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.

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.

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

  • 7 November 2019
  • 23 January 2020
  • 27 February 2020
  • 26 March 2020

You can book the whole series for £100 (4 lectures) - Apply HERE


You can book individual lectures for £30 per lecture:

  • 7 November 2019 - Apply HERE
  • 23 January 2020 - Apply HERE
  • 27 February 2020 - Apply HERE
  • 26 March 2020 - Apply HERE
Certificate of attendance
Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane, NW3 5BA
Admission status:
November 2019 to March 2020
Course lead:
Joanne Stubley

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