Trust Scientific Meeting: The impact of refugees on the Tavistock and the work with refugee communities today
Our Trust Scientific Meetings are for our staff, students and alumni.
Rumbling in the background of the past 100 years of the Tavistock’s existence there have been tumultuous wars and conflicts. Before, and in the aftermath of, the second world war many refugees from Nazi Germany came to UK and some became highly influential in the life and development of the clinic. Drawing on archive material, this presentation shines a light on figures such as Lily Pinkus, Michael Balint, Isca Wittenberg and John Steiner tracing their origins, lives and influence on the thinking spaces, the clinical work and the training of psychotherapists of different modalities and ideologies. In the final section of the talk recent and current work with refugees and asylum seekers is described after which there will be an opportunity for discussion among participants on the influence of refugees on the Tavistock.
David Amias and Nsimire Bisimwa
Chair: Sarah Helps
11:30am - 12:50pm
David Amias is Consultant Systemic & Family Psychotherapist in the Children, Young Adults and Families Department of the Tavistock Centre. He leads on refugee work in Camden Community CAMHS, co-chairs a fortnightly Refugee Hub forum and coordinates the Tavistock modules of the MA in Refugee Care run in association with Essex University.
Nsimire Aimee Bisimwa is a Specialised Systemic & Family Psychotherapist in the Children, Young Adults and Families Department of the Tavistock Centre. She has more than 20 years of experience working with refugees and involuntarily displaced people. She leads on refugee work in the Tavistock Family Mental Health Team, co-chairs a fortnightly Refugee Hub forum and coordinates the placement module for the Tavistock MA in Refugee Care run in association with Essex University.