Attuned Interactions: Issue 2 October 2016

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Editorial

Attuned Interactions is the e-journal for the international Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) community.

Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) is a video feedback intervention that enhances communication within relationships.  It does this by using video clips of ‘better than usual’ interactions in authentic situations to actively engage clients in change.  Clients are supported to reflect on the video clips in the light of their own hopes of a better future in their relationships with people who are important to them.

Our aims for this e-journal are to promote the benefits of VIG, to develop and communicate the evidence base for VIG and to offer an opportunity to debate issues facing VIG practitioners and clients.

We publish articles in English on VIG, and on other related strengths-based video feedback interventions. These articles range from academic to practice-based, and their authors from expert to novice, from VIG supervisor, guider or trainee to VIG participants and their communities.

Copyright remains with the authors; please contact them with any queries. The views expressed are those of the authors, and not of the members of the editorial group.

All articles are sent to several members of a panel of peer readers for comments, which guide the authors’ amendments before publishing. Article authors and new peer readers are invited to contact the lead editor Miriam Landor.

Contents:

Alistair Cooper*, Sally Atkinson, Jo Hamilton, Caren Jones, Kylie Leones, Anna Lucock, & Wendy Queralt. Training to Enhance and Nurture Development (TEND) – an innovative group based video coaching programme for foster carers in UK. “The purpose of this article is to introduce an intervention called Training to Enhance and Nurture Development (TEND), an adaptation of the Filming Interactions to Nurture Development (FIND) intervention developed in the US (Fisher, Frenkel, Noll, Berry & Yockelson, 2016). … This is followed by a discussion of the possible links with VIG.”

Chryssa Ekizoglou. Applying Video Interaction Guidance to early intervention for mothers with psychological difficulties to support better interactions with their infants. “Research shows that children’s emotional development and the establishment of a secure attachment are promoted by an attuned mother or carer. Many studies present evidence of the harmful effects on the child of being parented by mothers with psychological difficulties. … The goal of this article is to present the efficacy of Video Interaction Guidance as a supplementary or exclusive intervention for mothers with mild or severe mental difficulties.”

Cornelia Hatzinikolaou. Intersubjectivity research and theory: Contributions to the domains of Developmental Psychopathology and Early Intervention – the background to Video Interaction Guidance (VIG). “Developmental Psychopathology emerged in the mid-1970s (Sameroff, 1975; Sameroff and Chandler, 1975) and was established as a distinct research field during 1980s. … These fundamental questions could be better tested, both in theory and research, by making use of the knowledge on infant and toddler behaviour that Developmental Psychology had gathered since 1970s. This research was strongly influenced by the ethological tradition of meticulous observation of behaviour through frame-to-frame analysis of video and the interconnected theory of Innate Intersubjectivity (Trevarthen, 1974, 1979; Trevarthen and Hubley, 1978).”

Miriam Landor. ‘Attuned interrupting’ in Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and in Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP): One possible element in an intersubjective exchange. “Over my many years of supervising VIG trainees I have reflected on the vast range of skills VIG guiders develop as they support their clients to achieve their hopes for better attunement. In this article I will examine one of these skills, which I have named ‘attuned interrupting’, first setting it in its context by describing the background to VIG and VERP.”

David Morton. My VIG Journey. “This is a reflective piece in which I describe some of my experiences as a VIG guider travelling through the first 3 stages of VIG training and practice. Hopefully it communicates a sense of how I was ‘hooked in’ and why I have become so passionate about this way of working.”

Rachel Pardoe. Integrating Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Work with Parents and Infants. Note: This article was originally published in the May 2016 Bulletin of the Association of Child Psychotherapists. For more information about the ACP, see: http://www.childpsychotherapy.org.uk . “I have been working in CAMHS as a qualified CPT since 1997, specialising in psychotherapeutic work with parents and infant. … Seeing yourself on video is an emotionally powerful experience, as I myself have discovered through VIG training.”

Video Interaction Guidance: Closing the Gap. 7th AVIGuk International Conference 2017.