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Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section

The Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section exists to provide its members with a central hub where issues of psychological trauma can be explored, research and evidence-based treatments can be examined, and ongoing standards of best practice can be


The Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section was formed in 2013 with the goal of creating a 'centre of excellence' in which the concept of psychological trauma can be explored, evidence-based treatments examined, research findings shared and best practice established.

The Section is working to create a framework that will allow its members to share experiences, develop ideas and increase knowledge and skills in trauma psychology.

Our activities include:

  • Community influence and support
  • Professional practice
  • Professional support
  • Research
  • Teaching and training


These resources include advice, guidance and other publications, as well as links to other useful information.

If you are aware of any additional resources/links email them to [email protected]

Resources - Ukraine How to support those in conflict situations and refugees who have experienced trauma

In response to events in Ukraine and the impact across the world, the CDT committee wishes to support those responding directly or indirectly in every way we can, to increase awareness of trauma and effective psychosocial support.

As psychologists, mental health practitioners or emergency responders, we can improve outcomes for those involved in war or fleeing conflict environments. Using the link below for the Section Special Edition Newsletter we summarise some easily downloadable resources for helping adults and children, at home and in affected countries.

Read our Special Edition Section newsletter

Psychological support in schools following a disaster

This publication was produced by the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section of the British Psychological Society in collaboration with the Educational Psychology Group at UCL.

This publication presents contributions to the 2020 ‘Leading Edge’ day event at University College London.

The event, and this document, are aimed at educational psychologists and other applied psychologists and mental health practitioners who work with educational settings.

The contributors are academic psychologists, practitioner psychologists who work with schools and communities and those involved in managing teams, developing policy and guidance.

These different voices all have one underpinning aim, to support those affected by trauma as they move along the path to recovery.

Read our report on providing psychological support in schools following a disaster

How can psychology inform disaster management?

This publication highlights the roles of psychologists in education, preparation and training for disasters.

It also looks at what psychologists can offer to the response to disasters, including the psychological interventions that can help victims, and at psychologists' research into disasters and their management. 

The publication resulted from a symposium on the above topic held at the London offices of the British Psychological Society in March 2017 and organised by the Society's Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section and, in particular by its chair, Dr Noreen Tehrani. 

Recommendations for education and training of psychologists when working with psychological trauma

The document describes a training framework that details competencies, skills and attitudes designed to act as recommendations for education and training of psychologists when working with trauma across undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training in the UK, and different areas of professional psychological practice.

The intended target audience for these recommendations are those involved in designing and delivering training at HE institutions, those designing curricula for professional training and practice, those who wish to engage in training in psychological trauma and those who are involved in the supervision of training and professional practice.



A number of excellent resources are available for professionals and the general public during the current pandemic.

To assist with navigating through the large amount the committee have produced an extensive list of resources which have been reviewed and recommended by committee members.

If you have come across other resources you think should be included please let us know why you have found them particularly helpful by emailing [email protected]

Visit the CDT Covid-19 Resource hub


Chair - Siobhan Currie

Bio to follow

Chair-Elect - Vacant

This position is currently not filled.

Past Chair - Annette Greenwood

Dr Annette Greenwood is an Associate Fellow of the BPS and Chair Elected for the  Crisis, Disaster & Trauma (CDT) section and a nominated board member of UKPTS.  

She has worked at consultant level in the NHS for 19 years for the last 10 years she has been the Trauma Response Lead and Consultant Clinical Advisor for the Veteran’s Complex Trauma service at St Andrews Healthcare, a charity that provides specialist secure care for mental health patients within the UK.  She has lead psychological incident responses both at international and national level and was a conslises in psychological trauma and staff wellbeing.   

Honorary Treasurer - Jo Coombs

Bio to follow.

Honorary Secretary - Vacant

This position is currently not filled.

Committee member - Heather Sequeira

Dr Heather Sequeira C.Psychol. PhD. is Director of PTSD Trauma Workshops and developer of the PTSD Masterclass; an innovative BPS Approved Workshop for clinicians that focuses on live therapy demo and participation to facilitate clinical skills. With extensive experience of trauma and fiercely non-pathologising in her approach, Heather's mission is to bring together both CBT and client-centred values with the current research in neurobiology and trauma research.

Heather is an experienced science communicator and frequently featured in BBC, Daily Mail, Times, Refinery29 publications.

Heather has current experience as a specialist clinician in the NHS, where she directs a specialist service for Complex Trauma related OCD.  She has worked in private practice, a range of organisational contexts and was the former editor of the British Psychological Society Journal ‘Counselling Psychology Review’.

Heather has a solid background in research, working as Senior Research Fellow, University of London (St Georges Medical School) for over seven years before training as a Psychologist. Heather published the first controlled studies in the impact of abuse on people with learning disabilities in the British Journal of Psychiatry. She has also held other research grants in complex trauma and coercive psychiatric practices in secure care populations.

Heather has regular current input to Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training programmes, CBT Diploma Courses and British Psychological Society CPD. She is frequently appointed as an External Examiner for Doctoral level qualifications relating to trauma.

Committee member - Jane Gilbert

Consultant Clinical Psychologist. M.A (Psychol), M.Sc (Clin Psych), C. Psychol, AFBPsS

Affiliate - Disaster and Development Network, Northumbria University, UK

The early part of Jane’s career was spent as a Clinical Psychologist within Adult Mental Health Services in the UK.  Subsequently she worked as an international consultant specializing in the design and delivery of workshops/training on psychological self care, mental health in cross cultural contexts, counselling skills for peer support staff, and as Staff Welfare Officer for UNHCR in South Sudan. Consultancy to INGOs has also included the assessment and evaluation of mental health and psychosocial programmes.

She has worked in The Gambia, Uganda, Lesotho, Ghana, Jordan, Liberia, Turkey, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Gaza and South Sudan.  During the pandemic, and currently, Jane is providing online support to national and expatriate staff working for international organisations in various locations, often in the Middle East. She also spent some months working for an NHS Trust providing remote support to for staff.

Committee member - Sarita Robinson

Dr Sarita Robinson (University of Central Lancashire) 

Sarita completed her PhD in Cognitive and Neuroimmune Responses to Threat at Lancaster University before joining the University of Central Lancashire in September 2005 as a Lecturer. Sarita’s current role is as Deputy Head in the School of Psychology and Computer Science. Sarita’s research looks at human responses to survival situations, the use of simulator training for emergency training and post-traumatic growth. Sarita also plays an active role as a committee member for the British Psychological Society’s Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section and for the Institute of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. Both of these roles allow Sarita to contribute, at a national level, to policy and practice relating to dealing with emergency responses and trauma treatment.

Committee member - Nerea Jimenez

Nerea Jimenez del Nogal is a Graduate member and a newly co-opted member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma section. Nerea is also a member of the following member networks: Clinical Psychologist, Psychology of Sexualities and Psychotherapy section. 

Nerea is a Practitioner Psychologist (Health, Counselling and Clinical Psychologist) trained and qualified in Spain and also a Family and Systemic Psychotherapist trained and qualified in the UK with over 9 years of professional experience covering the following areas: Youth Custody Services (creation and set up a Family therapy Service), Neurodevelopmental Services (assessment, diagnosis and treatment: CBT and FT), Eating Disorders, Gender Identity Service, CAMHS inpatient/outpatient, Adult Psychotherapy, Integrated Psychological Therapies, Chronic Illness (Diabetes), Domestic Violence and Sexual abuse, gender Equality and Immigration and sociocultural integration. Nerea currently works in the NHS, in a recovery service for adults focus on complex and endurance mental health issues (PD, Psychosis, PTSD, Major depression and anxiety among others).

In the past, Nerea has been involved in some research areas such as Diabetes (impact and support for clients and relatives, developed a treatment program), Domestic violence (risk and protective factors for women), interpersonal relationships for adults in prison and Social support for people diagnosed with Gender Dysphoria. Nowadays, her primary research interests include first mental health aid after a crime incident, PTSD in young people after an offending behaviour/crime and family responses to trauma among others. 

Nerea is also a member of the following professional bodies in the UK: HCPC, AFT and UKCP. 

Committee Member - Anne Douglas

Dr Anne Douglas is a committee member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section, a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the BPS.  She actively supported the creation of the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section and served as its’ first secretary from 2014-2017.  She organised several conferences for the CDT during this time. She rejoined the committee as a co-opted member in June 2019.

Dr Anne Douglas is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who specialises in Trauma. She worked in the NHS for 35 years where she was pivotal in setting up specialist Trauma teams and helping to develop trauma-informed organisations. 

Dr Anne Douglas was also a member of the Presidential Task Force for Asylum Seekers and Refugees which was hosted by the CDT Section and was asked to present at an APPG meeting in Westminster on the topic of Trauma and Treatment in the Refugee Population.  As an expert in this area, she also contributed to the BPS Guidelines for Psychologists working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees which was launched in June 2018.

Anne  now works in Independent Practice providing consultation to organisations and individuals working in the field of Trauma.

Committee Member - Elaine Johnston

Dr Elaine Johnston is a newly co-opted member of the BPS, Crisis, Disaster and Trauma section.  Elaine has extensive experience of working clinically with adults experiencing a wide ,range of stress and trauma presentations, including civilian and military populations, as well as training, supervision and supporting staff in the NHS and voluntary sector.

Dr Johnston is currently the clinical psychology lead for the adult intensive care unit at Chelsea & Westminster NHS Foundation Hospital Trust.

Prior to this, they worked for many years in clinical leadership roles across a range of NHS physical and mental health services before joining combats stress as the joint head of psychological therapies, contributing to delivering and developing psychological treatment and peer support for veterans with PTSD.

Dr  Johnston completed her clinical psychology training in Edinburgh in 2011 and has undertaken further post-qualification training in CBT for psychological trauma at Oxford University, as well as training in EMDR.#Dr Elaine Johnston is also a member of the following professional bodies: BABCP, EMDR UK & Ireland, ISTSS and UKPTS.  Dr Johnston has a specialist interest in the assessment and treatment of psychological reactions to stress and trauma.

Co-opted member - Blerina Kellezi

Blerina is an Associate Professor in Social and Trauma Psychology and Lead of the Trauma, Social Isolation and Mental Health research group. Blerina teaches in a range of modules: Psychological Wellbeing, Trauma, Theory and Applications, Social Psychology and supervises undergraduate, postgraduate, PhD and Forensic Doctorate students.

Blerina's research investigates how people collectively deal with and are affected by extreme life events from illness and accidents to war, torture and immigration detention. This includes the interplay between Social Cure and Social Curse analysis of war, dictatorship, transitional justice, immigration detention, social prescribing, and vocational rehabilitation. Blerina has been a committee member since 2021. You can learn more about Blerina here: https://www.ntu.ac.uk/staff-profiles/socialsciences/blerina-kellezi2

Co-opted member - Sue Baskind

Bio to follow.

Co-opted member - Vacant

This position is currently vacant

External representative - Nursing profession - Kate Upton

Kate Upton is a Registered Adult Nurse and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and she serves on the Crisis Disaster and Trauma section committee.

She is currently an Independent Nursing/Medical Tutor and medical writer, as well as a visiting lecturer and Admissions Committee member at Aston University Medical School. Prior to this, she was a lecturer for 13 years in the School of Nursing at The University of Birmingham.  Kate has had a number of academic and comment articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She is also a member of the Nursing Midwifery Council and the Royal College of Nursing.

Having completed and published a study investigating compassion fatigue and self-compassion in acute care nurses for her Masters in Research (MRes), Kate has continued her interest in the well-being of health care professionals and is presently developing a proposal for a Doctoral study at The University of Birmingham.

External representative (UKPTS) Mark McFetridge

Dr Mark McFetridge is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS and he serves on the Crisis Disaster and Trauma section committee.  Mark currently works as a Senior Lecturer at York StJohn University where he specialises in Group Psychotherapy.

He is also a member of the following professional bodies: UKPTS and his primary research interests include therapeutic interventions for people with Complex PTSD, Groups and Therapeutic Community approaches.

PsyPAG representative - Charlotte OBrien

Bio to follow.


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Benefits of Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section membership

  • Full access to our website
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  • Opportunity to voice your opinion, either at the Section’s AGM and/or by becoming a member of the section’s committee
  • Reduced cost of books resulting from selected section-sponsored meetings
  • Reduced registration rates to our biennial conference and regular training events
  • Regular updates via our membership announcement e-mail list

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Getting involved with the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section committee

The Crisis Disaster and Trauma Section relies on a wide range of people getting involved, and the work of the Section is largely achieved through the dedication of unpaid volunteers.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of different backgrounds, whether they be practitioners or academics, or full members or students members, and together form an open and inclusive community.