Thursday, 19th September: Professor Anette Søgaard Nielsen, Denmark, Dr Ola Siljeholm, Sweden and Dr Gallus Bischof, Germany: Joint Keynote Presentation on CRAFT and its cross-cultural applicability in Europe.

Friday, 20th September: Dr Jacqui Sundbury and Manal Shehab, both Australia: Joint Keynote Presentation on Family Violence and its relationship with alcohol, drugs and gambling problems within Marginalised Communities (one with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and Indigenous / first nations peoples; the other with the Muslim community).

Friday, 20th September: Steph and Peter Shilton, CBE, England, in conversation with Richard Velleman, England/India: Joint Keynote Presentation on Living with (and overcoming) gambling addiction.

About the speakers:

Professor Anette Søgaard Nielsen, Denmark: Anette Søgaard Nielsen currently works at the Institute of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Unit of Clinical Alcohol Research.

Prof. Nielsen is a nationally recognized scientist who in her work focus primarily on developing and evaluating methods for treating alcohol use disorders (AUD). Her primary research areas include: i) improving outcome of treatment for AUD; ii) improving access to treatment for AUD; iii) support to significant others to individuals, suffering from AUD, iiii) stigma reduction and iiiii) narrative medicine.

PhD Ola Siljeholm, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, STAD, Centre for Psychiatry Research, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden: Ola Siljeholm Dr Siljeholm is a clinical Psychologist working with patients with alcohol use disorder and he is a postdoctoral researcher developing prevention interventions for young adults affected by parental substance use. Olas research has mainly focused on CRAFT combined with parent training for affected family members of individuals with a substance use disorder.

Dr Gallus Bischof, Germany: As well as being the AFINet Chair, Gallus Bischof is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. He studied at the Universities of Mannheim and Heidelberg, received his Ph.D. from the University of Greifswald in 2004, and currently is Senior Researcher in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Luebeck, Germany. A special area of interest has been the analysis of the social impact of drug and alcohol problems, including family members and social networks, and strategies to improve the reach of the addiction treatment system. He is a member of the steering committee of the German Society of Addiction Psychology, member of the German Society for Addiction Research and Therapy, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and the International Network on Brief Interventions for Alcohol and other drugs, as well as serving as Editor for the German Journal of Addiction Therapy (“Suchttherapie”). He conducted the first study in Germany on Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) and has published several articles (mainly in German) on concepts and treatment options for family members.

Dr Jacqui Sundbury, Australia: Dr Jacqui Sundbery is an Enterprise Fellow at the Indigenous Health Equity Unit, Onemda, Melbourne University, Australia. She is a researcher and family therapist with a background in the arts.

Jacqui is currently coordinating a research translation project around trauma aware, healing informed perinatal care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in the state of Victoria and has supported capacity building projects in family violence, Out of Home Care and Inclusion and Equity. She worked at The Bouverie Centre delivering the Graduate Certificate in Family Therapy: First Nations and was part of the Working with the Mob family therapy-family healing team. Jacqui also has a small private practice where she sees individuals, couples and families

Manal Shehab, Australia: identifies as a Muslim Australian with Egyptian heritage. She is a faith-based family alcohol and other drug peer practitioner and group facilitator working with migrant and refugee communities at Self Help Addiction Resource Centre (SHARC) in Family Drug and Gambling Help and The Muslim Youth Adult Family Services.

Manal runs various workshops and has extensive public speaking experiences on many issues, some of which are: supporting families impacted by a loved one’s alcohol and other drug use ; family violence; women's rights in Islam; intersectionality and the dismantling of systemic and institutional barriers faced by marginalised women as well as running women's self-growth workshops.

Manal is a member of the Multifaith Advisory Group to the Victorian Premier and Cabinet on Family Violence in Faith setting, board member of Federation of Ethnic Community Council Australia and member of Women’s Federation for World Peace and is an active participant in many interfaith/multifaith dialogues exploring psychosocial issues.

Manal is the author of ‘The Faith Leader's Practice Guide and Toolkit on Preventing and Responding to Family Violence in Faith Settings’ published in 2022 on behalf of State Government of Victoria.

Manal is also a published author of Islamic Children’s books.

Steph and Peter Shilton, England
Peter and Steph Shilton are revered as a leading couple in the UK in raising awareness of gambling harms. Peter is the world renowned England goalkeeper and holds the England record of most capped male footballer he also holds two world records for football. Peter is a global legendary statesman. Peter was honoured Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2024 New Years Honours list for his dedication to football and his commitment to reducing gambling harms.

Peter and Steph have worked with the UK parliament in reducing gambling harms, they wrote a best seller book “SAVED”of their gambling addiction experience. They have conducted interviews globally on gambling addiction and regarded by media as the go to couple as experts in the field of lived experience.

Steph had 27 years in the NHS and is a qualified therapist she is currently working in the UK for a leading gambling addiction charity and has successfully developed an affected other service.

Peter and Steph achieved in 2023 a parliamentary ban on gambling companies in the UK from advertising on the front of football shirts.

They are both patrons of gambling harm studies around youngsters and grassroots football for Bristol University and ambassadors for the UK Presidents Children disability sporting Charity. e was a goalkeeper and he holds the all-time record for the most competitive appearances in world football (1,390), and has represented England in the National team more times than any other player (125). But he also had a 45-year gambling addiction, now overcome with the help of his wife, Steph.

Richard Velleman, England, India: Richard is a founder of AFINet and is it’s Treasurer. He studied at the Universities of Sussex and Exeter, trained in clinical psychology, and obtained his PhD at the University of Exeter before moving to Bath, where he worked within both the University of Bath and the National Health Service mental health services. He has researched and written extensively about alcohol and drug problems, with a special interest on the impact of addiction problems on the family and the development of methods for helping and supporting affected family members. With colleagues within AFINet-UK he developed the Stress-Strain-Information-Coping-Support model of understanding the impact of addiction problems on families; the 5-Step Method to help affected family members in their own right; and the ideas of protection and resilience in children affected by family substance misuse problems. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He currently divides his work time between AFINet-related activities and co-Directing the Addictions and related Research Group (ARG), part of Sangath, based in India.

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