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What’s behind the trauma

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Chair: Dr Paul Wilkinson

Abstract: Children who have experienced abuse and neglect are much more likely than their peers to also have neurodevelopmental problems such as ADHD and Autism…and our behavioural genetic findings suggest that the abuse and neglect does not cause these neurodevelopmental problems. This talk will discuss the complex interplay between neurodevelopment and maltreatment, including implications for clinical practice in both child and adult psychiatry

Biography: Helen Minnis has a longstanding clinical and research focus on the mental health problems associated with abuse and neglect. This has included investigating the clinical features, population prevalence and behavioural genetics of Attachment Disorders and investigating the way trauma and neurodevelopmental problems contribute towards the development of severe mental illness. She is currently leading three randomised controlled trials of complex interventions for children who have experienced, or are at risk of, maltreatment. These involve a wide range of multi-agency partners including colleagues from social care, education, and the judiciary. For detailed biography of Prof Minnis, please visit:

This talk is part of the Department of Psychiatry & CPFT Thursday Lunchtime Seminar Series series.

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