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Love vs Trauma, a day-long symposium of talks and performances by world class neuroscientists, cutting-edge therapists, creative artists and brave storytellers shining a light on childhood trauma.

This momentous event will bring dialogue, creativity and connection to one of the most important public health issues of our time: childhood trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE). The day will enable an exploration and deeper understanding of neurobiology, cutting-edge creative interventions to the importance of community, connection and the power of love to heal.

At the heart of this event lies the urgency to prevent people from dying prematurely because of adverse experiences in their childhood. An adult who before his/her 18th birthday experienced physical and emotional abuse, bullying and family disruption is more likely to experience heart disease, depression, suicidal ideation and die 20 years earlier than his or her peers.

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Speaker line up:

  • Benjamin Perks is the UNICEF Representative and Resident Coordinator ad interim of the United Nations to North Macedonia. In both capacities he advocates for reforms to fulfil international human rights commitments and realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. He is Senior Fellow at the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham in the UK, which researches and advises on education policy related to development of character and social and emotional skills. He is also Chair of the Regional Advisory Group on Violence Against Children.

  • Stephen Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist and the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is the originator of the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that emphasizes the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioural, mental, and health problems related to traumatic experiences.

  • Sue Carter, PhD is a leading neuroscientist who discovered the relationship between social behaviour and oxytocin. Her work examines how oxytocin pathways are at the centre of physiological systems that enable human sociality. She has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and edited 5 books including “Attachment and Bonding: A New Synthesis” (MIT Press, 2006).

  • Bonnie Goldstein is the Southern California coordinator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute’s Trauma, Developmental/Attachment, and Certification trainings. Her work is to foster and heal relationships through the lens of attachment theory, somatic and mindful awareness, and the dynamic interaction of group psychotherapy. She helps clients navigate through life’s complexities by addressing developmental issues, family systems, grief and loss counseling for children and adults, and transitions-to-adulthood. Her work integrates traditional psychodynamic psychotherapy with progressive psychotherapeutic interventions such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, hypnosis, mindfulness exercises and EMDR.

  • Peter Lovatt is a Dance Psychologist, leading researcher and university lecturer. Before studying the psychology of dance Peter was a professional dancer. Peter combined the study of dance and psychology in 2008 and since then his work has been reported on TV, radio and in the national and international press, where he become known as Doctor Dance.

  • Peter Fonagy is Head of the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at UCL; Chief Executive of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London; Consultant to the Child and Family Programme at the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine; and holds visiting professorships at Yale and Harvard Medical Schools. His clinical interests centre on issues of early attachment relationships, social cognition, borderline personality disorder and violence.

  • Paul Gilbert, FBPsS, PhD, OBE is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby and honorary visiting Prof at the University of Queensland. Throughout his career, he has researched evolutionary approaches to psychopathology with a special focus on mood, shame and self-criticism in various mental health difficulties for which Compassion Focused Therapy was developed. In 2006 he established the Compassionate Mind Foundation as an international charity with the mission statement To promote wellbeing through the scientific understanding and application of compassion ( His latest Book is Living Like Crazy.

  • Emily Lim is a theatre director who specialises in creating community work and working with non-professional performers. Emily works extensively in community settings and has designed and delivered projects for companies including the Royal Court, National Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Southwark Playhouse, Chickenshed, Half Moon Young People’s Theatre, Epic Arts and Synergy and became Resident Director at the National Theatre as recipient of the inaugural Peter Hall Award in 2016.

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Body & Soul is an innovative charity that uses a comprehensive, community-based and trauma informed approach to address the life-threatening effects of childhood adversity in people of all ages. We want to take the opportunity to share our passion with you through Love vs Trauma, our symposium.

The day includes refreshments, lunch and a goody bag of LOVE

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