Alumni Networking Event

17th August 2017 By: hannah.evans@annafreud.org

On Tuesday May 23rd, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families hosted its second Alumni Networking Event, which was a great success at it had been the previous year.

This event allowed current students and recent alumni to gather together and find out more about a number of different and popular career paths navigated by graduates from our postgraduate programmes. We had over 60 attendees at the event and this number included students from across all postgraduate programmes, and a number of recent graduates/alumni. They were privileged to hear from around 20 of our graduates who generously gave up their time to come to the event and take part in various sessions.  The networking event began with a panel of five very recent graduates from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families who are in current work and planning on particular career paths. These graduates (Rachel Ransley, Steph Henwood, Antonella Cirasola, Grace West, Rosa Town) provided informative and compelling accounts of their experiences across a diverse range of clinical and research work places. They were also able to hear from Alex Goforth about the Recruit to Train scheme, a new Government initiative to increase the workforce within child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Following this, attendees were able to go along to separate rooms, each of which hosted interactive talks dedicated to different professions. We were fortunate to have a wonderful range of current trainees and graduated professionals, all of whom had been former students at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. These sessions allowed current students and alumni to hear about career journeys, experiences, practicalities and struggles. We would like to thank our talented and dedicated contributors to this networking event who covered  Clinical Psychology (Josh Harwood, Mauricio Alvarez), Child Psychotherapy (Eva Crasnow, Flavia Ansaldo, Chen Wagner, Fiona McKinistrie, Christina McAdam) , Adult Psychoanalysis (Fatima Martinez), Educational Psychology (Carla Steytler, Oonagh Buckley), PhDs (Mattia Gerin, Mariana von Mohr, Bianca Renteria)and Counselling (Jessica Sleeter, Sophie Bammens). We ended the evening with more informal networking where current students and alumni were able to mingle further in the garden. Feedback from the event has been very positive indeed and we will no doubt repeat and improve this event in the not too distant future.    

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