About this conference

This exciting online conference will explore and celebrate the many people involved in raising children from conception to age five, who can be forgotten from professionals' minds and excluded from services. It will highlight the impact that different family formations, backgrounds and identities have on parenting, caregiver-infant relationships and child development outcomes. 


Keynote speeches focus on LGBTQ+ families and families across different cultural backgrounds.  Participants will also have the choice of attending seminars on fathers, parents with experience of fostering and adopting, or grandparents and wider family involvement. 

The day draws on the latest developments in research, as well as the lived experience of families. Significant consideration is given to how to apply this knowledge to practice when working with different families, to make the day an experience that is both thought-provoking and enriching for professional development. 

Parallel sessions

During the booking process, you will be asked to book on to one of the three parallel sessions taking place between 13:45 and 14:45 on the day of the event so please review the timetable before booking on to help inform your decision.

Who is this online conference suitable for?

This conference is suitable for any mental health clinician or early years practitioner who is working with families with children aged 0 – 5.  This includes professionals working in women’s health, maternity, perinatal, infant mental health, adoption and early years services and settings. 

Aims of the conference
  • Increased awareness of diverse family formations, cultures and experiences
  • Enhanced knowledge of the latest research on parents and caregivers from a variety of backgrounds and identities and the impact of this on family relationships and child development
  • Increased awareness of different interventions, tools and skills and how these can be applied to working with families
Speakers and their talks

Dr Ed Tronick

Culture and Attachment (exact title TBC)


Professor Susan Golombok

Love and truth: What really matters for children in new family forms



AJ Silver

Disparities in perinatal mental health outcomes for LGBTQ+ families



Dr Fiona Tasker

Growing up With LGBTQ+ parents: Children and their parents map family diversity



Dr Kim Alyousefi-van Dijk  

VIPP-PRE: video-feedback for expectant fathers using live ultrasound images


Professor Julie Poehlmann-Tynan

Incarcerated fathers and their children



Vivienne Lewin

Twins: a unique relationship and its implications for parents and psychotherapy



Associate Professor Megan Dolbin-MacNab

Children raised by grandparents: Family and contextual influences on grandchild wellbeing



Dr Sarah Peter

The Good-Enough Group: The dynamics of digital space in an online psychoanalytic parent toddler group for adoptive families



Anna France-Williams

It Takes a Village: How We Created a Circle of Support around Our Children from Birth


System requirements for conference

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this conference. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training.

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

Details of how to join the event on Zoom will be shared closer to the event.

9th June 2021
  • Online - via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • One day
  • 09:30 - 17:00 (UK time)

NHS/VCSE/Local Authority

Standard fee

Student fee


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