CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES

Specialist psychological services for children, young people, families, and teams and organisations who support them.

INTRODUCING CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES

Our Child and Family services are a small team of Applied Psychologists who pride ourselves in providing high quality, innovative, meaningful work with children, young people and the systems that support them. We aim to empower clients and systems to grow and develop through promoting shared understanding (formulation) and coordinated action, which lives beyond our involvement.

We work closely with a range of organisations, both at a regional and national level, including children’s charities, Local Authorities, youth justice organisations, fostering and adoption support services, educational settings and residential care, to provide quality psychological consultation and support.

THE CHILD & FAMILY TEAM

Our team consists of Applied Psychologists (including Seniors and Consultants) and Assistant Psychologists. All our qualified staff are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and have enhanced DBS checks.

Dr Andrew Rogers

Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

Andrew is a Chartered Consultant Clinical & Forensic Psychologist and co-director of Changing Minds UK. He has over 20 years’ experience of delivering high quality applied psychology provision across a broad range of care and performance environments including elite sport, business, NHS, mental health, social care and the criminal justice system. He also has substantial experience in clinical management, leadership and psychological service development.

Andrew has a particular interest and expertise in supporting people and organisations with the implications of relational attachment, threat and trauma on human development, resilience, wellbeing, and performance. He is passionate about the value of psychological understanding in developing potential and realising ambition.

Andrew has provided psychological support for a number of CEOs & high-performance leaders and elite athletes across professional and Olympic sports, and has worked with a range of sporting and performance organisations in developing client performance, resilience and emotional wellbeing. Andrew has worked in and managed specialist psychological services within community, residential, prison, and hospital settings supporting children, adults and families presenting with high risk and complex needs arising out of their life experiences. He believes strongly in delivering high quality psychological services within a robust ethical framework, and working with the inherent strengths within people and systems in their pursuit of wellbeing and performance.

Andrew has specialist knowledge and experience of working with young people with a history of high-risk behaviour, including serious offending, and was lead for psychological provision in a nationally recognised NHS adolescent forensic mental health service until moving to work full-time in independent practice in 2014. Andrew has provided consultancy services both in the UK and internationally in relation to psychologically-informed culture change, strategic development of mental health services, complex adolescent mental health, looked after children and youth justice services. Andrew is currently National Clinical Advisor for ‘Secure Stairs’, an NHS England-led project supporting the development of a psychologically and trauma-informed framework of integrated care for young people within the secure estate.

Andrew has been a visiting lecturer at several British universities, has presented research and clinical interests at conferences nationally and internationally, is published in a variety of books and peer-reviewed journals and has a number of mainstream TV and radio appearances promoting psychological understanding of human development and mental health. Andrew currently clinically supervises professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, as well as supervising trainee and qualified practitioner psychologists.

Andrew is married with three young children and enjoys time with family, reading and sport.

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Dr Jenny Mullineaux

Senior Clinical Psychologist - Child & Family Service

Jenny is a Senior Clinical Psychologist and the Lead for Education Provision at Changing Minds. She has a broad range of experience working with children, young people and their families across health, social care and education settings.

A large part of Jenny’s work with Changing Minds involves providing psychological services to educational settings. This work includes supporting these settings to develop and embed ‘whole school’ approaches to promoting the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people. She also works more specifically with schools to develop ‘trauma informed therapeutic frameworks’ to address the needs of children who have experienced trauma and adversity in their lives. Jenny also provides training and consultation to staff teams to support them in their understanding of the psychological difficulties and needs of the children they work with.

Prior to joining Changing Minds, Jenny worked within NHS Children’s Psychological Services, providing specialist psychological care to children, young people and their families, as well as clinical supervision to staff, and consultation to multidisciplinary professionals. In her clinical practice, Jenny draws upon a range of psychological models and interventions to support the families and organisations she works with. She has a particular interest in complex trauma, attachment and systemic practice. Jenny is an accredited VIG (Video Interactive Guidance) practitioner (an intervention focussed on enhancing communication within relationships) and has undertaken training in Theraplay ® (Level 1). Throughout her time in the NHS, Jenny was involved in the delivery of Family Therapy and other specialist parenting clinics.

Jenny previously worked for two years within a specialist Looked After Children’s service (embedded within Children’s Social Care), providing support to carers and professionals working with Looked After and Adopted children.

Jenny’s research interests are in understanding the needs and experiences of vulnerable children and young people. Her doctoral thesis explored the experiences of young people making the journey out of homelessness and was developed alongside a research advisory group of young people with lived experience of homelessness. Jenny has a keen professional interest in working creatively and innovatively to reach those most in need of psychological support, and her work with schools has grown out of the idea that a young person’s educational experience, and the relationships they develop within school, can represent key protective factors in their lives.

Jenny was awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Lancaster University in 2014 and is registered with the HCPC.

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Dr Sue Knowles

Consultant Clinical Psychologist / Lead for Child and Family Services

Sue is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and CMUK Lead for Child and Family Services, where she leads a team of Applied Psychologists, Therapists and Assistant Psychologists. She is part of the Senior Leadership Team at CMUK, and her role involves liaison with multiple stakeholders and agencies, ensuring high quality practice across the service through outcome measurement and evaluation, development of frameworks of care, supervision and coaching. Sue is trained to work with clients across the lifespan, including adults, young people and families. She has specialist skills in working with clients who have experienced complex trauma, and/or present with concerns including anxiety, self-harm and attachment/relationship difficulties.

In addition, Sue works within organisations, promoting emotional wellbeing and resilience within high pressure and high challenge environments, supporting them to ‘Perform Well’. This work includes developing company-wide wellbeing and development strategies, psychological consultations, personal development planning and coaching with Senior Leadership Teams and designing bespoke training. Sue is an accredited ‘Spotlight’ and ‘Spotlight Teams’ facilitator (a personality profiling tool and a team dynamics tool for use within organisations, which are designed with performance in mind).

Sue’s clinical practice involves undertaking comprehensive psychological assessments and therapeutic work, consultations, training and supervision with birth families, foster carers and residential care staff. Sue also provides individual therapy for adults and young people. In addition to her clinical work, Sue writes self-help books for young people (including the bestselling books ‘My Anxiety Handbook: Getting Back on Track’ and ‘The Anxiety Survival Guide: Getting Through the Challenging Stuff’) with Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Her third book ‘My Intense Emotions Handbook: Manage your Emotions and Connect Better with Others’ will be published in January 2021. Sue is also research supervisor for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at Lancaster University. She has a range of academic publications from her own research and the studies that she supervises.

In addition to her registration as a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Clinical Psychologist, Sue has undertaken formal training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) (levels one and two) and Theraplay® (level one) and uses an attachment/trauma framework in much of her work. She works in an integrative manner and has also had training in a range of therapeutic approaches including Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

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Dr Jess Sheffield

Clinical Psychologist

Jessica is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist who specialises working with young people and families in a variety of different settings. Jessica is part of the child and family team at Changing Minds working with clients within fostering and adoption services, residential care and educational settings. She provides psychological assessment, formulation, consultation and therapeutic intervention to address a wide variety of difficulties through direct and indirect work with individuals, families, groups and wider systems. Jessica utilises an integrative approach with an attachment and systemic focus.

Prior to joining Changing Minds in 2019, Jessica was in training completing core placements across the lifespan and varying service contexts. This has included working with adults, young adults and children to provide psychological therapy to address a wide-range of emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, with specific practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness and Attachment-based therapy. In her final year of training, Jessica had specialist experience of working in an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and Learning Disability service for children and young people and a Children in Care (CiC) service.

Prior to training, Jessica has over ten years experience of working with children and young people. This has included supporting their learning, development and wellbeing within education, residential and community settings, particularly with children who have social communication and sensory processing differences and additional learning needs. Jessica has also worked as a Research Assistant on a national research trial in the field of adolescent mental health.

Jessica was awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2019 from the University of Lancaster, a Post Graduate Certificate in ASC in 2009 from Manchester Metropolitan University and a BSc in Psychology in 2006 from the University of Birmingham. She has undertaken training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

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Jen McDonald

Senior Office Administrator

Jen is a qualified Primary Teacher with 10 years teaching experience within a variety of settings including Nursery, Primary and SEN schools. From her teaching career, Jen has experience of working effectively within a team, prioritising workloads in order to meet targets and deadlines, and using creativity to plan and organise. All of these skills are utilised in her role at Changing Minds UK.

Jen provides support with all administrative functions within Changing Minds UK and 19 Wilson Patten. She is the first point of contact for booking enquiries and for people visiting 19 Wilson Patten. Jen believes in the importance of delivering a polite, welcoming and effective customer service.

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Dr Andrew Wah

Clinical Psychologist

Andrew is a HCPC registered Clinical Psychologist who specialises working with young people and their families. Andrew provides psychological assessment, formulation, consultation and therapeutic intervention to address a wide variety of difficulties through direct and indirect work with individuals, families, groups and wider systems.

Andrew has been awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Lancaster University in October 2019. During his training he completed 4 core placements across the lifespan including child, adult, older adult and learning disabilities. In his final year of training, Andrew’s completed a specialist placement on an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) pathway. He worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team assessing and diagnosing along with consultation with parents, carers, and schools regarding the presentation of ASD behaviours.

Andrew has a broad range of experience with children and adolescents across several cultures. He has worked in many youth settings as well as working in an educational setting in the middle east. The experience of working abroad developed Andrew’s understanding of different cultures and the complexity systemic practices.

Andrew has undertaken training in Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP) and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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Dr Charlene Rouski

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Charlene is a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with young people and adults with complex needs and the support systems around them.

Charlene works with a variety of client groups, including young people and families with complex needs, working in residential care provisions, educational settings, fostering and adoption services and services that support care-experienced young people. Charlene facilitates ongoing psychological consultation to staff teams and carers, undertakes multi-agency team formulation sessions, delivers training, contributes to the ‘matching process’ when thinking about foster carer suitability, provides clinical supervision to staff from a range of disciplines, and supports with service development, including the development of models of care and outcome frameworks. She also completes comprehensive psychological assessments, provides therapeutic interventions to adults, young people and families and works with Local Authorities supporting children and families where there are safeguarding needs. Charlene also works within adult wellbeing services undertaking assessment and therapeutic work.

Charlene utilises an integrated approach where she draws upon attachment and trauma informed frameworks to guide her work. She has a special interest in developmental trauma, self-harming behaviours and Child Sexual Exploitation. Charlene has also undertaken training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

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Sinitta Yu

Assistant Psychologist

Sinitta works within the Child and Family Service at Changing Minds UK. She works with young people, and those who care for them, who have complex needs including attachment difficulties, developmental trauma, social communication difficulties and mental health needs.

Sinitta has a range of experience having previously worked within a national residential child care provision, a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), and an inpatient secure ward. Sinitta works with the Applied Psychologists at Changing Minds to support psychological consultation and team formulation for fostering and residential care services, to undertake comprehensive psychological assessments for young people with complex needs and their families, to facilitate training, and provide individual psychological therapy. Sinitta uses an integrative therapeutic approach in her work, drawing from attachment/trauma principles, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness.

Sinitta also undertakes clinical research, outcomes and evaluation activities for Changing Minds and other associated organisations. Sinitta has attended training in Sensory Processing Principles and Parenting with PACE. She holds a BPS accredited Undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Psychology.

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Annabelle Matthews

Assistant Psychologist

Annabelle works within the Child and Family Service at Changing Minds UK. She works with young people, and those who care for them, who have complex needs including, attachment difficulties, developmental trauma, social communication difficulties and mental health needs.

Annabelle holds a BPS accredited undergraduate degree; BSc in Psychology and Abuse Studies and is due to complete her masters, MSc in Clinical Skills in Integrative Psychotherapy in February 2020. Alongside her studies, Annabelle has volunteered with a local young carers’ charity. She led bi-weekly respite sessions for 6-10-year olds. The sessions supported the young carer’s; learning, social, emotional wellbeing, whilst also providing fun activities such as, residentials and day trips. Prior to joining Changing Minds UK, Annabelle previously worked within an inpatient functional elderly unit. Whilst working within the unit she undertook psychological assessments, case formulations and psychological interventions.

Annabelle works with the Applied Psychologists at Changing Minds to support psychological consultation and team formulation for fostering services, to undertake comprehensive psychological assessments for young people with complex needs and their families, to facilitate training, and provide individual psychological therapy. Annabelle utilises an integrative therapeutic approach in her work, drawing from attachment/trauma principles, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness.

Annabelle has also undertaken clinical research and service evaluation throughout her studies. She explored secondary-school staffs’ experiences of student self-harm; how they manage, process and cope with these disclosures. Annabelle has a personal interest in self-harm, developmental trauma and promoting resiliency.

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Children and young people

Our Children & Young People section of the website is all about what you might want to know if you are a young person who is going to be working with one of our psychologists.

Click-through to find out more about what we do, how it all works and other key questions. We've also included a Young Person's story of working with us, useful leaflet downloads, and other ways young people can get involved with Changing Minds.

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Parents and Carers

We recognise how difficult it can be looking after a child or young person with mental health needs, and how this can impact upon your own wellbeing too. So, we offer a range of support for you and your child.

Psychological Advice

Clear evidence-informed guidance focusing on building a strong parent-child relationship, methods for nurturing positive behaviours from your ch ...

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Psychological Advice

Clear evidence-informed guidance focusing on building a strong parent-child relationship, methods for nurturing positive behaviours from your child, and techniques to improve their self-esteem and peer relationships. Advice from a psychologist to think about your child’s needs (including emotional, social, behavioural, or educational), to understand what might be influencing your child’s behaviour, and think about how best to support them. This may include understanding your concerns and exploring what you are already doing, developing additional strategies to further support your child and undertaking a more detailed assessment or therapeutic intervention if required. We can also offer advice and support in engaging with your child’s school or educational provision.

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Parent Support Groups

We offer courses, and groups for parents and carers to help understanding in relation to your child’s behaviour, the impact of parenting on yo ...

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Parent Support Groups

We offer courses, and groups for parents and carers to help understanding in relation to your child’s behaviour, the impact of parenting on your own health, therapeutic parenting strategies, and how to support your child to develop their emotional, attentional, and social skills.

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Therapeutic Parenting Groups and Individual Sessions

We run a 6-week therapeutic parenting group ‘Foundations of Attachment’ to help parents and carers to nurture their relationships with their ...

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Therapeutic Parenting Groups and Individual Sessions

We run a 6-week therapeutic parenting group ‘Foundations of Attachment’ to help parents and carers to nurture their relationships with their child. This course is designed to address some of the challenges of caring for children whose capacity to emotionally connect has been compromised as a result of attachment difficulties, trauma and loss or separation. The course will address the challenges of caring for such children using approaches informed by attachment theory, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Parenting with PACE. The course is a structured evidence-based programme designed by Dr Kim Golding (Foundations for Attachment Training Resource) and consists of three core modules:

  • Understanding the challenges of parenting
  • Therapeutic parenting
  • Looking after self

We also run a post-therapy DDP informed group ‘Strengthening Attachment’ for parents who have completed a course of therapy, or have completed the Foundations of attachment group.

If you prefer to attend individual sessions specific to your child and family situation, we also provide therapeutic parenting sessions to parents and carers.)

Understanding the challenges of parenting
Therapeutic parenting
Looking after self
We also run a post-therapy DDP informed group ‘Strengthening Attachment’ for parents who have completed a course of therapy, or have completed the Foundations of attachment group.

If you prefer to attend individual sessions specific to your child and family situation, we also provide therapeutic parenting sessions to parents and carers.)

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Clinical Psychology Assessments

Bespoke assessments for children, young people, and families experiencing social or psychological difficulties. Our assessments include a formul ...

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Clinical Psychology Assessments

Bespoke assessments for children, young people, and families experiencing social or psychological difficulties. Our assessments include a formulation (clear understanding) of the current difficulties, and recommendations for further (therapeutic) intervention.

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Support for Parents/Carers

Supporting parents through pregnancy, with ‘being a parent or carer’, and the challenges that this can cause for your own mental health, fam ...

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Support for Parents/Carers

Supporting parents through pregnancy, with ‘being a parent or carer’, and the challenges that this can cause for your own mental health, family relationships, transitions, and changes. This can include support for mothers, fathers, kinship carers, foster carers or anyone who is taking care of a child.

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Individual & Group Therapy

Following an assessment of needs, we can offer a range of individual, family and group therapies that are evidence-informed. These include:

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Individual & Group Therapy

Following an assessment of needs, we can offer a range of individual, family and group therapies that are evidence-informed. These include:

  • Systemic and family intervention
  • Trauma-informed interventions
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) informed work
  • Attachment Focused Family Therapy (AFFT)
  • Theraplay® informed work
  • Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) informed work
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)
  • Mindfulness
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) skills
  • Lego-based Therapy

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" Thanks to the help and support we have received from Changing Minds... we don’t just have the inner strength to continue, but the techniques to use to address issues in a more effective manner. As a result, our home life is a much calmer and happier place for us and our children to be. "

Working with Teams & Organisations

We provide specialist psychological consultation for teams and organisations who work with children, young people, and families.

This collaborative process aims to enhance strategic planning, service delivery and clinical practice through promoting psychological understanding at individual, team, and organisational levels.

Our Child and Family service work with a range of organisations such as:

We work closely with organisations to provide a range of services such as:

  • Team formulation / complex case consultation
  • Psychological consultation around service provision
  • Staff support and reflective practice
  • Clinical supervision and guidance
  • Leadership coaching/support
  • Supporting culture change
  • Collaboratively designing and implementing therapeutic frameworks
  • Trauma-informed and attachment-aware provision
  • Team building – building individual, team and organisational resilience
  • Developing and facilitating training sessions
  • Supporting service development
  • Therapeutic services, such as assessments and therapeutic work

" Changing Minds is an organisation that provide an excellent service. They have a strong value base and operate with integrity and efficiency. I can highly recommend them."

Strategic manager for Children in Care, Local Authority

Looked After Children
and Adoption Services

We provide bespoke packages of support for services working with children and young people in care, including foster care, residential care, and services supporting care-experienced young people. This can include:

  • Psychological consultation in relation to aspects of care and intervention planning, therapeutic parenting, safeguarding, and risk management
  • Case consultation and the facilitation of multi-agency meetings with regard to complex cases
  • Specialist training in attachment and trauma, and the impact of this on children and young people’s relationships, placement stability, and current behaviours
  • Support with the development of outcomes frameworks and the collation of outcomes data
  • Consultation and strategic support for senior management on developing a psychologically informed framework of care (drawing from attachment/trauma theories) and service delivery


We also provide support to adoptive families and kinship carers through the Adoption Support Fund (ASF). This can include psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention for adopted children, their parents, and carers informed by a number of therapeutic approaches such as therapeutic parenting (parenting with PACE), Theraplay®, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dyadic Development Psychotherapy (DDP).

Specialist Trauma Services

We also provide strategic support for organisations working with clients or situations involving complex trauma responses and support to develop ‘trauma aware’ and trauma-responsive organisations. This may include advice in relation to responding to traumatic incidents, strategic responses to the individual and organisational impact of trauma, and the development and implementation of a trauma-informed framework of care.

Education

We support schools in developing a psychologically-informed environment, that promotes positive relationships, wellbeing, self-regulation, resilience – characteristics that are conducive to improving behaviour, enhancing learning, promoting achievement and maximising potential for all young people.

We also work with schools in developing trauma-informed and attachment-aware approaches aimed at minimising the impact of adversity on children and young people’s learning and social experiences.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

Whole school systems & specialist services

  • Working with senior managers to identify strategies for improving emotional wellbeing in school from a ‘whole school perspective’
  • The development and operationalisation of attachment and trauma aware therapeutic frameworks
  • Staff training and consultation
  • Psychological consultation with staff around individual young people or specified groups
  • Complex case formulation (facilitating multi-agency meetings to build a shared understanding of the child’s needs and agreeing an action plan)
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Working with children and young people

  • Brief screening assessments / consultations for children, young people and families experiencing wellbeing or mental health needs
  • Clinical Psychology assessments for children, young people and families experiencing wellbeing or mental health needs
  • Individual or group therapy where appropriate, or supporting others to facilitate therapeutic support plans
  • Workshops for children
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Supporting
parents

  • Workshops for parents on a number of topics including mental health, developing emotional regulation skills, executive functioning, and helping their child to perform well
  • Facilitating joint action plans for school and home support for a child
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" We started working with Changing Minds to help us to learn more about the complexities of attachment/trauma and to develop a clear strategy to support our young people.

Changing Minds have also worked with the senior leadership team, both individually and collectively, to help us to become a more effective team and understand how our behaviours affect the overall climate of the school and ultimately our success…

I have no doubt our work with Changing Minds is helping us to create a positive and encouraging atmosphere for pupils and staff. "

Alan Braven (Executive Headteacher, The Endeavour Federation)

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