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Expert in Parental Alcohol, Drug or Mental Health Problems, and Effects on Children and Other Family Members

Expert ID: 729248 United Kingdom

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Expert has extensive experience in the fields of both substance misuse and its consequential effects on both those who misuse substances and their families; and on mental health difficulties and their consequential effects on families. This experience relates to a number of areas, including:
• research - he has conducted extensive research into, among other areas, the effects that problem drug-taking and alcohol misuse has on families,
and the impact of parental substance misuse on the children in these families; he has published very widely on this (and other) topics; he has also conducted research and published on the topic of parental mental ill health and the effects of this on their children; he has published 15 books on these and related topics, as well as more than 200 published refereed academic papers and scholarly chapters;
• child protection proceedings - Expert has served as an Expert Witness within the UK Court System in child protection cases relating to parental substance misuse or parental mental health problems on more than forty occasions over the past 20 years;
• clinical practice - he is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with specific expertise in developing services to those with substance misuse problems and their families; and to those with mental health problems and their families;
• management - he was the founding Head of all of the statutory Addictions Services in the Bath Mental Health Care NHS Trust within the UK, until the foundation of the larger Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust in April 1999. These statutory Addictions Services included both the Somerset Drugs Service, covering all of Somerset, and the B&NES and Western Wiltshire Addictions Service. He was a member of the Trust Main Board for some years until November 2003, and was directly responsible for all the specialist drug & alcohol services across the Trust, for the Families and Psychosis Service (an NHS Beacon Site), as well as for all Trust-wide strategic and service developments;
• and national (and international) policy:
o Nationally, he helped in the early 1980s to establish Alcohol Concern, the national alcohol agency in England & Wales and served on its National Executive until 1991; in 1998 he was appointed by the Home Secretary to be a member of the Council of the Alcohol Education Research Council (AERC), and was re-appointed up to the maximum of 6 years. He has been an advisor to many UK Government bodies: the National Treatment Agency for Drug Misuse (NTA) in relation to their policies concerning families and family involvement in drug misuse treatment, the Home Office (with respect to drug prevention policy, especially as regards to the relationship between parents and drug misuse), the Department of Health (over a number of NHS matters relating to service development and performance monitoring), the Scottish Executive (on parental substance misuse), as well as being a member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Programme Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drugs and a member of the NSPCC External Expert Reference Group on their major project on ‘Physical abuse in high risk families’.
o Internationally, he has been an advisor to Governmental bodies in Australia, Mexico and Italy over the impact of substance misuse on children and families, has worked extensively with the European Union as an advisor over drug prevention, was a member of the 15-strong Scientific Committee for the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) for 6 years (2008-13), and is Senior Research Fellow in India [with the Sangath Community Health NGO], researching the use of community lay health workers to deliver psychological interventions to people with

Has served as an Expert Witness in child protection cases relating to parental substance misuse or parental mental health problems on more than forty occasions over the past 20 years. Helped in the early 1980's to establish Alcohol Concern, the national alcohol agency in England & Wales and served on its National Executive until 1991; in 1998 he was appointed by the Home Secretary to be a member of the Council of the Alcohol Education Research Council (AERC), and was re-appointed up to the maximum of 6 years. He is an advisor to the National Treatment Agency for Drug Misuse (NTA) in relation to their policies concerning families and family involvement in drug misuse treatment, and has been an adviser to the Home Office (with respect to drug prevention policy, especially as regards to the relationship between parents and drug misuse), to the Department of Health (over a number of NHS matters relating to service development and performance monitoring), and to the Scottish Executive (on parental substance misuse).Was a member of the 15-person EMCDDA’s Scientific Committee (2008-2013), has been an advisor to the European Union over drug prevention and as part of that have completed a major EU funded project involving me working part-time in Russia, developing drug prevention programmes utilizing the EU experience, has set up (in 2001) an EU-wide network concerned with developing resources to help professionals across the EU improve the help they offer to children in families affected by substance misuse (and he is currently ENCARE’s Vice President), and has advised Governmental bodies in Australia, Mexico and Italy over the impact of substance misuse on children and families.Is a Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the Addictions Research Group, in India [with the Sangath Community Health NGO, Goa, India] where he is developing and researching the use of community lay health workers and/or new technologies to deliver psychological interventions to people with severe depression, or serious alcohol problems, or in need of community detoxification, or to affected family members.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1986 Degree: PhD Subject: Resilience in children whose parents have substance misuse problems Institution: University of Exeter, UK
Year: 1980 Degree: MSc Subject: Clinical Psychology Institution: University of Exeter, UK
Year: 1975 Degree: BSc Subject: Experimental Psychology Institution: University of Sussex, UK

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2011 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Professor of Mental Health Research Department: Department of Psychology Responsibilities: Research and post-graduate teaching related to mental health and to substance misuse.
Years: 1991 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Consultant Clinical Psychologist Department: Responsibilities: Currently, research and some clinical work relating to substance misuse, mental health problems and family issues.
(1991 – present, Honorary position since 2007; previously Principal Clinical Psychologist, 1988-1991; Senior Clinical Psychologist, 1984-1988)
Years: 1999 to 2003 Employer: University of Bath and the Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust Title: Director Department: Mental Health Research & Development Unit Responsibilities: Directing a large R&D unit, investigating a wide range range of mental health issues. The MHRDU was completely self-funded, and it was granted over £5 million in research and evaluation funding.

Years: to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director of Strategic Development Department: Responsibilities: Sat on the Trust's main Board. His Board level responsibilities included:
o all statutory Drug & Alcohol services across the Trust;
o all other Trust-wide specialist services such as Forensic, Eating Disorders, Prison mental health etc.;
o Research & Development;
o Strategic and Service Development;
o and a wide range of corporate portfolios including integrated NHS & Social Care Patient Records Management, Performance Monitoring, Child Protection, Star Ratings, and being the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian.

He left his Trust Board Director role to concentrate more on research, writing, and Expert Witness work.
Years: 1994 to 1999 Employer: Somerset Drugs Service Title: Head of the Addictions Service, and Director of Research & Development Department: Responsibilities: Expert was the founding Head of the Bath & Western Wiltshire Addictions Service and of the Somerset Drugs Service, both as part of the old Bath Mental Health Care NHS Trust, before it merged and became the much larger current Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. He was also the founding Director of Research & Development within the Bath Mental Health Care NHS Trust.
Years: 1980 to 1983 Employer: University of Exeter Title: Research fellow in Clinical Psychology Department: Department of Psychology Responsibilities:

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1980 to Present Agency: A range of UK Government departments Role: Consultant Description: Helped in the early 1980s to establish Alcohol Concern, the national alcohol agency in England & Wales and served on its National Executive until 1991; in 1998 he was appointed by the Home Secretary to be a member of the Council of the Alcohol Education Research Council (AERC), and was re-appointed up to the maximum of 6 years. He is an advisor to the National Treatment Agency for Drug Misuse (NTA) in relation to their policies concerning families and family involvement in drug misuse treatment, and has been an adviser to the Home Office (with respect to drug prevention policy, especially as regards to the relationship between parents and drug misuse), to the Department of Health (over a number of NHS matters relating to service development and performance monitoring), and to the Scottish Executive (on parental substance misuse).
Years: 1994 to Present Agency: A range of International Governments Role: Consultant Description: A member of the 15-person EMCDDA’s Scientific Committee (2008-13), has been an advisor to the European Union over drug prevention and as part of that has completed a major EU funded project involving him working part-time in Russia, developing drug prevention programmes utilising the EU experience, has set up (in 2001) an EU-wide network (ENCARE – http://www.encare.info/) concerned with developing resources to help professionals across the EU improve the help they offer to children in families affected by substance misuse (and he is currently ENCARE’s Vice President), and has advised Governmental bodies in Australia, Mexico and Italy over the impact of substance misuse on children and families. He is Senior Research Fellow, Sangath Community Health NGO, in India, developing and researching the use of lay health workers to treat people with mental health problems.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to Present Country / Region: European Union Summary: Was a member of the 15-person EMCDDA’s Scientific Committee (2008-2013). He has been an advisor to the European Union over drug prevention and as part of that have completed a major EU funded project involving him working part-time in Russia, developing drug prevention programmes utilizing the EU experience. He also has set up (in 2001) an EU-wide network concerned with developing resources to help professionals across the EU improve the help they offer to children in families affected by substance misuse (and he is currently ENCARE’s Vice President). He also has advised Governmental bodies Italy over the impact of substance misuse on children and families.
Years: 1991 to Present Country / Region: Australia, Mexico Summary: Has advised Governmental bodies across Australia and Mexico over the impact of substance misuse on children and families.
Years: 2011 to Present Country / Region: India Summary: Is a Senior Research Fellow in India [with the Sangath Community Health NGO, Goa, India] where he is developing and researching the use of community lay health workers to deliver psychological interventions to people with severe depression, or serious alcohol problems, or in need of community detoxification, or to affected family members.

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
FBPsS (Fellow of British Psychological Society) (Associate Fellow, 1984)
FRSS (Fellow of Royal Statistical Society), 1987
Licenses / Certifications
C. Psychol. (Chartered Clinical Psychologist), 1988
Professional Appointments
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Lisbon, Portugal: appointed member of the 15-member International Scientific Committee, re-appointed
Joseph Rowntree Foundation: member of Alcohol Research Committee / Programme Advisory Group on Alcohol
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has published over 200 items including 15 books, and over 190 chapters and scientific journal papers. He has also been awarded grants of more than £6,000,000 over his research career to date.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
He has served as an Expert Witness in child protection cases relating to parental substance misuse or parental mental health problems on more than forty occasions over the past 20 years
Training / Seminars
Expert is a highly experiences trainer and lecturer on a wide range of topics related to substance misuse and to mental health problems.

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