FIND OUT MORE About the Conference

On 21st through to 23rd June, the Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit will be hosted live from Titanic Belfast.

The Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit brings together the world’s leading experts in the field of trauma and trauma recovery to present their latest research and understanding of trauma and how it effects both individuals, families and communities. The Summit will examine a range of treatment modalities to heal trauma and how delegates can incorporate these into their own professional practice.

Sources of trauma such as childhood adversity, social injustice and environmental stressors are linked to poor mental health. There is a strong link between addictions, self-harm and suicide. The subject of trauma is relevant to a large audience of health, education and social care professionals.

Trauma is a universal pandemic, but together we can Be the Change and work collectively to bring hope, recovery, resilience and healing to a world that is hurting.

Over the three days:

The Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit will give practitioners in the field the latest knowledge and understanding which they can integrate into their work and communities to deliver positive outcomes on the road to recovery.


Network with over 1.500 professionals from around the world



Take part in panel discussions, experiential sessions, workshops and training



Attend keynote presentations from a wide range of expert speakers



Explore trauma recovery options from the world's leading trauma mentors


MEET Our Speakers

Janina Fisher

Professor, Clinical psychologist, Lecturer and Therapist

Dan Siegel

Clinical professor of psychiatry and author

Deb Dana

Clinician, consultant, lecturer, Coordinator - Traumatic Stress Research Consortium, Kinsey Institute

Peter Levine

Lecturer, Author, Founder of Somatic Experiencing

Bessel van der Kolk

Psychiatrist, Author and Educator

Dr Kenneth V. Hardy

Professor, Author, Consultant

Gabor Maté

Renowned Speaker and Best Selling Author

Efu Nyaki

Professor, Speaker


Please Note: Times listed below are in UK time. You can convert these to your local timezone via the link below.

HOST - Nuala McKeever

Nuala McKeever is a professional comedy writer and performer and an amateur student of the human condition. After having her own show on television, she has written five plays, the most recent of which, In The Window, toured to Edinburgh, the USA and India. Nuala is a regular occasional presenter on BBC Radio Ulster. After the death of her partner in 2013, she became interested in the practice of Zen Buddhism, taking lay vows in 2017. During lockdown she managed to finish her first novel (writing, not reading!) stay sane and put on weight. She lives in Belfast with her cat Lolli and an addiction to potato crisps that she has just wrestled into submission. Nuala is currently writing a new stand up comedy show for the Open House in Bangor this August.

Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit Hosted live from Titanic, Belfast

Please note the conference schedule may be subject to change.


Welcome - Founder of Action Trauma - Clive Corry


Clive Corry


Opening Remarks - N. Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann


Robin Swann


Presentation One - Peter Levine

The Somatic Experiencing Approach

The Somatic Experiencing® method is a mind and body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Peter A. Levine, PhD, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, psychology, and indigenous healing practices, together with over 50 years of successful clinical application. The SE™ approach releases traumatic shock and restores connection, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.


Peter Levine


Live Panel Discussion with Vivian McKinnon, Stephen Hughes, Alex Bunting & Margaret Bateson

"Trauma is perhaps the most avoided, ignored, belittled, denied, misunderstaood and untreated cause of human suffering" - Peter A Levine PhD

Exploring trauma in young people/communities/vulnerable adults and how as a society we can break the cycle and bring about healing.


Vivian McKinnon


Stephen Hughes


Alex Bunting


Margaret Bateson


Opening remarks - Siobhan O'Neill


Clive Corry


Siobhan O'Neill


Presentation - Siobhan O'Neill

Embedding trauma-informed practice across policies and practices in NI


Siobhan O'Neill


Presentation One - Dr Kenneth V. Hardy

Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma

A disproportionate number of children and youth of colour fail in school and become trapped in the pipelines of treatment, social service, and justice systems. This presentation examines racial trauma and highlights strategies for healing and transformation. Racial oppression is a traumatic form of interpersonal violence which can lacerate the spirit, scar the soul, and puncture the psyche. Without a clear and descriptive language to describe this experience, those who suffer cannot coherently convey their pain, let alone heal. The source of their hurt is often confused with distracting secondary symptoms. As with other forms of trauma, we ask the wrong question about struggling youth of colour. Instead of asking “What is wrong with them?” we need to ask the trauma-informed question, “What has happened to them?”.


Dr Kenneth V. Hardy


Q & A Session - Dr Kenneth V. Hardy


Dr Kenneth V. Hardy


Short Welcome - Founder of Action Trauma - Clive Corry


Clive Corry


Opening Remarks - N. Ireland Minister of Justice - Naomi Long


Naomi Long


Presentation One - Richard Schwartz

Introduction to Internal Family Systems Model (IFS)

IFS is a transformative, evidence-based psychotherapy that helps people heal by accessing and loving their protective and wounded inner parts. We believe the mind is naturally multiple and that is a good thing. Just like members of a family, inner parts are forced from their valuable states into extreme roles within us. We also all have a core Self, Self is in everyone. It can't be damaged, it knows how to heal. By helping first access their Self and, from that core, come to understand and heal their parts, IFS creates inner and outer connectedness. Richard is the Founder of IFS and will present on how IFS can heal and bring relaxation to help treat inner traumas.


Richard Schwartz


Q & A Session - Richard Schwartz


Richard Schwartz

Monday - 12:15

Workshop One - Caroline Welch

Mindfulness Workshop - Moving from Chaos to Calm

In this workshop Caroline will provide a pathway for living more peacefully and with less chaos in our lives. Caroline's work will inspire us to develop a deep and enduring appreciation for ourselves and all that we hold together in our families, workplaces and communities.


Caroline Welch

Monday - 14:15

Workshop Two - Angela Findlay

Artistic Therapy - Colour is the language of the soul - Experiential Workshop - Materials required

This one hour workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part will be a practical introduction to the three primary colours - yellow, blue and red - whereby participants are invited to explore their individual qualities. In a further guided exercise, they will begin to work with all three to produce their own unique image. These simple exercises can be both profound and fun. No previous experience is required. Just some blank paper and red yellow and blue paints, coloured crayons, pens or pastels. In the second part, Angela will present some examples from her workshops to demonstrate how this approach can be developed and used in different situations.


Angela Findlay

Monday - 15:45

Workshop Three - Efu Nyaki

Trauma Healing on the Spiritual Path

When real, physical threats arise, human instincts take over and can create extraordinary feats of focused attention and action. The “awe-full” qualities of horror and terror we can experience at such times share essential roots with profoundly transformative states such as flow, awe, presence, timelessness, and ecstasy as they reach far beyond the limiting mind. The bridging of these states with everyday awareness can be a key feature of spiritual growth and expansion. As we bring awareness to our wounds and gradually access and integrate this energy into our nervous system and psychic structures, we begin to experience greater freedom, expansion and connection to our true self. As we integrate those wounds, the instinctual survival response embedded within trauma can catalyse authentic spiritual transformation. This workshop will help you to understand the relationship between trauma healing and various spiritual states. Discover how to work withaltered states in dealing with the residue of deep trauma.


Efu Nyaki

Tuesday - 11:30

Workshop One - Sue Carter

The Deep Biology of Love - Oxytocin Unpacked

Love is not a soft feeling, it is “deep biology.” Oxytocin research pioneer Dr. Sue Carter unravels the mystery of Sue's favourite neuropeptide. You may have heard of oxytocin, it is often called the "love drug", however it is more than just that. Oxytocin also protects and defends from intruders and heals our body physically. Sue will explain the intricate moleculardances of oxytocin and vasopressin, these work together to fine tune social activities such as parental care and protection. They also help heal from trauma and are a powerful medicine


Sue Carter

Why Attend?


Develop professionally through CPD Accreditation


Learn from world-renowned trauma experts


A rare opportunity to interact with world-leading experts


Participate in many different workshops


Providing systems of support for delegates


Network and make connections with professionals around the world

WHAT TO EXPECT Agenda & Topics

Hear from the Speakers

Dr. Sue Carter

Peter Levine

Stephen Porges

Angela Findlay

Elaine Millar Karas

Derek Farrell

Efu Nyaki

Ken Hardy

Jeffrey Mitchell

Ros Townsend

Caroline Welch

Dan Siegel

Sebern Fisher

Richard Brown

Janina Fisher

For Baby’s Sake

Deb Dana

Richard Schwartz

Lisa Schwarz

Laurence Heller

WHO WILL BE THERE Organisations That Attend


Content is available for viewing for up to 6 months after the event.

Feedback from previous attendees

Hear from people who have attended previous summits and enjoyed networking and learning from some of the leading trauma mentors

Absolutely fascinating. I loved every minute
Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit 2020
Absolutely amazing! The best course/ conference I have attended, EVER.
Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit 2020
Outstanding line up of speakers and excellent content. Highly relevant and articulate delivery of information. Will return.
Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit 2020
I would like to thank you all the Action trauma Team for the amazing conference organised… Thank you Clive for your touch and professionalism in hosting the conference. Amazing!
Virtual Trauma Recovery Summit 2020
Keep doing what you are doing! I have been to two events and now hope never to miss another!
Intergenerational Trauma Conference 2021
I was so impressed with the conference, it was so well organized and offered a wonderful line up of speakers, I can't imagine how you could improve on it in the future. I really valued your efforts towards gender & race inclusivity. Thank you!
Intergenerational Trauma Conference 2021
Keep going! It is a great opportunity to hear of the ideas, discoveries and research projects that are leading to better awareness and understanding of trauma.
Intergenerational Trauma Conference 2021
A huge thank you to Action Trauma for two amazing days at the annual Intergenerational Trauma Conference.  I have gained so much from the expertise and knowledge shared by all the keynote speakers and am looking forward to next year’s conference!
Intergenerational Trauma Conference 2021

MORE INFORMATION Frequently Asked Questions

You can view the full schedule on our website here or download a PDF version of the schedule here

Conferences are expensive to run. Speakers and their costs must be paid. There is also planning and promotion to pay for. Action Trauma is committed to increasing the awareness of psychological trauma, its many causes, widespread effects and the many ways of treating and healing it. We are a not-for-profit company and the delegate fees are struck at a rate which tries to cover operational costs. For what we offer, we are told that our fees are much less than most other similar events.

No, we do not offer any concessionary rates, this is because we are a not-for-profit company and the delegate fees are struck at a rate which tries to cover operational costs. For what we offer, we are told that our fees are much less than most other similar events.

If for any reason you need to cancel your booking, we will refund you as follows: 

  1. 80% of ticket price refunded if notification is received three months or more prior to the conference date. 
  2. 50% of your ticket price refunded if notification is received after the three months and prior to one month of conference date. 
  3. No refunds will be offered within one month of the conference date

Please note if you have rolled over to our Trauma Recovery Summit 2022 and purchased an exclusive £90 ticket for this event you are not eligible for any refund. Exclusive tickets at £90 are strictly non-refundable.

Yes, you can get an invoice for the conference. Please email

Yes, the hours you complete will equal the amount of CPD points earned. After the event is over, you will receive a certificate equivalent to the hours of the conference. Using your best judgement, you will then credit yourself with the hours spent learning for your own record.

Upon completion of a virtual event with Action Trauma, you will receive a certificate of attendance within 14 days. This certificate will detail the amount of CPD hours that the conference covers. Based on the content you have watched – you can then proceed to make a personal record of the hours you watched. We encourage you to be honest with yourself in recording the hours you watched. This may be flagged with a membership organisation, so you must track points appropriately. The certificate will also have a ‘CPD learning tool’ on the second page. This learning tool will contain a few questions which will allow you to reflect and capture your learning outcomes from that particular event. Please note that many professional membership bodies and governing institutes require this as part of a formal CPD record and will not accept points recorded/certificates, that do not include this information.

The platform will remain live for up to 6 months after the event. During this time, you will be able to network with colleagues from across the globe, spend time at our virtual exhibitor booths and re-watch the workshops and keynote presentations.

Most of them will be available. Some speakers have not given permission to have their slides available for download after their presentation due to the content that is being touched upon during their presentation.

Yes, we have incorporated two breaks into the daily schedule. This will give you the opportunity to take a break or join in on our online breathing exercises.

There are two reasons. A lot of our speakers are based in the US and in order to create an allowance for their time zone, we start at midday. Our speakers are live and their locations range from East to West coast of the US – which have significant time differences. We also have a wide reach of International delegates attending from across the globe. Even though the event is recorded, this time delay still gives an allowance for delegates joining us in real time from the US/Canada and South America.

Whova will still be able to function through any firewall/security system that an organisation has set up. If you are working through council/healthcare portals, you may face additional problems. If this is the case, please contact your technical team for assistance in getting restrictions lifted with the firewall.

Whova recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla to access the platform for the most efficient experience. Whova works best at a 2Mbps running speed. In order to have a secure connection before the conference, please do an internet speed check:

During each presentation you will have the opportunity to ask questions in a chat box at the side of the screen. After each presentation there will be a live Q&A session, in which we will take those questions and use them as the topic of conversation. There will be frequent polls and an opportunity to network with colleagues from your sector on a global basis. There is a section called ‘Community’ in which you can network with other delegates. For GDPR protection, delegate email addresses or other personal information will not be available to view by other delegates.

Yes, there is a Whova mobile app along with the desktop version of Whova. Go to your Apple App Store or Android Play Store to download the app. Whova provides apps for Android and iOS, including smartphones and tablets so you can watch the conference on the go and from your desktop.

If any of the topics raised are causing you upset or you would like to seek guidance, please refer to our ‘Documents’ section on the homepage, which details a range of links and resources for support.

If you can’t remember your password, you can easily reset it by clicking on THIS LINK and clicking the “forgot your password” option.

The Action Trauma team, alongside the tech team at Whova, will be on hand throughout the three days to answer any questions and help with any technical issues. For any other questions, please email: 

You are welcome to email: if you need a copy of your receipt details.

We ask that you exercise consideration and respect in your speech and actions. Attempt collaboration before conflict. Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech. Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants before posting comments, reaching out to other delegates inappropriately and please do so in a respectful manner.

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