Attachment & Early Intervention: Improving emotional wellbeing and relationships in the family, and at school. Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and National Conference


Event type National Conference

Royal College of Physicians, London

The Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and National Conference returns with the topic of Attachment & Early Intervention: ‘Improving emotional wellbeing and relationships in the family, and at school’.

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About the speakers and talks 

Professor Tamsin Ford
Professor Tamsin Ford

Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Exeter Medical School

The incredible years teacher programme – update on recent trials

Listen to Tamsin’s podcast about the importance of schools in a child’s mental health

I will be discussing;

  • Why schools are such an important setting to consider in relation to child mental health
  • Insights from the STARS trial of teacher classroom management – very early intervention
  • Opportunities and costs that may arise from the government Green Paper on children’s mental health

“Nearly all children are in school, and teachers get to know a lot of children, so have a broader frame of reference than parents as to the potential seriousness (or otherwise) of difficulties with mental health. This is probably why studies consistently show that parents consult teachers more than any other ‘service’ about their children’s mental health.

 This is something that teachers frequently feel ill-prepared to do, and the costs of this additional work are considerable, which is why I welcome the focus on having designated mental health leads and school-based mental health teams as proposed by the recent Green Paper – ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’. However, it is important that designated mental health leads are adequately trained and supported, and the school-based mental health teams are adequately resourced and develop strong links with their local CAMHS for this policy to be effective.

 I’m delighted to speak at the 2019 Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and National Conference, at which I’ll be discussing why schools are such an important setting in relation to child mental health, together with insights from the STARS trial of teacher classroom management. Plus I’ll highlight the opportunities and costs that may arise from the Green Paper.”

Professor David Olds
Professor David Olds

Keynote speaker; Professor David Olds, Ph.D., Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health, University of Colorado Department of Pediatrics

Listen to David’s podcast on the Family-Nurse Partnership

Using Randomized Clinical Trials of the Family-Nurse Partnership to Inform Policy, Practice, and Developmental Science 

I will use our experience in developing, testing, and replicating the Nurse-Family Partnership to address the following questions:

  • How can we design early parental interventions to maximize their likelihood of working?
  • How can we design research to build a strong evidence-base for early-intervention?
  • How can we scale evidence-based early interventions to maximize their societal impact?


Professor Marinus H. van IJzendoorn
Professor Marinus H. van IJzendoorn

Professor of Human Development, Department of Psychology, Education and Child Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam; Honorary Senior Visiting Fellow, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, UK; Emeritus Professor of Child and Family Studies, Leiden University

The vicious cycle of early harsh and insensitive parenting: how much is inherited, how does it affect the brain, and how can we break it?

Key takeaways will be;

  • New insights from twin and family-tree studies into the heritability of harsh and insensitive parenting
  • How parenting is embedded in the brain, and why this does not prevent us from supporting parents to realize their potential
  • What attachment-inspired parenting support programs can contribute to parenting, and who are most susceptible to interventions (differential susceptibility)
Professor Gordon Harold
Professor Gordon Harold

Andrew and Virginia Rudd Professor of Psychology, Director, Rudd Centre for Adoption Research and Practice and Director, Research Partnerships and Impact (University), School of Psychology, University of Sussex

Revisiting the Nature of Nurture: Promoting Children’s Positive Mental Health in a Digital World

I look forward to the day where I’ll be discussing;

  • Focus on early family and school environment influences on children (mental health)
  • Emphasis on vulnerable populations, family/school interventions, relevance of digital world (risks and opportunities) and practice orientated implications/recommendations
Professor Pasco Fearon
Professor Pasco Fearon

Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Joint-Director, UCL Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme, Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London. Listen to Pasco discuss his work on attachment in this short podcast.

Myth-busting around attachment theory

My 3 main focus points will be;

  • Understanding the complex mix of factors, including maltreatment, involved in the development of disorganized attachment.
  • Understanding the complex relationships between insecurity of attachment and children’s mental health.
  • Understanding whether and how parental attachment style affects parenting and children’s attachments.
Professor Jonathon Green
Professor Jonathan Green

Professor of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Manchester, Honorary Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist at Central Manchester and Manchester Children’s Hospitals University NHS Trust and Manchester Biomedical Research Centre.

 Early dyadic intervention in Autism Spectrum Disorder

I will discuss the conceptual and evidence background for two studies, reflecting on what these trials and others teach us about early social relatedness, development and neurodiversity;

  • Study 1 – prodromal intervention for ASD-risk in the first year (iBASIS-VIPP), with RCT follow-up to 3 years
  • Study 2 – dyadic social communication intervention for pre-school children diagnosed with ASD (PACT), with RCT follow-up to 10 years.


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