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Working with women who have experienced female circumcision, genital cutting or FGM

Thursday 9th July 2015 at BPS Offices, Tabernacle Street, London

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The conference is aimed at clinicians and professionals working across a range of service provision including voluntary sector, primary care, gynaecology, midwifery, GUM and HIV services and psychological and mental health services. There will be a detailed review of FGM/C practices and how clinicians can engage with best work with clients who have undergone FGM/C as well as with clients from high prevalence countries. Topics and workshops will include opening conversations & asking about FGM/C, understanding safeguarding and mandatory reporting, FGM/C as child abuse and human rights based approaches and psychological sequelae of FGM/C and associated trauma.

Main Audience

Psychologists, clinicians, nurses, midwives, counsellors, health advisors, gynecologists, psychiatrists, mental health nurses.


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Thursday 9th July 2015

10:00Introduction and welcome, Amanda O’Donovan
10:10Overview, Dr Janet Barter
10:30Multiple contexts of FGM, Dr Lih-Mei Liao Claudia de Campos
11:30Coffee Break
11:45Why does it happen? Context of loving families, Fatuma Farah
12:30Safeguarding and mandatory reporting
14:00Video Presentation: ‘NHS Choices – FGM’
14:15How to ask, signposting and the therapist’s role, Haseena Lockhat
15:001. Working therapeutically with women who have experienced circumcision/cutting
15:002. How to ask, what to say, finding a language to talk about FGM with patients

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Lih Mei Liao

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of Women’s Health Psychological Services, UCLH.
Lih-Mei works part-time as a consultant clinical psychologist at University College London Hospitals (UCLH), where she leads a multi-professional psychological service in women’s health. Of strategic significance is her role in shaping the world’s first interdisciplinary clinic for adult women and adolescent girls with birth conditions associated with atypical chromosomal, gonadal or anatomical sex. She has served as a committee member of the FGM National Clinical Group, the RCOG Ethics Committee and the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology and an advisor to a number of user groups. Her hundred some publications include widely cited works that have successfully challenged different forms of medically non-essential female genital cutting.

Fatuma Farah

Psychotherapist, survivor and FGM activist.
Fatuma Farah is a psychotherapist and campaigner. She works for Kids Company as a Clinical Lead and is also the FGM consultant for the organisation. Fatuma has worked for the United Nations in her native country Somalia, where she was attached to the Ministry of Health where she saw first-hand the impact of FGM. Fatuma delivers FGM training to British professionals and practicing communities.

Dr Haseena Lockhat

Clinical Psychologist, Researcher into clinician’s experience of working with FGM/C, author of Treating the Tears.

Alison Jones

Clinical Psychologist, Researcher into clinician’s experience of working with women and FGM.
Alison Jones is Lead Clinical Psychologist working at Barts Health NHS Trust in HIV, Neuropsychology and Sexual Wellbeing. She undertook her DClinPsy at the University of East London researching psychological aspects of Female Genital Mutilation and how services can provide appropriate psychological care. She is the lead for neuropsychology at Mildmay UK with a special interest in neurorehabilitation groups. Alison has published research in the Clinical Psychology Forum and presented at the Division of Clinical Psychology conference and AIDS Impact.

FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development) is committed to gender equality and safeguarding the rights of African girls and women. They are a leading support organisation founded in 1983. Their mission is to end gender based violence in particular female genital mutilation, child marriage and related health rights issues affecting African girls and women. They aim to increase access for at risk and affected girls and women to specialist support services, skills and livelihood opportunities and to educate and engage policy makers, communities and the public to advocate for social change and advancement of rights. Their presentation will give an overvierw of their role and include a discussing about safeguarding in relation to FGM.

Yvette Robbin-Coker, FORWARD, charity and advocacy for women

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