‘Attachment & Early Intervention’ 2019 Emanuel Miller National Conference

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The 2019 Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and National Conference focused on ‘Attachment & Early Intervention: Improving emotional wellbeing and relationships in the family, and at school’

Below is the 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 ‘Using Randomized Clinical Trials of the Family-Nurse Partnership to Inform Policy, Practice, and Developmental Science’.  ACAMH Members can access two other lectures from the day;

  • Professor Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Exeter Medical School – The incredible years teacher programme – update on recent trials
  • 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 – ‘Myth-busting around attachment theory’

Also presenting on the day were;

  • Professor Frances Gardner, Professor of Child and Family Psychology, and Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Oxford. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, in the Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford. ‘Are earlier interventions more effective? Pooling data from 1000’s of families taking part in parenting interventions’
  • 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?
  • 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’
  • 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.’

 

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Attachment disorder assessments only without comprehensive psychiatric assessments has led to catastrophic often miscarriage of justice in juvenile courts

This grand narrative is in decline and falling with the rise of neurodevelopmental psychiatry

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