Centenary webinars 2021

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For 100 years, the Tavistock and Portman has proudly been at the forefront of exploring mental health and wellbeing. From attachment theory and infant observation, to applying psychoanalytic and systemic approaches in varied settings, our ideas have led to changes in care, education, how organisations work and beyond.

Our Centenary Festival is celebrating our 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 from the perspective of equality and inclusion.

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Wednesday 24 March 2021

A century after the Tavistock Clinic saw its first patient, in the wake of a global pandemic and the mobilisation of Black Lives Matter, countries across the world are facing the consequences of widening inequalities and an escalating mental health crisis.

The Tavistock and Portman has been a leader of innovation in mental wellbeing practice and public policy for the last 100 years. It has been at the forefront of providing compassionate and contemporary responses to the major events of the 20th and 21st century. How should the NHS Foundation Trust best apply its distinctive relational thinking to respond, at both the practice and public policy levels, to these challenges and opportunities? 

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The porcupine’s dilemma: Couples and space during the lockdown

Monday 22 March 2021

The events of the pandemic have had a significant effect on adult couple relationships, both positive and negative. Sustaining a couple relationship of whatever kind is never easy and presents many challenges, chief amongst them to create a relationship in which there is room for two people and to develop the capacity to manage intimacy, as well as managing a balance of dependency and separateness. What feels claustrophobic for one partner may feel lonely to the other. These issues have been made all the more acute by the pandemic, the effect of which has been to enforce proximity and for some separation, to unprecedented levels. 

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Inside and outside: The evolution of systemic approaches in mental health_Narrow image for web

Thursday 18 March 2021

Gill Gorrell-Barnes will focus on how and why a systemic approach evolved from a framework that connected the well-being of individuals to the wider functioning of a healthy society through the Welfare state. Sara Barratt will describe the evolution of the profession of family therapy at the Trust and will talk about the development within and outside of the clinic. Jenny Altschuler will discuss the establishment of a service for families facing life limiting medical conditions and disabilities at the Tavistock Clinic, the particular challenges posed by parental illness and the development of a multidisciplinary course on working with families for healthcare professionals. 

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Monday 1 March

As part of the celebration of our first 100 years, we will host two connected events exploring the Trust’s contribution to education and training and its legacy. This is the first of two sessions in a series of events exploring mental wellbeing at work and examining what circumstances enable individuals, groups, organisation and systems to thrive. The sessions will be co-chaired by Brian Rock, Postgraduate Dean and Director of Education and Training and Chris Caldwell, Director of Nursing and System Workforce Development who will host a panel of speakers. Session two will focus on organisations and systems.

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Friday 5 March 2021

Anti-racism will be explored in the social work profession by Wayne Reid, in partnership with BASW (British Association for Social Work). This is a part of a series of centenary events exploring racial inequality in the mental health professions.

After setting the scene, Wayne will talk about BASW’s anti-racist work and priorities to promote equality for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority social workers and allied professionals. Wayne’s perspective is based on the premise white supremacy is inherent, to some degree, in all institutions and organisations. As a black male Social Worker, Wayne understands some of the challenges that service-users and practitioners from different minority groups face. He will talk about the need for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority professionals to be better supported and protected in the workplace to ensure equality and social justice. He believes this approach can only improve the experiences of Black and Ethnic Minority service-users too. Wayne feels academic and ‘life education’ are essential to improve an individual’s quality of life and life chances.

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Monday 8 March 2021

Building on session one but also free-standing, this session will take an organisation and system focus and draw on the Trust’s education and training programmes as well knowledge generated from our development and consulting work in collaboration with others to reflect on what is required systemically and organisationally to create and sustain organisations in which individuals and groups can thrive. The sessions will be co-chaired by Brian Rock, Postgraduate Dean and Director of Education & Training and Chris Caldwell, Director of Nursing and System Workforce Development who will host a panel.

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Tuesday 16 February

Gender identity is a rich and complex area of talking therapies. Domenico Di Ceglie will explore three fascinating cases to describe Atypical Gender Development and their implications for decision making, autonomy and physical interventions. He will critically examine the aspects of ‘network model of management’ we can retain and what we can let go. This talk will be chaired by Polly Carmichael.

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When I nod my head, you hit it: Leading and following even when it hurts_Narrow image for web

Monday 8 February 2021

What can we learn about organisational life from the work and craft of the orchestral musician, and the complex management of authority over the instrument, over others, and in response to the authority of the score and the conductor? Mick Doran will talk with Lydia Hartland-Rowe about experiences of leading and following from the heart of the orchestra.

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Black men and mental health recovery: An intersectionalities approach_Narrow image

Monday 1 February 2021

In 2017/2018, black men were four times more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than their white counterparts. The risk of psychosis in the black Caribbean population is estimated to be nearly seven times higher than in the white population. These inequalities may be the result of many connected factors, including racism, economic inequality and poverty, and mental health stigma, and should be of concern to any practitioner working in the mental health system.

This session will explore the inequalities that exist for black, Asian and ethnic people accessing the mental health system – particularly black African and Caribbean men and will present findings from a study to explore black men’s perspectives on mental health recovery.

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Thursday 28 January 2021

Sebastian Kraemer will explore the Tavistock Clinic thread through the half century after WWII. Social psychologists and psychoanalysts discovered how groups could create something different from the sum of the members’ contributions. While social meetings privilege agreement, working together means looking out for, and acknowledging, a variety of apparently incompatible perspectives. In the second half of the talk, Lopa Winters will share narrative experiences of facilitating work discussion groups within the NHS and not-for profit sectors in an attempt to bring the theory to life; speaking to her experiences as a facilitator in both settings. 

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Friday 19 January 2021

Portman Clinic Director, Jessica Yakeley will introduce you to the Portman Clinic and provide a brief history; Sophie Marshall will introduce you to FCAMHS; and Ariel Nathanson will share a case study that illustrates the bridge between the old and the new and how FCAMHS has found a home and future in the Tavistock and Portman Clinic. The principles underpinning problem solving justice will be explored in the second half of the talk by Steve Bambrough and also how ‘therapeutic jurisprudence’ can be thought about as a concept. 

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Tuesday 12 January 2021

Trauma has often been an area of intense controversy within psychoanalysis despite many analysts, including some who have worked at the Tavistock, contributing significantly to an understanding of its impact. Working with traumatised individuals over many years has led both speakers to recognise these contributions and to acknowledge the need for adaptations and new and innovative ways to engage and work alongside their patients. This talk will be chaired by Jane O'Rourke. 

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