11 September 2017

Globetrotting doctor returns with research

DrJG_250Dr Jenny Griffiths is back home after spending six weeks in Australia and the USA exploring therapeutic interventions for young children and their parents affected by domestic violence.

Jenny, a Clinical Psychologist from our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Bristol,  attended multiple groups during her travels including learning about Attachment and BioBehavioural Catchup (a 10-session intervention delivered in the home using video to help parents behave in more nurturing ways towards their child), The Peek a Boo Club, (a group intervention in Melbourne for mothers and young children who have experienced domestic violence) and Child-Parent Psychotherapy training in San Francisco (a 50-session in-depth intervention informed by trauma theory).

Jenny said "It was a real privilege to spend time with such world-expert colleagues who have demonstrated the effectiveness of their interventions in helping these traumatised infants and parents. Seeing how services are structured and funded across the world has inspired me to try to change how we do things here in the UK."

Jenny plans to share her learning with her colleagues, at conferences and through journal articles. She also hopes to gain funding to trial one or more of the interventions she observed here in the UK.

Jenny's travels were enabled by a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship Award which provides funding for UK citizens from all backgrounds to travel overseas in pursuit of new and better ways of tackling a wide range of current challenges facing the UK.

You can read Jenny's report here.

We're AWProud of you Jenny!

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