AVIGuk International Conference - Catching the waves of attunement

  • 27/09/2018
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • The Atlantic Hotel Dane Road, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 1EN
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Catching the Wave of Attunement:

Enhancing Relationships in Families, in the VIG reflective process and in organisations

We welcome you to the 8th AVIGuk International Conference which will take place in Newquay, Cornwall on Thursday 27th September 2018

This conference will focus on the importance of attunement in the different relationships involved within the systems surrounding the care of a child and their family. It will focus particularly on the highly complex situations of the family justice system, child protection and mental health.

There will be key notes from international experts, cutting edge international research , choices of UK practice-based workshops and poster presentations from the VIG international community.

We are really pleased to announce that two of the keynote speakers were important to the foundation of the development of VIG in the UK: Colwyn Trevarthen and Claske Houwing:

How the essential foundations of early care in families and education mirror interactive relational therapy

Professor Colwyn Trevathen, Emeritus Professor of Child Psychology and Psychiobiology at the University of Edinburgh.

The importance of “attunement” within Child Protection Organizations

Claske Houwing, Social Worker, Leader on Management Policy at Intermetzo, the Netherlands, an out patient and day care centre speciliasing in trauma and attachment disorder

Tuning in to ourselves and between ourselves within the VIG Process

Helen Gibson, UKCP Systemic Psychotherapist/Supervisor and AVIGuk Practitioner and Supervisor

VIG in Cornwall- “Just” doing VIG – the impact on the client, VIG Practitioner and the wider system

Clare Lowry, Senior Educational Psychologist, Manager of the VIG Service,

Cornwall Council and AVIGuk Practitioner and Supervisor

VIG in the Family Justice System: assessment and intervention

Sheena Webb, Clinical psychologist Lead for National Family  Drug and Alcohol Court, London

Sarah Jonas , Child Psychiatrist, Lead of SWIFT ( Specialist Family Service) project ,East Sussex

The following workshops have been confirmed : more to follow

Invited international Research Workshops

New research: Video feedback promotes relations between infants and vulnerable first-time mothers: a quasi-experimental study - published November 2017

Ingeborg Kristensen, Psychologist, Department of Public Health, University of Aarhus, Denmark

UK Workshops

VIG in special Parenting project

Debbie Hunter, Clinical Psychologist,

VIG in the Court arena

Monika Celebi and Rebecca Carr-Hopkins

VIG in child protection - SWIFT ( Specialist Family Service) project

Liz Smith and team

VIG in CYP-IAPTs for family Support Workers in Exeter

Sallie Horner and team

Better start , Better Future : evaluating VIG with mothers and babies

Natasha Gray and Emma Custance

VIG in Perinatal practice in Wessex with a focus on inpatient mother-baby units

Oliver Bailey-Pearce and Hannah Wilson

PLUS Posters on a wide range of VIG applications and evaluations


The Atlantic Hotel
Rooms are available at The Atlantic Hotel with a 20% discount off the normal rates for anyone wishing to stay on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday night.  Please quote the conference when booking.  Rooms will start from £124.48 per room per night (bed and breakfast).  Please book early as rooms are limited. 

Travelodge and other budget hotels




As well as lots of B and B and surf lodges.

Official Newquay Tourist Site


Visit Cornwall


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