2017 Annual Conference

Evidence Based Service Provision for Families and Schools / Darpariaeth Gwasanaethau sy’n Seiliedig ar Dystiolaeth ar gyfer Teuleuodd ac Ysgolion (Programme)

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 / Dydd Mercher 22ain  Mawrth 2017 Adeilad Reichel Building, Safle’r Ffriddoedd Site, Prifysgol Bangor University

 Thursday 23rd March 2017 / Dydd Iau 23ain Mawrth 2017 Gwesty’r Copthorne Hotel, Caerdydd/ Cardiff


Welcome (Bangor) - Professor Jo Rycroft-Malone, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Bangor University

                 (Cardiff) - Professor Judy Hutchings, Director, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University


Opening of conference (Bangor) - Pauline Williams, Trustee, Children’s Early Intervention Trust (Biography)

                                          (Cardiff) - Professor Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales (Biography)


Keynote Speaker - Professor Richard Hastings, Warwick University

Behavioural and emotional problems in young children with intellectual disability and/or autism: Implications for early intervention(Abstract) (Presentation)


Suzy Clarkson, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University

‘Implementing and Evaluating KiVa in the UK’ (Abstract) (Presentation)


Lucy Akhtar, Senior Manager, Family Support – Policy, Welsh Government

Parenting Support– Welsh Government Perspective’ (Abstract) (Presentation)


Dr Jennifer Austin, University of South Wales

Using the Good Behaviour Game to Promote Positive Behaviour at School’ (Abstract) (Presentation)


Margiad Williams, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University

PALACES – Parenting for Autism, Language and Communication Evaluation Study(Abstract) (Presentation)


Dawn Owen CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University

Developing ‘COPING Parents’ (the Confident Parenting Internet Guide) a web-based parenting programme’ (Abstract) (Presentation)


Professor Judy Hutchings, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University

The Incredible Years® European pooled data trial and other CEBEI news’ (Abstract) (Presentation)


Margiad Williams, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University

Evaluating the Enhancing Parenting Skills (EPaS) 2014 programme for parents of young children with behaviour problems’ (Abstract) (Presentation)

            with Alison McCarthy (Bangor) (Biography)

            and Annette Fury and Sue Allen (Cardiff) (Biography)


Dr Sue Evans, Powys Teaching Health Board

Incredible Years® and KiVa in Powys, Mid Wales’(Abstract Bangor) (Presentation Bangor)(Abstract Cardiff) (Presentation Cardiff)

           and Jess Crumpton (Bangor)  

           and Jayne Snare and Caroline Jones (Cardiff)


Bangor – Jenni Rochfort, Lead Parenting Practitioner, Flintshire

‘Supporting the Incredible Years® Trained Workforce – the Flintshire Model’ (Abstract) (Presentation)


Cardiff – Margaret Collins, Heronsbridge Special School, Bridgend

‘Our Incredible Learners: Incredibly Busy and Exciting’ (Abstract)



2017 Anne Marie Jones Memorial Lecture

21st March 2017

The 2017 Anne Marie Jones Memorial Lecture was given by Professor Sally Holland, Children's Commissioner for Wales.

How can Wales ensure that every child has an equal chance to be the best they can be?’ 

Information and abstract



Public Talk

The ever lengthening spectrum.  Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis issues.

by Dr Peter Parry, Uiversity of Queensland, Australia.


ASD diagnoses have escalated dramatically over recent years internationally, including in Australia.  This trend reflects greater recognition of milder cases, possible environmental aetiological agents, loosening of diagnostic criteria and also overdiagnosis or misdiagnosis often driven by access to resources.  When diagnoses are driven by factors relating to secondary gains this phenomenon is sometimes referred to as “diagnostic upcoding” or “diagnostic inflation”.  When such resources obtained by a diagnostic label are truly necessary then arguably this can be justified on a pragmatic basis.  But the practice remains a distortion of the truth and can contribute to stigma, unnecessary treatments, discriminate against other children with developmental delays, and skew epidemiological statistics. This talk will cover the controversies and difficulties around ASD diagnosis.

Dr Peter Parry is a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Brisbane, Australia.  He has worked in both inpatient and community CAMHS services in South Australia, Wales and Queensland. He has academic interests in areas of psychiatric nosology, conflict of interest issues in pharma-medicine relations, and integrating evolutionary biology, lifestyle factors and mindfulness approaches into psychoeducation.




2016 Annual Conference

Supporting Parents, Children and Teachers

Tuesday 2nd February 2016, Bangor
Wednesday 3rd February 2016, Cardiff

AM: Introducing and Researching the KiVa Anti-bullying Programme

Welcome (Bangor) - Pauline Williams, Deputy Chair, Children’s Early Intervention Trust  Biography
Welcome (Cardiff) - Alun Ffred Jones AM, National Assembly for Wales Member for Arfon Biography

Keynote Speaker - Professor Christina Salmivalli, Turku University, Finland
‘Evidence-based prevention of bullying: How and why does the KiVa Anti-bullying programme work?’
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

Professor Judy Hutchings, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University
‘KiVa dissemination in the UK’
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

Suzy Clarkson, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University
‘Evaluating KiVa in Wales – outcomes’
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

Dr Joanna Charles, CHEME, Bangor University
‘Calculating the costs of establishing and delivering KiVa in Wales’
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

Zoe Wrigley, Dartington Social Research Unit
‘The KiVa RCT in Wales, feedback from school visits, observations and focus groups’
Abstract and Biography

KiVa Schools present their experience with KiVa
BangorDavid Edwards, Penmorfa School, Prestatyn, Denbighshire
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

Cardiff Dr Sue Evans, Powys Local Health Board and Sam Greasley, Priory Church in Wales School, Brecon, Powys
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

PM: Centre for Evidence Based Early Intervention research update

Pauline Williams, Deputy Chair, Children’s Early Intervention Trust

2016 CEBEI Awards for Incredible People (Bangor)

Jenni Rochfort is nominated by Gail Bennett, Early Years and Family Support Manager, Flintshire who said: This award is in recognition of Jenni’s leadership in coordinating the work of a local multi- agency partnership to develop the delivery of quality parenting programmes across Flintshire and to make them more accessible. She has worked tirelessly and passionately with schools, services and regional partners to ensure staff are skilled in their delivery through training, supervision and peer support. She also holds each school to account to deliver what they have agreed to do. She is extremely passionate about evaluation and measuring how we are making a difference. Well Done Jenni! Every County needs a Jenni.

Professor Judy Hutchings, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University
‘Centre update’
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

Margiad Williams, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University
‘The Enhancing Parenting Skills (EPaS) 2014 trial’
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

Dawn Owen CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University
‘Developing web-based parenting support’
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

Sue Layland, CEBEI, School of Psychology, Bangor University
‘Working to support looked after children’
Presentation / Abstract and Biography

2016 Anne Marie Jones Memorial Lecture

Creating safe learning environments by reducing bullying: What can schools, parents and students do?

Monday 1st February 2016 - Bangor


Bullying, defined as repeated negative actions directed at a less powerful person, is a pervasive problem in schools worldwide. It compromises school safety and constitutes a threat to the well-being and healthy development of numerous children and youth. There is strong evidence of the negative consequences of bullying, including long-term effects such as depression (among targeted persons) and antisocial behaviour (among perpetrators) later in life. Bullying can lead to feelings of insecurity and anxiety even among those just witnessing it.

In order to effectively prevent bullying we need to understand the mechanisms in the peer system that make bullying possible and maintain it. Bullies are often socially rewarded by peers. Peers, who actively reinforce the unkind acts of bullies, provide them with status within the peer group. Others stay passive and fail to express their anti-bullying attitudes in public. In classrooms where bullies are reinforced by peers, bullying occurs at a much higher frequency than in classrooms where students tend to support the children that are targeted. Besides fuelling bullying behaviour, bystanders’ reactions (or their inaction) can be traumatic for the targeted students, who feel that no-one cares about their plight. Adults who were bullied during their schooldays often describe the indifference on part of the bystanders as the most negative memory related to bullying: “No-one cared about what was happening to me”.

In bullying prevention, attempts must be made to change the peer group norms related to bullying, rather than merely influencing individual children identified as perpetrators or targets. Creating awareness of how the group maintains and fuels bullying and teaching students safe strategies to support their vulnerable peers are keys to effective prevention with lasting outcomes. In the presentation, Prof. Salmivalli will provide an overview of recent research on evidence-based bullying prevention and sheds light on the ways in which school personnel, parents, and students themselves can take action against bullying.

Presentation / Biography / Video