Broken Attachments

Child standing against wall (ch-27)

Tuesday 22 November 2016, 6:00pm–10:00pm

Lecture Theatre and Café, 5th Floor, Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, NW3 5BA

Sophie and Lynne’s research from within a social work team identified an organisational blind spot affecting the way children are moved from foster care into adoption. Originally greeted with ambivalence, their work has recently become instrumental in bringing about a sea-change in the way these transitions are being thought about. Sara meanwhile has just published a book about children who have to grow up apart from their biological parents, the impact of this on their lives and on those who look after them, and how we can respond to the challenges this poses. Approaching the subject from different schools of thought, the panellists will be joined by Tavistock and Portman staff to consider and discuss how thinking is evolving and what Tavi trained professionals can bring to this area.

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Bernadette Wren (Chair)
Clinical Psychologist, Gender Identity Development Service

Lynne Cudmore and Sophie Boswell
Child Psychotherapists and founders of

Sara Barratt
Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist, Tavistock and Portman (retired)


18:30 – Chairs’ Welcome

18:40 – Sophie Boswell & Lynne Cudmore: Broken Attachments

19:15 – Sara Barratt: Surviving and Thriving in Care and Beyond

19:40 – Discussion

20.30 – Networking & Drinks

Panelist Biographies

Bernadette Wren

Bernadette is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Head of the Psychology discipline at the Tavistock & Portman. She joined the Trust in 1995 as a trainee in systemic psychotherapy. She subsequently taught research methods on many Trust courses, and from 2004 - 2015 co-chaired the Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy. She works clinically in the Trust’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS).

Lynne Cudmore

Lynne qualified as a social worker and completed training in family therapy at the Tavistock in the 1970’s. She went on to train as a couples psychotherapist and worked with couples for decades before retraining as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock. She then joined the Trust’s Infant Mental Health Team, later becoming a Consultant Child Psychotherapist in the Family Mental Health Team.

Sophie Boswell

Sophie trained as a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock in 2003, subsequently working for Hackney CAMHS and the local Surestart, before joining Westminster Social Services. Since then she has undertaken further training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with adults, and currently works in private practice in Hackney.

Sara Barratt

Sara is a social worker and family therapist. She was formerly the team manager of the Fostering, Adoption and Kinship Care Team at the Tavistock, where she currently teaches on the Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy and Systemic Supervision trainings.

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