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Guest Speaker Presentation by Dr Ana Draper & Elisa Marcellino

Systemic and Narrative work with Children who have experienced trauma: Location, Dislocation and Relocation.

In the West, in Australia and New Zealand, we have an epidemic of children in ‘out of home care’. Alternations in family structure, increased violence against women and children, changes in the structure of employment, poverty, and exclusion in the context of unprecedented prosperity, a tidal wave of alcohol and methamphetamine addiction, have left so many children in this society adrift. As the fertility rate drops and the composition of the family changes, the need for ‘out of home’ care increases. This is the population of children and adolescents addressed by Ana Draper and Elisa Marcellino – clinical and therapeutic work cut in the cauldron of young refugees now on the move from Africa and the Middle East, travelling by night and sleeping by day, seriously dysregulated by the time they reach their destination.



Dr Ana Draper is a clinical lead and consultant systemic psychotherapist, as well as the discipline lead for systemic psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. She is a doctor in systemic psychotherapy, and a clinical supervisor. She has worked in the field of childhood bereavement and palliative care, in asylum with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, adoption and looked after children. Her current role is as outcomes lead and all systems change for Surrey MindWorks, which is a clinical alliance of which the Tavistock and Portman NHS trust is a partner.   Her research has been recognised at an international level and she has presented her clinical work with children in Ecuador, Malawi, Sierra Leone, and Europe. Her work with Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children is an embodied approach to therapeutic practice which has gone on to be used across the UK and in Europe.

Elisa Marcellino is a Clinical, Counselling and Health Psychologist licensed in the UK and Italy. She a clinical supervisor and a psychotherapist trainee. She has worked for several years with people presenting with multiple traumas and adverse life experiences across the lifespan. This includes working with unaccompanied minors, adopted children, young offenders, carers of people with learning disabilities and dementia. She currently works for the National Health System in the UK and co-manages Improved Futures, a mental health consultancy company, with Ana. Her research work has been published internationally. She is currently writing a book with Ana about the Location, Dislocation and Relocation framework.


30th November 5pm to 6.30pm (Central Standard Time)

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