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Promoting Parental Intelligence Symposium

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Child Development and Infant Mental Health:

Promoting Parental Intelligence

 April 14th, 2016

 Middlesex University Dubai, UAE



On Thursday April 14th, 2016 Middlesex University Dubai, in partnership with Siena Advisory, will convene a study day to be held by Middlesex University on Child Development and Infant Mental Health.  The event is supported generously by the Al Qasimi Foundation, Ras al Khaimah, allowing the workshop to be facilitated by practitioners from the Emirates, as well clinical specialists from the UK.  

Dr. Kay Sanderson (Programme Cordinator, Education) and Glenys Henry, Lecturer in Early Childhood Development, from Middlesex University Dubai are hosting the workshop, supported by Ms. Seda Mansour, Education Advisor, from Siena Advisory.

Dr. Hussain Maseeh, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Social Affairs at the Dubai CDA, joins Dr. Bryn Williams, Dr. Stefan Peart, Dr. Joshua Carritt-Baker and Dr. Ken MacFadyen, practicing Clinical Psychologists from the UK in order to share knowledge, experience and evidence about young children and families and to promote best practice for for those working in the UAE and the Gulf. 

The programme has been designed to provide access to evidence-based practice and knowledge concerning child development in order to promote good developmental outcomes and infant mental health.  As well as promoting resilience through intelligent parenting, the conference will aim to provide attendees with both knowledge, evidence and practical skills that allow them to work with developmental and learning issues, attachment, relationships and infant mental health, as well as consider the importance of healthy parenting. 

The event will be useful for students undertaking undergraduate and post-graduate studies in child development and psychological health, as well as practitioners in mental health, social services, education, the voluntary sector and policy development.



First Plenary Session

09.30am to 10.00am

Understanding the challenges impacting on the psychological health of young families in the UAE (Dr. Hussain Maseeh, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, CDA)

10.00am to 10.30am

The outcomes for children with mental health difficulties from UK perspective.

(Dr. Bryn Williams, Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

10.30am to 11.00am

Early child development – key developmental tasks
(Dr. Shola Faniran, Developmental pediatrician)

11.00am to 11.30am


Second Plenary Session

11.30pm to 12.00pm

‘Intelligent Parenting’ and psychological well-being
(Dr. Bryn Williams, Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

12.00pm to 12.30pm

Infant Mental Health – Attachment and psychological well- being in young infants (Dr. Stefan Peart, Clinical Psychologist)

12.30pm to 1.30pm

Lunch and Prayer break

 Third Plenary Session

1.30pm to 2.00pm

Early child development and educational outcomes in the later years (Dr. Kay Sanderson, Senior Lecturer)

2.00pm to 2.30pm

Understanding the importance of the psychological needs of adults who become parents (Dr. Ken McFadyen, Clinical Psychologist and Senior Lecturer)

2.30pm to 3.00pm

The impact of harm and neglect within the parent – child relationship on the long-term outcomes for families (Dr. Joshua Carritt-Baker, Consultant Clinical Psychologist)

3.00pm to 3.30pm


3.30pm to 4.30pm

Plenary Discussion and Close




Dr Bryn Williams

Consultant Clinical Psychologist has a special interest in children, young people and families. He is one of the partners in WIPC, an international psychological consultancy based in Oxford, England. As well as providing assessments and intervention in the UK and UAE, he is involved in teaching and supervision. He has also published a book with colleagues on child protection.


Dr Joshua Carritt-Baker

Clinical Psychologist, provides clinical and expert witness psychological services as well as teaching, supervising and writing. He manages a busy regional practice on the South Coast of England that provides input to schools, universities, the Courts and businesses as well as individual clients.


Dr Ken McFadyen

Clinical Psychologist is originally from Scotland, and has practiced in England specialising in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Therapeutic interests include OCD and PTSD and he is an expert witness in Family Law cases. He also has a Master's degree in Education and combines both heath and education specialties to provide high quality CBT training.


Dr Stefan Peart

Dr Stefan Peart has a specialist interest in children, young people and families. He has worked with developmental disorders and a broad range of mental health difficulties across multidisciplinary settings. Variety in my experience has afforded me an eclectic understanding of mental health problems and their development across the lifespan.

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