Tavistock Trauma Service: External lectures on trauma series

Course overview

This innovative series of lectures is organised by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work, emphasising 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, each experts in the field, who will bring their own understanding of trauma via a presentation, followed by an audience question and answer session.

7th July 2022

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Dr Anat Gur

Anat Gur (PhD) is an experienced psychotherapist, clinical social worker, and expert in the treatment of child sexual abuse and Complex PTSD in Israel, pioneering recognition of the link between female delinquency and complex trauma. In addition to serving as the head of female ex-prisoners’ rehabilitation services, she established Israel’s first halfway house for women ex-prisoners as a trauma informed service.

Dr Gur has lectured in the leading universities in Israel and training programs for social workers and psychotherapists on “women in distress” and Complex PTSD and dissociation. She is the former Programme Director of the two-year programme for treating sexual abuse at Bar-Ilan University. She currently serves as the clinical manager of the Women’s Wisdom Centre she founded in Tel Aviv.

Her first book, Abandoned Women: Women in Prostitution (Hakkibutz Hameuchad, 2008), created a new public awareness and shift in the Israeli discourse regarding prostitution, leading to new, progressive legislation designed to protect women. Her second—Foreign Bodies: Eating Disorders, Childhood Sexual Abuse, and Trauma-Informed Treatment (Hakkibutz Hameuchad, 2015/Routledge, 2019)—became an Israeli best-seller, revolutionizing the way eating disorders are treated in the country.

Foreign Bodies: Eating Disorders, Childhood Sexual Abuse, and Trauma-Informed Treatment

This lecture explores the association between eating disorders and childhood sexual abuse. Based on the findings of a qualitative study, it highlights the complex, diverse, and multifaceted links between the two phenomena and the close associations between eating disorders, childhood sexual abuse, and dissociation. Through the voices and words of survivors, it demonstrates how eating disorders are a contemporary form survivors employ to express the trauma of childhood sexual abuse that, by definition, remains unmentalised and unspeakable—and frequently partially or fully dissociated.

Understanding the aetiology of eating disorders has direct implications for diagnosis and treatment. Arguing that eating disorders constitute one of the complex symptoms caused by childhood sexual abuse, Dr Gur calls for a new diagnostic approach that treats clients from a Complex PTSD perspective. A more integrative and less stigmatizing method, this more likely to be effective.

8th September 2022

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Prof. Miriam Steele

Miriam Steele is a Professor in Psychology and co-director of the Centre for Attachment Research at the New School for Social Research.

She bridges the world of psychoanalytic thinking and clinical practice with contemporary research in child development. She trained as a child analyst at the Anna Freud Centre London and received her Ph.D. from University College London. Her research began with the study of “Intergenerational Patterns of Attachment” which embodied one of the first prospective longitudinal studies incorporating the Adult Attachment Interview and Strange Situation protocols. This work was important in initiating the concept of reflective functioning and providing empirical data to demonstrate the importance of parental states of mind in the social and emotional development of their children with a longitudinal focus on their development into adulthood. Her current projects include studies exploring attachment and body representations across a range of individuals including mother-child dyads and individuals with physical disabilities, studies of children in foster care and adoption and child and adolescent global mental health.

The self as seen, the self as felt: Attachment and Body Representations

This talk will focus on a series of studies using the innovative Mirror Paradigm (across a series of studies).

Attachment theory has served as a highly influential framework for the understanding of psychopathology from a developmental viewpoint, due in large part to a robust theory and reliable assessment methodology. The influence of insecure attachment on attitudes towards the body and the impact this might have for the development of psychopathology is however less well elucidated. Unfavourable attachment experiences may give rise to negative body image and influence the expression of psychopathology. This talk will present data from a series of studies using the Mirror Interview (Kernberg, P. F., & Buhl-Nielsen, B., & Normandin, L., 2006) to study attachment and body representations in adolescents with borderline personality disorders and studies of intergenerational transmission of body representations from mothers to their infant daughters. The Mirror Interview could be a clinically useful instrument for understanding the role of negative body attitudes in the development of the self in both typical and contexts.

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.

Excellent, well presented and lively.

Interesting, clear and insightful.

Well planned and delivered with such notable presenter.

Thought provoking, relevant and very interesting.

Brilliant speakers and topics. 

This lecture has been enormously helpful in providing me with a space to reflect on some of my cases alongside the presentation and discussion.

Yet again the standard of lecturers is excellent as well as the variety of viewpoints. Very stimulating course, thank you.

Absolutely stunning - such an in-depth journey into new territory of work with trauma.

Fantastic webinar about a topic that is difficult to talk about, rarely spoken about and hard to work with. Tonight was very enlightening and encouraging. Certainly will motivate and guide my personal research on the subject and undoubtedly open up my practice hoping to better support my clients.

To enable access to the widest possible audience these lectures are planned to be delivered live, but remotely, as webinars. Where we are able, a recording will be made available to all booked delegates although we encourage live attendance wherever possible. Please see the individual listings for details of which lectures will be recorded.

The series will be delivered using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.

Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link (https://zoom.us/test) to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the lecture date.

Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at CPDEvents@tavi-port.ac.uk  to discuss how we can best help you.

Lectures will take place on Thursday evenings from 7pm to 8:30pm. They are recorded, except where indicated otherwise.

Summer Series

7th July 2022

8th September 2022

Each lecture costs £30.

Summer Series

To book individual lectures (£30 each) please click the relevant lecturer's name below: 

Dr Anat Gur - 7th July 2022

Prof. Mariam Steele - 8th September 2022

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