Trauma Informed Approaches: talk and discussion led by Beth Filson


2.30-4.30pm Tuesday, July 11th, 2017. The McPin Foundation, 32-36 Loman St, SE1 0EH

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Art by Beth Filson

About the event

McPin are delighted to welcome the internationally renowned Beth Filson to speak on the topic of Trauma Informed Approaches in mental health. Trauma Informed Approaches shift underlying assumptions about what brings people into services, and what they need as a result. Many of the behaviours considered to be symptoms of illness are now understood in the context of survival. Services and supports spring from a new question, “What happened to you?” and not, “What is wrong with you?” This paradigm shift is providing new insights into what service systems, organizations, and care relationships can do to aid the healing process. TIA is nothing less than revolutionary.

This presentation and discussion will explore the progress being made in the U.S. and the UK to integrate Trauma Informed Approaches in mental health services. We will explore the role of peer supporters in a Trauma-Informed service system, along with how individual clinicians might apply the principles of TIA in their day-to-day work.

About Beth Filson

Beth is a phenomenal writer, educator, and self-taught artist. She has been involved with the development of internationally renowned curriculum in Intentional Peer Support, and peer support alternatives to the psychiatric system. Her experience with multiple hospitalizations early on informs her work integrating trauma understanding, and trauma-informed approaches in relationships and practices. Originally from Georgia, she now lives in Western Massachusetts.

If you would like to come please RSVP by emailing Megan Dalton at or phone 0207 922 7874.  Unfortunately, we are unable to cover any travel expenses for this event.