The Hamish Canham Essay Prize

Current and former students of M7, M9, M16, M33 & M34, and alumni are invited to submit a non-clinical paper or essay for The Hamish Canham (Applied) Prize. The judges are looking for an original paper and this might be a revised version of a submission for your course. We hope the prize winner will also consider submitting the entry for publication.

Karnac Books

In memory of Hamish Canham’s exceptional writing ability, we aim to encourage new writers and would be pleased to discuss the possibility and suggest relevant journals.

The subject could be on the themes of infant observation, work discussion, young child observation OR a paper on psychoanalytic thinking. This could include an approach to something in the arts or a social or political issue.

The target length is 6-8000 words.

The judging panel will include someone from the wider professional community, a representative of the Tavistock Child Psychotherapy discipline, and one course lead.


The deadline was midday on Friday 29 September 2017.

How to enter

Email a pdf of your paper to Trudy Klauber.


The prize will be presented at an event for members of the Tavistock and Portman Alumni Society on Wednesday 13 December, 2017, 6-8.15pm.

Who was Hamish Canham?

Hamish Canham was an outstandingly gifted child psychotherapist. In his clinical work with severely disturbed children, in his role as a teacher...

Past winners

To inspire you, below are some papers from past winners.

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