Trauma Informed Practice is increasingly adopted to support positive outcomes. However, there continues to be some limited consensus about the key principles and how these can be built into different service contexts.
This unique workshop on TIP is specifically focused on those working within the unique and often challenging youth justice system. Attendees will learn about the origin and impact of past trauma on children, and how viewing their behaviour through a trauma-informed lens enables a better understanding of their behaviour.
Clarity about TIP and specifically how this can be operationalised within youth justice will be explored. This includes how practitioners can actively work towards resisting re-traumatisation of children who present with high risk behaviours and complex needs. The importance of attending to the wellbeing of the workforce providing care in terms of not only their physical but also emotional and psychological safety will be discussed.
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Dr Anna Markham is a Principal Forensic Psychologist. Her extensive clinical experience has been in secure mental health, Her Majesty’s Prison service and NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. She has worked across a range of settings including the youth secure estate, alternative education settings, community parenting programmes for children who are on the edge of coming into care or custody and children in contact with the youth justice system.
In addition to holding a doctorate in Forensic Psychology, Anna has undergone a range of specialist training courses including various therapeutic approaches including Multisystemic Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Good Lives Model, Non-Violent Resistance Therapy and child specific risk assessment tools and models for harmful behaviours (AIM3 under 12s and technology assisted harmful sexual behaviours, JSOAP-II, SAVRY: violence).
Anna currently works at a specialist forensic service primarily in a consultation role supporting professionals who are working with children with complex needs and who present with high risk of harm to others. Anna is also a Teaching Fellow and coordinator of placements on a Forensic Psychology Practice Doctoral course at a leading UK University involving lecturing, supervising trainees in practice and assessing competence.
Anna provides external consultation and training to a variety of organisations including Her Majesty’s Prison Service and Local Authorities. She is also an expert witness and undertakes assessments for court including complex developmental and relational trauma and how this can contribute to severe behavioural difficulty in children and adolescents.