UK Network

Division of Clinical Psychology


‘The Voice of the Family’ Supporting Parents and Carers of Children Experiencing Trauma and Dissociation


“Trauma really does confront you with the best and the worst. You see the horrendous things that people do to each other, but you also see resiliency, the power of love, the power of caring, the power of commitment, the power of commitment to oneself, the knowledge that there are things that are larger than our individual survival”

Dr Bessel van der Kolk — Restoring the Body: Yoga, EMDR, and Treating Trauma

This practical workshop is based on over twenty years’ experience of working with foster carers, adoptive parents and their children. The aim of the workshop is to consider parents and cares experiences of parenting children that have experienced trauma and dissociation. This will be examined through the lens of both the child and the parents or carers histories, and the impact this has on the here and now family functioning. Exploration of secondary and vicarious trauma alongside parents and carers own trauma histories will be considered when contextualising our understanding of best practice in supporting parents and carers.

A range of creative practical strategies for supporting parents and carers will be offered and explored throughout the workshop as well as opportunities for the sharing of delegates own experiences best practice.

Claire Harrison-Breed

Claire has over 25 years’ experience working therapeutically and in a range of setting. As a registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, Counsellor, CBT therapist, Play Therapist and Social worker she offers a range of tailored therapeutic interventions for children and families where the child is looked after, in care or post adoption. She specialises in working with trauma, dissociation and attachment difficulties in both children and adults. Claire has worked in statutory, voluntary and the private sector delivering services to children and families that have experienced trauma. Alongside therapy, Supervision and providing Continued Professional Development trainings, Claire works part time as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling for the University of Northampton.