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Episode 2 - Attachment theory and working with black families

This podcast features a talk given by Elaine Arnold at the 2010 BAATN conference in London.

Elaine Arnold has worked with black families in various contexts for many years as a social worker specialising in Psychiatric Social Work and Child Guidance, as Director of Training at Nafsiyat, as a member of Action For Children's Black Families Adoption Panel and in 1999 founded the Separation Reunion Forum which aims to raise awareness of the effects of broken attachments, separation and loss on Caribbean people. Her talk looks at some of the policies that mitigated against Caribbean people when they immigrated to the UK, how the effects of broken attachments and loss continue to impact these families and how work based on attachment theory while working with black families very often has positive outcomes.

Listen here to the podcast.

Separation and Reunion Forum can be found at


The Black and Asian Therapist Network

The BAATN Network seeks to reflect the many who are committed, passionate and actively engaged in addressing the psychological needs of black and Asian people in the UK. It is run by Eugene Ellis. Learn more about BAATN and go to their website.

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