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Assessing and Treating Developmentally Traumatised Children – 2018 Conference

20 Years of Research into Practice

Handouts for delegates (requires password sent by email)

This conference took place on 19 October at The Crystal, London. Information about the day and photos are available here.

  • Key note speaker: Professor Colwyn Trevarthen
  • Presentation of Family Futures’ latest research into the evidence for Neuro-Physiological Psychotherapy — a comparison of treatment vs non-treatment groups

Aims of the conference

Family Futures is an Adoption Agency specialising in assessing and treating developmentally traumatised children. To celebrate our 20th year we are holding a conference that looks at both the work of one of our guiding lights, Colwyn Trevarthen, and at our research on our Neuro-Physiological Psychotherapy treatment programme and the outcomes for adopted children who have / have not participated in this programme.

Our latest research examines the outcomes of Family Futures’ Neuro-Physiological Psychotherapy (NPP) model which has at its core a neurosequential approach integrating Jean Ayres’ Sensory Integration, Theraplay® and Dan Hughes’ Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. The NPP model also integrates the work of Peter Levine, Bruce Perry, other neuroscientists and Creative Art therapists.

To see the conference agenda with list of workshops* click here, or you can download our conference leaflet. A presentation and video about the Young People’s Forum will also be running at 1.30pm during the lunch break for delegates to attend if interested.

* Please indicate your two choices for the afternoon workshops in the “additional information” box at checkout.

Full fee: £180

Benefits of attending

The day will be a combination of presentations and workshops to give participants an understanding of:

  • Communicative musicality: exploring the basis of human companionship
  • The neurological, physiological and psychological impact of neglectful and abusive parenting in infancy
  • Research evidence for a multidisciplinary, neurosequential approach to the treatment of Developmental and Complex Trauma
  • What happens to children and adoptive families when we fail to intervene effectively
  • The benefits of non-verbal creative therapies when assessing, placing or treating developmentally traumatised children who are fostered or adopted
  • Therapeutic techniques and skills.

Additional information

Standard Rate


Who should attend?

Social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, teachers, parents, carers and anyone involved in helping children who are looked after or adopted.


The Crystal
1 Siemens Brothers Way
E16 1GB

Conference times: 9:30 am - 5 pm


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