Launch of 2021’s centenary programme

13 January 2021

The Tavistock and Portman has launched an exciting new series of public lectures or talks as part of its centenary festival programme. Details of the programme can be found on our Eventbrite page.

The jam-packed programme of ten online events – and more to be announced - will explore the clinical and human relations work of the Tavistock and Portman, from trauma, to social work, to work and wellbeing, to couples therapy and more. Members, alumni, staff, students and members of the public are all welcome.

The programme follows on from the series of centenary events from September last year. In 2020, more than 3,000 people collectively attended the talks which were launched by poet and playwright Lemn Sissay.

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The online festival is celebrating the Tavistock and Portman’s history and exploring contemporary issues in relation to identity, relationships and society. It is considering how we continue to draw on our heritage to provide valuable responses to contemporary and future problems.

Louise Lyon, Clinical Psychologist and Centenary Project’s Director said:

“I am delighted to share our continuing online centenary programme. During a time of loss and uncertainty, we are proud to offer these accessible talks to members of the public. These provide an opportunity to engage with a broad spectrum of our psychoanalytic and systemic mental health and wellbeing work.

“You may be on your first steps to thinking about a career in psychotherapy. Or you are interested in finding about the unconscious processes underpinning societal phenomena. These talks will appeal to a wide audience and there is something for everyone here.

“Following Black Lives Matter, we have made a renewed commitment to our anti-racism work and, through our programme, will raise awareness about inequalities facing people of colour in mental health services. We are pleased to welcome Professor Frank Keating from Royal Holloway, University of London, who will discuss his research on black men and mental health, and Social Worker Wayne Reid from the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) who will explore anti-racism work in the social work profession.”

Launch of the Tavistock and Portman charity

The programme is raising money for the newly formed Tavistock and Portman charity which will fund research into mental health and wellbeing as well as innovative community-based programmes such as Thinking Space.

The new charity has three key aims: to improve understanding and amelioration of mental health and well-being through research, to support inclusive education and training and to support clinical service innovation. 

Yesterday’s first talk of the year Working with Trauma at the Tavistock: Tradition and innovative thinking raised nearly £2,500 for the new and ambitious charity. 


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