In the footsteps of Bick: Continuing the legacy of infant observation

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In the footsteps of Bick event

Esther Bick was intensely passionate about her work, which she pursued with a single minded focus and dedication. Her best-known contribution to psychoanalysis was her development of infant observation, which still underpins child psychotherapy training not just at the Tavi but around the world.

Esther Bick’s pioneering legacy continues. Join experts Dilys Daws and Alexandra de Rementeria who will share their first-hand experience of learning and teaching infant observation. Dilys Daws was taught by Esther Bick and Alexandra by Dilys. They will also talk about the central role observation plays in their clinical work and in their writing for parents. This event will appeal to students and practitioners of child and adolescent psychotherapy and all those working with children and families.

This event is chaired by Kathryn Fenton.

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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.

This event will support The Tavistock Clinic Foundation. This charity shares the fundamental aim of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which is to highlight the importance of relationships from the earliest years throughout all our lives. The Foundation supports innovative approaches to improving mental health and preventing ill-health. Read more about its work on the Tavistock Clinic Foundation website.

14 December 2020 18:00 to 19:30