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Ray and Wendy Watson

Ray and Wendy have been married since 1974. Ray is a graduate of the London School of Economics (BA Hons: French and Linguistics). He taught Modern Languages in inner-city schools for twenty-five years and has since qualified to teach English to speakers of other languages. Wendy has worked for Victim Support and Riding for the Disabled. They have three children and one granddaughter.

Ray and Wendy run Hope Alive courses in Bristol. Wendy underwent the therapy in 1998 as a counsellee. In 1999 they both went to Mount Joy College in Canada to train under Professor Philip Ney and qualified as Hope Alive counsellors.

In 2005 they returned to Mount Joy College to train and qualify as Hope Alive supervisors.

Philip Ney MD FRCP(C) MA RPsych and Dr Marie Peeters-Ney MD

Raised in Canada, Dr Ney graduated in medicine from the University of British Columbia and trained as a child psychiatrist and child psychologist at McGill University, London University and the University of Illinois. He is an academic and clinician of over fifty years. He has taught in five medical schools, been full professor three times, served as hospital and academic department chairman, and established three child psychiatric units. He has done research into child abuse for more than forty years and has published many papers and books on this subject. In his early research he became increasingly aware of the connection between child abuse and abortion.

Dr Peeters-Ney is an American. Having obtained her medical training in Belgium and her paediatric specialty training in the USA and Canada, she worked at the University of Paris with the world-famous geneticist, Jerome Lejeune, and won an important scientific prize for her research into the biochemical causes of mental retardation. She is currently Director of Medical research at the International Foundation for Genetic Research.

Together they have studied children who are survivors of abortion. From their experience conducting therapeutic groups for women and men suffering from the effects of child abuse and/or abortion, Philip Ney wrote "Ending the Cycle of Abuse" (Taylor Frances, New York) and "Deeply Damaged" (Pioneer Publishing, Victoria, BC), which summarise his research and describe the theoretical structure of a Psychology of Created Humanity.

Professor Ney has a deep desire to protect children and encourage parents by treating the roots of the problems that make children such vulnerable scapegoats. He lectures in a variety of countries and conducts training seminars in the treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect, Post-Abortion Syndrome, and Post-Abortion Survivor Syndrome.

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