Elisabeth Heismann (UK)
I am a retired UKCP-registered systemically trained family therapist and supervisor with more than 20 years of experience as a family therapist, supervisor and coordinator of parenting groups in the NHS (Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust) from 1997 – 2016 and previous to that in private practice (as director of the Upper Street Multi-Cultural Counselling Centre in Islington from 1991 – 1997). I am currently one of two directors of the training organisation NVR Action and Practice CIC (NVR stands for Non-Violent Resistance). We have both in the last 10 years set up groups for parents whose adolescent children have been extremely challenging and where the parents (as well as the young people) were usually very traumatised. Our most recent groups for the last three years of our work in the NHS were with parents whose children were in gangs or affected by sexual exploitation. I am German and qualified and worked for many years as a secondary school teacher in Germany. I have lived for 3 years in Zimbabwe from 1985 – 1988 and brought up a mixed-race daughter on my own whose father is Zimbabwean.
My colleague and I are now running training for professionals who want to offer parenting groups in the community as groups facilitators and supervisors in Tower Hamlets, Newham and Hackney using the Non-Violent Resistance approach.