Tavistock Trauma Service: External lectures on trauma series

Course overview

This innovative new series of lectures is organized by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work, emphasizing an adapted psychoanalytic approach with multi-modality and trauma-informed care, using neurobiological and attachment theory to understand the impact of trauma.

The series will present a range of external speakers, experts in the field, who will bring their own understanding of trauma in a presentation followed by audience discussion.

The first series of lectures (Nov 19 to Mar 20) has proved extremely popular and are now fully booked. We are therefore excited to announce a further series of three lectures in Summer 2020. Dates, lecturers and topics  can be found below with further details to follow.

7th May 2020: The Agony and The Ecstasy; The Therapeutic Use of MDMA in Complex Trauma.

There have been major advances over the last 15 years in the development of MDMA assisted psychotherapy for treatment resistant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In this treatment the MDMA acts as a catalyst for a process of therapeutic change – not as a treatment in itself – for patients unable to benefit from conventional treatments for PTSD. The pharmacological effects augment meaningful emotional experiences allowing a more complete processing of both the trauma itself and underlying vulnerabilities to trauma.  I will discuss the central role of the setting and therapeutic relationship which supports this process of mutative change. As a psychoanalyst I will describe areas of commonality between psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and more conventional psychotherapy as well as important differences to consider. The presentation will include video material from an MDMA assisted therapy sessions.

Dr Jo O’Reilly is a consultant psychiatrist and medical psychotherapist working in an NHS Psychotherapy Service that includes a specialist service for complex trauma. She participated in the first European training in MDMA assisted psychotherapy as part of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) expanding research program in 2018. She is also a psychoanalyst and member of the British Psychoanalytic Society. 

 4th June 2020: The impact of trauma on Emotional processing and the implications for therapy

This lecture will focus on new social construction theories of emotion which challenge some traditional neuroscience understanding about how emotions are processed and how the brain is organised. He will focus particularly on the relevance of these new developments in neuroscience to the impact of trauma on the brain. There are correlations between these theories and the work of the psychoanalyst Wilfred Bion. In addition he will summarise some of the current understanding about the how trauma affects the brain and the implications for the treatment of traumatised patients. The importance of attending to body states and thus enhancing the capacity for emotional tolerance will be emphasised before work on the meaning of the trauma and its impact can take place.

Mr. Ricky Emanuel is a child, Adolescent and adult psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock Clinic London. He was Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Royal Free hospital in London for 30 years. He teaches at the Tavistock Clinic and the Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic psychotherapy as well as in Florence. He has been on many Government bodies including NICE developing the guidelines for childhood depression as well as worked with the Department of Health and Education developing child mental health policies. He was clinical lead for Camden CAMHS and was responsible for the development of integrated child mental health services in Camden.  He lectures and teaches widely in the UK and abroad. He is the author of many peer reviewed papers, book chapters and a book, Anxiety, Icon Books London 2000. He now works in private practice in London. He has a strong interest in Trauma and its effects, bereavement as well as in Neuroscience and Mindfulness and their relevance to psychotherapy practice.  

 2nd July 2020:  Trauma as Energy Unbound

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002.  He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013),   The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck),  Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize), The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014), Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade), and The Brain Has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy (2020).  He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009.  Gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment.

7 November 2019: Trauma, brains and nervous systems. Challenges to therapeutic technique

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 abroad.​

23 January 2020: Trauma and the Body

Professor Alessandra Lemma is a Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She is Visiting Professor, Psychoanalysis Unit, University College London and Visiting Professor, Istituto Winnicott, Sapienza University of Rome and "Centro Winnicott", Rome. For many years she worked at the Tavistock Clinic where she was, at different points, Head of Psychology and Professor of Psychological Therapies. She is the Editor of the New Library of Psychoanalysis book series (Routledge) and was one of the regional Editors for the International Journal of Psychoanalysis until 2018. She has published extensively on psychoanalysis, the body and trauma.

27 February 2020: Trauma in the Consulting Room

Marcus West is a Training and Supervising Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology and UK Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Analytical Psychology; he is also a trained EMDR practitioner. He is the author of three books: ‘Into the Darkest Places: Early Relational Trauma and Borderline States of Mind’ (2016), ‘Understanding Dreams in Clinical Practice’ (2011), and ‘Feeling, Being and the Sense of Self’ (2007). He has taught and lectured widely in the UK and abroad, has contributed chapters to books and written a number of papers, one of which jointly won the Michael Fordham Prize in 2004. He works in private practice in West Sussex.

26 March 2020: Reflections from a Specialist Psychotherapy Service for Survivors of HCSA

Maggie Schaedel is Consultant Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust where she is also the founder and clinical lead for a unique, award winning specialist psychotherapy service for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, The Woman’s ServiceOriginally from a teaching/academic background, for many years she sustained a dual role which comprised a university-based lectureship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy together with a co-current role as Consultant Psychotherapist within the NHS. 

As Clinical Director at the University of Kent she created an evening NHS service in Canterbury and a network of training partnerships with NHS Trusts throughout London and the South East. Maggie has taught and made clinical presentations to The Arbours Association, The Squiggle Foundation, The Westminster Pastoral Foundation, The Tavistock Institute, The Guildford Psychotherapy Centre, Kent & Medway NHS Trust and St Bartholomew’s Hospital with publications in Sex and Sexuality (2005, Karnac), and Her Hour Come Round At Last (2011, Karnac). She has a private practice near Sevenoaks.

It is aimed at all professionals working within the mental health field who have an interest in trauma. This would include psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses, support workers, counsellors and therapists. 

The talks will cover neurobiology, attachment theory and different psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma, including historical child sexual abuse.

Lectures will take place on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm in the Tavistock Lecture Theatre on the following dates:

Autumn/Winter Series

  • 7 November 2019   - FULLY BOOKED
  • 23 January 2020   - FULLY BOOKED
  • 27 February 2020 - FULLY BOOKED
  • 26 March 2020 - FULLY BOOKED

Summer 2020 Series

  • 7 May 2020
  • 4 June 2020
  • 2 July 2020

Autumn\Winter Series

  • 7 November 2019 - FULLY BOOKED
  • 23 January 2020 - FULLY BOOKED
  • 27 February 2020 - FULLY BOOKED
  • 26 March 2020 - FULLY BOOKED

Summer 2020 Series: You can book individual lectures for £30 per lecture, or all three for £75.

Certificate of attendance
The Tavistock Centre, London
Admission status:
November 2019 to July 2020
Course lead:
Joanne Stubley

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