Shadi Shahnavaz


Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families


Dr S Shahnavaz is employed at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families as a Systemic Family Psychotherapist and Social Worker, with over 20 years’ experience of assessing and working with families with very complex needs. She has long experience of working with adults with mental health difficulties and children who have social and behavioural problems and their families. She has undertaken complex assessments and treatments of families involved in the legal system for over 15 years and she has been an expert witness in England for the past 10 years.  She provides in-depth assessments of children and families involved in contact and residence disputes. She also provides parenting assessments in the context of care proceedings. She specialises in attachment, trauma, domestic violence and substance misuse. She has extensive experience of working with families from various cultural and religious backgrounds. Ms Shahnavaz is registered as a Systemic Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, she is also a registered supervisor with the same organisation.  Furthermore Dr Shahnavaz is  registered with the Social Care Register. She teaches students and professionals in the mental health field both in England and abroad, as well as students at King’s College and the Tavistock Clinic, on modules including System’s theory, parenting, working with children, working with trauma and working with refugees. Dr Shahnavaz has extensive experience of teaching supervision to professionals both in England and abroad. An article she has written on cultural reflexivity in supervision is on the reading list on the supervision courses at both the Institute of Family Therapy and the Tavistock Centre. Dr Shahnavaz has supervised the master’s degree in Systemic Theory at the Tavistock Centre.

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