AVIGuk International Conference 'Video Interaction Guidance- Closing the Gap'- Glasgow

  • 11/05/2017
  • 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • The Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde


  • Full conference fee AVIGuk members
  • Part exchange for venue of May 12th
  • Glasgow late bookings
  • Invited key note or first invited workshop presenter or conference team
  • VIG Practitioner /Associate presenting a poster
Video Interaction Guidance: Closing the Gap

We welcome you to the 7th AVIGuk International Conference packed with new ideas, intellectual stimulation, inspiration and hope that VIG can trigger important changes for all those involved.

There will be a civic reception at 6.30pm at the Glasgow City Chambers in George Square where refreshments will be provided.You are all invited. Please sign up on arrival when you also book for two workshops ( one morning and one afternoon) at registration.

Here are the abstracts and timetable for the workshops.We hope the abstracts will help you in choosing the workshops of most interest to you.

Please note we aim to be paperless where possible so printed copies of the abstracts will not be available on the day.

We look forward to welcoming you!


9.15 - 9.45 VIG and VERP in Glasgow: Closing the gap

Fiona Williams (Chair) and Barry Syme

Barry Syme is Principal Psychologist and Fiona Williams a Senior Psychologist in Glasgow City Council Educational Psychology Service where for the last three years all staff have been trained in and use VIG and VERP within a regular supervision structure in line with an Implementation Science framework. They have written about this model in a series of articles. They will discuss the strategic potential of VIG and VERP in the Scottish Education and multi- agency context and will present a short case study of the methodology as an introduction to the day.

9.45 - 10.30 Title: Taking engagement seriously: how infants feel minds

Vasudevi Reddy is a Professor Developmental and Cultural Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She completed her studies  in Hyderabad, India and in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been interested for nearly three decades in the origins and development of social cognition, mainly in young infants. She has focused particularly on the everyday phenomena of infancy that are familiar to parents and caregivers but are not often investigated in science – such as teasing, clowning, showing off and feeling shy.  She is the Director of the Centre for Situated Action and Communication at Portsmouth, which explores ideas of context and situation - and culture - on different kinds of psychological phenomena. She has been part of a European consortium studying ways of developing 'an embodied science of intersubjectivity'. She is the author of How Infants Know Minds, published by Harvard University Press. 

10.30 -11.00 VIG and VERP in North Lanarkshire

Nancy Ferguson and Alison McDonald work in North Lanarkshire Council. Alison is the Principal Psychologist and Nancy is the Lead Officer of the Scottish Attainment Challenge (Primary) in the Council. North Lanarkshire has used VIG and VERP extensively over a number of years. Positive outcomes for children, families and practitioners have been demonstrated and these will be explored during the session. For example, in the work with families all carers report their relationship with their child has improved as a direct result of VIG. Ninety seven percent report that VIG has been successful in helping them to achieve their desired outcomes for themselves and their child (e.g. improvement in behavioural issues, parental confidence). Video Enhanced Reflective Practice has been used to support literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing again demonstrating robust outcome measures. Analysis of film footage of literacy sessions in the primary sector reveals a range of changes e.g. increased pupil participation and engagement. When VERP input is linked with literacy training specific changes are evident in relation to literacy teaching behaviours e.g. an increase in questions that ask children to use strategies to solve comprehension failures and to make inferences. This data is closely aligned with previous research in the early years sector (Ferguson, 2015). During the session, the voices of children, carers and practitioners will be used to illustrate how these changes have taken place

11.00 - 11.45  COFFEE AND POSTERS

11.45  to 12.45. WORKSHOPS 1

Here are the abstracts and timetable for the workshops.

Invited international workshop:

Katerina Silhanova , Czech Republic

VIG in Early Education

Katerina is a systemically-trained social worker who has been the key developer of VIG in the Czech Republic for over 20 years and has worked with AVIGuk throughout this time to develop high standard training materials

plus 5 VIG workshops  

12.45. TO 13.45 LUNCH

13.45 TO 14.45 WORKSHOPS 2

Invited international  workshop:

Kaisa Martikainen and Katja Burakoff , Finland

VERP project to enhance intensive interaction in a special school for children with PMLD and Autism

Kaisa and Katja are both Speech and Lanquage therapists who are trained in intensive interaction in the UK and VIG trained.They have developed the OIVA method of VERP staff training They work for FAIDD Tikoteekki in  Helsinki and have developed VIG in co-operation with the UK.
FAIDD – it´s The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Tikoteekki is Communication and Technology Centre.  http://papunet.net/tikoteekki/in-english/

plus 5 VIG workshops

14.45. - 15.15 TEA AND POSTERS

15.15 - 16.15 A video feedback attachment-based intervention protocol as a valid assessment of parenting capacity in Child Welfare cases

Dr. Chantal Cyr, University of Montreal and Quebec

Chantal Cyr is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). She is also a child and family psychologist. She teaches child developmental psychopathology and intervention techniques with children and families using an attachment-based framework. In close collaboration with the child protective services of Montreal and the child psychiatry clinics of Montreal children’s hospitals, Dr Cyr has been pursuing research on the efficacy of attachment-based assessment and intervention with vulnerable children and their families, such as maltreated and placed/adopted children, and those with neuro-biological vulnerabilities. Her work has been presented in numerous articles and conferences reaching both the scientific and clinical community.

16.15 - 17.00 Title: Principles of practice to enhance resilience and inform intervention with child neglect

Brigid Daniel is currently Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling (www.stir.ac.uk/ccwp/). She is a registered social worker with practice experience in intake and children and families work. She is the academic advisor to WithScotland – a national hub of expertise based at Stirling University that aims to enhance research and practice in child welfare and protection in Scotland.

Brigid’s research projects include Permanently Progressing? studying outcomes for children in Scotland looked after away from home under the age of 5 (http://www.stir.ac.uk/social-science/research/research-areas/cfr/permanently-progressing/) the Nuffield funded 4 UK nation study Identifying and Understanding Inequalities in Child Welfare Intervention Rates  (http://www.coventry.ac.uk/research/research-directories/current-projects/2014/child-welfare-inequality-uk/).

Brigid has published widely on child development, children’s resilience, child neglect and the child protection system.

17.00 - 17.30

Title: Future community building: VIG, resilience and democracy

Liz Todd is Professor of Educational Inclusion at Newcastle University. She is Deputy Director of the Institute for Social Renewal which forges partnerships between the university and external organisations in order to contribute to creative solutions to societal challenges. She was drawn to VIG and to narrative therapy through her interest in respectful collaborative approaches to change particularly with those who are often assigned negative identities and left out of the conversation. Liz is co-editor of two books on video interaction guidance, and her books (single authored) Partnerships for inclusive education and (co-authored) Beyond the School Gates have both been shortlisted for prizes. In the past she worked as a maths teacher, and an educational psychologist before moving to Fiji for 3 years to the University of the South Pacific, which started her academic career. She was Director of Educational Psychology training at Newcastle for over 12 years, launching the doctorate programme.

6.30 Civic Reception at Glasgow City Chambers

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