Trauma Responsive Intervention Programme


The Connectere Programme (Latin for join together) is a voluntary trauma responsive intervention programme for men bound within the Justice system. Delivered over 17 sessions, Connectere is a powerful, evidence-based programme which aims to promote wellbeing within communities and break the intergenerational cycle of trauma.

Originally developed in 2022 by Alex O’Donnell and Dr Dawn Harris and now under the aegis of Connectere Interventions, the programme was designed with lived experts with first-hand experience of trauma, recovery and the Justice system.

Moreover, Connectere fully aligns with Community Justice Scotland priorities: to embed person-centred, trauma informed and trauma responsive practices at the heart of justice. As such, the programme also aims to help men with a history of trauma to heal and recover.

The Connectere Programme is multi-model and based upon neurophysiological and neurobiological principles. And, it draws upon the latest research and employs a compassion-focussed therapeutic approach interwoven with best trauma responsive practices for restoring the right sense of safety, trust and connection.

Research consistently shows a strong association between traumatic childhood experiences and survival behaviours which create collisions with the justice system: as Bessel Van Del Kolk states, “Hurt People, Hurt People”. However, we like to say: Helped People, Help People!

The Connectere programme is shown “to have a significant positive impact, and even life changing”. Read the full evaluation HERE.

Also, please see course registration and learning outcomes for our bespoke 5 day training course commencing 4th December 2023. The package will include the Connectere programme, 4 days specialist training by the authors, and a 1 day supervisors course to quality assure delivery. The programme evaluation highlights the need for a minimum of 3 facilitators for resiliency. The  training package is designed to equip organisation with the knowledge and skills to implement the intervention for men to support their healing and recovery journey.


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The Connectere Programme has featured in the Sunday Post and has been academically reviewed and approved by trauma expert Dr Alastair M Hull MD., FRCPsych and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer. Dr Hull describes the programme as ‘revolutionary’.

Please click on the email address below to contact Alex and Dawn at Connecture Interventions for more information.

Here at Epione, our vision is clear:

to Create a Trauma Informed and Responsive Scotland and beyond.

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