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Approaches to assessing early parent-child relationships

Tuesday 12th May 2015 at Conference Room, University Dental Hospital, Manchester

Please note, bookings for this event have now closed.

In this event, several topics concerning early intervention and assessment of parent-child relationships will be discussed. We will have 4 speakers debating subjects such as ‘Assessment of father-infant interaction – why and how?’ by Professor Paul Ramchandani and Dr Jill Domoney, or ‘Risks, Relationships and Repair’ by Dr Robin Balbernie. Current approaches to this matter will be presented, for the purpose of enriching and sharing the knowledge and practises in this field.

This event will provide the opportunity to discuss topical perinatal psychology issues around assessment in early intervention context, providing the attending professionals with updated and valuable information regarding these practises.

Learning outcomes and objectives

  • Provide greater depth of knowledge on current interventions concerning the
  • assessment of early parent-child relationships
  • Enable reflection, debate and exchange of information on the existing interventions in this area of expertise
  • Provide a psychological view of the perinatal period
  • Approach the specific nature of father-infant interaction
  • Discuss phenomenon of risk and repair in these relationships
  • Approach Video Interactive Guidance intervention

This event is supported by the aims of the Faculty for Perinatal Psychology – among others:

  • Providing a forum primarily for Clinical Psychologists working with women who are pregnant, in labour, or in the postnatal period, and to their partners, children and extended family where appropriate.
  • Providing support for this group of professional colleagues who span specialities (e.g. Health Psychology, Mental Health) and client groups (e.g. Adult, Child) in order to promote and develop psychological services within services concerned with the perinatal period.
  • Supporting the expansion of a knowledge base in Perinatal Psychology via training, research, and sharing examples of best practice.
  • Promoting Perinatal Psychology, via links with regional training schemes, and liaison with other relevant academic and professional bodies.
  • Providing a forum for sharing advice on setting up, promoting or protecting psychology provision within perinatal services.

Who is the workshop intended for?

For all those working in the perinatal field in public, academic, voluntary or private sectors (pre-qualified, ClinPsyD trainees, qualified clinical psychologists and other professionals in the perinatal field)

Please note, bookings for this event closed at 14.00 on Tuesday 5th May 2015

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224506


Tuesday 12th May 2015

09:30Introduction of the day
09:45Dr Pauline Lee - ‘Who's in the nursery? Ghosts, past and present’
10:30Professor Paul Ramchandani and Dr Jill Domoney: ‘Assessment of father-infant interaction – why and how?’
11:15Comfort Break
11:30Dr Robin Balbernie - ‘Risks, Relationships and Repair’
12:15Lunch break
13:00Annual General Meeting (AGM)
13:30Professor Hilary Kennedy and Dr Penny Rackett - ‘Why Video interaction Guidance works to promote attuned parent-infant relationships and how this helps the baby to thrive and the parent's mental health’
15:15Comfort Break
15:30Professor Hilary Kennedy and Dr Penny Rackett - cont'd
16:15Closing remarks

Speakers and Facilitators

Dr Pauline Lee

Clinical Lead/Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Professor Paul Ramchandani

Reader in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr Jill Domoney (co-presenter)

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Professor Hilary Kennedy

Honorary Senior Lecturer, University College London and Director of AVIGuk

Dr Penny Rackett (co-presenter)

Senior Educational Psychologist, Suffolk County Council

Dr Robin Balbernie

Clinical Director of PIP UK



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