Institute of Education


VIRTUAL EVENT: Autism and family mental health: shifting the narrative

20 October 2020, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Photovoice exhibition at Wandsworth Austism Fayre

This lecture will explore what we can learn about autism from looking at siblings and other family members.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Sanaa Al-Busaidy

What do we know about psychological adjustments of parents and how a medicalised deficit narrative has impacted families caring for an autistic child or young person?

This lecture will explore what we can learn about autism from looking at siblings and other family members. By understanding the full family picture we will be in a better position to come up with a course of action on how to best support families and those with an autistic child or young person in a healthier and long term way.

Image: Courtesy of Georgia Pavlopoulou for UCL Institute of Education

About the Speaker

Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou

Senior Teaching Fellow in Psychology and Mental Health at UCL Institute of Education

Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou has been working in education and health settings for 19 years. She has worked with autistic people and their family members and has experienced the opportunities and challenges that come with involving them in the centre of clinical and educational decision making.

Georgia has worked as Head of school teams in SEND school settings and the international SEND consultancy school business sector at managerial level as accredited educational and clinical autism consultant. She has also served as Scientific Director NHS Mental Health sector in Greece specialised in school aged children and young people with atypical development and behaviours of concern and their families.

She is involved in post-diagnostic support programmes for autistic people and their families offering consultation and training services in two prestigious clinics in Central London.

Georgia has also been been nominated for the David Cottrell ‘Education of CAMH Professionals’ 2020 Award for outstanding contribution to the education/training of child and adolescent mental health professionals.

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