How Experiences shape Brains and Physiology – Epigenetics and neuroplasticity for trauma-informed ACE aware approaches

29th November 2022, 9.30 am – 4.00pm

Exeter Community Centre, EX4 3RG

£80+VAT per person. Contact: to book, or with any enquiries.

Zebra Collective is introducing the Neuroplasticity Narrative –  a 3-day course designed and delivered by Dr Haley Peckham neuroscientist mental health nurse, philosopher and expert by experience.

Trauma-informed and ACE aware approaches attempt to de-pathologise narratives of ourselves and others moving the focus towards the contexts in which we have lived.

The course acknowledges the limitations of the medical model and diagnosis and considers the neuroscience of how experiences shape brains and calibrate physiological systems; the critical importance of relationships in the service of emotional and physiological regulation and de-escalation, how evolutionary biology reveals a path of accountability and compassion for culture-wide change.

This course is suitable for anyone with curiosity about how our experiences shape us and wants to critically examine their role as ‘helpers’ within services tasked to be ‘of service’ to vulnerable populations. How can we think more clearly about trauma and adversity and what changes in services and working practice would really be both helpful and sustainable?

Day One is a stand-alone session – Days 2 & 3 will be run next year with a discount for those attending all 3 days. Come along!

This workshop:

Format: Slide presentation plus interactive brain and body learning, small and large group discussion and a group activity /game


About Dr Haley Peckham

Dr Haley Peckham brings an extensive background in philosophy, mental health, psychotherapy and neuroscience grounded in her own lived experience of recovering from complex trauma.

Following her early studies in Philosophy and Philosophy of Mind, Haley worked with children and adolescents in foster and residential care and later trained as a Mental

Health Nurse at Kings College London (2008). She has since worked in the UK and overseas in in-patient and community services with children and adolescents, and with adults who have histories of complex trauma.

In developing her understanding of the mechanisms of how experiences shape our brains, our physiology and the way we live our lives, Haley studied Molecular Neuroscience at Bristol University (2011) and gained her PhD in Neuroscience from The University of Melbourne (2017).

Struck by the revelation that not only do our formative experiences shape our brains and physiology but we have evolved to adapt to and anticipate more experiences like them, Haley recognised that an understanding of neuroplasticity – recognising that experiences and relationships shape brains and physiology even in adulthood, is empowering and for some, a game changer.

Haley has offered trainings in Neuroplasticity and Attachment for Adverse Childhood Experience aware and Trauma-Informed approaches to professionals in Mental health, Forensic and Corrections Services in Victoria Australia, both independently and through the Centre for Mental Health Nursing at The University of Melbourne. Her favourite piece of feedback from training was “I didn’t want to go to the toilet in case I missed anything”.

Since her return to the UK, she has continued to deliver training alongside her Mental Health Nursing – where she learns from and works with people in crisis. As a lifelong learner Haley is committed to her own personal and professional development, whilst helping to shape services that support children and adults with trauma.

Please note that we will be unable to refund/transfer credit for participant cancellations in the week up to the start date of this course. Refunds or credit transfer to a future course are available if this course is postponed or cancelled.