Trauma Informed Conference
Friday 15th November 8:30am - 5:00pm - Henry Hill School, Napier
World's Top Child Trauma Expert
Dr. Bruce Perry
Dr. Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.
Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world. His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children. This work has examined the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.
Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Dr. Perry's most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released in 2021.
Host of the documentary “All in the Mind”, and co-host of the TV Series “The Secret life of Girls”, Nathan Wallis, Aotearoa’s renowned neuroscience educator, has been captivating audiences over 250 times per year to sell out events in New Zealand, Australia, & China.
With a profound reputation as a lively and engaging speaker, Nathan uses humour and plain language to condense twenty-five years of neuroscience research into his unique ‘tell you how it is’ style.
You’ll be absolutely captivated and walk away jam-packed with more than a few “ah-ha” moments.
Nathan’s talks will be of interest to anyone who is committed to understanding the workings of their own brain and improving the quality of their lives, regardless of whether they have children or not.
Kathryn Berkett has been teaching audiences about themselves for over sixteen years. She is the master of getting across research-based, neuroscientific information in a way that is easy to understand, internalise and translate into practice.
Kathryn is one of a few specialists in the country who has certified with Dr Bruce Perry as a Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) practitioner. She also has her Masters of Educational Psychology.
Kathryn’s work takes her all over the country working with a huge range of different organisations and individuals - including the National Police College and a diverse range of people from politicians to judges, corporates, schools, parents and athletes.
Kathryn has built up a huge knowledge base around interpersonal neurobiology, and continues to study and take part in trainings on the subject - always keeping her information up to date and relevant.
She is not your rehab
Matt Brown is an internationally acclaimed barber, hair artist and the founder of My Fathers Barbers, the barbershop where men go to heal. His dedication to reviving the craft of barbering has seen him teach and demonstrate all over the world. While he’s cut everyone from All Blacks to members of the Wu-Tang Clan, he believes his true calling is his work to redefine society’s view of masculinity —and to help end the cycle of domestic violence affecting families throughout the world.
Matt, a New Zealander of Samoan descent, together with his wife Sarah (Ngāpuhi/Te Rarawa) founded the anti-violence movement She Is Not Your Rehab, helping men to acknowledge their childhood trauma and take responsibility for their own healing — so that they can transform their pain, rather than transmit it onto those around them. This was launched in his 2019 powerful TEDx Talk; The barbershop where men go to heal.
Matt regularly collaborates with community and government organisations globally, speaking all over the world and hosts a local men’s anti-violence support group from his barbershop so that men in his community can access free therapy and support.
Matt is a facilitator of a barbering program he created inside men’s prisons throughout New Zealand and in 2020 became a Corrections NZ patron. He has also been an ambassador for the It’s Not OK campaign with the Ministry of Social Development since 2018 and was awarded the Westfield Mall Local Hero award in 2020. Matt was a finalist for the 2021 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year. He is a proud father to three and resides in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Māori TV Show Star - 'The Barber'
Champion barber Peleti Oli is the first Pacific Islander to be elected to the Hastings District Council in the Hawke’s Bay region. For nine years Oli has been using his barber chair to help uplift men in his community, with the aim to tackle issues such as mental health and domestic violence.
On the outside Peleti just runs a barbershop but his barbershop has become much more than that to the predominantly Māori and Samoan community of men (and the occasional women) who are customers there. Somehz Touch Barbershop is a sanctuary for men in the area and doesn’t involve alcohol. Peleti has known many of his clients for years, and some have been regulars since they were kids.
On any given day, men of all ages patiently wait for their time in the chair. They travel to the small, unassuming barbershop from all over Hawkes Bay for a buzz and a chat. Everyone comes here. Kids come here because they can be themselves. Businessmen come here, celebrities, mobsters. Street kids hang out all day and I teach them my craft. We talk about all sorts of stuff. About life. I have a place in my heart for those who are poor. Because I grew up poor. I say to these kids ‘We’re making it in Flaxmere, so you can make it.’