Date: 8th May 2024

Mode: Online

Presenter: Professor Anita Gibbs, University of Otago, NZ

Webinar summary 

This webinar explores a challenging area of practice: when Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a contributing factor in a young person’s use of violence in the home. 

NB: This webinar features a guest speaker from New Zealand. Child to Parent Violence and Abuse (CAPVA) is a term commonly used there to describe AVITH.

Who is this relevant for? 

All practitioners and managers working in programs with children, young people and families.  


This webinar covers

Key resources referenced in this webinar:

About the speaker:

Professor Anita Gibbs trained as a social worker in the UK, completed her PhD at the University of Bristol and undertook post-doctoral work at the University of Oxford. Professor Gibbs has taught social work, sociology, and criminology courses at the University of Otago in Aotearoa New Zealand for the last 25 years. Anita is a registered social worker and has a special interest in the area of families and FASD. Her research studies have included adoption, transcultural parenting, mental health, criminal justice, and FASD and other complex dis/abilities. Anita seeks to identify best practice in helping families and best evidence for professionals in their interventions with families. She also facilitates parent support groups and training for families living with FASD, including collaborating with NOFASD Australia in the development and delivery of the successful Families Linking with Families support group program.

Further publications by this author:

Gibbs, A. (2024). ‘No one believed us: no one came to help’: Caregivers’ experiences of violence and abuse involving children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/anzf.1575

 Gibbs, A., Wei, J., Gilmour, F., Dougherty, J., Bond, P., Bohn, S., Biggs, L., & Rakuita, T. (Eds.). (2023). Proceedings of the Sociology, Gender Studies & Criminology and Social & Community Work Postgraduate Symposium VII. Dunedin, New Zealand: Sociology, Gender Studies and Criminology Programme, University of Otago. 44p.

 Gibbs, A., Flanagan, J., & Gray, L. (2023). An Australian online training and support program for caregivers of children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: Families linking with families. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 2271757. Advance online publication. doi: 10.3109/13668250.2023.2271757

Gibbs, A. (2023). Living in the fire: The impacts of child and adolescent to parent violence and abuse on caregivers of children with fetal alcohol spectrum. Drug & Alcohol Review, 42(Suppl. 1), 64. doi: 10.1111/dar.13749

 Milne, K., Henderson, L., Gibbs, A., Johnston, T., & Chu, J. T. W. (2023, October). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: What is needed to enable tertiary students to achieve. Workshop presentation at the Neuroability Symposium, Dunedin, New Zealand.


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