Co-Author and Co-Founder: Connecture Programme and Interventions with Alex O’Donnell

Dr Dawn Harris is a Consultant Forensic and Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has worked in both the public and private sectors for over 25 years where she gained extensive experience of working with people who have experienced psychological trauma, including many high-risk offenders who had carried out both sexual and violent offences. She previously co-founded, co-owned and worked as a psychological lead in a private psychiatric hospital that specialised in working with people with a history of complex trauma. Within the Justice field, she has significant experience of working within the prison setting and has designed trauma informed rehabilitative interventions for forensic settings, including a sexual offender treatment programme commissioned by the Scottish Government and regularly completes psychological risk assessment reports for the High Court and other statutory bodies.

Dawn co-founded Epione training and consultancy along with Alex O’Donnell in 2018 and together they delivered BPS (British Psychological Society) accredited training to many thousands of professionals in trauma informed practice, as well as working with senior leaders to create organisational transformation using the principles of trauma informed practice. This included changing policies, procedures, practice, relational interactions, and communication.

Dawn also co founded and developed Connectere Interventions with Alex, which is a trauma informed rehabilitative programme for men with a history of trauma who are involved in the Justice system. The programme is grounded in the science of neurobiology and neurophysiology, with a focus on psychoeducation using a combination of somatic and cognitive principles and skills to assist the men to understand and address the sequalae of their trauma.

In 2022 Dawn went on to open Kedras Clinics, which offers a combination of neurofeedback and psychotherapy for a range of people experiencing mental health problems, as well as sports and business professionals looking to improve performance. In line with Dawn’s career and general way of working, the clinics are based on neuroscience using online neurocognitive assessments to plan treatment. She also continues to work in the forensic arena, writing court reports for the High Court, as well as supervising and supporting criminal justice social work staff.

Dawn is a firm believer in the relational aspect of healing, with a focus on working within a blended framework of neuroscience, somatic-cognitive connection, respect, trust, collaboration, and intuition.

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