Tavistock and Portman Talk: Working with violence, delinquency and sexualised aggression: The past, present and future of the Portman Clinic.

Event overview

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Tavistock CentenaryJessica Yakeley and Stanley Ruszczynski will describe the past, present and future work of the Portman Clinic, first established in 1931 as the clinical arm of what came to be known as the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency. 

From its very beginnings, the Portman Clinic has offered psychotherapeutic treatment, grounded in an application of psychoanalytic theory and practice, to children, adolescents (and their carers) and adults, who have enacted their emotional distress and difficulties through often disturbing and anti-social behaviours. This core clinical practice offers a specialist treatment service, but also provides the experience-led knowledge, understanding and expertise which informs the Portman Clinic's teaching, training, consultancy, service development and research activities. Brief and anonymised illustrations from these activities will inform the presentation. 


Dr Jessica Yakeley is Consultant Psychiatrist in Forensic Psychotherapy and Director of the Portman Clinic. She is a psychoanalyst, Director of Medical Education at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and the author of, amongst other writings, "Working with Violence: a contemporary psychoanalytic approach" (Palgrave, 2010).

Stanley Ruszczynski is Consultant Adult Psychotherapist and past Director of the Portman Clinic (2005 - 2016). He is a psychoanalyst and, amongst other writings, the contributing co-editor, with David Morgan, of "Lectures on Violence, Perversion and Delinquency" (Karnac Books, 2007).


18:45 - 19:15: Arrivals, networking and drinks

19:15 - 21:00: Talk



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We're celebrating 100 years of our Trust with our Tavistock and Portman talks. Join us for a stimulating evening with leading practitioners in mental health, refreshments and a glass of wine.



The Tavistock Centre, London
25 February 2020 18:45 to 21:00