Working with Trauma at the Tavistock: Tradition and innovative thinking

Event overview

Working with Trauma at the Tavistock: Tradition and innovative thinking

Come along to our centenary talk on trauma with two of our leading experts Graham Music and Jo Stubley.

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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Speaker biographies

Joanne Stubley is a Medical Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. She leads the Tavistock Trauma Service and is a member of the British Psychoanalytic Society. She is also trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (tf-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Dr Stubley is Co-Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychotherapy Faculty Task group on historical child sexual abuse and is a Clinical Trustee at the charity Freedom from Torture. 

Graham Music (PhD) is Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre and adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope using neurobiology, psychoanalysis and attachment (2019), Nurturing Natures: (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life (2014). He has passion for exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. A former Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock,  he has managed and developed many services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment. He works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic, and teaches, lectures and supervises in Britain and internationally.

Chairperson biography

Jane O’Rourke is a Psychodynamic Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist working in schools and the NHS. She trained at the Tavistock Clinic. She was formerly an award-winning Producer for the BBC for programmes such as ‘All in the Mind’ and ‘Woman’s Hour,’ and is the founder of the website MINDinMIND which features interviews with leading practitioners in child mental health.  She leads Yoga4Trauma at the Tavistock Trauma Unit and is interested in the interface of the mind-body and psychoanalytic thinking alongside research in neurobiology.

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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12 January 2021 18:00 to 19:30