Society grant helps family communication

A book on innovative techniques to keep families together and improve the performances of teachers and pupils is being launched today at the University of Dundee.

‘Video Interaction Guidance: A relationship-based intervention to promote attunement, empathy and well-being’ is edited by Hilary Kennedy and Miriam Landor, from Dundee’s School of Education, Social Work and Community Education, and Liz Todd, from the University of Newcastle.

The book will be launched during an international seminar at the University of Dundee later this week, to be attended by social workers, education researchers, practitioners and students from across the UK and Europe. This seminar has been supported by a grant from the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

‘Video Interaction Guidance’ is the first book to explain the theory behind Video Interaction Guidance (VIG). It also reviews the research evidence and offers case studies that document how VIG has been successfully applied in family relationships, schools and higher education, individuals with communication and developmental disorders, and as a reflective professional development tool.

The approach is discussed from a range of theoretical perspectives and within the contexts of narrative therapy, infant and attachment interventions, positive psychology and mindfulness. Aimed at social workers, psychologists, educators, and other professionals, the book is both a theoretical exploration of why VIG works and a practical guide to its application.

Hilary Kennedy said, “There has never been a greater need for people to relate more effectively as it is only in this way that we are going to be able to address the considerable problems of the world. The use of VIG in many different kinds of situations in this book is a reminder of its potential for many more.”