The history of the Portman Clinic

Parsons, Marianne (2021) The history of the Portman Clinic. In: From Trauma to Harming Others: Therapeutic Work with Delinquent, Violent and Sexually Harmful Children and Young People. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 154-168. ISBN 978-0367415570

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The Portman Clinic has its roots in what was first called the Psychopathic Clinic, founded in 1931, and renamed the Institute for the Scientific Treatment of Delinquency (I.S.T.D.) in 1932. The I.S.T.D. accepted referrals of patients of all ages, the majority of whom were adults, but quite a number of children and adolescents were seen from the start. In the 1950s–1960s, there was Herta Graz and William Paterson Brown, both of whom were long-standing members of staff and saw a huge number of young people at the Clinic, and Henry Dugmore Hunter who later set up the adolescent unit at the Tavistock Clinic. Children and adolescents enact their difficulties because they did not get what they needed when they needed it.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Psychotherapy
Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Adolescents - Psychotherapy
Criminology > Forensic Psychiatry
Criminology > Forensic Psychotherapy
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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