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Past Presenters

Our events are staffed by the most eminent speakers and trainers from here and abroad, carefully chosen for their ability to enable participants to feel deeply enthused and involved.

Andrea Perry (Chair)

Darren Abrahams

Trainer, social entrepreneur and coach. Creator of many programmes designed to expand the potential of individuals and organisations. He works internationally as a facilitator and project leader in the fields of creativity, music and trauma, arts and community, social entrepreneurship and personal development.

Stella Acquarone, Director of The School of Infant Mental Health, London

Founder of The Parent Infant Clinic, London. Child Psychotherapist at St Annes Hospital, London. Adolescent & Adult Psychotherapist. Published widely.

Hanna Alonim (Israel)

Ground-breaking work in effective therapeutic programmes for the autistic child and their family. Founder and Director of the Mifne Center in Israel (which treats families from all over the world).

Dr Anne Alvarez

Former Co-Director Autism service, Tavistock Clinic, London. Clinical Psychologist and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Over 30 years experience of treating autistic, psychotic and borderline children and adolescents with psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Author: Live Company: Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived and Abused Children. Co-editor: Autism and Personality.

Dr Robin Anderson

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, The Tavistock Clinic, London. Past Chair of The Adolescent Department, The Tavistock Clinic. Training Analyst in Adult, Child and Adolescent Analysis at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Written on adolescent suicide and risk assessment. Co-author: Facing It Out: Disruptive Adolescents from a Clinical Perspective.

Dr Christopher Badcock

Reader in Sociology, London School of Economics where he teaches courses on evolution, psychology and social science. Published a number of books and papers on Psycho-Darwinism - The New Synthesis of Darwin and Freud. Dr Badcock was in private didactic analysis with Anna Freud.

Ellie Baker

UKCP registered Integrative Art Psychotherapist and Child Psychotherapist, and has worked with adults, adolescents and children for over twenty years. A regular contributor to The Centre for Child Mental Health, Ellie also trains on various Adolescent and Child Therapy Courses. A Consultant and Trainer in Parenting and Communication Skills, Founder of HeartSpace, Holistic, Education and Art Related Therapies, Ellie is also a Thrive Lead Practitioner and an Educational Consultant in Emotional Health and Wellbeing.

Robin Balbernie

Consultant Child Psychotherapist with Gloucestershire NHS Trust. Worked for Gloucester Sure Start to provide an infant mental health service. Robin was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship in order to research infant-parent psychotherapy in America.

Gill Gorrell Barnes

Consultant Marital and Family Therapist (30 years experience in psychotherapy in the NHS). Consultant and Expert Witness: Child and Family Court proceedings. Specialist in the effects on children of parental separation and divorce. Author: Family Therapy in Changing Times, Working with Children and Parents through Separation and Divorce.

Camila Batmanghelidjh

Psychotherapist. Founder of the children’s charity Kids Company, offering sanctuary and therapeutic help to troubled and traumatised adolescents in inner city London, many of whom left school at age 11. Founder of The Place To Be. Camila and her team raised over £40 million over the years to help London’s most vulnerable children. She has won many awards.

Professor Jay Belsky (USA/London)

Director of The Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues. Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck University, London. Author of more than 200 scientific articles and chapters and the author of several books.

Tom Bennett

Behaviour expert for the Times Educational Supplement, advising on their forums and in the magazine. A former school teacher, fellow of the University of Cambridge. Author of three books on teacher coaching, specialising in the field of managing disruptive behaviour in children. He is also a full time teacher in the East End of London.

Dr Dickon Bevington

Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service and the Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect teams. Seconded to the Anna Freud Centre, from where he helps develop novel mentalisation-based therapeutic approaches. Delivers trainings nationally and internationally.

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Consultant Occupational Therapist and Attachment Counsellor. Founding member of Sensory Integration Network UK and Ireland. Worked for fifteen years in the NHS both as a clinical practitioner specialising in Ayres Sensory Integration, and in senior management. Éadaoin set up in private practice in 1990.

Julia Bird and Lynne Gerlach

 Co-Directors of ENABLE, a project developing positive approaches to the behaviours that interrupt learning. Team members for OFSTED inspections. Advisor and LEA Inspectors.

Dr Siobhan Blackwell

Clinical Psychologist working with severely abused adolescents at Huntercombe Manor (specialist psychiatric hospital). Extensive experience of working with deeply troubled adolescents, many of whom self-harm.

Dr Mitch Blair

Consultant Paediatrician. Reader in Paediatrics and Child Public Health, Imperial College, London, and Northwick Park Hospital. Director of the Mandala Centre for Child Public Health Research and Teaching.

Professor Derek Bolton

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Associate Director, Clinical Governance for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Professor of Philosophy and Psychopathology at Kings College, London. Co-author: Meaning and Mental Disorder.

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Author: Attachment in the Classroom. Teacher and Therapist. Developed a model of support that is used within Brighton & Hove Education Authority. Published on various practical strategies promoting inclusion and supporting children to take advantage of the opportunities offered at school.

Phyllis Booth (USA)

Clinical Director of The Theraplay Institute, Chicago. Author: Theraplay: Helping Parents and Children Build Better Relationships Through Attachment-Based Play. Originally trained with John Bowlby and D. W. Winnicott.

Catherine Bonnet (France)

Child Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst. Author: Childhood Interrupted by War. Extensive work in missions in Croatia, Rwanda and many other war torn countries. She has trained professionals to work with abandoned children and with child and adolescent victims of war rape.

Sir Richard Bowlby

Promoter of attachment research based on the work of his father, John Bowlby. Attachment Information Video Producer. Author ‘Fifty Years of Attachment Theory: Recollections of Donald Winnicott and John Bowlby’.

Dr Peter Breggin

Founder of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology. Author of many books and articles, including ‘Talking Back To Ritalin’, ‘Toxic Psychiatry: Why Therapy, Empathy and Love Must Replace The Drugs’.

Dr Karl Heinz Brisch (Germany)

Author of Treating Attachment Disorders: From Theory to Therapy. Head of Department of Paediatric Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital University of Munich, Lecturer and supervisor at The Psychoanalytic Institute in Stuttgart. Specialist in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry, neurology, psychoanalysis, group psychoanalysis and EMDR. Published on trauma, neuroscience, attachment-oriented psychotherapy in the treatment of attachment disorders.

Dr Fraser Brown

Reader in Playwork at Leeds Metropolitan University, and Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Playwork Degree. Extensive cutting edge research on therapeutic play for children in Romanian orphanages. Director of the playwork training agency Children First, and held advisory posts with Playboard and the NPFA. Publications include ‘Children without Play’, ‘Foundations of Playwork’, ‘Playwork: Theory and Practice’, ‘Working Together: A Playwork Training Pack’. Chair and Co-Founder of the Aid for Romanian Children charitable trust.

Professor Kevin Browne

Director of The Centre for Forensic and Family Psychology, University of Birmingham. Consultant to the European Commission and World Health Organisation. He has been researching family violence and child maltreatment for over 25 years. Co-editor of Child Abuse Review and Early Prediction and Prevention of Child Abuse: A Handbook. Co-author: Preventing Family Violence.

Kate Cairns

Author, speaker and trainer around attachment, trauma and resilience. She has been a social worker for 40 years. Kate worked as a trainer/consultant and writer for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering. Author of Attachment, Trauma and Resilience. Founded Akamas Ltd in 2004, which developed pioneering online qualifications for foster care and the broader children’s workforce. With her husband Brian and their three birth children, Kate provided a permanent family for twelve other children between 1975 and 1997.

Dr Sean Cameron

Co-Director of the CPD Doctorate in Educational Psychology, UCL and independent Consultant Educational Psychologist. Extensive teaching experience in primary, secondary and special education. Founder member of the first UK Portage Home Teaching Service. Director of the Pillars of Parenting Social Enterprise, an organisation which provides training in the psychology-based 'Emotional Warmth' model of professional childcare for children and young people who have been rejected, neglected or abused. British Psychological Society national award for distinguished contributions to the teaching of Psychology.

Dr Ann Cattanach

Teaching Fellow, University of York. Play Therapist and Dramatherapist. Previously Course Director for the MA in Play Therapy at the University of Surrey. Years of experience in child and family psychiatry. Author: Play Therapy with Abused Children (Jessica Kingsley Publishing). Many other publications.

Dr Foster Cline

Psychiatrist and Physician. Author of eight books on parenting and dealing with difficult children and their families. Parenting with Love and Logic and Parenting Teens with Love and Logic are among the nation’s best selling parenting books. Parenting seminars worldwide for more than 25 years. Honoured as outstanding Professor of the Year by University of Colorado.

Dr Lawrence Cohen (USA)

Psychologist specialising in children’s play/play therapy. Teacher of parenting classes. Author of Playful Parenting and numerous published articles. Co-author of Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Friendship, Popularity and Social Cruelty in the Lives of Boys and Girls, and Mom, They’re Teasing Me: Helping Children Solve Social Problems.

Professor Ray Crozier

Professor of Psychology, The School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University. Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Author: Understanding Shyness: Psychological Perspectives. Joint Editor: The Essential Handbook of Social Anxiety for Clinicians and The International Handbook of Social Anxiety. Widely published on shyness, blushing and social anxiety.

Professor Antonio Damasio (USA)

Margaret Davies

Paediatric Occupational Therapist with over 35 years’ experience of working with children with sensory processing difficulties within the NHS and Child Developmental Centres. Over the past few years she has specialised in working with traumatised children with sensory regulation difficulties.

Dr Riccardo Draghi-Lorenz

Lecturer, University of Surrey Doctorate Programme in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology.  Research area: The early development of complex emotions (e.g. jealousy, pride, guilt)

Alison Eldridge

Director of Options Child and Family Therapy Services. Former Psychiatric Nurse with 20 years experience of working both within the hospital environment and as a Community Psychiatric Nurse. Adult Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Child Psychotherapist. Alison draws together her knowledge and creative interventions to  help parents to strengthen their relationship with their child.

Julie Lynn Evans (UK)

Psychotherapist specialising in working with children and families. Author ‘What About The Children’ (the effect on children of separation and divorce). Consultant to schools and families throughout the UK.

Dr Richard Evans

Director of Studies in Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Cambridge University. Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Clinical Pharmacology, Girton College, Cambridge University.

Dr Graeme Fairchild

Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southampton. His work combines structural and functional neuroimaging, neuropsychology, neuroendocrinology, and molecular genetics to investigate the causes of antisocial and disruptive behaviour in children and adolescents.

Dr Lisa B. Fiore (USA)

Assistant Professor at University of Cambridge (Massachussetts). Author: Your Anxious Child (Jossey-Bass, USA). Contributing author to several human development textbooks.

Jennie Forsyth

Certified theraplay practitioner and supervisor and also undertakes DDP and Sensory Attachment Intervention based work as part of the practicum. Jennie currently works at The Family Place as a specialist therapeutic practitioner working with children with Complex Development Trauma, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and Organic Brain Damageualified social worker and started her career working in Local Authority Children's Services teams. 

Heather Geddes

Registered Educational Therapist. Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor, Caspari Foundation training in Educational Therapy. Member of CAMHS team. Research: The nature of the emotional and social factors affecting children's learning in school and the significance of early attachment experience.

Melanie Gill

Specialist psychologist and expert witness

Howard Glasser (USA)

Executive Director of the Children’s Success Foundation in Tucson, Arizona. Author: Transforming the Difficult Child, currently the top selling book in America on ADHD.

Sally Goddard Blythe

Director of The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology. Author: A Teacher’s Window into the Child’s Mind.

Dr Kim Golding

Consultant Clinical Psychologist. Special interest in supporting foster carers and adoptive parents. Involved in setting up and evaluating an inter-agency project in Worcestershire, UK (now part of the Integrated Service for Looked After and Adopted Children). Implemented a range of interventions based upon attachment theory. Co-editor/author of Thinking Psychologically About Children Who Are Looked After and Adopted (2006) and Nurturing Attachments. Supporting Children Who Are Fostered or Adopted (2008).

Harriet Goodman

 Education Director for Antidote, the National Campaign for Emotional Literacy, London.

Carry Gorney

Psychotherapist. Adviser to the DoH on their health-led parenting project. Initiated a multi-agency programme for first-time vulnerable mothers and their babies within the  NHS, using video and therapeutic group work.

Professor Philip Graham

Emeritus Professor of Child Psychiatry at The Institute of Child Health, London. Previous positions include Chair of the National Children’s Bureau. Co-author: Child Psychiatry: A Developmental Approach, So Young, So Sad, So Listen, The End of Adolescence. Editor: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Children and Families.

Professor Leslie Greenberg (USA)

Graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology from York University in Toronto, Ontario. Began his career at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto, and worked with York University in their counselling centre. In the early 1980’s, he completed his externship at the Family Therapy Mental Research Institute in California. He was an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia for several years, before accepting a full professorship in 1985 in the Department of Counseling Psychology. One of the co-founders of Emotion-Focused Therapy. He has acted as developer, researcher, and trainer at the Emotion-Focused Therapy Clinic and is also the Director. He has authored over 100 articles, and has written more than a dozen books.

Paula Hall

Sexual and Relationship Psychotherapist working with couples, families, individuals and young people. Worked for Relate for nearly 20 years, initially as a counsellor and now as a member of their media team. Wrote the Relate Guide: Help Your Children cope with Your Divorce. Trains counsellors and professionals on the impact of divorce and separation on children and young people.

Gerda Hanko

Education Consultant and Professional Development Tutor to schools and school services. Author: Increasing Competence Through Collaborative Problem-Solving: Using Insight into Social and Emotional Factors in Children’s Learning. Numerous articles on emotional and social factors in children’s learning and failure to learn. Previously Head of Education of a teacher training institution.

Dr Coral Harper

24 years’ experience as a qualified teacher and then Senior Lead in supporting children and young people within the mainstream and those with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and/or challenging behaviour. Former Deputy Head Teacher of a local authority special school in Bristol. Experienced Trainer and Consultant in the theory and potential of Outdoor Learning and Animal Assisted Interventions for Learning. Extensive experience in training, coaching, mentoring and supervision. Owner of a registered ‘Pets as Therapy’ dog who regularly accompanies her with work. Principal Educator in Trauma Informed Practice.

Mark Hayward

Head of Family Therapy for Cornwall Foundation NHS Trust. He is a founding director of the Institute of Narrative Therapy and has taught in a number of European countries as well as Russian, China, Brazil and Australia. He has worked with children and families for 30 years and will be focusing on the nitty-gritty of clinical practice from a narrative perspective.

Professor Peter Hepper (Ireland)

Head of The School of Psychology, Queens University, Belfast. Director of Foetal Behaviour Research Centre.

Professor Jonathan Hill

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Manchester. Honorary Consultant, The Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s University Hospital, and The Tavistock Clinic, London.

Gill Hines

Gill worked in education for over 30 years. Currently Education and Parenting Consultant. Runs workshops for parents and professionals. Co-author of Whatever -  A Down to Earth Guide to Parenting Teenagers and It’s Not Fair – Parenting the Bright and Challenging Child. Gill has appeared on television and regularly contributes to newspapers and magazines.

Professor Jeremy Holmes

Consultant Psychiatrist/Psychotherapist, Devon NHS Partnership Trust. Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty, Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. Visiting Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Exeter and Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London.

Professor David Howe

Professor of Child and Family Social Work, School of Social Work and Psychosocial Sciences, University of East Anglia. Published widely on adoption, developmental attachment theory, child abuse and neglect. Founding Editor of The Journal of Child and Family Social Work. Associate Editor of The Journal of Attachment and Human Development.

Dr Dan Hughes (USA)

Clinical Psychologist. Author: Building the Bonds of Attachment - Awakening Love in Deeply Troubled Children (Jason Aronson). Decades of ground-breaking and profoundly moving clinical practice with very traumatised adolescents who have moved into violence.

Dr Jean Illsley Clarke (USA)

Psychotherapist. Author: Self Esteem: A Family Affair and Growing Up Again: Parenting Ourselves, Parenting Our Children.

Dr Peter Jakob

Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist in CAMHS and Adult Mental Health, specialising in children and families involved with Social Services. Developed Resource Based Trauma Therapy. Introduced Non Violent Resistance (NVR) to Britain. Director of Partnership Projects, a training consultancy aimed at supporting the development of CAMHS, Social Services and Education for especially complex cases.

Sue Jenner

Child Clinical Psychologist. Author of The Parent-Child Game (Bloomsbury Press) which focuses on the effective management of challenging behaviour in children. Clinical Psychologist working for many years in the Child Psychiatry Department at The Maudsley Hospital, London.

Maggie Johnson

Consultant Speech and Language Therapist specializing in childhood communication disorders and selective mutism. Key contributor to the Primary National Strategy for children who have special educational needs (DfES 2005). Co-Author of The Selective Mutism Resource Manual.

Dr Amanda Jones

Head of North East London NHS Foundation Trust’s Tier 3 Perinatal/Parent-Infant Mental Health Service. Longstanding interest in the application of psychoanalytic and systemic ideas in parent-infant psychotherapy. Trained as a family therapist and then pursued her doctoral research at the Tavistock Centre. In collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre, was involved in the Channel Four documentaries Help Me Love My Baby, winner of the 2007 Royal Society of Television’s best factual programmes award. Teaches on the clinical psychology programme at UCL and UEL.

Judith Jones

Honorary Fellow at the Child and Women Abuse Studies Unit, London Metropolitan University. Extensive work with female prisoners and women and children who have experienced violence. Co-author: ‘And all the Children Cried’, a London play about women who kill their children.

Dr Dorothy Judd

Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Author: Give Sorrow Words and The Imaginative Body. Teacher at the Tavistock Clinic. Pioneering work in the treatment of dying children and their families.

Brett Kahr (UK)

Senior Research Fellow in Psychotherapy at The Winnicott Clinic, London. Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health, The Centre for Child Mental Health, London. Author of many books in psychotherapy. Editor: The Legacy of Winnicott: Essays on Infant and Child Mental Health (Karnac Books). Director of The British Institute of Psychohistory on Psychoanalysis and Child Abuse.

Dr Robert Karen (USA)

Associate Clinical Professor at the Derner Institute for Advanced Psychological Studies, Adelphi University, New York. Author: Becoming Attached:  First Relationships and How They Shape Our Capacity to Love.

Dr Hilary Kennedy

35 years experience as Chartered Educational Psychologist working with families, schools and professionals around children. Key trainer, researcher, writer in Video Interaction Guidance for parents. Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London. Honorary Research Fellow, Newcastle University. Founder of VERoC (Video Enhanced Reflection on Communication) Centre at University of Dundee in 2000. Publications include Learning Through Conversation: Exploring and Extending Teacher and Children's Involvement in Classroom Talk, Video Interaction Guidance as a Method to Promote Secure Attachment. 

Dr Sharon Klayman Farber (USA)

Author: When the Body Is the Target: Self-Harm, Pain, and Traumatic Attachments. Founder of both Mothertalk (a developmentally focused group guidance series for parents) and Westchester Eating Disorders Consultation Services.

Dr Tami Kramer

 Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Senior Clinical Research Fellow at Imperial College, London.

Katherine Ketcham

Youth and Family Advocate, working with drug-involved youth and their parents, Washington Juvenile Justice Centre. Co-author of seven books on alcoholism and addiction including Teens Under the Influence: The Truth about Kids, Alcohol, and Other Drugs - How to Recognise the Problem and What to Do about It.

Randall Ladnier (USA)

Social worker and psychotherapist, working with countless ADHD children and their families. Randall provides clinical oversight for the Sarasota County Mental Health Court. Co-author: ADHD: Attachment Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (in Handbook of Attachment Interventions, edited by Terry Levy).

Professor Mooli Lahad (Israel)

Medical & Educational Psychologist, Professor of Drama Therapy at Tel Hai College, Israel and at University of Surrey (UK). Author and co-author of many books and articles on trauma in children. Recipient of three professional Prizes: The Israeli Psychology Association - outstanding contributions to Education in Israel; The Adler Institute, Tel Aviv University; The Israeli Lottery Prize for innovations in medicine.

Dr Garry L. Landreth (USA)

Internationally acclaimed for his writings and work in promoting the development of child-centred play therapy. Regents Professor, Department of Counselling, University of North Texas. Founder of the Center for Play Therapy. Written more than 150 journal articles, books and videos including award-winning book ‘Play Therapy: The Art of the  Relationship’, and ‘Child Parent Relationship  Therapy (CPRT)’, a 10-session Filial Therapy Model and an accompanying Child Parent Relationship Therapy Treatment Manual. Director Emeritus of the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Received APT Lifetime Achievement Award and Research Award. Recipient of the Virginia Axline Distinguished Professional Award for his work in conceptualizing and advancing the child-centred approach to play therapy.

Professor Bryan Lask (UK)

Professor Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at St George’s University of London. Medical Advisor to the Huntercombe Hospitals UK. Visiting Professor at the University of Oslo, Norway. Co-founder of the first early onset eating disorder service in the UK. Written and published extensively.

Dr Michelle Lefevre (UK)

Senior Lecturer in social work at the University of Sussex with a background in child protection and arts psychotherapy. Expert witness risk assessments within care proceedings in the family courts. Forensic interviewing of child victims of abuse. Group treatment with child sexual abusers and their partners. Individual psychotherapy with abusive parents who wish to overcome unresolved issues. Author of Communicating with Children and Young People: Making a Difference. Current research is for the Children’s Commissioner on good practice in child protection in schools.

Dr Terry Levy (USA)

Clinical Psychologist. Diplomat of the American Psychotherapy Association. Co-author: Attachment, Trauma & Healing (Child Welfare League of America). Editor: Handbook of Attachment Interventions (Academic Press). Co-director: the Evergreen Psychotherapy Center and the Attachment Treatment and Training Institute in Evergreen, Colorado.

Dr Meira Likierman (UK)

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Child and Family Department, The Tavistock Clinic. Fellow, European Humanities Research Centre, University of Oxford.

Dr Jeanne Magagna (UK)

Head, Department of Child Psychotherapy, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London. Her publications include works on eating disorders and parents’ groups. Joint editor: Crises in Adolescence.

Suzanne Maiello (Italy) Child Psychotherapist. Past President of the Italian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy.

Published in many European journals of child psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. Recipient of the first edition of the International Frances Tustin Memorial Prize.

Dr Renee Marks (UK)

Consultant Therapist, specialising in adoptive families and children. Expert witness, clinical supervisor and consultant. Trainer on child abuse, neglect, attachment, trauma and dissociation. Chair of Child and Adolescent Committee of the European Society on Trauma and Dissociation.

Debi Maskell-Graham (UK)

Course Director, MA Practice-based Play Therapy (Canterbury Christ Church University and Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy), Editor of Play Therapy journal Play For Life. Clinical Director of big toes little toes. Published many papers. Wrote the recent Department for Education’s professional briefings based on the Safeguarding Children Research Initiative. Works in the UK and Africa.

Alice Massanari (USA)

Facilitator of multiple parenting programmes, including The Nurturing Programme, Active Parenting, and Children Coping with Divorce. Co-author: ADHD: Attachment Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (in Handbook of Attachment Interventions, edited by Terry Levy). Co-author: Raising Special Kids Curriculum, a programme for parents of children with special health care needs or disabilities. Co-author of a handbook for a sexual abuse treatment programme.

Dr Henry Massie (USA)

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of California, School of Medicine, San-Francisco. Formerly Director of Child Psychiatry Residency Training at St Mary's Hospital, San Francisco. Author: Childhood Psychosis and the First Four Years of Life, and Lives Across Time: Pathways to Emotional Health and Emotional Illness in a Longitudinal Study of 76 People from Birth to Age 30.

Brian Masters (UK)

Eminent Author/Researcher on serial killing. Prize-winning book on the multiple murderer Dennis Nilsen, Killing for Company. Other books include Gary, about a troubled adolescent, and The Shrine of Jeffrey Dahmer. Contributor to The Spectator, The Standard and Book & Bookmen.

Dr Eamon McCrory (UK)

Reader in Developmental Psychopathology at University College London where he is Co-Director of the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit ( His research uses brain imaging and psychological approaches to better understand the mechanisms associated with developmental adversity and resilience. Specifically, his work investigates the impact of maltreatment on children's emotional development and their risk of future mental health and behavioural problems. Dr McCrory is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud Centre and has worked for 8 years in different settings with children presenting with severe behavioural problems following maltreatment. He is also Course Director for the UCL MSc in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology.

Caroline McGee (UK)

Author of Childhood Experiences of Domestic Violence. Research Officer with the NSPCC Child Protection Research Group. Main research interests: violence against women and children, and surviving trauma.

Donald McKnew (USA)

Psychotherapist. Author: Why Isn’t Johnny Crying? and Growing Up Sad (W.W. Norton & Co). Winner of the Blanche F. Ittleson Prize of the American Psychiatric Association. Research at the National Institute of Mental Health. They were the first to describe childhood depression as a separate illness.

Will McMahon (UK)

Co-ordinator for The Forum on Children and Violence hosted by The National Children’s Bureau, London. Previously worked for The Child Poverty Action Group.

Dana Mills-Powell (UK)

Systemic psychotherapist. Works as the programme leader and course developer for Relate’s systemic training and as the principal consultant for family services (2007-2012). Clinical Supervisor and a tutor for the Institute of Family Therapy in London. Taught for the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London.

Dr Phil Mollon (UK)

Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist. Author: Remembering Trauma: A Psychotherapist’s Guide to Memory and Illusion; Multiple Selves, Multiple Voices: Working with Trauma, Violation, and Dislocation; Freud and False Memory Syndrome; Shame and Jealousy: The Hidden Turmoils and The Fragile Self: Structure of Narcissistic Disturbance.

Penny Moon (UK)

International workshop facilitator and trainer. Has been teaching for over 30 years with experience across the range of Special Needs. Qualified Psycho/Hypno-therapist. Developed A Quiet Place®, a nationally recognised programme within mainstream education in schools across the UK. This programme incorporates the techniques of NLP, Yoga, bodywork, relaxation, meditation, storytelling and HeartMath.

Professor Juliet Mitchell (UK)

Professor of Psychoanalysis and Gender Studies in the Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Cambridge. Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. Full member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and the International Psychoanalytical Association. Author: Siblings: Sex and Violence.

Professor Lynne Murray (UK)

The Winnicott Research Unit, Dept of Child Psychology University of Reading. Research areas: The impact of maternal depression in children. Author: The Social Body.

Professor Declan Murphy (UK)

 Professor of Psychiatry and Brain Maturation, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.

Graham Music (UK)

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London, and an adult Psychotherapist in private practice. Worked in the Tavistock Fostering, Adoption and Kinship Care Team for over ten years. Has managed a range of services concerned with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect and has for many years organised community based therapy services, particularly in schools. Publications include, Nurturing Natures, Attachment and Children’s Emotional, Sociocultural and Brain Development and Affect and Emotion.

Romana Negri (Italy)

Child Neuropsychiatrist. Professor in Neonatology, University of Milan. Consultant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Caravaggio Hospital.

Professor Haim Omer (Israel)

Professor of Psychology, Tel Aviv University (Israel). Author: Non-violent resistance – A new approach to violent and self-destructive children; The Psychology of Demonization: Promoting Acceptance and Reducing Conflict.

Dr Susie Orbach (UK)

Eminent Psychoanalyst and writer whose interests have centred around feminism and psychoanalysis, the construction of femininity and gender, globalisation and body image, emotional literacy and psychoanalysis and the public sphere. Author of 11 books including the internationally acclaimed and highly influential work Fat is a Feminist Issue. She is also co-editor of Fifty Shades of Feminism and convenor of Endangered Bodies.

Dr Nicholas Pace (USA)

Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University’s School of Medicine. Past Chair, New York State Governor’s Advisory Committee on Alcoholism. Founding Director of the American Council on Drug Education. Fellow in the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Past advisor to President Gerald Ford’s White House physician. Assisted First Lady Nancy Reagan with the Chemical People Project.

Professor Jaak Panksepp (USA)

Distinguished Research Professor of Psychobiology at Bowling Green State University and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Medical College of Ohio at Toledo. Author: Affective Neuroscience, and a great many articles.

James Park (UK)

Psychotherapist. Founder of Antidote, an emotional literacy organization. Member of the DfES Social and Emotional Competence Practitioners Group.

Dr Bruce Perry (USA)

Medical Director in  Children’s Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board. Senior Fellow of the Child Trauma Academy. Consultant on traumatised children in high profile tragedies : Columbine, Colorado school shootings, the Oklahoma City bombing and the Branch Davidian Siege. Author of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog.

Dr Ximena Poblete (Italy) Consultant paediatrician. Specialism: child protection and emotional health

Leading member of the HOPES Project, based in schools, which aims to help children and young people become more resilient in the face of adversity and stress.

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Teacher at the Tavistock Clinic, The British Association of Psychotherapy and The London Centre for Psychotherapy. Author: Ritalin for Whom?

Jocelyne Quenell

Former Principal of IATE and has been practicing as a psychotherapist for nearly thirty years. She has worked in health, education and social care, independent, statutory and charity sectors with adults, children, young people, families and communities. She is Director of the Wellbeing Faculty at IATE and is responsible for three courses in Therapeutic Communication Skills, Therapeutic Wellbeing Practice and Community Wellbeing. She is a Fellow of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy UKCP and is committed to developing strategies for therapeutic, creative and relational therapeutic work to flourish.

Dr Carlotta Raby

Founder of Luna Children’s Charity and has worked with children and young people for twenty years in a variety of settings. Carlotta has trained in psychology, integrative arts psychotherapy, bio-psycho-social psychotherapy, and international human rights law. She specialised in psychotraumatology and the treatment of PTSD in children and designed the Children’s Accelerated Trauma Technique (CATT).

Professor Joan Raphael-Leff (UK) Professor in Psychoanalysis, University of Essex

Specialises in treating people with reproductive and parenting issues. 50 publications in this field including Pregnancy: The Inside Story.  Editor: ‘Spilt Milk’ Perinatal Loss, Breakdown and Bereavement.

Dr Vasudevi Reddy (UK) Developmental Psychologist, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth

 Research area: The development of communication and social understanding in typical and atypical development.

Susan Reid (UK) Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Child and Family Department, The Tavistock Clinic

Co-Founder Tavistock Autism Workshop. Co-editor: Autism and Personality. Editor: Developments in Infant Observation: The Tavistock Model. Author: Understanding Your 2 Year Old Child.

Richard Rose (UK)

Responsible for directing and developing the activities of the Mary Walsh Institute, including higher education qualifications up to MA level in therapeutic child care, vocational training programmes for the child care workforce. Created the Life Story process, SACCS Recovery Programme. Author of The Child's Own Story - Life Story Work with Traumatised Children.

Adah Sachs (UK)

Psychotherapist and member of the Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Consultant Psychotherapist at Clinic for Dissociative Studies, London. Extensive experience of working with deeply troubled adolescents, many of whom self-harm.

Lolita Sapriel (USA)

Psychotherapist, Santa Monica, California. Past President of the Gestalt Institute of Los Angeles. Publications in British Gestalt Journal and The Bridge (Dialogues Across Cultures).

Allan Schore (USA)

Neuropsychoanalyst. University of California at Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine.

Julia Segal (UK)

Research Counsellor . Author of Phantasy in Everyday Life. Co-author of Helping Children with Ill or Disabled Parents – A Guide for Parents and Professionals.

Laurie Seiler (UK)

Registered mental health nurse and accredited cognitive behavioural therapist. Author of Cool Connections with CBS. Wide range of experience in working with adults and children. Laurie’s work includes both crisis and early intervention, his group programmes are linked with the National Curriculum.

Matthew Selekman (USA)

Family therapist and Co-Director of Partners for Collaborative Solutions, an international family therapy training, Illinois. Received the Walter S. Rosenberry Award for several years from The Children’s Hospital in Denver (Colorado) for significant contributions to psychiatry and the behavioural sciences. Author of Working with Self-Harming Adolescents: A Collaborative, Strengths-Based Therapy Approach; Pathways to Change: Brief Therapy with Difficult Adolescents.

Dr Paul Sepping (UK)

Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Trained at the Great Ormond Street Group of Hospitals. Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for over 20 years. Group Analyst. PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies. Past Internal Advisor on Child and Family Mental Health for the Department of Health (1990-91). Author of several chapters in books and journal articles including Integrating Object Relations Narratives in Analytic Work with Children and Adolescents (2002), and ‘Narrative and Interpretation’ in Heart and Soul: The Therapeutic Face of Philosophy’ (1999, Mace, C.(Ed)).

Dr Peter Shoenberg (UK)

Lead Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the Camden Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Services. Senior member of the British Association of Psychotherapists. Author of Psychosomatics: The Uses of Psychopathology. Published many journal articles and chapters on psychotherapy in psychosomatic medicine.

Dr Valerie Sinason (UK)

Director and Psychoanalyst at The Clinic for Dissociative Studies, London. Author: ‘Attachment, Trauma and Multiplicity: Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder’, and ‘Memory in Dispute’. Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist to the Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic.  Court expert witness.

Naomi Stadlen (UK)

Author What Mothers Do When It Looks Like Nothing. Years of running 'Mothers Talking', weekly discussion groups for mothers. Counsellor and existential psychotherapist, specialising in seeing mothers or parents together. Teacher and Supervisor at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling.

Jan Stimpson (UK)

Co-author of Raising Happy Children and Sibling Rivalry. Leading parenting adviser and facilitator for the charity Parentline Plus. Runs courses and workshops in family and community centres and schools.

Dr Keith Sullivan (New Zealand)

Educational Psychologist. Previously Charter Fellow in Human Rights at Wolfson College, University of Oxford. Author: The Anti-Bullying Handbook (OUP, Australia). Co-author: Anti-Bullying in Secondary Schools (Sage, in print).

David Taransaud (UK)

Psychotherapeutic Counsellor for adolescents. Over 10 years’ clinical experience. Majority of his teenage clients have been labelled as antisocial and severely traumatised. Author of You Think I’m Evil: Practical Strategies for Working with Rebellious and Aggressive Adolescents. Often travels to Uganda where he set up an Art Therapy service in an orphanage for former child soldiers, AIDS orphans and young people affected by conflict/trauma.

Charlie Taylor (UK)

Government’s expert adviser on children’s behaviour. Headteacher, Willows Special School for children with behavioural difficulties in West London for the last 6 years. Author of two books, Divas and Dictators and Divas and Doorslammers, written to help parents with the children’s behaviour.

Dr Martin Teicher (USA)

Director, The Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program, McLean Hospital, USA. Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Developmental Psychopharmacology Laboratory, Mailman Research Center, USA. Chaired committees for The National Institute of Health. Published over 160 articles.

Dr Leonore Terr (USA)

World expert on trauma and memory. . Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California. Winner of the Blanche F. Ittleson Award for her research on childhood traumas. Author: Too Scared to Cry, and Unchained Memories.

Professor Sami Timimi (UK)

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Medical Education in the NHS in Lincolnshire and a Visiting Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Lincoln. Published over a hundred articles on subjects including childhood, psychotherapy, behavioural disorders and cross-cultural psychiatry. Co-founded the International Critical Psychiatry Network and the group Culture and Equality in Mental Health.

Bernice Tonino (UK)

Neurofeedback Therapist. Owner of Learning With Neurofeedback. Medical Psychologist. International certificate in Neurofeedback training by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. Member of the British Psychological Society and the International Society for Neurofeedback.

Professor Colwyn Trevarthen (UK)

Professor (Emeritus) of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at The University of Edinburgh. Vice-President of the British Association for Early Childhood Education. Trained as a biologist, and has published on brain development, infant communication and child learning and emotional health. Currently researching 'communicative musicality' with musician Stephen Malloch, to discover how rhythms and expressions of movement enable us to share feelings and ideas.

Dr Bessel van der Kolk (USA)

World Expert on Post-Traumatic Stress. Professor at Boston University Medical School. Published more than 100 scientific articles. Author: Psychological Trauma and Co-editor: Traumatic Stress, the Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body and Society.

Susan Vas Dias (UK)

Consultant Paediatric Psychotherapist at the Queen Elizabeth Children’s Services, Royal London Hospital. Trained under Anna Freud. Trainer and Supervisor at The Centre for Attachment-based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Jay Vaughan (UK)

Psychotherapist and Dramatherapist. Somatic Experience practitioner and Theraplay practitioner. Co-founding Director of Family Futures – an organisation specialising in therapeutic work with traumatised fostered or adopted children who have experienced loss, neglect or abuse.

Dr Essi Viding (UK)

Reader in Developmental Psychopathology, University of London. Specialises in the causes of violent antisocial behaviour in children and adolescents. Dr Viding's work brings together genetics, social development and cognitive neuroscience in innovative  new ways to explore the causes of violent antisocial behaviour in young people.

Dr Vernon Wiehe (USA)

Professor Emeritus, University of Kentucky, USA. Author of 10 books and over 50 articles on family violence and sibling abuse.

Christina Wieland (UK)

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Author of The Undead Mother: Psychoanalytic Explorations of Masculinity, Femininity and Matricide (Rebus Press/Karnacs). Published widely.

Dr Paul Wilkinson (UK)

University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. Research interests include the biology and cognitions of adolescent depression and self-harm. He also investigates the treatment and prognosis of adolescent depression and self-harm, including how genes and hormones moderate response to treatment.

Alison Wintgens (UK)

Consultant Speech and Language Therapist and Trust Lead for Speech and Language Therapy in South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, London. Regional Adviser in Child Mental Health for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. Co-author, The Selective Mutism Resource Manual.

Nick Woodall (UK)

Works at the Centre for Separated Families, a national charity that uses whole family interventions to support parents in bringing about better outcomes for their children after divorce or separation. Delivers training to other professionals working with family separation, both in the UK and abroad. Co-author of The Guide for Separated Parents (2009) and Divorce for Dads (2010). Also written parenting information for the Government's Child Maintenance Options Service, BBC Online, the Separated Dad's Guide and dad.

Dr Suzanne Zeedyk (UK)

Currently holds the post of Honorary Fellow in Developmental Psychology at the University of Dundee, where she has been based for the past two decades. Her research interests focus on the early communicative abilities of infants, although she now spends most of her time disseminating scientific information about humans’ innate connectedness to the public. Dr Zeedyk works closely with organisations such as the Scottish Violence Research Unit, Homestart, Starcatchers the Archie Foundation, the Wave Trust and a number of city councils.

Dr Felicity de Zulueta (UK)

Consultant Psychiatrist and lead clinician of the Traumatic Stress Service at the Maudsley Hospital. Author: From Pain to Violence, The Traumatic Origins of Destructiveness. Honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College London, Group Analyst, Systemic Therapist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Founder member of the International Attachment Network and author of numerous papers on Attachment, PTSD and the origins of violence.


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