Work discussion for graduates of psychoanalytic observational studies

Course overview

If you have completed work discussion seminars during Psychoanalytic observational studies (M7 or M9), or you are currently undertaking Psychoanalytic Studies (M16) (or an equivalent course), this is an opportunity to be part of a small group seminar where you can discuss your own work with children, adolescents or families, hear about the experience of others in a range of work settings and develop a psychoanalytic approach to understanding the institutional, inter-personal and individual dynamics at play, with the help of an experienced child and adolescent psychotherapist seminar leader. CPD98 also offers one to one tutorials and supports students who are planning to apply to the clinical training in child and adolescent psychotherapy (M80).

The seminar group meets weekly and provides the chance to present work in a safe and confidential setting.

This work discussion seminar is intended for people working with children, young people, parents and families in a variety of settings including education, social care residential and the voluntary sector.

Groups will be facilitated by senior child psychotherapists from the Tavistock Clinic. 

This course aims to:

  • Provide an opportunity for participants to present their own work
  • Learn from other participants’ work
  • Understand more about psychodynamic thinking and its applications to work with children, young people and families
  • Develop critical reflection further and to learn more about the experience of direct work with children, young people and their parents or carers

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.
You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( 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 course start date.

Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

The course will run from 7.00pm - 8.15pm, on the following dates:

Autumn Term 2022: 

  • 28 September,
  • 05, 12 and 19 October,
  • 02, 09, 16, 23 and 30 November.

Spring Term 2023:

  • 11, 18 and 25 January,
  • 01, 08 and 22 February,
  • 01, 08, 15 and 22 March.

Summer Term 2023:

  • 19 and 26 April,
  • 03, 10, 17 and 24 May,
  • 07, 14 and 21 June.


To apply click on the green 'Apply' button on the left of the screen.

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying).Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists, and regularly share helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

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Course length:
9 months
Theoretical approach:
Admission status:
September 2022 to June 2023

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