Attachment, Dissociation, Research and Justice: The Integrated Work of The Clinic for Dissociative Studies (CDS-UK)

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Date(s) - 24 Jun 17
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An opportunity to learn more about dissociative disorders and the work of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies (CDS-UK) from speakers Professor Howard Steele, Dr Valerie Sinason, Professor John Morton, Dr Rachel Thomas and former DCI Clive Driscoll

Professor Howard Steele

Howard Steele is Professor and Chair of Clinical Psychology, New School for Social Research.

He is also the senior editor of the academic journal Attachment & Human Development, past President of the Society for Emotion and Attachment Studies. Howard Steele has published over 100 research papers and chapters on topics concerning attachment, emotion, loss and trauma in lifespan and cross-generational perspective. A major focus of his work is intervention efforts to repair the wounds of trauma. He is editor of two books, 2008:  Clinical applications of the Adult Attachment Interview, and 2007: Handbook of Attachment-Based Interventions.

Dr Valerie Sinason

Dr Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, child and adolescent psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. Until her retirement in December 2016 she was Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies where she remains as a consultant adviser. She previously worked at both the Tavistock Clinic and St Georges Hospital as a Consultant, with abuse, disability and dissociation being her key areas of focus.

“Dissociation and Disability” focuses on children and adults with an intellectual disability who have also been abused and have a dissociative disorder.

Professor John Morton

Professor John Morton OBE FRS PhD is a Patron of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies.

His long distinguished career has included the MRC Applied Psychology Unit, Cambridge,  Director of the MRC Cognitive Development Unit, London, Professor of Psychology UCL as well as lecturing in the Department of Psychology at Yale, Visiting Professor at Cornell University, Visiting Scientist, Unite de Researches Neuropsycholiques et Neurolinguistiques,  Paris Scientific Committee, NATO advanced Research Workshop.

Dr Rachel Thomas

Dr Rachel Thomas is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.  She is clinical lead and Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies.  She has worked in the NHS and as Clinical Services Co-ordinator of the Women’s Therapy Centre, London and Consultant Psychologist and Adult Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic.

Dr Thomas has specialised in the area of complex trauma since 1993, particularly working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. She has written and published in the areas of refractory adult depression and complex trauma.

Former DCI Clive Driscoll

Former DCI Clive Driscoll retired in 2014 after completing over 34 years exemplary service with the Metropolitan Police. During his long career in the Met, Mr Driscoll acted as the Senior Investigating Officer on several high-profile cases, including obtaining two convictions in the Stephen Lawrence murder, which was hailed as ‘remarkable’ in both Parliament and the Police service in general. It also brought praise from Baroness Lawrence OBE and Neville Lawrence OBE.

Clive Driscoll became the first police officer to obtain a conviction in an ‘Honour-Based Violence’ murder where no body has ever been found. The Surjit Athwal murder has been described as a “Landmark Case where a conviction was obtained against all odds”. Ms Athwal was murdered in India and Clive Driscoll obtained convictions against family members in the UK, now serving life sentences for murder.

Clive has also extensively investigated child abuse cases, gang related violence and in 2012 was voted the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) in the United Kingdom by the Homicide working group. He has also assisted with several investigations surrounding Female Genital Mutilation and he currently assists victims and their families who feel they have not obtained Justice.

Clive Driscoll now acts as the Police Liaison Consultant for CDS UK, dealing with severe cases of historical childhood abuse, including organised abuse. This has, again, led him to assist in several current high-profile cases and national enquiries. He has lectured widely to police services across the UK and he is a visiting lecturer at Bournemouth, Plymouth and Birmingham Universities.

He tells us that the fact he has been a season ticket holder at Fulham FC for thirty years shows both his devotion to duty and his commitment to lost causes!


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