understanding. Expertly examining the intersection of violence, marginalisation and racial disproportionality, this book is not just hugely enlightening. Rather, is essential, particularly for those who legislate on how women are treated by a penal system that is in desperate need of reform."

David Lammy MP

About the Authors

Anna Motz is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with extensive experience of working with women with trauma and offending histories. She is the author of The Psychology of Female Violence: Crimes Against the Body, Toxic Couples: The Psychology of Domestic Violence and Editor of Managing Self Harm: Psychological Perspectives.

Maxine Dennis is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytic Society), Groups Lead; Senior staff in the Trauma Unit and Fitzjohn’s Unit -for complex and enduring mental health difficulties , in the Adult Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Essex Clinical Psychology Department where she organised and contributed to the teaching on diversity and psychotherapy. She was Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council Task Group on Ethnicity, Culture and Racism.

Anne Aiyegbusi is a Mental Health Nurse, Forensic Psychotherapist and Group Analyst. She manages a Clinical Network for Personality Disorder at West London NHS Trust and is a Director of Psychological Approaches CIC. Anne has extensive experience of working with women who have histories of self-harm, trauma and offending; and of working with racism in forensic and psychotherapeutic contexts. She is co-editor of ‘Therapeutic Relationships with Offenders : An Introduction to the Psychodynamics of Forensic Mental Health Nursing and ‘Professional and Therapeutic Boundaries in Forensic Mental Health Practice.’

 

  

Registration Fees


15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Standard Registration £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00

Details

About the conference

Uncovering-Hidden-Trauma

Uncovering Hidden Trauma Expanding on the themes of the recently published book, Invisible Trauma: Women, Difference and the Criminal Justice System (Motz, Dennis and Aiyegbusi, Routledge: 2020) this conference tackles the urgent and often neglected issues facing women who offend. How can we understand the reasons for their contact with the criminal justice system? Are they criminalized for the colour of their skin or for behavior that is unfeminine? For the expression of justifiable anger? Can the criminal justice system respond their offences in ways that recognize their underlying trauma? And how can psychological understanding enable these women and the systems within which they find themselves?

There is an expectation that women will be nurturers and carers. Women who have been judged violent, destructive and criminal and who are detained in the criminal justice system can find themselves perceived through a distorted lens as unwomanly. The histories of women in the criminal justice system are often overlooked. This conference brings together experts in the field, who address issues of unconscious racism, the repeated marginalization of women in the criminal justice system, and key interventions designed to improve pathways out of offending.

We explain how they become hyper-visible in their difference while the histories of trauma and suffering that are communicated through their offending and other risk behaviour may remains hidden, and unseen. It is essential that we trace the traumatic roots of women’s violence and offending. Powerful intergenerational factors perpetuate the cycles of offending and trauma re-enactment that current sentencing practice overlooks. This conference presents psychological perspectives on the development of violence and other offending, identifying pathways for change to address trauma within the lives of these women and their children, and also to create a responsive, effective and sensitive workforce.

From a Review of Invisible Trauma:
Stunningly broad yet rigorously focused, these authors ruthlessly expose the harm of a criminal justice system that responds to complex histories of trauma with retribution rather than understanding. Expertly examining the intersection of violence, marginalisation and racial disproportionality, this book is not just hugely enlightening. Rather, is essential, particularly for those who legislate on how women are treated by a penal system that is in desperate need of reform."

David Lammy MP

About the Authors

Anna Motz is a Consultant Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with extensive experience of working with women with trauma and offending histories. She is the author of The Psychology of Female Violence: Crimes Against the Body, Toxic Couples: The Psychology of Domestic Violence and Editor of Managing Self Harm: Psychological Perspectives.

Maxine Dennis is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytic Society), Groups Lead; Senior staff in the Trauma Unit and Fitzjohn’s Unit -for complex and enduring mental health difficulties , in the Adult Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Essex Clinical Psychology Department where she organised and contributed to the teaching on diversity and psychotherapy. She was Chair of the British Psychoanalytic Council Task Group on Ethnicity, Culture and Racism.

Anne Aiyegbusi is a Mental Health Nurse, Forensic Psychotherapist and Group Analyst. She manages a Clinical Network for Personality Disorder at West London NHS Trust and is a Director of Psychological Approaches CIC. Anne has extensive experience of working with women who have histories of self-harm, trauma and offending; and of working with racism in forensic and psychotherapeutic contexts. She is co-editor of ‘Therapeutic Relationships with Offenders : An Introduction to the Psychodynamics of Forensic Mental Health Nursing and ‘Professional and Therapeutic Boundaries in Forensic Mental Health Practice.’

 

  

Registration Fees


15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Standard Registration £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00

Programme/ Speakers

 

Programme -subject to change-
09.00 - 09:40
Registration and Coffee

09:40 - 09:50
Welcome and Morning Chair's Opening Remarks
Dr Julia Blazdell,

Network Coordinator for the Managed Clinical Network for Personality Disorders in WLMHT

09:50 - 10:30
Ending Women’s Imprisonment
Laura Seebohm,

Executive Director of Policy and Innovation at Changing Lives

11:00 - 11:20
Morning Coffee, Networking

11:20 - 11:30
Short but not Sweet: Sentencing Mothers in Prison
speaker to be advised,

11:30 - 12:00
Complexities around entrance and exit into/from prostitution
Joy Doal, MBE

CEO of Anawim

12:00 - 12:30
Trauma Informed Work in Women’s Prison: The EOS Service
Kayleigh Holden and Charlotte Durnin

HMP Bronzefield

12:30 - 12:50
Panel Discussion with morning speakers

12:50 - 13:50
Lunch, Networking

13:50 - 14:10
Afternoon Chair's Opening Remarks and some thoughts on the Racist States of Mind
Narendra Keval,

Psychoanalyst, Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapist Consultant Clinical Psychologist

14:10 - 14:40
Reflection and Repetition in staff groups
Dr. Anne Aiyegbusi

Manager of Clinical Network for Personality Disorder, West London NHS Trust, Director, Consultant Nurse and Group Analyst, Psychological Approaches CIC

14:40 - 15:10
Coffee & Networking

15:10 - 15:40
Turning a blind eye: the criminalization of blackness
Maxine Dennis

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst (British Psychoanalytic Society) and is Groups Lead in the Adult Department, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

15:40 - 16:10
Fighting for justice
Speaker to be advised

16:10 - 16:40
Turning a blind eye: denial of female violence and trauma
Anna Motz,

Clinical and Forensic Psychologist, Adult Psychotherapist and Independent Consultant for Institute of Mental Health

16:40 - 17:00
Panel discussion with afternoon speakers and Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

Registration Fees


15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Standard Registration £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00

Venue

VENUE INFO

 

 

St Alban’s Centre

  • Address: Leigh Place, Baldwin’s Gardens, London EC1N 7AB


The St Alban’s Centre, a Civic Trust award winner in its own right, forms part of the Parish Church of St.Alban the Martyr in Holborn, London EC1. The original Church was largely destroyed in 1941 by firebombs but rebuilt to a design by Adrian Gilbert Scott incorporating a number of the original features which remained intact after the fire. The Centre lies at the heart of the “Midtown” area of London with easy access to St Pancras, King’s Cross and Euston mainline stations and a short walk from Chancery Lane (Central Line) and Farringdon (Circle Metropolitan and Hammersmith and City Lines) Tube stations. Farringdon Station is also served by Thameslink trains and will be one of the Central London stations on the new Crossrail link.

TUBE STATIONS

Chancery Lane (Central Line with stops at Paddington (for Heathrow Express), Bank (for DLR to Canary Wharf and London City Airport) and Liverpool Street (for Stansted Express).

Farringdon (Circle Line, Metropolitan Line, Hammersmith and City Line with stops at King’s Cross, St Pancras, Euston and Liverpool Street (for Stansted Express). The Circle Line also has stops for Victoria, Cannon Street and Charing Cross (Embankment)).

For further information on London Underground Services https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/tube/

MAINLINE RAILWAY

Farringdon Station for Services to
Bedford, Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, St Albans, Wimbledon, Sutton, Sevenoaks, East Croydon, Gatwick Airport and Brighton (please note that during ongoing works to London Bridge Station Thameslink trains to and from Farringdon do not stop at London Bridge Station).

Moorgate Station for Services to
Welwyn Garden City, Hertford North, Stevenage., Hitchin and Letchworth Garden City

King’s Cross Station for Services to

Cambridge, Peterborough and King’s Lynn
Hull, York, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness

St Pancras International Station for Services to

Paris, Brussels and connections to Europe (Eurostar)
Leicester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield
North Kent and Ashford

Euston for Services to

Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Glasgow

For further information on Mainline Services http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/

BUSES

In High Holborn only

8 Tottenham Court Road to Bow via Liverpool Street
25 Oxford Circus to Ilford via Stratford
242 Tottenham Court Road to Homerton Hospital via Liverpool Street
521 Waterloo to London Bridge via Cannon Street

In High Holborn and Gray’s Inn Road

46 Lancaster Gate to St Bartholew’s Hospital via Paddington and King’s Cross/St Pancras
45 St Pancras International to Streatham Hill serving King’s Cross/St Pancras and Blackfriars
17 Archway to London Bridge via Cannon Street and King’s Cross/St Pancras
341 Tesco Tottenham to County Hall via Waterloo

For further information on London Buses https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/buses/

 


Registration Fees


15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Standard Registration £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00

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Registration Fees


15% OFF FOR GROUPS (3 DELEGATES OR MORE)

Standard Registration £165.00

Registration Charity/Student Sector £125.00

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