VIG and VERP in GLASGOW: CLOSING THE GAPMay 11th 2017 Glasgow

This is the 7th AVIGuk International Conference packed with new ideas, intellectual stimulation, inspiration and hope that VIG can trigger

Fiona Williams (Chair) and Barry Syme: Opening Remarks 2017 Conference Glasgow
Barry Syme is Principal Psychologist and Fiona Williams a Senior Psychologist in Glasgow City Council Educational Psychology Service where for the last three years all staff have been trained in and use VIG and VERP within a regular supervision structure in line with an Implementation Science framework. They have written about this model in a series of articles. They will discuss the strategic potential of VIG and VERP in the Scottish Education and multi- agency context and will present a short case study of the methodology as an introduction to the day.

Vasudevi Reddy: Taking engagement seriously: how infants feel minds
Vasudevi Reddy is a Professor Developmental and Cultural Psychology at the University of Portsmouth, UK. She completed her studies in Hyderabad, India and in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has been interested for nearly three decades in the origins and development of social cognition, mainly in young infants. She has focused particularly on the everyday phenomena of infancy that are familiar to parents and caregivers but are not often investigated in science – such as teasing, clowning, showing off and feeling shy. She is the Director of the Centre for Situated Action and Communication at Portsmouth, which explores ideas of context and situation - and culture - on different kinds of psychological phenomena. She has been part of a European consortium studying ways of developing 'an embodied science of intersubjectivity'. She is the author of How Infants Know Minds, published by Harvard University Press.

Nancy Ferguson and Alison McDonald: VIG and VERP in North Lanarkshire
Nancy Ferguson and Alison McDonald work in North Lanarkshire Council. Alison is the Principal Psychologist and Nancy is the Lead Officer of the Scottish Attainment Challenge (Primary) in the Council. North Lanarkshire has used VIG and VERP extensively over a number of years. Positive outcomes for children, families and practitioners have been demonstrated and these will be explored during the session. For example, in the work with families all carers report their relationship with their child has improved as a direct result of VIG. Ninety seven percent report that VIG has been successful in helping them to achieve their desired outcomes for themselves and their child (e.g. improvement in behavioural issues, parental confidence). Video Enhanced Reflective Practice has been used to support literacy, numeracy and health and wellbeing again demonstrating robust outcome measures. Analysis of film footage of literacy sessions in the primary sector reveals a range of changes e.g. increased pupil participation and engagement. When VERP input is linked with literacy training specific changes are evident in relation to literacy teaching behaviours e.g. an increase in questions that ask children to use strategies to solve comprehension failures and to make inferences. This data is closely aligned with previous research in the early years sector (Ferguson, 2015). During the session, the voices of children, carers and practitioners will be used to illustrate how these changes have taken place

Chantal Cyr: A video feedback attachment-based intervention protocol as a valid assessment of parenting capacity in Child Welfare cases
Chantal Cyr is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM). She is also a child and family psychologist. She teaches child developmental psychopathology and intervention techniques with children and families using an attachment-based framework. In close collaboration with the child protective services of Montreal and the child psychiatry clinics of Montreal children’s hospitals, Dr Cyr has been pursuing research on the efficacy of attachment-based assessment and intervention with vulnerable children and their families, such as maltreated and placed/adopted children, and those with neuro-biological vulnerabilities. Her work has been presented in numerous articles and conferences reaching both the scientific and clinical community.

Brigid Daniel: Principles of practice to enhance resilience and inform intervention with child neglect.
Brigid Daniel is currently Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Child Wellbeing and Protection in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling ( She is a registered social worker with practice experience in intake and children and families work. She is the academic advisor to WithScotland – a national hub of expertise based at Stirling University that aims to enhance research and practice in child welfare and protection in Scotland.
Brigid’s research projects include Permanently Progressing? studying outcomes for children in Scotland looked after away from home under the age of 5 ( the Nuffield funded 4 UK nation study Identifying and Understanding Inequalities in Child Welfare Intervention Rates (
Brigid has published widely on child development, children’s resilience, child neglect and the child protection system.

Liz Todd: Can VIG help change the world? Future community building: VIG, resilience and democracy
Liz Todd is Professor of Educational Inclusion at Newcastle University. She is Deputy Director of the Institute for Social Renewal which forges partnerships between the university and external organisations in order to contribute to creative solutions to societal challenges. She was drawn to VIG and to narrative therapy through her interest in respectful collaborative approaches to change particularly with those who are often assigned negative identities and left out of the conversation. Liz is co-editor of two books on video interaction guidance, and her books (single authored) Partnerships for inclusive education and (co-authored) Beyond the School Gates have both been shortlisted for prizes. In the past she worked as a maths teacher, and an educational psychologist before moving to Fiji for 3 years to the University of the South Pacific, which started her academic career. She was Director of Educational Psychology training at Newcastle for over 12 years,
launching the doctorate programme.