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. Anette Søgaard Nielsen and her colleagues are performing a series of trials, for example the iTAPP-study (an RCT of the 15-method in General Practice), and Blend-A (an RCT of blended care in treatment of alcohol dependence). Anette Søgaard Nielsen's research interests are treatment for alcohol use disorders, stigma research and narrative medicine.

Dr Ola Siljeholm, Sweden: Ola Siljeholm is a postdoctoral researcher at STAD, Centre for Psychiatry Research, Department for Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska institutet and a licensed psychologist at Riddargatan 1, Mottagningen för alkohol och hälsa, Stockholm Centre for Dependency Disorders. Her main research focus is support programs for affected family members of individuals with substance related problems, and preventive efforts to support young people affected by parental substance use.

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: Jacqui was once a family counsellor at Family Drug and Gambling Help, and subsequently went onto the Bouverie Centre, a specialist centre focussing on family therapy, affiliated with LaTrobe University (see this promotion video from 2015 in the context of gambling - Jacqui completed her PhD in 2015 which explored the effectiveness of family therapy training and practice in working with substance use issues in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She worked in the Indigenous Program 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, so brings that lens working with first nations peoples.

Manal Shehab, Australia: Manal is a family counsellor and group facilitator at the Muslim Youth, Adult and Family program, a unique program in Australia federally funded to work with the Muslim community in north-west Melbourne to provide wholistic support in the context of addiction. While employed by SHARC and FDGH, Manal’s role is supporting families with loved ones impacted by drug and alcohol addiction, mental health issues & family violence through a consortium of AOD services. Manal is an excellent public speaker and has presented at many forums, and also authored and launched a toolkit on preventing and responding to family violence for faith leaders.  Manal brings a lens of diversity and cultural sensitivity, is a Muslim and a feminist!  A very brave woman.

Manal is also a facilitator of Intentional Peer Support, a unique model working in the peer space

Steph and Peter Shilton, England
Steph and Peter Shilton met in 2012 and married in 2016.  Steph is a highly professional Business Manager with extensive knowledge of the NHS/Healthcare sectors; Peter is a world-famous and now-retired footballer (soccer); he 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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