Holding the Infant and Young Child in Mind in Perinatal and Early Years Work

Course overview

The Tavistock Clinic Short Course in Working with Under Fives

This five day course offers a theoretical and technical model for clinical work with infants, young children and their parents. It aims to help professionals gain a better understanding of emotional development and difficulties in work with under fives.

Key psychoanalytic concepts, the clinical application of infant and young child observation and parent-infant/young child interventions will be explored.

The programme includes plenary lectures, live supervision and panel discussions.

Presentations will include clinical vignettes and audio-visual material to illustrate the link between theory and practice. Time has been allocated for dialogue between presenters and course participants, which aims to be stimulating, thought provoking and creative. Small discussion groups will provide an opportunity for more detailed consideration of participants own observational and clinical work.

The course will be conducted in English, although it usually involves colleagues from abroad as well as from the UK.


Kathryn Fenton, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Speakers will include:

Katy Dearnley

Katy is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Sou Garry

Sou is an Infant and Early Years Mental Health Coordinator. Sou joined Youngballymun, with over 20 years’ clinical experience of working collaboratively with children and families across community and hospital-based child and adolescent mental health services. Her current role involves delivering tailored interventions in Infant Mental Health approaches to parents and carers through individualised home visiting. Sou supports capacity building of practitioners through delivering Youngballymun’s two day infant mental health Master Class and has been an active member of the Ballymun Infant Mental Health Network for over 6 years. Sou is a professionally qualified Social Worker, with a special interest in supporting the parent and child relationships in the early years and different stages of development.

Becky Hall

Becky Hall was a post-graduate student of Literature before training as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock. Since qualification in 2009 she has developed a special interest in work with Looked After Children, Adoption and Kinship Care and currently works in a specialist team which is co-located with Social Services. She qualified as a psychoanalyst at the BPA in 2018 and has a private practice where she sees adults and children. She teaches at the Tavistock and is a Trustee of the Stuart Hall Foundation which jointly funds a scholarship for black and brown students on M7. She has also teaches Infant Observation at the BPA.

Amanda Jones

Amanda is a Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist and Strategic and Clinical Lead of North East London NHS Foundation Trust’s Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service. She contributes in several UK policy groups to try and enhance understanding about the importance of early intervention and the need to develop equitable integrated psychotherapy and psychiatric specialist NHS community mental health services in the UK.

Tania Kavalierou

Tania is a Clinical Psychologist, MSc, University of Athens and a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist trained at the Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has been working privately as a Child Psychotherapist in Athens since 2005. She has also worked in Agia Sophia Children’s Hospital until 2014 where she trained in under 5’s work. She has been working diagnostically and therapeutically in ‘Spyros Doxiadis’ Unit since 2013.

Trudy Klauber

Trudy is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She has taught at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust since 1986 when she qualified, firstly teaching Work Discussion on M7, and later becoming its Organising Tutor. Trudy was Dean of Postgraduate Studies & Director of Education and Training at the Trust from 2004 to 2012. Since then she has returned to teaching and clinical supervision.

Effie Lignos

Effie is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, clinical supervisor, at the Child Psychiatric Clinic Athens University Medical School, Children’s Hospital ‘Aghia Sofia’. She is a member of ACP, the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and a member of the Training Committee of the Hellenic Association for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Hazel Murphy

Hazel is an Infant Mental Health Coordinator for Youngballymun. She has been working on Youngballymun’s Infant Mental Health team since 2010. Her current role involves delivering tailored interventions in Infant Mental Health approaches to parents and carers through individualised home visiting. Hazel supports capacity building of practitioners through delivering Youngballymun’s two-day infant mental health Master Class, mentoring practitioners in delivering Circle of Security and provides monthly reflective consultation to early years practitioners. She is the current coordinator of the Ballymun Infant Mental Health Network, a workforce capacity building initiative. Hazel holds a Masters in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and is currently completing a 2-year clinical training in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Hen Otley

Hen is a second year Child Psychotherapy trainee at the Tavistock Clinic. She started off professionally in television and radio broadcasting. After her children were born, she retrained as a midwife and worked in hospital midwifery, then as a specialist teenage pregnancy midwife and subsequently in the Family Nurse Partnership, which is a home visit programme for pregnant teenagers and their children, up to the age of 2. She now works as a Child Psychotherapist in Training in Marlborough CAMHS.

Margaret Rustin

Margaret is a Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in the Trust, and was Head of Child Psychotherapy until 2009 and Dean and then chair of the Professional Committee between 1993 and 2006.

Maria Tselika

Maria is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Member of the Hellenic Association on Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. She has worked in Early Intervention Program implemented by Athens University Medical School, on the premises of the “Aghia Sofia” Children’s Hospital in Athens, at the Department of Child Psychiatry. Additionally she has worked as a psychotherapist in “Perivolaki” - Day Care Center for Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Vassiliki Vassilopoulou

Vassiliki is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and member of the Hellenic Association of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (H.A.C.A.P.P.). She has worked in mental health services for children and adolescents in the private sector. She now works in private practice with a special interest in early therapeutic intervention.

Ben Yeo

Ben Yeo is a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who has recently joined the Parent and Infant Relationship Service (PAIRS) in Lambeth. Previously Ben worked at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust in an Under Fives/Perinatal Team and a Neuro-Developmental Team. Ben trained at the Independent Psychoanalytic Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Association (IPCAPA), and is currently pursuing doctoral research about fathers’ experiences of their young children at the Department of Psychosocial Studies (Birkbeck University). Ben was joint winner of the inaugural Louise Emanuel essay prize for infant mental health in 2019.

Biddy Youell

Biddy is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist and the Trust wide Head of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. She worked for many years as a teacher in mainstream schools and in special educational settings. After the break-up of ILEA (Inner London Education Authority) she trained as a child psychotherapist and has worked in generic CAMHS clinics and in specialist teams in the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

Eleni Zacharia

Eleni is a Tavistock trained Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and ACP member. She is a Psychologist by background and did an MA in Psychoanalytical Studies and then a Postgraduate Diploma in Observational Studies. After her Child Psychotherapy training she worked at MOSAIC, a specialised Tavistock service for children with disabilities and autism. She also taught Infant observation and Work Discussion at the Tavistock and the Anna Freud Center. She currently lives and works privately in Athens, Greece and at the ‘Spyros Doxiadis Unit’. She is also working on a thesis that concerns the setting of a Child Psychotherapy outreach service to Children’s Centers in the UK.

Monday 30 March

9.00 Registration and Coffee

9.30 Welcome and Introduction

9.45 Safe Play Centres for Mothers and Young Children in the Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh: Finding ways to support a huge and diverse workforce

Trudy Klauber and Biddy Youell

11.00 Coffee

11.15 Small Discussion Groups

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Small Discussion Groups

2.45 Tea

3.00 The Baby in Flames: Under 5’s brief therapeutic intervention with a family in crisis

Vassiliki Vassilopoulou

4.15 Final reflections

4.30 Welcoming/networking reception

Tuesday 31st March

9.00 Coffee

9.30 ‘Jeckyll and Hyde’ - Looking through the split lens of parents/carers, professionals and young children in a CAMHS Under Fives and Perinatal Team

Ben Yeo

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Small Discussion Groups

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Parallel Presentations

2.45 Tea

3.00 Small Discussion Groups

4.15 Final Reflections

4.30 Close

Wednesday 1st April

9.00 Coffee

9.30 Great Expectations: the challenge of maintaining a therapeutic contact with a leaving care adolescent and her baby.

Katy Dearnley

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Small Discussion Groups

12.30 Lunch

2.00 Infant Observation Material

Hen Otley with a commentary from Margaret Rustin

3.15 Small Discussion Groups

4.30 Final reflections

4.45 Close

Thursday 2nd April

9.00 Coffee

9.30 Holding difference in mind

Becky Hall

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Parallel presentations

12.30 Lunch

1.30 Small Discussion Groups

2.45 Tea

3.00 Plenary Lecture

Amanda Jones

4.15 Final reflections

4.30 Close

Friday 3rd April

9.00 Coffee

9.30 ‘I am overloaded’: Brief psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a 3 - 5 year old boy and his family.

Eleni Zacharia and Tania Kavalierou with commentary from Effie Lignos

10.45 Coffee

11.15 Small Discussion Groups

12.30 Final Plenary

1.30 Close and lunch

Holding Difference in Mind - Becky Hall

This paper describes a short piece of work undertaken within a specialist CAMHS team for Looked After Children. The work took place in a family home and is perhaps best described as a therapeutic observation involving a foster parent and a baby who was ‘failing to thrive’. In addition to highlighting the applied use of observational skills and the role of institutional defences against mental pain, the paper invites us to notice how the axes of race and class infuse the painful picture that unfolds and deepen our understanding of what is occurring. 

‘Jeckyl and Hyde’ - looking through the split lens of parents/carers, professionals and young children in a CAMHS Under Fives and Perinatal Team - Ben Yeo

Using clinical case studies this paper considers processes of splitting and fragmentation which can occur in parents/carers, professionals and young children. The paper explores the roots of these dichotomies and their potentially damaging impact on children. The paper stresses the importance of supervision and thinking space to help clinicians/professionals integrate fragmented viewpoints.

'I am overloaded'. Brief psychoanalytic psychotherapy with a 3.5 year old boy and his family - Tania Kavalierou and Eleni Zacharia

This presentation concerns the application of the Tavistock under 5's model to a family whose 3,5 year old son was referred to our service for behavioral problems. This work took place in the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Unit for Children "Spyros Doxiadis', Athens, Greece. Tania Kavalierou and Eleni Zacharia (Child Psychotherapists) provide clinical vignettes to follow through step-by-step the unfolding of the complicated dynamics of brief psychoanalytic work with families and attempt to show the usefulness of the approach in uncovering and thinking through complex unconscious processes that get in the way of development. Issues to do with technique, the setting and transference/counter transference phenomena will also be discussed. Effie Lignos (Consultant Child Psychotherapist) offers a clinical commentary on the work. 

Parallel workshops will include:


Unfolding family history, holding primitive emotions, focusing on here and now: Some considerations about the method of the Under 5’s intervention and the variations in psychoanalytic techniques

Maria Tselika


and


Youngballymun: a community based approach to supporting infant mental health

Hazel Murphy and Suo Garry

Monday 30 March - Friday 3 April 2020

£695 

At the end of the first day (30th March) there will be a drinks reception and networking event. This event is included in the course fee.

Code:
CPD58
Qualification:
Certificate of attendance
Course length:
5 days
Mode:
Classroom
Location:
The Tavistock Centre, London
Admission status:
Open
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Date:
30 March 2020 09:00 to 3 April 2020 17:00
Course lead:
Kathryn Fenton

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