Programme EFeCT - Day 1

Wednesday May 4th County hall Leuven


9h30: Welcome speech
by MC's Natalie Francq & Sanne Sondervorst (Don Bosco Groenveld) 

10h-10h45:
Quality of life climate of Children and adults


Peer van der Helm – is into (inter)national research since 2007 on the quality of life-climate of children and adults in different forms of care, such as forensic youth facilities, closed facilities and forensic psychiatric facilities. His book Living climate was published in November 2019.

10h45-11h15: Coffee-break

11h15: How understanding the brain helps, when a profound life and learning climate seems insufficient.

            What can the development of the brain teach us about trauma-sensitive behaviour?

Eva Kestens is a child and youth psychiatrist at OBC ter Wende - Espero.


Knowledge about the development and functioning of the brain (and therefore of the child) provides inspiration for working with children in a traumasensitive way. The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) by Dr. Bruce Perry gives us a better insight into the strengths and limitations of children who experienced trauma or neglect during their early childhood. The stalled development of children should not only take place within the walls of a therapy room. The power and the key to change lie in everyday activities. We need everyone around the child for the treatment to be successful. Parents, caretakers, teachers, trainers in the sports club,..... The more people work together to help a child, the greater the chance of success.
In this lecture, Dr. Eva Kestens wants to give the basic principles of trauma-sensitive treatment with the development of the brain as a guideline.


12h30-13h30: Lunch

13h30: Moral Distress


Simon Godecharle is master in theology, and doctor in biomedical science at the centre of biomedical Ethics and law of KU Leuven. He is co-ordinator health ethics of Emmaüs vzw. This organisation consists of 24 organisations in all branches of health care and welfarewith nearly 7000 employees and doctors.
You don’t just become a caregiver. We all have our story, our reasons. We want to take care of and care for vulnerable youngsters with their own talents, visions and history. However when we enter the working field, something strange happens. We notice that there is too little: time, means, staff, … In certain circumstances this may lead to a specific form of stress, namely moral stress.
Moral stress is experienced when you can’t provide the care that you want to offer. Your values bump into a reality that can’t or won’t co-operate. The cynical and dangerous part of moral stress is that your starting mission and motivation, finally demotivates. If moral stress lasts too long, caregivers experience the risk of drop-out. They get demotivated by their need to do the things right but are restricted in being able to do so.
Dr. Simon Godecharle gives you insight in how to deal with moral stress. In that way we learn how to provide the care that will make us proud.

14h30: Coffee Break

15h: Workshops

    1. Mark Freado (EN)

Introduction on LSCI 
Mark Freado is the Director of Growing Edge Training, LLC. Freado’s 40-year professional career encompasses contributions to the fields of mental health, public and alternative education, social services, and juvenile justice. He is a master trainer of Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI), master trainer of Planning Restorative Outcomes, a master trainer of Three Pillars of Transforming Care, and a certified trainer of Situational Leadership II with the Ken Blanchard Company. Freado works with a growing number of international private providers and public agencies speaking, consulting, and delivering training services. He specializes in program development, leadership skills, and interventions for at-risk and disadvantaged children, adolescents, and their families. He is the author of numerous professional articles, and co-authored the book and training program, The Art of Kid Whispering: Reaching the Inside Kid. Freado has Masters Degrees in Forensic Psychology, from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Counselling, from West Virginia University. www.growingedgetraining.com

Mark takes us into the world of LSCI. This methodology helps us to break through self-destructive behavior patterns in children and adolescents from conflict and crisis. The basic skills of LSCI guide us when we enter into relationship with students, which often allows us to address conflict and crisis preventively.


    1. Eline Spriet, Anke Maes en Gerrit De Moor  (NL)
      Learning climate en trauma-sensitive education in action

    2. Mary Ellen Fescer (EN)
      LSCI linked to Kids and Trauma

      Mary Ellen Fecser is a consultant and trainer with the Positive Education Program (PEP) in  Cleveland, Ohio. She is also a master trainer of Life Space Crisis Intervention and a trainer of the Neurosequential Model of Education through the Child Trauma Academy. During her career she has taught and worked as a case manager for students with emotional disturbance at both PEP and in the public schools. For the past 20 years she has worked as a consultant in the public schools, providing functional behavior assessments, support and training to those working with challenging students. She has spoken at national and international conferences with a special focus on students who have experienced developmental trauma and those on the autism spectrum.

    3. Natalie Francq, Sanne Sondervorst, Benny Leesen en Hanne Leirs (NL)
      De circle of resilience as a tool for decreasing moral stress)

    4. Joke De Wilde (NL)
      FAITH, the participationtool in Careplanning 

    5. Geke Klapwijk (NL)
      Coöperation with parents : positioning of being positioned


16h: Closing ceremony : The Efect-price will be awarded by Franky D'Oosterlinck to Erik Broekaert and Nicolas Long


    16h30: End of the first congress day



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