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A Radio 4 documentary, Seeing Unseen Children, on the Lighthouse Parenting Programme is to be aired on Friday 1st February 2019 at 11.00 am. Anna Scott-Brown, award winning documentary maker, followed two parents over a year, tracking their progress through the Lighthouse programme. This intervention has been developed and evaluated by Gerry Byrne and colleagues from ChAPTRe and Anna Freud National Centre for Children & Families/UCL. The documentary can be seen here:

Pasco Fearon edited the latest edition of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry’s Annual Research Review, and chaired a webinar with an audience from 15+ countries on the edition (which will be viewable soon on

Yael Shmueli-Goetz gave a keynote webinar on the TEDS at the University of Toronto’s Division of Child and Youth Mental Health Annual Conference entitled ‘Attachment in Adolescence and the Quality of Caregiving: The Role of Genes and the Environment’. 

Tanya Lecchi has been invited to present as a keynote speaker at the next TiM 2018 – Trends in Mindfulness 2018 conference in Turin.

The Mentalization-Based Treatment for Children book received this glowing review in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry : "For those readers whose time is limited, allow me to simplify this review: this book is the best manualized therapy book I have ever read. You should stop reading this review and start reading the actual book." (Owen Muir). 

Special section of Psychotherapy Research on child and adolescent therapy: We are delighted to let you know that the first issue in 2018 of Psychotherapy Research includes a special section on child and adolescent psychotherapy research, with excellent papers by Kazdin, Dozier, Target and Cohen, each reviewing the development of their research programmes. Mary Target’s paper may be of particular interest, as it reviews the history and development of child psychotherapy research here at the Anna Freud Centre. There are 50 free copies of the introduction to the special section here.


Sally O’Keeffe has won the 2018 CPCAB Counselling Research Award, associated with the BACP, for her PhD research titled "A qualitative study exploring types of dropout in adolescents receiving therapy for depression”, supervised by Dr Nick Midgley and Dr Peter Martin. The award was presented at the BACP conference in May 2018. This prestigious award is designed to raise the profile of research that is important for counselling training and practice. The Counselling Channel will make a video about the research to help disseminate the findings of this study. 

The HTA awarded funding to the Nurturing Change pilot trial of VIPP for children in foster care launches in April 2018.

The PIP microanalysis project has been awarded grants from the International Psychoanalytic Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association.



The next Mentalization Based Treatment for Children (MBT-C) training, based on the newly-published book, will be taking place at the AFC in January 2019. Please see this link for further information and registration: MBT-C training.




Several ChAPTRe researchers, including Nick MidgleyElizabeth Edginton, Sally O’Keeffe  and Antonella Cirasola, presented their research projects at the SPR 49th International Annual Meeting 2018 in Amsterdam. Nick Midgley also chaired a special plenary session on research in child and adolescent psychotherapy.