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Online Lecture: Gwen Adshead

Mothers in Law: The Family Court and Disorganised Attachment

Time & Date:
Friday 30th September 2022
13.00 - 15.00

via Zoom


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Mothers in Law: The Family Court and Disorganised Attachment



In this talk, Gwen will discuss the work of the family court in relation to child protection and public law care proceedings. She will discuss how psychiatric reports are used by the family court and how experts might use attachment theory to assist the court. Gwen will focus on disorganised attachment as a risk factor in child protection cases; and conclude by asking how we can help the family courts better as people with expertise in parent-child relationships.


Gwen Adshead is a forensic psychiatrist and psychotherapist working part-time in the NHS. She is trained as a group analyst and in mindfulness based cognitive therapy.  She has worked as an expert witness in the family court for many years and has a particular interest in mothers who mistreat their children, and their attachment histories. Gwen has published a number of book chapters and papers on attachment theory applied to mental health, especially forensic populations. Her most recent book, written with Eileen Horne, is for general audience and is called ‘The Devil You know’, which was published in paperback in 2022 by Faber.  



OXPIP Lectures are for professionals working with parents and infants


"Just such a generally smooth and brilliant technical achievement and as always great professional material, Thank you"
- Previous Online Lecture Attendee


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  • Tickets: £30
  • We offer a reduced concession for students/low wage of £20

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