We use cookies to help us improve the website and your experience using it. You may delete and block all cookies from this site at any time. However, please note this may result in parts of the site no longer working correctly. If you continue without changing your settings we will assume you are happy to receive all cookies on this site.



Dr Caroline White

Caroline WhiteDr. Caroline White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Children & Parents' Service (CAPS) for Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, leads and manages the city wide, multi-agency CAPS Early Intervention Service, for pre-school children and their families. Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) is one of the evidence based interventions delivered by CAPS over several years, and the team of 18 clinical psychologists are all trained as Accredited VIG Guiders, Supervisors & Trainers. VIG has been specifically used with parents and infants in the service, as part of Manchester's Early Years New Delivery Model.

Caroline is an accredited Incredible Years (IY) Trainer and has delivered many effective, evidence based IY parent groups in both clinical and community settings to parents of children with behaviour problems since 1996. She has trained and supervised hundreds of professionals in accredited IY parent training workshops both nationally and internationally. In Manchester she has successfully set up and maintained a sustainable implementation of the Incredible Years for over 15 years and this has been highlighted as a model of best practice both locally and internationally.

Caroline has also contributed to several implementation policies and has contributed to a number of national implementations of evidence based programmes. She speaks regularly at international conferences and has a number of publications.

Jenny Jarvis

Jenny JarvisJenny Jarvis is a Counselling Psychologist and National AVIGuk Supervisor and trainer. Jenny previously used VIG in her work in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service within Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust. Jenny currently works as a freelance trainer and supervisor with many practitioners across Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as contributing to other projects across the UK. Jenny has experience of using VIG with parents and babies, school age children and adolescents. She supervises practitioners from Education, Mental Health, and Social Care.

Kim Dowsett

Kim DowsettKim Dowsett is a Social Worker and AVIGuk Supervisor.  Kim is based in the South Lowestoft Children's Centres and uses VIG extensively in her early years work, particularly where young children are deemed to be at risk.

Jenny and Kim are particularly interested in the effect of VIG, not only on the changes that it can promote within the family, but also the influence on practitioners who are using and training in VIG.  They seek to demonstrate moments of attunement at all three levels: the child and parents, the parents and practitioner, the practitioner and supervisor.

Professor Jane Barlow

Jane BarlowJane's main research interest is the role of early parenting in the aetiology of mental health problems, and in particular the evaluation of early interventions aimed at improving parenting practices and reducing the risk of child maltreatment, particularly during pregnancy and the postnatal period. She is Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit, which provides training and research in innovative evidence-based methods of supporting parenting during pregnancy and the early years to a wide range of early years and primary care practitioners.

In addition to research on the effectiveness of interventions to promote early parenting she has also undertaken extensive research in the field of child protection, and was an author on one of the recent Lancet international reviews of ?what works?. She recently co-authored a book about 'What works in the treatment of child emotional abuse?', and a publication for Research in Practice entitled 'Safeguarding in the 21st Century: Where to now?' She has also recently completed a DfE funded systematic review of the most effective models of decision-making in child protection, and is working with a number of local authorities to establish new care pathways to prevent child maltreatment.

She is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and recently became President of the UK Association of Infant Mental Health, and Chair of the Local Organising Committee for the World Association of Infant Mental Health Congress to be held in Edinburgh in 2014. She is a collaborator with the International Preventing Violence across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) research network, and contributes to a range of national expert groups. She is an editor for Child and Adolescent Mental Health, co-chair of the Campbell Collaboration Social Welfare group, and on the editorial board for the Cochrane Developmental, Psychosocial and Learning Disorders Group. She currently chairs Warwick Biomedical and Science Research Ethics Committee, and is an academic representative for Dignity at Work.

Jonathan Delafield-Butt

Jonathan Delafield-ButtJonathan Delafield-Butt is Lecturer in Early Years at the University of Strathclyde.  His work examines the origins of conscious experience and the embodied and emotional foundations of psychological development for learning and health.

He began research with a PhD in the neurobiology of brain development at the University of Edinburgh before extending to psychobiological development of perception and movement, especially in social interaction in infancy, at Edinburgh and Copenhagen Universities.  Philosophical implications have been developed in scholarship at Harvard and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Edinburgh.

He trained pre-clinically in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Scottish Institute for Human Relations and is a member of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.  His current research examines the motor origin and motor treatment of autism spectrum disorder.

This talk examines the origins of the infant mind in its first purposeful movements, evident in utero, and traces their development into complex projects of social meaning-making in the first year of life.  All movements require prospective control, an anticipation of their future effect.  This constitutes the first form of knowledge, knowing ahead of time the effects of a particular self-generated action.  At first, these are basic and simple, but over development they become serially organised into complex projects requiring greater knowledge of their distal consequences, as they expand in capacity and reach.  This is a transition from brainstem mediated conscious control to more abstract, cortically mediated control.   In social engagement, self-generated acts of expression made with another co-create regular, non-verbal narrative patterns that establish common meaning available for social understanding and sharing intentions.  By tracing development of meaning-making from solo projects in utero to shared narrative projects in early life, we can better appreciate social patterns and their compositions evident in health, disrupted in pathology, and important for development and learning.

Hedwig van Bakel

Hedwig van BakelHedwig van Bakel is Professor Infant Mental Health at Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

She also heads a Centre for Infant Mental Health (at Dimence Mental Health Care) andworks as a psychologist and researcher at Herlaarhof (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).

Her main research interest is infant mental health and the quality of parent-infant interaction.

In the Netherlands VIG is examined in a randomized controlled study with parents of very and moderately preterm infants. Hedwig will present the effects of the hospital-based VIG on parental interactive behavior and parent-infant bonding. The results show that VIG has a significantly positive effect on several aspects of parent-infant bonding, in particular for fathers (i.e., decrease in bonding problems, more feelings of enjoyment, more affiliative behavior). In general, VIG is a useful addition to standard hospital care, reducing the impact of preterm birth on maternal and paternal interactive behavior and the parent-infant relationship.

Marij Eliëns

Marij EliensMarij Eliëns has been in close cooperation with Harrie Biemans en Saskia van Rees, the inventors of VIG, since 1980. She was involved in the development of the VIG-method in its experimental phase between 1980- 1985.

When SPIN-Holland was founded in 1987, Marij worked as a trainer in the south of the Netherlands and trained several professionals in all kind of disciplines to use and implement the VIG-method. Moreover, in 1990 Marij started to train primary health care workers, nurses and doctors in clinical care in order for them to be able to use of Video Interaction Guidance. From 1990 onwards, Marij became the coordinator of VIG Health Care in the Netherlands. Additionally, Marij is the head of the VIG in Heathcare since 1993. Accordingly, she coordinates the implementation of the VIG-method in the neonatal, obstetric and pediatric wards in 75% of the hospitals in the Netherlands and in Healthcare Youth Institutes. In the Netherlands 98% of the young parents visit these institutes several time in the first years of the life of the child.

On top of the above, Marij studied Science of Health at the University of Maastricht, where she conducted a research project on the effects of Video Interaction Guidance, especially with regards to support of parents who have an excessively crying or restless baby.

In 2006 Marij was the initiator of a new, experimental, innovative project to help mothers with (postnatal) depression, parents with other psychological problems, parents who had a difficult upbringing (e.g. abuse, violence, or a neglected childhood). The study was conducted while parents just had a baby, or when they were expecting to have a baby. The VIG-method has proven to be a very important intervention in this new project.

Hilary Kennedy

Hilary KennedyHilary Kennedy is an educational psychologist and a leading developer of Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) in the UK.

Her book on the subject of VIG has the sub-title A Relationship-Based Intervention to Promote Attunement, Empathy and Wellbeing. She is currently is a freelance VIG trainer working on projects around the UK in 10 Educational Psychology Services and with Health, Social Care and third sector projects such as the Family Drug and Alcohol Court, the Tavistock, Manchester Clinical Psychology, Oxford Parent Infant project, Infant Mental Health in Belfast, Tower Hamlets safeguarding, NSPCC Neglect, Juconi Mexico.

She is also an honorary senior lecturer at University College London, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society and is involved in supporting research in the effectiveness of VIG as an intervention.

Chris Cuthbert

chris cuthbert photoChris is Head of Strategy and Development at children's charity the NSPCC, where he is responsible for a new programme designing, delivering and evaluating innovative services for babies and their families. Chris heads up the NSPCC's All Babies Count programme to raise awareness of the developmental importance of pregnancy and babyhood - and of the power of evidence-based interventions to transform children's lives. He also leads the charity's work programme on child neglect.

Chris joined the NSPCC from the Cabinet Office where he was Deputy Director of the government's Social Exclusion Task Force. Chris has a long track record of work related to children and families, having led the cross-Whitehall review on families at risk which resulted in the government's 'Think Family' agenda.  He was also the lead official on parenting and early intervention policy for the government's social exclusion action plan and was responsible for introducing a number of innovative services including the Family Nurse Partnership programme which provides intensive evidence-based home visiting support for vulnerable first time young mothers.

During his time in government, Chris has worked in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit, Communities and Local Government, the Department for Education and the Children & Young People's Unit.  Prior to joining the civil service, Chris worked in the private sector specialising in social and advertising research, including work on a number of major public health communications campaigns.