UK Network
Division of Clinical Psychology

Introduction & Keynote Speakers

Conference Opening by the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, introduced by Melanie Goodwin of First Person Plural.

Melanie Goodwin

Melanie Goodwin is a co-founder of First Person Plural. She has been involved in developing the UK training programme on dissociative identity disorder for FPP and the ESTD-UK. She appears on and was instrumental in the production of FPP’s two training films and has contributed to both the content and editing of the first ESTD-UK online course. In her role of Director for FPP she is developing the collaborative work with other, well respected UK organisations to collectively provide information for professionals and survivors.

The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP

Norman Lamb has been the Liberal Democrat MP for North Norfolk since 2001. After serving as a minister in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, he was appointed Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health in September 2012 and served in this position until the end of the Coalition Government in May 2015.  As Health Minister, Norman worked to reform the care system and led the drive to integrate health and social care, with a greater focus on preventing ill health. He also challenged the NHS to ensure that mental health was treated with the same priority as physical health, including the introduction of access and waiting standards in mental health for the first time. He is now the Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson.

Keynote Speakers

Rémy Aquarone

Chaired by Sue Richardson

`Lessons from history and challenges for the future’

Dissociation is at its most effective  when overwhelming traumas are  survived by cutting off any sense of continuity. These unconscious processes require dealing only with the moment to moment crisis, ticking them off and then moving on to the next crisis. The consequence of this ultimate survival defense is a catastrophic loss of any sense of being: an interrupted time line with no connection with the past and no hope in the future.

In much less extreme ways, organisations whether they be businesses, government departments or mental health services often use the same dissociative mechanisms in their day to day  functioning. The focus is on the immediate day to day problems, whether it be balancing the budget, dealing with the next crisis and often reinventing the wheel! There is neither room for thinking about lessons from the past nor long term objectives. There is ultimately no time line of experience.

I’ll be looking back on the history of dissociation and its cultural, financial and mental health impact on our society. We are at a crossroads where a more joined up approach can radically impact on all of our lives. Bringing together at this Conference clinicians from both the public and private sector in partnership with people with lived in experiences is proof of this evolving  integration.

Dr Renee P Marks

Chaired by Kathryn Livingston

The Best Kept Secret – Trauma and Dissociation in Children and Adolescents

Renée Marks is working as Consultant Therapist and Clinical Lead at Integrate Families in the North of England. Integrate Families is a National Centre for Children with Complex Trauma and Dissociation. Renée is a national and international trainer on the topic of attachment, emotional regulation, complex trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents. She is a member of the Child and Adolescents Committee of the ISSTD and also an accredited trainer for their on-line training. Renée is the chair of the Child and Adolescent Committee of the European Society on Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and specialises in the more serious and complicated population of traumatised children and adolescents. Renée is also an expert witness and provides clinical supervision and consultation to different agencies and therapists.

Dr Angela Kennedy

Chaired by Mike Lloyd

Compassion as a powerful factor in personal and social integration.

Compassion is a powerful way of healing interpersonal trauma related Dissociation.  As  a motivation, it promotes self care that is in our best interest. As a neurobiological regulator, it helps us face and contain difficult feelings. As an interpersonal interaction, it creates prosocial communities, which are safe and where people are held to account. Compassion for dissociated aspects of self can be challenging because of the fear, shame and attachment dynamics associated with them. Overcoming such fears of compassion is the process by which people and communities heal and reconnect.

Dr Angela Kennedy has been a Psychologist in the NHS for 24 years and is a trauma therapist working in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. She is currently service lead for a specialist psychological therapies team working with people who experience enduring psychotic symptoms.  She is actively creating systems for services to be ‘Trauma-Informed’ and is Project Lead for compassion focused management and culture in TEWV.  Angela is on the board of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation and is the psychological therapies lead for the North of England Clinical Network (NHS England).