Dr Elaine Arnold
Elaine Arnold PhD trained and taught as a teacher in Trinidad (West indies) for several years before changing career to social work. She qualified as a Psychiatric Social Worker, specialising in Child Guidance, and worked clinically in the field of mental ill health.
She returned to teaching as a lecturer on the MSc Social Work Course at Goldsmiths College (University of London) and on the MSW Social Work course at Sussex University.
After retiring from Sussex University, Elaine became Director of Training For Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre where she offered courses in intercultural social work. She also counselled mothers and children who suffered separation and loss, due to migration from the Caribbean.
Along with some of the women who also experienced loss, she founded the organisation formerly known as the Separation and Reunion Forum, and now called Supporting Relationships and Families (SRF) – https://www.serefo.org.uk/ .
The organisation is inclusive of all ethnicities and religions, separated by various circumstances e.g. adoption, fostering, death, imprisonment of parents, imprisonment of children, using attachment theory as its focus.
SRF is dedicated to raising awareness of the long-lasting traumatic effects on the emotional well-being of young children and families who have experienced broken attachments, separation and loss. They also aim to highlight the need for sensitive counselling and therapeutic services to break the circle of insecure attachments, and the inter-generational nature of attachment patterns in families.
Dr Arnold is the author of two books: Internalising the Historical Past: Issues for Separation and Moving On (2008, Co-authored and edited with Bernadette Hawkes) and Working with Families of African Caribbean Origin: Understanding Issues around Immigration and Attachment (2011, Jessica Kingsley).