Making Child and Family Therapies More Effective – Inaugural Judy Dunn National Conference


Event type National Conference

The Royal Northern College of Music 124 Oxford Rd, Manchester

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ACAMH is pleased to announce the launch of the Judy Dunn National Conference. In light of recent attention on the importance of a holistic approach to good mental health, the inaugural event will be focusing on psychological interventions for both children and their families.

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  • Interventions for adopted and fostered children and their families/carers
  • Working with goals across therapies with children and young people
  • Results and implications of an experimental trial focusing on the therapeutic alliance
  • Whole school approaches to mental health
  • Psychological interventions to improve child outcomes for mentally ill mothers


09:00 Registration opens

09:40 Welcome by ACAMH Chair, Professor Stephen Scott CBE FRCPsych FMedSci

09:50 Judy Dunn

10:00 Dr Matt Woolgar – ‘Maximising formulation skills to enhance therapy effectiveness in fostered and adopted children’ 

10:30 Q&A

10:45 Dr Carol Taylor & Dr Rachel Elvins – ‘Therapeutic alliance in two CAMHS contexts: parent-mediated treatment and adolescent therapy’

11:20 Q&A

11:30 Break

12:00 Judy Dunn Keynote lecture: Professor Kathryn Abel – ‘The hidden effects of parental mental illness’ 

12:45 Q&A

13:00 LUNCH

14:00 Welcome back 

14:05 Dr Sophie Browning – A new approach for reducing anxiety and mental health problems in schools: Application of CUES-Ed for the Green Paper

14:40 Q&A

14:50 Dr Duncan Law – ‘How using personalised goals in therapy will change your life’

15:25 Q&A

15:35 Break

16:00 Panel Discussion

16:40 Conference close

About the talks

Judy Dunn Keynote Lecture – Professor Kathryn Abel, Professor of Psychological Medicine and Reproductive Psychiatry at the University of Manchester
Hidden voices and silencing genes: Ending the legacy of children with parental mental illness’ 

Dr Carol Taylor & Dr Rachel Elvins, Carol is Research Associate in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester, and Rachel is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
‘Forming a Therapeutic Alliance with Adolescents and Parents – Lessons from two randomised controlled trials’ A new approach for reducing anxiety and mental health problems in schools: Application of CUES-Ed for the Green Paper

Dr Sophie Browning, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, SLaM
A new approach for reducing anxiety and mental health problems in schools: Application of CUES-Ed for the Green Paper
Sophie says; “I’ll be outlining the need for whole school approaches to mental health in schools, and summarising the feasibility and effectiveness of CUES-Ed – an innovative CBT programme delivered to whole classes of primary school children. Additionally, I’ll be exploring our latest innovations – CUES-Ed for children with ASD and a package for children with physical health conditions.”

Dr Duncan Law, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Anna Freud Centre
‘How using personalised goals in therapy will change your life’
Duncan says; “Evidence has consistently shown the value of a good therapeutic alliance in achieving positive outcomes across psychological therapies. Collaborative goal-setting has proven to be a valuable process to involve children and young people in making better-informed decisions about their care & strengthens the relationship between them and their therapist. This presentation will highlight the value of working with goals & will introduce the goals-based outcome (GBO) tool to help track and discuss progress in child and adolescent mental health.”

Dr Matt Woolgar, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, SLaM
‘Maximising formulation skills to enhance therapy effectiveness in fostered and adopted children’ 


Amongst our aims is the dissemination of information to bridge the gap between rigorous research and best practice in relation to child and adolescent mental health. One of the ways in which we do this is through our events, and we try to make these as accessible and affordable as is reasonably possible. The events we organise are not profit-making, many are subsidised through our other commercial activities, without which they would not be able to run. As a charity, any surplus that we make is invested back into the business to benefit our Members and the sector. Members get a discounted rate, we hope you consider joining.

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Platinum Members & BPS Members & BACP Members – £179

Gold Members – £205

Silver or Bronze Members –  £231

Non-Members –  £257


Prof Kathryn Abel

Kathryn is Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health within the Division of Psychology and Mental Health. She is also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust and has been at the forefront of policy and service developments for women in mental health services. With the Department of Health, she developed an open access e-learning resource for mental health professionals.

She has a wealth of experience delivering mental health research in NHS settings and is the Greater Manchester NIHR Clinical Local Research Network Lead for Dendron, Mental Health and Neurology delivering high-quality research for NHS patients.

Her research focusses on; the effects of early maternal condition and fetal environment on offspring outcomes, abnormalities of maternal sensitivity and attachment, interventions to improve offspring outcomes for mentally ill mothers; and gendered interventions for women offenders in prison settings.

She has a number of international collaborations in Scandinavia, Australia and Columbia University, New York. Bio from University of Manchester.

Dr Carol Taylor

Carol is a Research Associate in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester. Her primary research interest is in early intervention for autism, with a particular focus on parent-mediated and video feedback supported therapies for infants and young children. She has collaborated on pilot and large-scale RCTs in the UK, India, Pakistan and Australia, undertaking a variety of roles including therapist, therapy supervisor and researcher. She has an ongoing interest in the relationship between therapists and parents in intervention. Her PhD, under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Green, investigated the quality of therapeutic alliance in the Pre School Autism Communication Trial (PACT), a large randomised control trial of a parent-mediated intervention for autism.

Dr Rachel Elvins

Rachel has worked as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for 8 years. Her job roles have been diverse, including inpatient CAMHS, and community and outpatient work. Prior to becoming a consultant, Rachel was a research registrar, completing a higher research degree (MD) in 2013. Major publications have focused on eating disorders, adolescent depression and process factors in treatment. Rachel’s thesis investigated the role of therapeutic alliance as predictor of outcome in complex treatment trials. She currently has a lead role in setting up a research network for child mental health within her Trust, and working with external collaborators.

Dr Sophie Browning

Sophie is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and is the Lead Psychologist for inpatient Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) within South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. She is a British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP) accredited practitioner, supervisor and trainer. She teaches, trains and supervises within and outside the Trust in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and has a supervisory role on the Children and Young People’s IAPT course. Sophie has a special interest in CBT for adolescent psychosis and for distressing unusual experiences and is currently carrying out funded research in this area.

Dr Duncan Law

Duncan is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with over 25 years experience across NHS, Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) Voluntary sectors. He is Consultant Clinical Associate and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) & was previously Clinical Lead for Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) for the London & South East Learning Collaborative, & former Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for Children, Young People and their Families. In addition, he is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London & Royal Holloway University London, a board member of MAC-UK & CORC, & director of MindMonkey Associates: 

He has particular interest in better collaborative practice, shared-decision making & working with goals in therapy. Earlier this year Oxford University Press published his book, in collaboration with Professor Mick Cooper: ‘Working with goals in psychotherapy and counselling’. He is also the developer of the goals-based outcomes (GBO) tool – please visit for more information.

Dr Matt Woolgar

As part of his Matt’s role, he manages the clinical psychology service of the team, conducting and supervising psychometric and neurological assessments and the delivery of evidence-based parenting interventions to address conduct problems and difficult attachments. He is also a Senior Researcher at the National Academy for Parenting Research at King’s College London, leading a project on the evidence-based measurement of the parenting.