Childhood and parenting: Psychoanalytic perspectives

Rustin, Margaret, Balfour, Andrew and Campbell, Sarina (2020) Childhood and parenting: Psychoanalytic perspectives. [Film/Video]

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Margaret Rustin will describe initial encounters with children and adolescents of different ages, and very different life experiences, with whom a conversation could be initiated. This is what child psychotherapy aims to set in motion, a chance for a child to feel understood, to feel the relief that this gives, and to become interested in understanding him or herself. Understanding ourselves is a life-long task and there is a special privilege in being able to contribute to the development of the next generation in this way. Andrew Balfour will then discuss his paper and explore the link between parenting difficulties and couple relationship issues in psychotherapeutic work with parental couples. The paper looks at the social policy context of couple psychotherapy and the resistances it can evoke, which has led to an emphasis on ‘parenting’ rather than ‘couple’ interventions in the historic development of family service provision in the UK.

Item Type: Film/Video
Additional Information: Held on 11 November 2020. Chaired by Sarina Campbell
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tavistock and Portman Centenary
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Couple & Family Therapies > Couple/Marital Therapy
Families > Parent Child Relations/Parenthood
Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Media Appearances > Film/Video
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
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