Permission to Pause: Self Care Networking Event

29th November 2022

9.30 – 11.30am

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Belfast – Laganview Suite




Permission to Pause: Self Care Networking Event



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Join us and some of our associate partners for this free* in person networking event where you will learn helpful techniques and exercises to better support you,  in your personal and professional life.   


  • Refreshments and introductions, which will provide a comfortable space for some informal networking.  
  • A practical session from Joanne Boal, Art Therapist for Cancer Focus. Learn how art therapy can be a beneficial tool in releasing stress and trauma. 
  • Michelle McMaster from Kintsugi Healing will take us through some gentle physiological exercises which can help us release the impact of long-term chronic stress or trauma from our bodies.  
  • A great opportunity to reconnect and hear about the great work we know you have all been doing and how the Action Trauma Network can best support you in our joint aim of Healing Trauma Together. We look forward to seeing you again!  


*Free for members of the Action Trauma Network £15 charge per person for non-members. 

Who should attend?

This networking event has been designed to be beneficial and productive for a wide range of members and stakeholders:  

  • Individuals and organisations working directly or indirectly with people affected by trauma  
  • Individuals and organisations interested in trauma-informed work  
  • People keen to connect with potentially likeminded people and organisations  
  • Anyone who’d like to learn more about our network and what it does

Benefits of attending

This is networking with a difference. 

  • Make new connections through harnessing the power of gathering in person, through creative, carefully considered conversation starters and shared activities. 
  • By supporting ourselves we are better placed to support others – so consider this your “Permission to Pause”.    
  • You willgain a practical toolkit of techniques and tips from guided group exercises, designed to be easily incorporated into your daily routine.  

There are even rumours of a free goody bag…  

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Michelle McMaster - Trauma Recovery Consultant (MRes; BSc (Hons); MBASW; CCTP)

Kintsugi Healing is inspired by the beautiful Japanese Art of repairing precious broken pottery with gold. The principles and process of Kintsugi provides a powerful metaphor for approaching the human journey of recovery after deep hurt and pain.  

In this session Michelle will introduce you to some practical and effective physiological exercises that can help us release the impact of long-term chronic stress or trauma from our bodies. Modern research has demonstrated how we can reduce or overcome the impact of negative experiences in our lives by understanding how our nervous systems store our history, and how communication between body and brain can be improved to help us feel more confident and engaged with life again.  

Michelle has decades of experience helping people of all ages recover after some of the most challenging situations, and uses her training in somatic healing, applied neuroscience and psychological based therapies to offer a patient, skillful and effective method for promoting compassionate healing and lasting change. 


Joanne Boal - Art Therapist

Joanne has been working with Cancer Focus for 15 years as an Art Therapist, providing one-to-one sessions and group experiences. Over the last 9 years she has offered Art Journalling for patients to use both within the hospital and as a continued practice at home.  

Joanne explains “Art Therapy can help on so many levels. It’s so hard to put your feelings into words! The Art can hold and contain the emotions that are deep within, while offering time out to relax and build a greater sense of well-being. Given permission to play and experiment… what appears on the page or in the clay can be surprising!!