Making Trauma Personal

Dr Mike Lloyd, BA, MSc, DClinPsych
Consultant Clinical Psychologist
Director, Cheshire Psychology Ltd and The CTAD Clinic

With the ever-increasing focus on health organisations to become ‘trauma focused’, or ‘trauma informed’, Mike will look into what this exactly means and how it can take many different directions. The session will address the necessity of trauma being an experience that is understood from the needs of the individual to the needs of the organisation and how bringing these together can create the connections needed. By working in true partnership with individuals presenting with dissociation, powerful and lasting change can be created by empowering people to be involved in the process of influencing organisations to fund assessments and treatment. It is hoped that attendees will understand the systems of individual funding, including pathways of application, overcoming rejected applications and how the individual is vital to the success of their own treatment hopes.


Mike has worked as a psychologist in the NHS for 19 years in both Child & Adolescent and Adult community settings. During this time, he began an interest in complex trauma and dissociation through links with The Pottergate Centre and First Person Plural. Mike has published researched and presented in this field to a range of NHS and ESTD conferences, as well as offering training in diagnosis and treatment. He left the NHS in 2019 to start The CTAD Clinic, a private practice focusing on working alongside NHS partners to provide services for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of dissociative disorders.

Engaging the “System” to improve are & outcomes for those experiencing Complex PTSD & Dissociative Disorders

Dr Melanie Temple

The NHS system of mental health care in the UK is diagnosis and national guideline dependent and driven. The presence of these direct NHS care commissioning and so the service development to support those experiencing associated difficulties. The rights and wrongs of this can be and are repeatedly argued but to progress the availability of desperately needed, consistent, non-postcode dependant and accessible to all care we need to accept this situation and work with it to move forward. This plenary will review and update on the work currently being completed around these area’s and plans for future work. It will look to galvanise thoughts and actions and encourage engagement in the ongoing work by attendees.  

Dr Melanie (Mel) Temple is a UK trained consultant adult psychiatrist and psychotherapist with sub specialist accreditation in Liaison, addictions and eating disorder psychiatry. She is the lead clinician for Kemp Unit at Schoen Clinic York, the UK’s only Specialist inpatient treatment unit for Complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders with a special focus on the treatment of those with Complex PTSD & DID with associated high risk behaviours.  An NHS consultant psychiatrist and RCPsych trainer for 12 years pre joining Schoen Clinic (previously The Retreat) she first developed interest in working with the impacts of psychological trauma working as a psychiatrist in the military and as an NHS Consultant specialised in the treatment of complex presentations. With an active interest in service development and teaching, she has worked on on RCPsych & NHSE national projects, been a recent member of the NHSE Specialist Commissioning Clinical Reference Group and part of the RCPsych curricula review working party.

The Beech Effect : Fantasist or Scapegoat

Valerie Sinason

In July 2019 a 51 year old man, Carl Beech, was jailed for 15 years for perverting the course of justice, 18 months for fraud and 18 months for voyeurism and possessing indecent images, all to be served consecutively making an 18 year sentence. This is a longer sentence than for many acts of murder and extreme abuse. He was convicted of having deliberately, repeatedly and maliciously told lies to the police” by alleging he had been abused in the 70s and 80s by politicians and senior members of the military and security services. How do we understand this sentence and its impact on survivors of extreme abuse ?

Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She is Founder and Patron of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies, President of the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability a member of the ESTD newsletter committee and the ISSTD board. She has written, edited and Co-edited 15 books and has written over 150 papers and chapters.

A Journey with Trauma

Si Parton

My name is Si Parton and my contribution to the conference is as an expert by experience and is entitled ‘A Journey with Trauma’. I hope to offer my reflections on 20+ years of a journey through being the adoptive parent of a child who had survived the traumatic events of early childhood but was living with its legacy.
We often hear the phrase, “Children are so resilient; they can cope with more than that for which we give them credit.” The problem is that those words can mask the fact that, whatever the children have gone through that needed that level of ‘resilience’, it will almost certainly impact upon them in some way at some time and that they, and whoever they are with, will then need to deal with the consequences. This session will focus on the challenges facing a family with a child who was a survivor of early childhood trauma, and will illustrate that those challenges are not just in understanding and managing the needs of the child but also in engaging with outside agencies put in place to support such families. It will try to show how easily a child and their family can slip through the net and how easily the child can grow up misunderstood, misdiagnosed or even missed altogether together. The reality seemed to be that a child with
complex, post early childhood trauma needs and behaviours, did not fit neatly into an Authority’s criteria or resources for support or it got caught between academic discussions on how to ‘label’ a particular aspect of their mental health or, at times, question the validity and reliability of the experiences of the family on a day to day basis, and having a ‘preferred’ theory dictate any support.


Outside of being a parent, my life has been 40 years in primary education. I have spent 33 of those years in school serving children and their families, and for over half that time I have been in leadership positions, working in communities facing a range of challenges including social deprivation. I have worked at local and national level as a consultant on developing staff and teams and creating inter-agency working models based around the ‘universal service’ which is the schools. I love music and play in a band and in addition have written a group of 12 songs, that are recorded and published, and that try to give an insight into some of the issues I will be talking about at the conference.