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Who we are

BICTD has its origins with Dr. Renée P Marks who has over the past two decades presented training on child assessment, attachment, child abuse, complex trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents. Over the past 5 years we have realised the need for a more effective way to deliver training and especially new research on the subjects of complex trauma and dissociation in children.


BICTD is the next step in this journey to get the latest and most up to date information out the people who need it most. More importantly, BICTD is not just one trainer or a single training. BICTD is a collaborative organisation with the following objectives:


  • to Raise Awareness on trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents;
  • to Educate on trauma & dissociation in children and adolescents;
  • to Lobby Governments to improve their child protection and child treatment policies so that it reflects the latest scientific research.

With relationships across the world, we work and collaborate with the most notable researchers and practitioners in the field of child trauma and dissociation to bring that information to the “helpers” of the helpless.


We work to take all the latest information and research available and make it accessible in a format that is affordable and obtainable. This allows for professionals, practitioners, parents and carers form across the world to be resourced with the best and latest tools available. All with the purpose of helping restore the helpless lives that were horrendously abused, neglected and often misunderstood because of the behaviour that follows.


We are about children and the legacy that will follow.

Advisory Board

Anca Sabau - Romania


Anca Sabau is a child psychiatrist and psychotherapist from Romania. Anca serves on the Board of the ESTD and she is also a founding member of the Romanian Trauma Association, ARSIT (


Together with her colleagues from ARSIT she organizes workshops and conferences for Romanian clinicians and runs intervention programs for traumatised children. She is co-author of the Guidelines for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with dissociative symptoms and dissociative disorders. She is also part of the Child and Adolescent Committee of the ESTD.

Claire Harrison-Breed - UK


Claire has over 25 years’ experience working therapeutically in statutory, voluntary and the private sector as a trauma therapist. She is the founder of Broad Horizons Psychotherapeutic Services, an organisation that specialises in working with children that are Looked After, In Care or Post Adoption. Broad Horizons offer a range of services to children, adults and families that have experienced trauma, dissociation, or attachment difficulties.


As a registered Gestalt Psychotherapist, Counsellor, CBT therapist, Play Therapist and Social worker she offers an integrative range of tailored therapeutic interventions for children and families, and has contributed to a number of publications in the field. Alongside therapy Claire is also a Clinical Supervisor and Continued Professional Development trainer. Claire works part time as a Senior Lecturer in Counselling for the University of Northampton.

Fran S. Waters - USA


Ms. Waters is the past president of The International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation (ISSTD), co-chair of ISSTD’s Child & Adolescent Committee, and ISSTD’s Faculty Director of the Child Adolescent Psychotherapy Training Programs. She serves on Editorial Board of the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma and on the national Advisory Board of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence.  She maintains a private practice in Marquette, MI.

Dr. Joy Silberg - USA


Dr. Joyanna Silberg is the Senior Consultant for Child and Adolescent Trauma at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore Maryland and the Executive Vice-President of the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence. Her psychotherapy practice specializes in children and adolescents suffering from dissociative symptoms and disorders, and her forensic practice specializes in child sexual abuse. She has served as an expert witness in 27 states.

Drs. Leony Coppens - The Netherlands


Drs L.J.M. (Leony) Coppens, clinical psychologist, supervisor cognitive behavioural therapy and EMDR-practitioner.

Leony Coppens has over twenty-five years of experience in working with children and adolescents with mental health problems in The Netherlands. At the end of the nineties, it became clear to her that many of the children and families she was working with were dealing with trauma-related problems, but there was relatively little attention paid to trauma in the treatment approaches; this aspect of childcare became her focus since that time.


In 2012, together with a colleague Coppens has translated the training programme Caring for children who have experienced trauma, a workshop for resource parents into Dutch. 2016 she wrote the book Teaching traumatized children. A practical handbook for teachers and developed a training based on this book. After being head of a Trauma Center for children and their families over nine years, Leony Coppens is now working in her own practice as a trauma therapist, supervisor, consultant and trainer.

Dr. Ralf Vogt - Germany


Dr. DP. Ralf Vogt is a psychotraumatologist, trauma therapist, psychoanalyst, family therapist, analytical body psychotherapist, training analyst and supervisor. He holds a joint private practice where he has been working with adults as well as children and adolescents, both in individual and group therapy for more than 20 years.

He is a specialist in the treatment of complex dissociative trauma disorders. Together with his wife, he founded the Trauma Institute Leipzig in 2002. He began to develop the SPIM Model for dissociative trauma disorders in 2000 and has updated it ever since, continuously integrating new theoretical and methodological aspects (today version SPIM 30). He and his wife also work as trainers of the SPIM therapy model in English-, Russian- and German-speaking countries.


Fellow and past board member of ISSTD. Member of various societies in the field: ESTD, DeGPT, EABP, DGK.

Remy Aquarone - UK


Remy Aquarone is the Director of The Pottergate Centre for Dissociation and Trauma since 1990. The Pottergate Centre has undertaken assessments and treatment for over 40 PCT’s (Primary Care Trusts) as well as CCG’s (Clinical Commissioning Groups) across the country.  For over fifteen years has had an ongoing Service Level Agreement with the local Mental Health Trust.


Has also acted as Expert Witnesses and given advice for the Courts, Independent Tribunals, Child Protection Agencies, Social Services and the Probation Services. The Centre regularly offers a consultancy service & training to Psychiatric Services nationally, and has also been involved in setting up appropriate treatment protocols at outpatient level. In 2011-2012 Remy was the president of the ESTD (European Society on Trauma and Dissociation) and provides training in the UK on dissociation since 1990. He was instrumental to establish the ESTD-UK training forum, which is delivering training across the UK on dissociation.

Dr. Renée P Marks - UK


Renée Marks works as Consultant Therapist and Clinical Lead at Integrate Families in the North of England.  Integrate Families is the National Centre for Children with Complex Trauma and Dissociation. Renée is a national and international trainer on the topic of attachment, emotional regulation, complex trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents. She is a member of the Child and Adolescents Committee of the ISSTD and also an accredited trainer for their on-line training.


Renée is the chair of the Child and Adolescent Committee of the European Society on Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and specialises in the more serious and complicated population of traumatised children and adolescents. Renée is also an expert witness and provides clinical supervision and consultation to different agencies and therapists.

Sandra Baita - Argentina


Sandra Baita is a clinical psychologist, child therapist and an EMDR Certified Therapist and Approved Consultant. She has worked for 15 years with government agencies in the City of Buenos Aires, with special focus on child abuse. She has offered conferences and trainings on child sexual abuse, complex trauma and dissociation in children and adolescents in several countries of Latin America, Spain, The Netherlands and the United States. She has authored several papers, book chapters and two books. A Fellow Member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD), she is a member of the Child and Adolescent Committee and a recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award for her contributions to the study of trauma and dissociation in Spanish speaking countries. She is currently on private practice in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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