Gerry Byrne


Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust


Gerry Byrne is clinical lead for the Family Assessment & Safeguarding Service (FASS) & the Infant Parent Perinatal Service (IPPS). The FASS service is delivered in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) and the IPPS service in Oxfordshire. FASS offers multidisciplinary assessments and treatments for severe parenting problems, including child abuse and neglect (physical, sexual, psychological maltreatment, and fabricated and induced illness). As a member of the team since 1990 he has specialised in the assessment of parent-infant relationships and attachment, & the individual assessment and treatment of parents who have abused their infants.

Gerry has trained in a wide range of evidence-based assessment tools including the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI, 1997), the Parent Development Interview (PDI, 2004), the Narrative Story Stem (2005) and the Ainsworth Strange Situation (ASS, 1997). He trained in Basic and Advanced Mentalization Therapy Skills with Peter Fonagy and Anthony Bateman and completed the course on Delivering MBT Skills to Mental Health Practitioners. He is developing his skills as a trainer of MBT under supervision from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

He provides expert evidence in legal proceedings on cases involving child abuse or neglect, assessment of parenting and where child placement is at issue.

Gerry is a tutor on the Masters in Psychoanalytic Observational Studies Course (Tavistock & UEL). He lectures at Oxford University on the clinical trainings for psychiatrists, psychotherapists and clinical psychologists and is an Honorary Principal Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University.

Gerry sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Child Abuse Review and is a member of the Clinical Reference Group on Perinatal Mental Health, which provides clinical advice to the NHS Commissioning Board for the strategic planning of specialist perinatal mental health services in the UK.

Gerry co-founded Children in Troubled Worlds with two colleagues in 2002; a not-for-profit organisation, to promote the work of child psychotherapists and the contributions psychoanalytic thinking can make to work with troubled children, adolescents and their families. Their ninth conference, Asylum took place on September 23rd 2011.

Gerry in conjunction with Janet Bolam (theatre director & writer) runs Between the Lines - Writers and Psychotherapists in conversation. Their 2012 autumn series featured poets Bernard O’Donoghue, David Constantine and Jane Draycott. These conversations were re-run at the Psychoanalytic Poetry Festival at the Freud Museum, London in June 2013 in which Mr Byrne held a conversation with poet Sam Willetts.

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