Angela Underdown and Aoife Twohig
Using Video Interaction Guidance with Families with Pre-term
In this workshop we will explore how video interaction guidance
can be used to support the relationships between parents and their
infants who were born 8 weeks or more before their due date.
We will reflect on the special support needs of families with
preterm infants. A pilot study that offered families VIG when
their babies were discharged home from the neonatal unit will be
described. We will consider implications for future studies
In addition, Aoife will discuss her research implementing VIG in
a NICU with preterm infants and their parents to support the
developing parent-infant relationship.
Dr Angela Underdown is Deputy Director of
Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit (WIFWU) which brings
together expertise with the goal of providing research, training
and innovation in ways to support parenting during pregnancy and
the first two years of life. Angela is particularly interested in
the evaluation of interventions that aim to promote early
infant-parent relationships. She has evaluated the processes and
effects of infant massage programmes and explored community support
using video interaction guidance for parents with infants born
pre-term. Angela has recently written and produced a series of film
clips about bonding, reflective function, baby sleep/wake states
and interaction during the perinatal period. She has also written,
Baby Steps, an interactive 9 session relationships based programme
to support men and women in the emotional transition to parenthood.
This programme starts antenatal and aims to support vulnerable
parents to build healthy relationships with their infants. This
programme has been successfully developed and evaluated by the
NSPCC. Angela teaches on a wide range of post-graduate courses
aimed at promoting healthy development within early parent-infant
relationships. Angela is a member of the Association of Infant
Mental Health (AIMH) Committee and Infant Mental Health Advisor to
the Institute of Health Visiting (IHV).
Dr. Aoife Twohig, MRCPsych, MSc. CAPP,
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Child
Aoife has trained in Child Psychiatry and Child Psychotherapy in
Ireland and has a special interest in both promoting and working
clinically to support infant mental health. She is in her final
year PhD student in University College Dublin and also works in a
Paediatric Liaison service. Her research using VIG with preterm
infants has been supported by the National Children's Research
Centre, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.
Penny Rackett and Marij Eliens
Using VIG in the perinatal period with high risk families:
projects from the Netherlands and the UK.
It's never too early to start: a perinatal approach. Marij
Eliens will talk about Baby Extra, a successful programme in the
Netherlands where work begins antenatally and continues with
filming from the moment of birth; and Penny Rackett will share the
Getting To Know You project, inspired by Marij's work.
Penny Rackett is a Specialist Early Years Educational
Psychologist and VIG Supervisor working for Suffolk Community
Educational Psychology Service. She has a long standing
interest in Infant Mental Health, has run the Eastern Region
Perinatal and Infant Mental Health Network for some years and is
part of the AIMH committee: she likes finding different ways of
using VIG to support babies and their families.
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Kevin Ball and Stavros Nicolas Stavros
Reflections on a VIG training journey in two London NHS parent
Kevin and Stavros plan to show part of their journeys
through VIG training as Parent Infant Psychotherapist and
Clinical Psychologist. They work in different
London NHS trusts and have been carrying out
parent-infant work pre and post VIG.
Kevin plans to show how he not only uses VIG to work
with mothers and babies, but also aims to demonstrate the
versatility of VIG by exploring how VIG can be used
in the wider context. Kevin has used VIG in child
protection work and plans to show some video work of an
actual child protection conference.
Stavros will reflect on a personal level about
his VIG training journey and how it has shaped his clinical
practice working with parents and infants.
Kevin Ball works as a Parent Infant
Psychotherapist in a Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service
in the North East London Foundation Trust. He has worked there
since 2007 . He works with mothers, fathers and babies
where there is a perinatal mental illness and/or there are
attachment and bonding issues with the baby.
Previously he worked at Guys and St Thomas's Hospital in the
Dept of Palliative Medicine and some of his work involved working
with families where one member has a terminal illness. Often
this work involved working with parents and children around
adjusting to the terminal illness. Part of this work was also
supervising the Perinatal Psychotherapist in the Evelina Childrens
Hospital. During this time he trained as a family therapist in the
Institute of Family Therapy in London. Before this Kevin trained as
a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at the Philadelphia Association
and worked as a therapist in one of the therapeutic communities
where residents had a diagnosis of severe mental illness.
Kevin is a Psychoanalytic and Systemic Psychotherapist
working as a Perinatal Psychotherapist in the NHS.
Stavros Stavrou is a Principal Clinical
Psychologist working in the Parent Infant Psychology Service at the
Whittington Health NHS Trust.
Whittington Health is a provider of integrated acute and
community health care to local people with services across
Islington, Haringey and at the Whittington Hospital. The Parent
Infant Psychology Service (PIPS) is an early intervention and
prevention service offering clinical interventions to parents and
infants aged 0-2 living in Haringey, London. PIPS also offers an
indirect consultation service to members of staff where there are
attachment related/mental health concerns for children aged 2-5
In his role as Principal Clinical Psychologist in PIPS, Stavros
offers clinical interventions to parents and infants, aimed at
improving the parent infant relationship. He also supervises
Clinical Psychology trainees and provides consultation and training
on infant mental health issues to health visitors, midwives and
children centre staff.
In addition to the above Stavros has just started in his role as
Psychological Consultant to the London Borough of Hackney Family
Nurse Partnership (FNP) team.
Integrating VIG and Watch Wait Wonder in Parent Infant
Parent infant groups can provide an attuned, empathic and
containing environment where we integrate Watching and Waiting
(being attentive), positive Visual feedback- (benign mirroring) and
Wondering: reflecting on meaning and developing mind-mindedness. In
such an ambience moments of vitality, moments of connectedness,
which are experienced as visceral and spontaneous, can happen. This
gives further opportunities to develop new ways of understanding
and responding to baby's communication.
These groups are currently taking place in 5 Children Centers in
and around Oxford. The workshop will outline the theoretical
framework, show video examples from groups and talk about some of
the challenges of using technology in an already busy parent infant
group environment, for instance how we use the camera has an
impact, as has the limited attention span for feedback one can
Monika Celebi is a free lance Video Interaction
Guider, AVIGUK Advanced Supervisor, and Trainer, UKCP Registered
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist; Senior Registered Dance Movement
Psychotherapist, MA, BA. She has pioneered groups at the Oxford
Parent Infant Project over the last 10 years and developed the
OXPIP Parent Infant Group Training for Early Years Professionals.
She is involved in developing VIG projects together with a wide
range of professionals in Tower Hamlets, the Mental Health
foundation and the Home Counties.
Maddie Marczak and Francesca Nolan
Getting VIG established as an intervention in the perinatal
period: Initial multi-agency reflections of the benefits and
challenges of this process
This workshop will present multi-agency reflections about the
successes and challenges of implementation of a VIG care pathway
for infants in Central Manchester. Particularly, reflections will
focus on the challenges of ensuring that appropriate families are
identified for VIG intervention and questions posed regarding how
we make clinical decisions about which families are intervention
ready, within the context of postnatal depression and maternal
mental health concerns as well as other associated stresses.
Consideration will also occur about how we support local health
visiting teams and early years staff to get 'on board' with VIG and
how local VIG champions have shaped local referral patterns.
This will be an interactive reflective workshop where delegates
own experiences will be welcomed to inform thinking about best
practice when working with infants in the perinatal period.
Madeline Marczak is an experienced Clinical
Child Psychologist who has worked with children and families for
over seven years. Madeline currently divides her time between a
clinical and lecturing post. She works as a Clinical Psychologist
for the Children and Parent's Service (a 0-5 CAMHS Service in
Manchester) as well as being a Clinical Tutor/Lecturer for the
Children's and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological
Therapies programme (IAPT), affiliated with the University of
Manchester. Madeline is also an honorary lecturer for the Lancaster
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme.
Madeline is passionate about early intervention and believes VIG
has a key role as an intervention tool both with families and early
years' professionals. Madeline has recently commenced phase 4 of
VIG supervisor training and is currently supervising Clinical
Psychologists within her Service. Madeline's VIG journey has led
her to liaise closely with the neonatal unit at Royal Manchester
Children's Hospital to explore care pathways for this group of
parents and babies who are at risk of early attachment difficulties
as well as with local Manchester Health Visiting Teams to determine
how they are developing care-pathways around VIG. Madeline also has
experience of using VERP with trainee clinical psychologists
Francesca Nolan is an experienced registered
childrens nurse who has worked in the critical care setting for
thirteen years, working closely with families going through extreme
trauma. Francesca qualified as a Health Visitor last
year and now works closely with families with under fives in
Francesca has experience in recruiting families to VIG and has
witnessed the positive effects this has on families. Francesca
works closely with the CAPS team and is developing a
care-pathway around VIG. Francesca strongly believes VIG and early
intervention lead to much more positive outcomes for children and
Sylvia Reyes, Jenny Jarvis and Felicity de Zulueta
Using VIG with the JUCONI approach to reduce violence in
families in Ecuador
Felicity will begin by explaining the way that trauma impacts
upon attachment and the implications for working with parents and
children with traumatic histories.
Sylvia will then present the Juconi method which has been
successfully working with parents in extreme poverty and violence
in Mexico and Ecuador for the last 20 years.
Jenny has just returned from Ecuador where she has been
supervising 9 of the Juconi professionals in Stage 1 of their VIG
training. She will present their work with traumatised
families, exploring the links between the Juconi model and
VIG, and also the role and timing of VIG with families where
extreme poverty, abuse and neglect are prevalent.
Sylvia Reyes. As a Chartered Educational
Psychologist trained within the Tavistock Child and Family Centre,
Sylvia has more than 20 years experience working with children and
their parents in both educational psychology, family based
therapeutic and social care settings.
For 18 years she has worked internationally where she has
applied psychological practice to solving psychosocial difficulties
associated with violence, trauma and extreme social exclusion and
poverty. Sylvia is particularly interested in the impact of
distorted attachment relationships in creating responses which may
lead children and their parents into cycles of 'double
deprivation1 whereby their reactions to distressing
experiences create further problems which may entrench and
exacerbate their difficulties.
In Ecuador, Sylvia developed a strengths based model of
intervention to help disturbed children and their parents living
under extremes of stress to improve their life outcomes. The model
has been widely and formally recognised for its impact.
(2010) - International Service Human Rights Award for the
Defence of Children's Rights
(2007) - Ashoka "Social Entrepreneur" Fellow for development of
model of Rehabilitation Work with Families of Street Children
(2005) MBE for Services to Street Children
Jenny Jarvis -
See speakers biographies
Dr Felicity de Zulueta was born in Colombia in
1948. She was brought up learning 5 languages in Borneo,
Switzerland, Uganda and Lebanon where she took the French
Baccalaureat in Philosophy.
In 1966, she went to England to study at University and obtained
a degree in Biology at the University of East Anglia followed by a
Medical degree in Cambridge and Sheffield before specialising
in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy at the Maudsley Hospital in
With a training in Group Analysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy,
Systemic Family Therapy and EMDR, Dr de Zulueta first created and
headed the Department of Psychotherapy in Charing Cross Hospital in
1984. In 1997, she was appointed to develop and head the Traumatic
Stress Service in the Maudsley Hospital. She developed a
specialised service for survivors of abuse and refugees suffering
from severe complex PTSD. She retired from her post in the NHS
Dr F. de Zulueta is an Honorary Senior Lecturer in Kings College
London where she first became interested in the study of
Bilingualism: this arose from her discovering that one of her
patients was as he put it "mad" in one language and sane in his
second language. She subsequently focused on understanding the
origins of violence which she wrote about in her book "From Pain to
Violence, the traumatic origins of destructiveness". This led her
to specialise in the study of psychological trauma as an attachment
disorder and more specifically on the importance of
attunement, dissociation and the use of a specific intervention to
elicit the traumatic attachment which she is currently
Her interest in Video Interaction Guidance is based on its focus
on attunement and mentalisation, both of which are very important
in the healing of complex or developmental traumatic disorders as
well as being cost effective and empowering to both its clients and
those who apply it.
Dr Felicity de Zulueta is currently an Emeritus Consultant
Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy at the Maudsley Hospital and free
lance lecturer on the origins of violence, understanding and
treating complex post traumatic stress disorder or developmental
trauma and the impact of bilingualism on our sense of self and
Dr Debbie Hunter, Dr Ann Hockaday
Video Interaction Guidance as an Intervention for
Parents with Learning Disabilities.
Parents with learning disabilities are often multiply
disadvantaged and data suggests these families experience very
significant levels of health and social inequality compared to
other families. Research indicates that between 40 - 60 % of
parents with learning disabilities have their children taken away
from their care (McConnell & Llewellyn, 2002), and a high
number of parents with a learning disability are referred to social
workers because of concerns regarding their parenting. There
is a pressing need to develop evidence based interventions that
support parents with learning disabilities to improve parenting
competencies to meet their children's needs, as is required by
National Best Practice Guidance (DoH & DfES, 2007; DoH,
The workshop will begin by exploring the theoretical rationale
for offering Video Interaction to parents with a learning
disability and discuss some of the reasons it is especially well
suited to the needs of this group of parents
A number of case studies to illustrate how the service use's
Video Interaction Guidance therapy with parents will be presented.
Examples of work from our Early Intervention Programme, with
parents and babies will be highlighted as well as work with parents
with older children.
The service is currently developing and trialling a number of
outcome and evaluation measures, particularly to evaluate the use
of VIG in our Early Intervention Programme and these will be
discussed within the workshop.
Finally some of our more general reflections on the use of VIG
with parents with a learning disability as well as ways we have
tried to adapt the approach to suit the needs of parents additional
learning needs will be shared.
Dr Debbie Hunter and Ann
Hockaday are Clinical Psychologists working in the Special
Parenting Service, Cornwall Foundation Trust.
The Special Parenting Service is a specialist health service
dedicated to supporting parents with learning disabilities within
Cornwall. The Service was established over twenty years ago and is
known nationally for its expertise in the area of assessment and
intervention for parents with Learning Disabilities. The Service
specialises in offering assessment and intervention for parents who
have a learning disability in order to help them gain the parenting
skills necessary to safely care for their children. Early
assessment, intervention and preventative support is an important
goal of the Service. Video Interaction Guidance forms a key
component of much of the therapeutic work offered to parents with
the entire team now training in the approach.
Debbie is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has over twenty
years of experience working with children and families in mental
health settings. She has led the Special Parenting Service for the
past four years. Debbie started her training in Video Interaction
Guidance in 2011, and has since become an enthusiastic advocate of
the approach and is embarking on her supervisors training.
Ann is an experienced Clinical Psychologist with much experience
working with children and families in a range of settings. She is
very interested in developing attachment based interventions for
parents with learning disabilities. She has completed and published
research in the field of Child and Adolescent Mental Health
including an evaluation of a service targeting conduct disorders at
school and at home.
Debbie and Ann are both interested in integrating attachment
based therapies with narrative, compassionate mind and solution
focused based approaches to psychological therapy. They have both
completed training using the CARE-Index which they are using to
evaluate their therapeutic work with parents and infants.
Sophie Kershaw, Alexandra Marinou, Hardey Barnett
VIG in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court: Developing VIG
in assessment as well as intervention
The team at the Family Drug and Alchohol Court (FDAC), Tavistock
Clinic, started training in VIG 4 years ago. Since then they have
continued to train new recruits and explore how VIG with its
supportive values and beliefs can fit in to working in the court
child protection arena.
This workshop will introduce you to the way FDAC works to
support their clients and explore with you how VIG can fit in as an
assessment alongside an intervention.
The FDAC team are looking at the client's potential to develop
discipline in managing their addiction, sensitivity to their child,
responsivity to their child and the ability to reflect on what they
are doing and why. They ask questions around "can they change if
they are given help?", "are they retaining learning?"
and, "can they put their learning into action?"
Miss Sophie Kershaw, MA in Social Work, Post
Graduate Diploma in Social Work, BA (Hons) in Social Studies,
PG Cert in Adolescent Mental Health, PG Cert in Drugs
Sophie Kershaw has been the Service Manager for the Family Drug
and Alcohol Court (based at the Tavistock and Portman NHS
Foundation Trust) since 2008. Within her managerial and
development role she continues to work as a clinician specialising
in child protection, and is also accredited in delivering Social
Behavioural Network Therapy, Video Interaction Guidance,
Alexandra Marinou is a Family Mental
Health Clinician & Honorary Adult Psychotherapist. She
works as a Family Mental Health Clinician at the Westminster Family
Assessment Service (Tavistock Clinic) and as an Honorary Adult
Psychotherapist at the Adult Department (Tavistock Clinic). She has
previously worked at the Monroe Family Assessment Service at the
Tavistock assessing families with complex child protection
concerns. Alexandra has a degree in Psychology from the Panteion
University of Social and Political Sciences (Greece) where she also
started a PhD in Experimental Social Psychology. She has completed
an MSc at the Institute of Psychiatry in Child and Adolescent
Mental Health (King's College of London) and has attended a year of
an MA in Autism Studies at the Tizard Centre (University of Kent).
Alexandra has experience in working with children and adolescents
with mental health problems in multidisciplinary teams in Greece
and in the UK (clinical placements at the Maudsley Hospital SLAM).
She has completed a number of training courses in assessing
attachment and family relationships. She is a reliable scorer in
the Reflective Functioning in the Adult Attachment Interview and an
accredited Practitioner in the Video Interaction Guidance evidence
based method which aims to promote attunement and parental
sensitivity. Alexandra has trained in the Reflective Functioning in
the Pregnancy Interview, the Dynamic Maturational Model of
Attachment, the Care-INDEX for infants and is practising the
Mentalisation-Based Treatment for Families.
Hardey Barnett graduated with a Bachelors
Degree in Social Work & Social Policy in 1996, from the
University of Queensland, Australia. In Australia, Hardey worked
predominantly with young people most at risk due to substance
misuse and behavioral difficulties. This work developed throughout
varied roles including early intervention, prevention, treatment
and therapeutic interventions for young people and eventually
adults, all within the non-statutory and community settings.
Having moved to the UK in 2004, Hardey worked for Islington
Children and Families. As a senior social worker within Children
Services, he worked predominantly with complex cases subject to
court proceedings and has experience of providing court reports and
giving evidence. Continuing to develop work within the substance
misuse field, he was seconded for a year to support young people
and families affected by parental and/or adolescent substance
misuse within Islington.
Hardey first joined the FDAC team as a Senior Practitioner in
March 2008. FDAC is a multi-disciplinary team undertaking expert
assessments and interventions for families affected by alcohol and
other drugs. He has been employed as the Deputy Service Manger
since April 2014.
Heather McLean and Clare Lancaster
New Families: VIG in adoption/fostering/kinship
carers in Glasgow
Children who are Looked After, or who are Looked After Away from
Home by Local Authorities often have histories of difficulties
forming attachments to key adults. Glasgow has the highest
proportion of Looked After Children in Scotland. Promoting positive
outcomes for these children is a key area of work for Educational
Psychologists, due to the risks experienced by these children in
terms of relationships, behaviour, education, placement continuity,
and other vulnerabilities.
Educational Psychologists are continually reflecting on best
practice in this area and have looked to Video Interaction Guidance
(VIG) as an evidence-based intervention to support attachment. In
Glasgow VIG has been used in a variety of contexts, including with
children who are Looked After at home, and those who are Looked
After Away from Home. It has also been used with adoptive parents
to support them to bond with their children and build their new
In this workshop we will explore how VIG can be used in the
context of children who are Looked After Away from Home, and how
this powerful tool can help carers quickly build relationships,
both as a preventative strategy to reduce the likelihood of future
placement breakdown, and as a way to quickly and effectively
strengthen the bonds between the new carer and the child, through
promoting attunement, communication and mind-mindedness.
This will be an interactive workshop with case studies used to
illustrate how VIG has been used to support children in their new
families. Illustrations will be given of how the work has been
evaluated and the views of clients on their experiences of VIG.
Heather McLean and Clare
Lancaster are Educational Psychologists working in the
Glasgow Psychological Service. Heather has worked in the Service
for five years, and has been using Video Interaction Guidance as
part of her work for the past four years. Clare has worked in the
Service for four years, and has been using Video Interaction
Guidance as part of her work for the past two years. Heather is
currently a Trainee Supervisor, supporting other psychologists and
multi-agency partners in establishing the skills, and Clare is
currently starting out as a Trainee Supervisor
Glasgow Psychological Service is part of the Education Services
of Glasgow City Council, and as part of the staged intervention
process, provides a service to children and young people aged 0-24.
Over the past two years the service has created a "Therapeutic
Intervention Service" (TIS), which offers a number of Therapeutic
Interventions, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye
Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, and Video Interaction
Guidance. VIG and Video Enhanced Reflective Practice are also being
used to build capacity among Psychological Service staff and staff
in Educational establishments.
Sandra Strathie, Marie Robertson, Deb Holmes and Anita
Safeguarding Children: How does VIG
This workshop will explore the ways in which VIG can support
safeguarding in situations where there are concerns about the care
and wellbeing of children. This will be through discussion with the
workshop presenters facilitated by Sandra Strathie, a social worker
with 15 years of experience of using VIG with families. This
workshop will also show video case studies as evidence of the power
of VIG to bring about change in families where there are concerns
about children, such as neglect, and provide information on VIG's
contribution to keeping children safe from harm.
The four presenters, (NSPCC, Mental Health, Family Therapy,
Social Work) all have extensive experience in child protection
work. Themes such as: helping parents to
mentalize their children more accurately; building more positive
relationships between parents and children; positive outcomes where
there is family breakdown or the child is removed; VIG's fit with
assessment and VIG in the court arena will all be topics for
Please come with your own questions and knowledge to share in
Sandra Strathie is a Social Worker and National
VIG Trainer and Supervisor accredited by AVIGuk. She is
supporting the development of VIG services and training across a
number of agencies in the UK, including the NSPCC Glasgow, Glasgow
City Council, the Universities of Dundee, Strathclyde, Northumbria,
and several voluntary agencies throughout
Scotland. Sandra has contributed to writing and
research on the subjects of VIG and VERP including,
1. 'Supporting Vulnerable Families to Change through VIG'.
2. 'Explanations for the Success of Video Interaction Guidance
(VIG): An Emerging Method in Family Psychotherapy'. 2013
1. Video Interaction Guidance, A Relationship-Based Intervention
to Promote Attunement, Empathy and Wellbeing. Kennedy,
Landor and Todd.
2. The Family Journal: Counselling and Therapy for Couples and
Families. Doria, Kennedy, Strathie and Strathie
Marie Robertson works as an independent AVIGuk
Advanced Supervisor and Trainer. She has participated
in large VIG projects including training 4 NSPCC Social Workers
through all 3 stages of VIG training to practitioner status along
with a manager to VERP accreditation. She co-works as
the Registrar alongside Hilary Kennedy as well as manages the
membership for the association. Marie also undertakes
independent family risk assessments, working alongside a Social
Work colleague, focusing on attachment relationships both parental
(reflective functioning) and children, CARE-index, narrative story
stems, watch wait and wonder.
Marie has studied Infant Mental Health at the Tavistock and
Portman in London on their M9 course and gained a Post Graduate
Diploma in Infant Mental Health. Her intention is to continue to
year 3 to gain the full MA qualification.
Marie is passionate about VIG and the hopefulness of the model
in situations sometimes which are described as hopeless by many,
She has been both moved and privileged, at times, to witness and
share parents hopes and wishes to change their current situation
with a positive outcome.
Deb Holmes is a Family Therapist working as a
Specialist Clinician for Cambridgeshire Children, Families and
Adult Services. In Cambridgeshire, Children's Social Care is
delivered through the unit model approach; each unit is composed of
a Consultant Social Worker, two Social Workers, a Specialist
Clinician and a Unit Co-ordinator. Together we are responsible for
working with families where children are subject to a Child
Protection Plan or a Child in Need Plan. In her role Deb works
directly with families to support positive change, to help reduce
risk and enable them to reach their potential. She also
provides consultation to Social Workers with regards to their
direct work and practice. A number of clinicians have been offered
training in VIG and Deb is now in stage 3 of the training. Deb has
used VIG with several families on Child Protection or Child in Need
Plans and would like to share with you her experiences of how VIG
has contributed to safeguarding.
Anita Heyes has worked for the NSPCC as a
Children's Services Practitioner for the last three years and has
worked as a VIG Practitioner throughout this time and is now a
trainee VIG Supervisor. In addition to this Anita also works on a
Parents Under Pressure Service which supports families who have a
child under 30 months and are on a drug treatment programme or
alcohol abstinence/relapse prevention programme. This has allowed
her to apply VIG in the context of infant mental health with
families in their home.
In addition to this Anita works as a Youth Worker at LGBT Youth
Scotland running a mental health drop in and sits on a short term
fostering panel for Cornerstone. Following her training as a VIG
guider she now recognises how VIG interventions and approaches can
enhance relationships and seek out exceptions to build on in all
areas of her work.
Prior to this Anita worked as a statutory Social Worker in a
Children and Families team and gained a wide range of understanding
of the complexities of the difficulties faced. She believes the VIG
approach provides a tool to enhance the existing child protection
interventions provided and builds on the existing skills of
families while building confidence and attunement. She is
particularly mindful of the way in which VIG can enhance the
child's mental health through building and increasing the existing
attuned interactions and how crucial that is to building resilience
in the face of adversity.