UK National Study Day on Child to Parent Violence & Abuse

Date:

15th November 2021

Cost:

Early Bird Price – up until 31st July 2021
£55+ VAT = £66

General Admission 
£75 + VAT = £90

In partnership with Helen Bonnick:

Helen Bonnick

UK National Study Day on Child to Parent Violence & Abuse

PartnershipProjects and Helen Bonnick are excited to co-host an ONLINE Study Day on Child to Parent Violence & Abuse (CPVA) – Across The Lifespan

We have gathered together 8 presenters including a parent, researchers and practitioners who all have experience of this widely misunderstood problem, that affects the lives of millions of families across the world.

Morning sessions will focus on scoping the problem while the afternoon will focus on therapeutic interventions for families. Both morning and afternoon sessions will conclude with a panel discussion, during which the presenters will respond to questions submitted by participants. 

What Does The Day Look Like? A brief overview

Presenter  
Helen Bonnick Welcome and introductory words
 

Scoping the problem: child to parent abuse across the life span

June Leat A parent’s perspective: what parents know, what parents struggle with, what they need from service providers
Amanda Holt Key research findings on child-to-parent and adolescent-to-parent violence and abuse
  BREAK
Thien Trang Nguyen Phan  Adult to parent violence – research findings to date; scoping the problem
Helen Bonnick Agency responses to CPA: belief systems, structures, re-thinking agency responses in children’s services / multi-agency working
Leat, Holt, Trang, Bonnick PANEL 1: Q&A and discussion
  LUNCH BREAK
 

Therapeutic interventions to CPVA

Amber Elliott Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and PACE – The role of an attachment-based approach in overcoming CPA
Jane Griffiths Working with the whole family in a multi agency centred way. CAPA First response
  BREAK

Peter Jakob

NVR – non violent resistance against harmful and self-destructive behaviour in children and young people
Dan Dulberger Adult entitled dependency: parents and adult child trapped in dependency and coercive control – concept and intervention
Elliot, Griffiths,  Dulberger, Jakob PANEL 2: Q&A and discussion
  NETWORKING
Helen Bonnick Closing remarks

Meet the Speakers

Dr Peter Jakob

Dr Peter Jakob

Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Director PartnershipProjects

A main focus of my work over the past years has been the introduction Non Violent Resistance (NVR) to the UK. NVR is a highly effective, innovative systemic approach to the violent, harmful and self-destructive behaviour in young people. NVR is ideally suited for working within Social Services and Education environments. Due to the nature of this work, I have developed adaptations of the approach to multi-stressed families with high levels of trauma and unmet needs and children who are looked after in foster care or residential services.

As a therapist, I find working collaboratively with people more effective than ‘treatment’. Over the years, it has been my task to create space for discovering new possibilities when people have felt extremely helpless at the outset. The hope and self-confidence they gain then becomes the vehicle for change, which can often be much more rapid and profound than previously expected. I do not believe that personalities are set in stone. Childhood is short, and as adults we begin to realise that life is finite. This creates a responsibility for me: to be acutely aware of my clients’ right to therapy which promotes rapid change, and in which their own knowledge is respected – even, or especially, when they have had an abusive or traumatising past.

Helen Bonnick

Helen Bonnick

Social worker, Writer and Campaigner

Helen Bonnick is a social worker with over 30 years of experience in the field of family work, at both practitioner and supervisory levels, based first within local authority social services teams, and then within schools for around 16 years. She also worked for a number of universities, supporting and assessing social work students on placement.

In 2004 Helen started researching the difficulties experienced by parents in finding help when their children were violent or abusive towards them; and since 2016 her work has been exclusively within this field, writing, training and consulting. She has a website, www.holesinthewall.co.uk, which acts as an international discussion and resource hub; has been a member of a number of working groups; and regularly speaks on the radio and at training events and conferences.

Her book, Child to Parent Violence and Abuse: a practitioner’s guide to working with families, was published in May 2019 by Pavilion, and offers advice and guidance to all those engaged in work in this developing field. Helen is a member of the Respect board of trustees.

Dr Amber Elliott

Dr Amber Elliott

Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Author

Amber is a specialist in psychological support for Adopted and Children Looked After, developmental trauma and is a Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) consultant and trainer (in training). She is also trained in NVR, Theraplay and Systemic Family Therapy and a passionate advocate for Empathic Behaviour Management. In 2011, Amber set up The Child Psychology Service CIC – TCPS is a Social Enterprise which provides systemically empathic, psychological support for traumatised children and the adults around them.

Amber’s first book, ‘Why Can’t My Child Behave? Empathic Parenting Strategies that Work for Adoptive and Foster Families’ was published in 2013, with the follow up ‘Superparenting!: Boost Your Therapeutic Parenting Through Ten Transformative Steps’ published in 2021. 

Amber has over 20 years’ experience in the NHS and Local Authorities. She is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist, an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, on the Register of Approved Psychology Practice Supervisors and she is regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council. She is also a slightly frazzled mum to two young children.

Dan Dulberger

Dan Dulberger

Psychologist and Family & Marital Therapist

Dan specializes in NVR-oriented systemic interventions. He is internationally recognized as an expert in the Non Violent Resistance approach, as well as in NVR interventions with families of socially withdrawn adolescents and post-adolescents who fail to emerge into adulthood.

His professional activities include clinical work with families in crises, consulting to mental health organisations, training, teaching and speaking, in Canada, Europe and Israel. He currently serves as staff member, clinical supervisor and therapist at the Calgary Center for Family Therapy, and as director of the Center for Non Violent Resistance Psychology, an international private NVR counselling group for families and organisations, originally co-founded with Professor Haim Omer, the originator of the NVR approach.

He has developed and published, together with Professor Omer and the center team, an NVR-based intervention model for Adult Entitled Dependence (AED). He is founder of an international forum of NVR practitioners and a team member of the School of Non Violent Resistance.

Jane Griffiths

Jane Griffiths

Founder - CAPA First Response CIC

Jane Griffiths founded CAPA in 2019 having worked with families for 30 years, 15 of which were working with families impacted by violence in the home. For the past 9 years Jane has worked specifically with families where a child has used violence and abuse towards a parent or caregiver. 

As a practitioner in parent child therapy, Jane has used her knowledge and experience to work directly with families as well as collaborating with agencies to work towards raising awareness of the issue and looking to repair the relationships between the parent and child.

Thien Trang Nguyen Phan

Thien Trang Nguyen Phan

Doctoral Researcher

Thien Trang Nguyen Phan has over 12 years of experience working in the field of domestic abuse and violence against women as, among others, Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA), Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) Coordinator and Manager, Training Lead, and most recently Criminal Justice Project Officer helping coordinating the Specialist Domestic Abuse Courts at Standing Together Against Domestic Abuse (Standing Together), an innovative second-tier organisation who aims to achieve system change through a coordinated community response to domestic abuse. She is completing her doctoral research at the Policing Institute for the Eastern Region (PIER), Anglia Ruskin University, where she focuses on mothers’ experience of abuse by their adult children.

June Leat

June Leat

Parent

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Dr. Amanda Holt

Dr. Amanda Holt

Reader in Criminology, University of Roehampton & Author

Dr. Amanda Holt is a Reader in Criminology at the University of Roehampton in London. Much of  Amanda’s research in recent years has focused on the problem of adolescent family violence.

Amanda is the author of the UK’s first book on the topic, Adolescent-to-Parent Abuse: Current Understandings in Research, Policy and Practice (Policy Press, 2013) and is also the editor of Working with Adolescent Violence and Abuse towards Parents: Approaches and Contexts for Intervention (Routledge, 2016). Amanda has completed several research projects on adolescent family violence, has spoken about it at international conferences and on local and national radio and television, and has worked with the UK Home Office to produce the first UK policy guidance on the issue.