Wimbledon Guild Counselling One Day Conference - Adoption & Attachment

One Day Conference - Adoption & Attachment

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Dr Graham Music,Linda Cundy UKCP, BACP,Karen Carberry, MSc, Dip.Psych, Jenny Riddell UKCP, BACP

Saturday 3rd February 2018 – 10:00am- 4:30pm

St Marks Church, St Marks Place, Wimbledon, SW19 7ND

Conference cost: £130 / 10% discount for Wimbledon Guild counsellors. Tea & biscuits provided. 
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The day’s programme presentations:

Black, Multi-racial and Trans-racial Adoptive Families: A journey of hope: Karen Carberry

All families have a desire for a happy and contented family life, and although there are many hurdles and paths to navigate for adoptive families, Black, Multi-racial and Trans-racially adoptive families are no exception in their bi-cultural quest. Areas to be covered within this talk will include the adoption triangle; the idealised child exercise; attachment cycle; adaptive grieving; working with the adoptive and cultural/racial identity and the journey of hope.
This strategy of hope has been used in her work as a family therapist in an inpatient Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service; as an Associate Partner in SLACCS, an Adoption Support Agency; Manager of Family Centres and a Child Contact Centre; and also a school counsellor.

Couples and adoption: Jenny Riddell

This presentation will explore how adoption comes into therapeutic work with couples, often not as the presenting problem but emerging during an ongoing therapy. Drawing on clinical examples from casework as well as personal stories from other settings, such as teaching, we will explore how couples and therapist manage the challenges. These include the journey through selection and placement of a child with the couple.

Adaptations to a disappeared world: Graham Music

This talk looks at how adopted children have often adapted to extremely traumatising and neglectful early environments. When they arrive in adoptive placements they rarely experience adopters for what they are, as benign or potentially supportive. This then gives rise to a 'double deprivation' as they cannot make use of the potentially good relationships that are on offer.
This talk will examine these issues using the perspectives of attachment theory, neurobiology and psychoanalysis, using clinical fragments, interviews with young people and carers and video clips.

Blood and Water: Attachment, Adoption, Identity and Belonging: Linda Cundy

Adoption isn’t always the presenting issue in therapy but may emerge as a thread in the client’s narrative. The capacity to tell a coherent story of one’s life and the forces that shaped it is a hallmark of secure attachment, but adoption can rob individuals of meaningful information about themselves. This talk will explore some of the issues that emerge in therapy for clients whose lives have been touched by adoption, including the search for birth fathers and a mother’s relationships with her “natural” and adopted children.



Graham Music

Graham Music is Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinics and an adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Natures 2017, Attachment and Children's Emotional, Sociocultural and Brain Development (2011), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and Immorality (2014). He has a particular interest in exploring the interface between developmental findings, clinical work and their social implications. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock's child and family department, he has worked therapeutically with maltreated children for over two decades, has managed a range of services concerned with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect and organised many community based psychotherapy services

Graham currently works clinically at the Portman clinic with forensic cases and he also teaches, lectures and supervises on the Tavistock Child Psychotherapy course, and other trainings in Britain and abroad.

Linda Cundy

Linda Cundy is an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer in private practice. She has run courses on attachment at the Wimbledon Guild for sixteen years, and is lead tutor for the Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy. She has taught at a number of psychotherapy organisations. A book, Love in the Age of the Internet: Attachment in the Digital Era was written / edited by Linda and published by Karnac in 2015. She is also editor of the Wimbledon Guild conference monographs, Anxiously Attached: Understanding and Working with Preoccupied Attachment (Karnac, 2017), and Attachment and the Defence against Intimacy: Understanding and Working with Avoidant Attachment, Self-Hatred, and Shame (Karnac 2018, in press).

Karen Carberry

Karen Carberry, MSc, Dip.Psych is an international trainer, highly specialist family therapist, and author with over 18 years’ experience in clinical practice and consultation.

Karen trained at the Institute of Family Therapy, has diplomas in Psychology; Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy; and an MSc in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy and currently studying for the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Practice. Karen is also a Fellow of the Applied Centre of Emotional Literacy Leadership and Research (ACELLR). Karen is co-author of ‘Black Community Mental Health: International Perspectives, Emerging Trends and Practice ‘(in press).

Karen has worked as a family counsellor within the Black and Multi-racial Families Project at the Post Adoption Centre, and has served as an Independent Panel Member for the Adoption and Permanency Panel for Sutton Council. Rather than a one size fits all approach, Karen and her clients enjoy working collaboratively to find solutions to difficulties, and she brings a wealth of experience across the family lifespan.
Karen currently works professionally as a Family Therapist in a private adult inpatient Eating Disorders Unit, as a Consultant for the Wimbledon Guild Family Therapy Service, and in private practice.

Jenny Riddell

Jenny Riddell is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist working with individuals and couples. She is a registered member of The Bowlby Centre and TIMP. Her specialist interests are: how couples grieve, infertility, affairs and working with couples in later life. She has a private practice, supervises trains, teaches and is academic supervisor for MA dissertations on a variety of psychotherapy trainings. She has worked with Relate, WPF, TR, and is a member of BPC, UKCP, BAPPS, BACP (Snr Accred).


* Please note this conference will not lead to Ofsted registration as an approved adoption counsellor.



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