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The Conecture Programme (Latin for join together) is a voluntary trauma responsive intervention programme for men bound within the Justice system. Delivered over 17 sessions, Conecture 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 Conecture Interventions, the programme includes key participation from men with first-hand experience of trauma, recovery and the Justice system.

Moreover, Conecture 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.


Trauma Responsive Intervention Programme

The Conecture 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!

Therefore, voices of lived experience were central to this project; including the initial concept, literature review and overall programme development.


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The Conecture 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 Conecture Interventions for more information.


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to Create a Trauma Informed and Responsive Scotland and beyond.

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