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October 4, 2014

£40 – £50

Saturday, 4 October 2014, 9.30am
At The Circle, Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, S1 4FW

 How can parents and professionals keep children in focus during the process of separation and divorce?

How can the children’s voice be heard?

The aim of this workshop will be to provide an opportunity for participants to think about what they can do to ensure that children are kept in mind during the process of separation and divorce. The workshop will include the following:

  • The couple in context
  • Separation and divorce as a process rather than as a single event
  • Different perspectives of the separation
  • Children and parents: What they tell us
  • What the research shows
  • What the clinical experience shows
  • What helps?

The workshop will combine a theoretical and clinical input with an experiential component.

Emilia Dowling is a chartered clinical psychologist and systemic family psychotherapist who worked at the Tavistock Clinic for many years where she was head of Child Psychology and was involved in post graduate training, practice and research.

Her interests include systemic consultation with families, schools and General Practice and she has many years of experience of working with families during and after separation and divorce. In all areas of her work she is particularly interested in the children’s perspective. She currently works in private practice, and is a member of the Institute of Family Therapy.

She has published widely and co-edited with the late Elsie Osborne The Family and the School – A Joint Systems approach to Problems with Children, (Routledge, 1985, 2nd Edition, 1994, reprinted by Karnac Books, 2003). She is co-author with Gill Gorell Barnes, of Working with Children and Parents through Separation and Divorce, Macmillan, 2000, and co-editor, with Arlene Vetere, of Narrative Therapies with Children and Their Families, Routledge, 2005.

Di Elliott initially qualified in Social Work and worked with families and children. She later acted as a Guardian ad litem and went on to become the Chair of the East Sussex guardian ad litem Panel Committee. She qualified as a systemic therapist at the Institute of Family Therapy (IFT)

Di set up and developed the Sussex Family Mediation Service (SFMS) in 1984.She practised and supervised in a number of Family Mediation Services including that at IFT and supervised a number of lawyer mediators. She was a member of the National Family Mediation Training Team and ran an Independent training Organisation in association with a family mediation colleague as an approved provider of Continuing Professional Development courses for family mediators.

In 2003 she led a government funded project at SFMS, named Family Focus which took a systemic and brief solution focus approach to families before, during and after separation. This ran in conjunction with the Family Mediation Service. This appears now to be the forerunner of the notion of a One Stop Shop. This innovative work was taken up by other family mediation services and has become more relevant given the current emphasis onmediation and other help for separating families.

Di and Emilia have worked together on parenting programmes for separating families at IFT and have developed workshops for school counsellors and others. They have published the following:

Dowling E., and Elliott D., (2012) ‘Promoting Positive Outcomes for Children Experiencing Change in Family Relationships’ In Roffey, S (Ed) Positive Relationships – Evidence Based Practice Across the World, Springer London

Dowling E., and Elliott D., (2012) Understanding Children’s Needs when Parents Separate, Speechmark

Coffee/tea from 9.30am
10.00 – 12.30 Morning session
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30 – 4.00 Afternoon session and general discussion
4 pm End



October 4, 2014
£40 – £50


Louise Innes


The Circle
Rockingham Lane
Sheffield, S1 4FW United Kingdom
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