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Five Rivers experts speak at House of Lords

Five Rivers experts speak at House of Lords

Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma

The Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma’s Best Practice Forums are renowned for having high calibre speakers who are expert in the psychology field of trauma and recovery.

Five Rivers is delighted that our Head of Assessment and Therapy service, Richard Cross and our leading clinician Alison Hodgetts have been invited to share their expertise at the next meeting to be held at the House of Lords on Friday 22 June 2018, 11:30 – 14:00.

Richard and Alison will be presenting ‘Turning Children’s Lives Around –  Overcoming the impact of childhood adversity through therapeutically-focused,  integrated care’.

Richard is focused on ensuring the development of effective assessments and therapeutic interventions which make difference to the outcome to the lives of children in care. He is a UKCP registered Psychotherapist and Child Psychotherapist who has worked with children, young people and adults who have experienced trauma since 1991. He is a member of the European Society for Trauma & Dissociation (ESTD) and the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD).

Alison Hodgetts is a registered Clinical Psychologist who has worked with children, young people and their families over the last 10 years, both in the NHS and privately. The focus of her clinical work has been with children and young people who are fostered or adopted; providing assessments, therapy and consultation, as well as training carers, parents and professionals.

Richard and Alison will share the story of our significant investments in developing knowledge and understanding around what works for looked after children.

The audience will learn:  

  • How to accurately understand the needs of the child or young person to ensure we provide early interventions that make a difference.
  • How the Five Rivers model of ‘trauma and attachment informed care’ and the knowledge, organisational structures and supports ensure good outcomes and accurately directed interventions.
  • How the assessment model, based on attachment, trauma and dissociation, helps harness understanding to transform and maximise the impact of interventions.
  • A case study illustration of our ‘relational’ approach to therapy, training and support for children in a residential setting.
  • How working in a partnership with researchers from University College London and The Anna Freud Centre has led to the development of a unique approach which integrates our Education, Care and Assessment & Therapy services.

As a social enterprise committed to turning children’s lives around, with a positive social impact for the whole community,  we at Five Rivers wish to share our learning with other professionals about the impact of abuse, trauma and neglect. There is no charge for the forum, but members of the Institute of Recovery from Childhood Trauma will be given priority.

The event will take place at The House of Lords on June 22nd and may be booked online here:


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