Trauma Informed Placemaking

07/03/2023 1:00 pm to 07/03/2023 3:00 pm

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Dr Angela Kennedy

Catherine Cartwright

Dr Cara Courage

Shopworks Architecture


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Join the Healthy Happy Places team and guest speakers for our next webinar looking at how we can collaboratively create our spaces through a trauma informed lens. Places can be hostile and unwelcoming, negatively impacting our wellbeing and mental health, but we can work to promote healing and recovery. Through inputting unique designs and ideas which reinforce feelings of safety, rather than isolation and danger, learn how we can co-create inclusive and calming spaces for everyone.

“Trauma-informed practice is an approach to health and care interventions which is grounded in the understanding that trauma exposure can impact an individual’s neurological, biological, psychological and social development.” (Working definition of trauma-informed practice, Office for Health Improvement and Health Disparities, 2022)

We were joined by

• Dr Angela Kennedy, Head of Specialist Psychological Therapies and Expert in Trauma Informed Care, NHS-E Lead for Trauma Informed Community of Action. Working with the manifestations of trauma and dissociation. Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

• Catherine Cartwright, Artist and PhD Candidate in trauma-informed artist practice. Catherine Cartwright is an artist, primarily using printmaking, drawing and collage, sometimes working with animation and artist books. She is currently undertaking a PhD, learning how to be a researcher, and taking a deep dive into ‘trauma-informed’ artist practice and based in Exeter.

• Dr Cara Courage and Dr Anita McKeown authors of Creative Placemaking: Research, Theory and Practice (2019) and leading the Trauma Informed Placemaking project, based in Brighton/ Dublin.

• Shopworks Architecture, Denver, Colorado. Formed in 2012. The primary focus of the firm is urban infill development with a particular interest in affordable housing, transit oriented, mixed use, and community driven projects, impacting our community through collaborative design.

Who is it for? Anyone with an interest in this topic is welcome to attend. NHS staff, public health, planners and architects, designers, Elected Members and third sector community groups may be particularly interested in hearing about different perspectives and approaches to trauma informed placemaking and designing and planning places of sanctuary.

Why attend? If you are curious about how built environment professionals and health and public health expertise can come together to think about how we can use trauma informed approaches in designing places of sanctuary that have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

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This event is part of a series of webinars being delivered by the Healthy Happy Places programme.  The webinars will be exploring a range of topics which will showcase perspectives from mental health, architecture and urban planning to explore why the built and designed environment matters when thinking about mental health and wellbeing. The design of buildings and the shaping of public spaces in the places we live, work and play contribute to our lived experiences, how we feel, and have the power to promote or stifle wellbeing and recovery.

The Healthy Happy Places programme is funded by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and the Integrated Care System for the North East and North Cumbria (ICS NENC) to develop a multi-sector approach for supporting and creating mental health and wellbeing through the built environment. Sign up to receive information about the programme.