Oxford Trauma Conference 2024

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Open your mind to transformative and insightful approaches to trauma and mental health from thought-leaders such as Gabor Maté, Bessel van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, John & Julie Gottman, Linda Thai, Frank Anderson and many more, all set against the backdrop of the University of Oxford.

Choosing Oxford as the backdrop for The Master Series is a deliberate decision. It is a choice that rejects the notion of neutrality. We are working to acknowledge the ruptures in history that have shaped our present and that must be considered when facilitating repair in the future. After all, none of us exist in a vacuum, and neither do the spaces we work in. Repairing spaces with ruptured pasts means refuting the idea that a ‘neutral space’ can eliminate discrimination and marginalization

Connect with peers, spotlight your company, and earn over a year’s worth of CPD/CE credits amongst world-renowned architects of this field. Don’t miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to elevate your expertise in trauma and mental health. 

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11th - 14th September 2024

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University of Oxford, UK / Online

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Event Overview

Immerse yourself in a transformative experience at The Master Series Oxford 2024, the foremost conference on trauma and mental health in Europe. Engage with visionary thought leaders, practitioners, and researchers for an exceptional blend of networking and professional/personal development.

Whether you’re a psychologist, psychotherapist, psychiatrist, medical doctor, body worker, educator, counsellor, researcher, mental health advocate, or someone eager to expand their understanding of trauma and mental health, this event is a cornerstone of knowledge.

This year, we are thrilled to unveil a new addition to our agenda – one-day pre-conference immersion workshops. These workshops offer a unique opportunity to dedicate an entire day to learning directly from trailblazers such as Gabor Maté, Bessel van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, Richard Schwartz, and more*

With your conference ticket you will be able to access a full day of in-person pre-conference education with your selected thought leader. You will also have access to the recordings of all other pre-conference workshops included in your one conference ticket. 

Embark on an unparalleled educational journey with us at The Master Series Oxford 2024.

*The complete list of workshops will be revealed in the coming months.

Hear from over 40 +

leading Trauma & Mental Health Experts

Prepare to be immersed in a transformative experience as these distinguished professionals share their groundbreaking research, innovative strategies, and proven methodologies. From renowned psychologists and psychiatrists to esteemed researchers and therapists, each expert brings a unique perspective that will empower you to elevate your practice to new heights.

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Bessel van der Kolk MD spends his career studying how children and adults adapt to traumatic experiences, and has translated emerging findings from neuroscience and attachment research to develop and study a range of treatments for traumatic stress in children and adults.

In 1984, he set up one of the first clinical/research centers in the US dedicated to study and treatment of traumatic stress in civilian populations, which has trained numerous researchers and clinicians specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress, and which has been continually funded to research the impact of traumatic stress and effective treatment interventions. He did the first studies on the effects of SSRIs on PTSD; was a member of the first neuroimaging team to investigate how trauma changes brain processes, and did the first research linking BPD and deliberate self-injury to trauma and neglect in early childhood.

Much of his research has focused on how trauma has a different impact at different stages of development, and that disruptions in care-giving systems have additional deleterious effects that need to be addressed for effective intervention. In order to promote a deeper understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and to foster the development and execution of effective treatment interventions, he initiated the process that led to the establishment of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), a Congressionally mandated initiative that now funds approximately 150 centers specializing in developing effective treatment interventions, and implementing them in a wide array of settings, from juvenile detention centers to tribal agencies, nationwide.

He has focused on studying treatments that stabilize physiology, increase executive functioning and help traumatized individuals to feel fully alert to the present. This has included an NIMH funded study on EMDR and NCCAM funded study of yoga, and, in recent years, the study of neurofeedback to investigate whether attentional and perceptual systems (and the neural tracks responsible for them) can be altered by changing EEG patterns.

​His efforts resulted in the establishment of Trauma Center (now the Trauma Research Foundation) that consisted of a well-trained clinical team specializing in the treatment of children and adults with histories of child maltreatment, that applied treatment models that are widely taught and implemented nationwide, a research lab that studied the effects of neurofeedback and MDMA on behavior, mood, and executive functioning, and numerous trainings nationwide to a variety of mental health professional, educators, parent groups, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel.

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A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness.

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Deran Young is a licensed therapist, CDWF, CDTL, Co-Author of New York TImes Best Seller, You Are Your Best Thing, retired military officer, and the founder of Black Therapists Rock.

Black Therapists Rock is a non profit organization that mobilizes over 30,000 mental health professionals committed to reducing the psychological impact of systemic oppression and intergenerational trauma.

She obtained her social work degree from University of Texas, where she studied abroad in Ghana, West Africa for two semesters creating a high school counseling center for under-resourced students. Deran describes herself as someone who loves to learn from various cultures and has visited over 37 different countries and her clinical experience spans across four different continents. Her passion for culture and people has led her to become a highly sought after diversity and inclusion consultant working with companies like BBERG, Facebook, Linked In, Field Trip Health, and YWCA.

Deran’s advocacy expands over several online and offline platforms. With a current social media audience of over 100,000 followers on IG and Facebook, Deran has become a leading influencer and public figure committed to spreading mental health awareness and improving health equity. She resides in the Washington DC area and continues to explore the world with her 10 year old son.

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Richard C. Schwartz, PhD, is the creator of Internal Family Systems, a highly effective, evidence-based therapeutic model that de-pathologizes the multi-part personality. His IFS Institute offers training for professionals and the general public. He is currently on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, and has published five books, including No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model. Dick lives with his wife Jeanne near Chicago, close to his three daughters and his growing number of grandchildren.

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Monnica Williams, Ph.D. is a board-certified, licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapies. She is a full tenured Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities, and Director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities. She is the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic in Connecticut, and Behavioural Wellness Clinic in Ottawa. She has also founded outpatient clinics in Kentucky, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, including a mental health clinic for refugees.

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World-renowned for his work on marital stability and divorce prediction, John Gottman has conducted 50 years of breakthrough research with thousands of couples. His work on marriage and parenting has earned him numerous major awards. Co-founder of The Gottman Institute and co-founder of Affective Software, Inc. with his wife, Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, John was also the Executive Director of the Relationship Research Institute. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Washington, where he founded “The Love Lab” at which much of his research on couples’ interactions was conducted.

Julie is a co-founder and President of The Gottman Institute and co-founder of Affective Software, Inc. with her husband John Gottman. A highly respected clinical psychologist, she is sought internationally by media and organizations as an expert advisor on marriage, sexual harassment and rape, domestic violence, gay and lesbian adoption, same-sex marriage, and parenting issues. She is the co-creator of the immensely popular The Art and Science of Love weekend workshops for couples, and she also co-designed the national clinical training program in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

 

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Janina Fisher, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor, Harvard Medical School. An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she is an Advisory Board member of the Trauma Research Foundation and the author of three books, Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: a Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022). She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based interventions into trauma treatment, and she is also the creator of Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) therapy. janinafisher.com

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Licia Sky is a Boston based somatic educator, writer, artist, singer-songwriter, and bodyworker who works with traumatized individuals and trains mental health professionals to use mindful meditation in movement, theater exercises, writing and voice as tools for attunement, healing and connection.

Immersion Days

Pre-conference immersion workshops provides a full day of learning with one inspiring thought leader. This is a chance to get a full days deep-dive into a specific concept directly from the pioneers themselves:  

  • Explore The Myth of Normal with Gabor Mate 
  • Internal Family Systems with Richard Schwartz 
  • The Living Legacy of Trauma with Janina Fisher 
  • Trauma, Attachment and Neuroscience with Bessel van der Kolk and Licia Sky 
  • The Cultural Burden of White Supremacy Culture & The Path Toward Collective Healing with Deran Young

And more to be announced in the coming months.

Immerse yourself in a full day of education with your selected thought leader, and gain access to all immersion days by revisiting recorded sessions for up to 90 days post-event.

Schedule (coming soon)

Experience four full conference days including the pre-conference workshops with an impressive lineup of over 30 speakers, including renowned figures such as John and Julie Gottman, Bessel van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, Terry Real, Linda Thai, and Dan Siegel. 

Brand new for this year we are introducing our Six Track system – a tailored approach to the conference that supports you in following your chosen area of expertise and experience level. While these tracks are not prescriptive, they serve as helpful guides, providing you with a structured framework to navigate the rich content and choose sessions aligned with their interests and professional development goals. 

  • Medical Track: Tailored for individuals intrigued by the intersection of trauma and medical care, this track features speakers such as David Nutt and Bessel van der Kolk. Topics span Addiction, Psychedelics, and Preventative Health, offering comprehensive insights into the future of medicine. 

  • Advanced Psychotherapist Track: Ideal for experienced psychotherapists seeking to diversify their practice, this track includes speakers such as Richard Schwartz and Benjamin Fry. Delve into topics such as Internal Family Systems (IFS) and Technology for an enriched professional perspective on trauma.

  • Intermediate Psychotherapist Track: Explore innovative approaches to widespread mental health experiences including grief and pain. This track features experts such as Mel Pohl, Les Aria, Debbie Lewis, Jeanne Cantazaro and more to be announced. 

  • Foundational Psychotherapist Track: A starting point for those passionate about understanding trauma and psychotherapy’s real-world impact. This track boasts speakers such as John and Julie Gottman, Frank Anderson, Ruth Cohn, and Aimie Apigian, with topics covering Trauma-informed media, EMDR, and The Ethics of Self Care. 

  • Leadership Track: Focusing specifically on the professional impact of mental health; speakers such as Terry Real, Deran Young, and Richard Schwartz share wisdom on burnout, workplace bullying, and diversity, offering insights for inspiring leadership. 

  • Parent / Educator Track: With speakers including Dan Siegel, Ed Tronick, Fiona Yassin, Heather Hayes, Gauri Seth, and Caroline Welch, this track provides unique insights into parenthood, the responsibilities of childcare and the emotional education of future generations. 

  • Embodiment Track: Serving as a complementary element to the six main tracks of the conference the Experiential Pathway is aimed at enhancing the overall participant experience by incorporating hands-on, sensory, and interactive sessions. This is your opportunity to enjoy a diverse range of activities such as breathwork, dance and music, that go beyond traditional lecture-style presentations. 

Opening Doors: Scholarship Discounts Available

The Master Series is dedicated to fostering inclusivity and ensuring that our event is accessible to all who need it.

We understand that the full ticket price may not be within everyone’s reach, so we are please to announce the opening of scholarship applications for The Master Series Oxford 2024. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Choosing Oxford as the backdrop for The Master Series is a deliberate decision. It is a choice that rejects the notion of neutrality. We are working to acknowledge the ruptures in history that have shaped our present and that must be considered when facilitating repair in the future. After all, none of us exist in a vacuum, and neither do the spaces we work in. Repairing spaces with ruptured pasts means refuting the idea that a ‘neutral space’ can eliminate discrimination and marginalization.

Q. How do I access the recordings? 

A.

  1. Log in to your account on The Master Series website.
  2. Go to “My Purchased Content” in the left-hand menu.
  3. Select ‘view course’ for ‘The Master Series Oxford 2023’ from the list.
  4. Once here you will see the “Access to Recordings” tab.

Q. Will there be subtitles for the recordings? 

A. Yes, the recordings will have subtitles. This ensures accessibility for attendees with language barriers or difficulty understanding spoken content. 

Q. How long do I have access to the recordings for? 

A. Recordings of the events will be available for 90 days after the event, allowing you to revisit them at your convenience.  Additionally, you can purchase the recordings and other The Master Series event editions at a special attendee price to have them permanently. 

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Be among the first to secure your spot with our early bird pricing. Enjoy substantial discounts on conference tickets and gain priority access to book limited spaces in individual presentations*. This is your chance to stay at the forefront of innovation and advance your professional journey in the field.

In-person ticket

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Rates as of 22/02/2024
Early Bird Pricing Ends Midnight 30th April (PST)

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Early Bird Pricing Ends Midnight 30th April (PST)

* Full schedule and workshop registration to open March 2024.

Rupture and Repair

The theme of The Master Series: Oxford 2024 is Rupture and Repair; a theme which highlights our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. If we do not work to repair the ruptures in the field of trauma and mental health, we will inevitably contribute to them.

Reflecting on The Master Series: Oxford 2023, we saw a vibrant community sharing profound wisdoms. However, we also saw something else, we saw ruptures in the field of trauma and mental health. In a moving turn of events our wonderful community spoke to us and showed us opportunities for repair.

Within the realm of trauma and mental health, critical ruptures exist, encompassing issues of marginalization and discrimination, the inaccessibility of trauma treatment, and the prioritization of the ‘greater good’ over unique individual needs.

So, in a departure from the fear of ‘getting it wrong’ we are proudly dedicating ourselves to identities, populations, communities and concepts that are all too often silenced. We extend an invitation for collaboration in reshaping this field. Your feedback, thoughts, and criticism are invaluable as we strive for positive change.

Rupture

By delving into the nuances of rupture, we aim to create a space for introspection and empathy, fostering a deeper connection within our community.

Repair

Repair is not possible without rupture. The Master Series: Oxford 2024 will be a platform for healing, mending, and rebuilding through dialogue, learning, and collaboration, where we collectively explore ways to contribute to positive change.

Scholarships available now

The Master Series is dedicated to fostering inclusivity and ensuring that our event is accessible to all who need it.

We understand that the full ticket price may not be within everyone’s reach, so we are please to announce the opening of scholarship applications for The Master Series Oxford 2024. 

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