Media Release: Children affected by trauma – conference

CAMPHILL School Aberdeen is to host a conference on Tuesday, April 13 that will focus on how children and young people are affected by trauma.

The conference, which is supported by Aberlour Child Care Trust, Barnardo’s Scotland, Children First and VSA, is aimed at people who work with children and young people, including parents, foster carers, educationalists, social workers and health workers.

The main speaker is Dr Bruce D Perry, senior fellow at the Child Trauma Academy in Houston, Texas.

His experiences as a clinician and a researcher with traumatised children have led many community and governmental agencies to seek his guidance following high-profile incidents. These include the Branch Davidian siege, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine school shootings, the September 11th terrorist attacks and the Katrina and Rita hurricanes.

Dr Perry is also author of the book ‘The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog’, which presents accounts of his experiences working with emotionally stunted and traumatised children.

Commenting on the conference, Laurence Alfred, co-ordinator at Camphill School Aberdeen, said:

“It is 70 years since Camphill was founded here in Aberdeen, dedicated to helping children with special needs. It is therefore most appropriate that we should host this special event as Camphill reaches such an important milestone.

“Our hope is that this conference will help Camphill, the supporting organisations and the delegates to develop a better understanding of the needs of children and young people who have suffered some sort of trauma in their lives.”

Camphill School Aberdeen is one of seven Camphill Aberdeen City and Shire charities in the Aberdeen area with more than 700 people. From the first centre which opened at Camphill House, Milltimber, Aberdeen, Camphill now has 100 centres, with 10,000 people in 23 countries.

The full-day conference ‘Living and Working with Children and Young People Who Have Suffered Trauma’ will take place in Camphill Hall on the Murtle Campus of Camphill School Aberdeen on Tuesday, April 13.

Places at the conference cost £95 and can be booked through Fiona Stuart, Camphill House, Camphill Estate AB13 0AP Tel 01224 739703

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