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Fabricated and Induced Illness

Part of the Success in Social Work Webinar Series

This webinar will be led by a team of experts, each of whom has hands-on experience of working with parents who have been accused of Fabricated and Induced Illness.  The purpose of the webinar is to support and enhance the knowledge of social work practitioners, so as to ensure their professional practice reflects an understanding of accessing and working with families where children and young people have perplexing presentations and hidden disabilities.

Dr Judy Eaton is a chartered clinical psychologist with a special interest in neurodevelopmental disorders in both children and adults.  Judy participated in a 'mini-pupillage' scheme organised through Phoenix Psychological Services and Coventry Family Court.   She is registered to practice as a clinical psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council and chartered by the British Psychological Society.  Prior to working independently, Judy was in practice as a clinical psychologist in the NHS for ten years, where she worked as the lead clinician within an autism diagnostic team.  Subsequently she was employed by a major independent provider of low and medium secure in-patient services as Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist and worked with both adult and CAMHS services where she worked with patients with mental health and/or forensic histories.  Judy has a particular interest in autism in females and in particular mothers with autism and has completed a number of assessments of autistic mothers for the Family Court.

Dr Fiona Gullon-Scott is a lecturer in clinical psychology at Newcastle University and an honorary senior lecturer with Tizard Centre, University of Kent.  She also ran her own consultancy part-time.   As a registered practitioner psychologist with the HCPC, and an associate fellow with the British Pyschology Society, Fiona has specialised in autism spectrum conditions for over 25 years, and undertakes diagnostic assessments, research, teaching, medico-legal work and more within the field.   One of her best known developments is a screening tool called the CAST (Childhood Autism Spectrum Test) which is used internationally to help identify possible autism spectrum in mainstream primary school age children, and which has recently been developed for use as an informant measure to ask about early childhood in adults.  Fiona has a particular interest in presentation of autism in women and girls, and is actively undertaking research, providing professional training, and conducting diagnostic assessments in this area.

Cathleen Long is an independent social worker, with an MA in Autism, and received The Professional Learning Award Outstanding Achievement (Autism) in December 2017, from the University of South Wales.  Cathleen has over 26 years of post-qualifying experience and is an expert witness and provides specialist assessments and reports for adults and children with complex needs for Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals, Judicial Review, the Court of Protection and Family Court.   Cathleen undertakes parenting assessments where the parent(s) and/or children have mental health difficulties, a learning disability or autism.  Her interest in fabricated or induced illness has emerged over recent years as, increasingly mothers of children with disabilities and hidden differences, have been faced with Child Protection proceedings, because of factors leading to professional suspected fabricated or induced illness.  Cathleen is the recently appointed Social Care Advisor for the PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) Society.

Sally Russell OBE, FRSA was the co-founder of 'Netmums' and a director for fourteen years.  During that time Sally found new ways to support parents and ensure their voices were heard by Government.  As the Founding Chair of the Institute of Health Visiting, Sally saw the importance of positive, professional leadership in an essential profession.  She continued to work to bridge the gap between parents and professionals in her role as Chair of the PDA Society, having got involved as a volunteer after her child was identified with the condition aged 15.

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