workshop 7-8




Workshop 7, 26/5 16:30-17:45

Michelle Shapiro, UK

Presenting as an independent psychologist; but affiliated with Partnershipprojectsuk


An integrated approach in using NVR with direct trauma work


There appears to be considerable value in offering diret trauma work, such as EMDR or Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT), my preference, as an integral component in the NVR program for individual families as well as multiparent groups. The role of the trauma work is to enhance, support and expedite the effectiveness of the NVR program. Traumatised persons find it harder to de-escalate or access loving and nurturing feelings for their challenging child, and therefore compromise the re-building or building of an improved relationship. In offering the trauma work specifically to support these areas of the NVR program - it has been found that parents experience a marked increase in their parental presence as well as their ability to understand and address the child or young persons' needs. This effect has been replicated with parents of children who are neuro-typical as well as with children who are not neuro-typical. The benefits have also been seen with parents of an adopted child. Case examples will be delivered and a parent who has undertaken the combined approach will share their experience.




Workshop 8, 26/5 16:30-17:45

Prof. Annik Lampo (speaker), Dr. Edward Campforts (speaker), Dr. Sara Wouters, Dr. Lindita Imeraj. Child and juvenal psychiatric ward, PAika, UZ Brussel, Belgium


NA/NVR and the presence of the child in different clinical settings.

Part II: Out-patient Child Psychiatric Clinic: what about the child's message?



The Child Psychiatric Out-patient Clinic from the University Hospital Brussels approximately welcomes 800 new patients every year. The members of the multidisciplinary team have a systemical and/or psychodynamic background and all are trained in basic (or advanced) NA/NVR approach. All children/adolescents are seen together with their parents/caregivers.

NA/NVR approach is useful, even recommended, in case of externalising problems of the child. However, when problematic child behaviour is combined with internalising problems of the child or/and parental (inter)action, toxic divorce situations or personality disorders in parents, professional vigilance becomes necessary.

The question remains however it is recommended, especially in those complex cases, to actively involve the child/adolescent. In our clinical setting, we have chosen to always include both parent(s) and child in order to address this complexity.

By installing messages/announcements going both ways we try 1) to identify how safe it is 2) to introduce some justice and 3) to restore some healthy balance.



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