24th November 2021 9am - TBC Conferences

2021 Annual Virtual Conference - Relationships, Resilience and Returning to School

Latest Keynote Line-up
We are pleased to announce the 2021 Annual Conference, 'Relationships, Resilience and Returning to School',  full keynote lineup, taking place on Wednesday 24th November.

Dr Bessel van der Kolk

Bessel van der Kolk MD spends his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults. 

In 1984, he set up one of the first clinical/research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations, which has trained numerous researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress, and which has been continually funded to research the impact of traumatic stress and effective treatment interventions. He did the first studies on the effects of SSRIs on PTSD; was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes brain processes, and did the first research linking BPD and deliberate self-injury to trauma and neglect in early childhood.

Jessica Pfeiffer & Steve Graner of Neurosequential

Jessica Pfeiffer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed School Social Worker in Denver, CO. Jessica is a ChildTrauma Academy Education Fellow and the Founder of Intricate Roots. Over the last 15 years, Jessica has provided training, consultations, coaching, and observations to educational systems around the world. Jessica focuses on embedding a neurobiological lens in the school setting and providing recommendations and interventions that are developmentally relevant for students. She partners with school districts, day treatment facilities, public and charter schools, early learning centers, and state education entities to create customized and engaging training and support.

Steve Graner is the Neurosequential Networks' NME Project Director as well as a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow.  Mr. Graner grew up in Bismarck, ND, received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Sioux Falls, and completed his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Minnesota State University Mankato. With thirty-three years teaching English at Erik Ramstad Middle School in Minot, North Dakota, Mr. Graner has also coached cross country and track and field, receiving Coach of the Year honors in ND for both high school and middle school cross country. Mr. Graner is best known for his creative approaches to teaching and coaching and combines a love of the arts and sports with the passion for pedagogy.

David Whitaker 

Executive Principal, Springwell Special School and PRU and National Leader of Education. Ofsted-rated Outstanding.
Working with incredibly vulnerable children and young people from KS1 to KS5 who are presenting with a whole range of social and emotional difficulties, Dave’s innovative work shows the power of care, love, support and, in his own words, ‘battering them with kindness’.

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