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
  • 50



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: 

Here is a draft programme and draft details of key notes and workshops for downloading and printing.

Click on the links below to read about individual key notes and workshops.

Draft Conference timetable and workshop plan

9:00 for  9:15

Arrival, registration, coffee


9:15 – 9:30

Opening  address

VIG in Cornwall  - Why invest? 


Jack Cordery - Service Director

Children & Family Services

Cornwall Council

9:30 – 9:50

The VIG Service in Cornwall – setting the context

Clare Lowry,– manager of the VIG Service, Cornwall Council

9:50 – 10:50

The Lively Human Nature of Relationships In Family and Community 

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


Coffee and Posters


11:30 – 12:10

The importance of “attunement” within Child Protection Organizations


Claske Houwing,, Social Worker, Leader on Management Policy at Intermetzo, the Netherlands

12:10 – 1:05

Workshop A – 1 to 4


1:05 – 2:00



2:00 – 2:15

WILD choir


2:15- 3:00

Turning back towards ourselves and turning back towards each other - Dialogical relationships

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

3:00 – 3:45

Workshop B -5 to 8


3:45 – 4:00



4:00 – 4:45

VIG in the Family Justice System: assessment and intervention

Sarah Jonas, and Sheena Walsh

4:45- 5:00


Hilary Kennedy


Workshop plan

Morning  A

1 Ballroom -  Workshop 1 New research: Video feedback promotes relations between infants and vulnerable first-time mothers: a quasi-experimental study - published November 2017-

 Ingeborg Kristensen,

2 Dining room (capacity 150) - Workshop 2 Providing evidence to commissioners about the effectiveness of VIG with mothers and babies

 Natasha Gray and Emma Custance

3 Tea Lounge (capacity 90) - Workshop 3 VIG in child protection - SWIFT ( Specialist Family Service) project

Liz Smith

4 Café Atlantic (capacity 30) - Workshop 4 VIG and Improving Access to Psychological Therapies for Children and Young People. 

Sallie Horner

Afternoon B

5 Ballroom -  Workshop 5 Where angels fear to tread……using VIG on Mother and Baby Units to support attuned mother infant interactions at a time of mental health crisis.

Dr. Oliver Bailey-Pearce, Dr. Jo Spoors and Dr. Hannah Wilson

6 Dining room - Workshop 6 The joys and challenges of independent VIG practice in the family courts and with children on the edge of care

Monika Celebi and Rebecca Carr-Hopkins

7 Tea Lounge  - Workshop 7 Video Interaction Guidance with parents with learning disabilities

Debbie Hunter, Clinical Psychologist,

8 Café Atlantic - Workshop 8 The impact of VIG for professionals and families

Dr Nina Maxwell and Dr Alyson Rees




Using VIG with Assistant Psychologists to enhance therapeutic skills and relationships

with Gabby Hardwick and Emily Lewis






VERP project with a team of Music Therapists: evaluation and reflections


Dr. Deborah




Child in Centre of Challenging Behaviour:

Using VIG Principles to Create Expansive Space for New Narratives






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

presented with Emma Custance






Analysis of video data from an intersubjective perspective

as mediated via Video Interaction Guidance






Using VIG with support staff working

with adults with learning disabilities and complex needs






Classroom Speak- with Melanie Cross



Breaking the Cycle with VIG- For baby's Sake :

With Rebecca Butterworth



Outcomes Evaluation of use of Video Interaction Guidance

in CAMHS, Bristol


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

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your place 90 days before the conference, a full refund will be issued.  

Between 90 and 60 days you will receive 75% of the conference fee, Between 60 and 30 days you will receive 50 %  and once 30 days or less no refund will be issued.

Name changes are accepted without any cost.

Please cancel by emailing to events@videointeractionguidance.net


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