The Training in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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2015 Seminars

Autumn 2015

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19 September

“Thinking Couple: Exploring the nature and impact of couple relationships and ways of working with the couple relationship in mind”

Ms Christel Buss-Twatchmann is a senior couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist and has worked in this field for over 20 years. She is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships where she held the post of Director of Training until recently. She practices as a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor, lecturer and researcher.  She has published several papers on psychotherapy with couples and lectures and teaches on a range of related subjects in the UK and abroad. She is a full member of the British Society for Couple Psychotherapists and Counsellors (BSCPC) and the BPC.

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10 October

“Challenges to Narcissism in Old Age"

Mr Ken Robinson is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Newcastle upon Tyne, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society and its Honorary Archivist.  He is a training analyst for child and adolescent and adult psychotherapy in the North of England and Scotland and lectures, teaches and supervises in the UK and Europe.

17 October

Clinical Seminar (for course members only)

Ms Jane Cheshire is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in private practice. Formerly Chair of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy, she is a training therapist and supervisor there, as she is for the TCPP.

7 November

“Adult Love and Adult Work”

Simon Archer is a psychoanalyst, Fellow BPS and Senior Member of BAP.  He works in private practice in York.

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Summer 2015

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25 April

“Now I am six, I am as clever as clever, So I think I will be six now forever and ever” (A A Milne)
Thinking about Latency.”

Ms Becky Wylde is a senior child and adolescent psychotherapist and parent infant psychotherapist and supervisor. She is the clinical lead for Nor PIP – a charity offering parent/infant psychotherapy to struggling parents in Northamptonshire. Before this she worked for many years in CAMHS, specialising in work with children in the looked after system.  She teaches the infant observation seminar for WIMP (Jungian training) and has taught the young child observation seminar for the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (BTPP) where she trained.

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9 May

“Breaks, kinks and traumatic obstacles in that get in the way of life and working to enhance life"

Mrs Shirley Truckle qualified at the Tavistock Institute in the 1970s as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and later as an Adult Psychotherapist.  She set up the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and its Child Psychotherapy training school of which she is now Assistant Director.   She is mother to four and grandma to six, ranging from 1 year to 11 years.

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16 May

Clinical Seminar (for course members only)

Mr Brian Truckle is a child psychotherapist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist. He is a supervisor for The TCPP and for The BTPP where he is a senior tutor. In previous lives he was a psychiatric social worker, a member of senior staff at the Tavistock Clinic, and Head of Child Psychotherapy and Family Therapy Services at Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Trust.

13 June


Unfortunately the speaker is unable to present the seminar and so we have had to cancel.

“Systemic Perspective and Adolescence”

Julia Madden:  A guiding interest in Julia Madden’s work has been the Wellbeing of Children.  A key learning point along the way is that children live 'in context' - familiar examples are: Self (physiological as well as psychological), Families, Peer Groups, Schools and Communities. Therapeutically Julia is interested in how these formative experiences in the lives of children are all 'mutually influencing', and further, are shaped by wider social and economic contexts. So in her therapeutic work she is in constant 'dialogue' with two important systemic concepts 'Context' and 'Relationship'.
Julia trained as a Social Worker and undertook pre-clinical training in Child Psychotherapy. She then trained as a Family Systemic Psychotherapist and Systemic Clinical Supervisor. Julia has worked with Children, Adolescents and Families for over 30 years. Her current practice is in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and she is UKCP Registered.

27 June

“Understanding Adolescence: Creativity, Disturbances and the Developmental Process”

Ms Hannah Solemani is a Psychoanalyst and Fellow of the Institute of Psychoanalysis. She works in private practice and for many years at the Brent Centre for Young People.  She teaches and supervises on several training courses, including the Institute of Psychoanalysis and is currently chair of its Foundation and Post Foundation courses. She also teaches regularly overseas, particularly in Russia.  Until last year, she had been an External Advisor for training at the TCCP, for many years.

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Spring 2015

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24 January

“Innocence Lost: the experience of a premature baby and her mother”

Ms Tess Bailey-Sayer is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She works with Walsall Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, for Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Trust, three days a week, and in independent practice in Shropshire. She teaches Infant Observation seminars for TCPP and JTC. As part of her post for Birmingham Children’s Hospital, she worked for four years supporting infants and families on the Neonatal Unit, Heartlands Hospital Birmingham.

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7 February

"The psychological influence of practical care in infancy"

Ms Lisa Miller is a retired child psychotherapist who worked for many years in the Child and Family Dept at the Tavistock, both clinically and in child psychotherapy training. She continues to teach there, as well as supervising clinical trainees and doctoral students. Her particular interest is in work with under fives and in infant observation, but overall considers herself a generalist in the field of child psychotherapy.

Seminar will be held in the Lloyd Room

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28 February

Clinical Seminar (for course members only)

Mr Chris Mawson is a Fellow and Training and Supervising Analyst of the British Psychoanalytical Society and works in private practice as a psychoanalyst. He edited Bion Today (2010) a recent title in the New Library of Psychoanalysis series by Routledge. And also currently editing The Complete Works of Bion (In Press), which will include some previously unpublished work.

14 March

“Can’t sit on the mat, won’t sit on the mat: Issues of early childhood, including leaving home, from the ordinary struggle to when there is no home”

Ms Jasmin Gill is Lead for Child Psychotherapy in Sandwell CAMHS, where she works as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She trained at the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, where she currently teaches on the M7 Pre-Clinical Course and Clinical Training and is also a M7 Course Marker.  Her background is in Nursing and Midwifery, with over 20 years of experience working with children and families in a range of multi-disciplinary settings and CAMHS Teams.

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21 March

“Birth and Rebirth of Psychic Life”

Dr Anne Alvarez, PhD, M.A.C.P is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (and retired Co-Convener of the Autism Service, Child and Family Dep't. Tavistock Clinic, London).  She is author of Live Company: Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived and Abused Children and has edited with Susan Reid, Autism and Personality: Findings from the Tavistock Autism Workshop.  A book in her honour, edited by Judith Edwards, entitled Being Alive: Building on the Work of Anne Alvarez was published in 2002.  She was Visiting Professor at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Society in November 2005 and her latest book, The Thinking Heart: Three Levels of Psychoanalytic Therapy with Disturbed Children was published in April 2012 by Routledge.

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