Current Events

Below is a list of our talks and workshops. Please contact the organisation directly to book your place.

Communication in Intercultural Relationships

On Familia Online! Facebook live stream psychologists Annabel Battersby and Jane Tuomola from Compass Psychology will discuss the role of culture in relationships and how you can overcome some of the challenges and make your intercultural relationship successful. Good communication is one of the key factors and they will discuss intercultural communication and strategies for taking into account for example, speaking different languages and different communication styles across cultures. Annabel and Jane will role play some examples of good communication so you can easily replicate these practical strategies in your own relationship.

Watch the online lecture here.

Familia Online! is organised in cooperation with Compass Psychology and the Family Federation.

Wednesday 13th June 1-1:30pm

Join the Facebook Live stream by clicking here

Past Events

Below is a list of our previous talks and workshops and handouts that can be downloaded (password given during the event).

American and Finnish Cultural Differences

Annabel will be giving a talk at The American Women’s Club about American and Finnish Cultural differences. She will share information from research as well as her own personal experiences of being an English speaker living in Finland to bring you some interesting insights. The talk will cover topics such as individualism, manners, greetings. Some interesting contrasts such as how Finns might be sensitive to the intrusion of strangers but are happy to get naked in a sauna will be discussed.

Thursday 12th April 10:45-12:45

This talk is only open to members of the American Women’s Association in Finland so please contact them to sign up.

A Mindful Christmas morning @Compass Psychology

Join this special Christmas morning of mindfulness to become more in tune with your senses and to help you relax this Christmas time.

Clinical Psychologist Annabel Battersby will take you through a one hour mindfulness session in the Compass Psychology mindfulness studio on Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 3 B 9. The mindfulness session will be conducted in English, and will focus on:

  • paying attention to sights, sounds and smells, and other senses – with a Christmas theme
  • taking a moment to be aware of your thoughts and to notice them in a non-judgemental way
  • relaxing into your Christmas holidays mindfully, with support and guidance

Two sessions will be running on Saturday 16th of December:

9am – 10am, and 10.30am to 11.30am.

It costs 10 euros and you can pay via our Holvi Webshop here.

Love, Relationships and Parenthood in an Intercultural Family

The key factors of a happy and healthy relationship are common for all, and intercultural relationships are not an exception. Still the statistics show that divorce rates among intercultural couples are comparatively higher than divorce rates between mono cultural couples, so it seems that intercultural relationships tend to end up in separation more commonly.

Why is that? What role if any does culture play in this? What are the secrets of those long term intercultural relationships?

The lecture is divided in two parts, the first one concentrates to the relationship issues and will be given by Dr Jane Tuomola of Compass Psychology. The second part relates to parenthood and will be given by Tanja Del Angel from Familia Ry, so you can participate even if you don´t have children of your own.

Thursday 16th November


Familia Ry, Yrjönkatu 29 A, 4th floor, Helsinki,

Sign up:

How and why to talk to your teenager about drug and alcohol use

The Mattliden Parents’ Association, in collaboration with Compass Psychology, has organised a discussion evening for all parents, under the heading “How and why to talk to your teenager about drug and alcohol use.”

The discussion evening will run by Dr Jane Tuomola and Annabel Battersby, clinical psychologists at Compass Psychology Finland. The Mattliden Parents’ Association is offering this discussion evening as an opportunity to listen and learn more about the difficult topic of drugs, alcohol and young people. You will receive tips and expert advice on how to discuss the topic at home with your children and learn more about why it is important to have this discussion.