Established in 1948, Tavistock Relationships is recognised in its field as a centre of advanced practice and study, both nationally and internationally. Our ethos is to develop practice, research and policy activities which complement and inform the development of services to couples.
We run a variety of practitioner trainings, ranging from introductory courses to doctoral programmes in couple counselling and psychotherapy. Our courses are accredited by the British Association of Couple Counselling and Psychotherapy, the British Psychoanalytic Council and the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists. Our post graduate trainings are validated by the University of East London.
The centre supplies specialist therapeutic services to couples and individuals experiencing difficulties in their relationships; provides clinical training for the next generation of couple counsellors and psychotherapists; provides training and consultancy on delivering, developing and managing services for couples and families; undertakes research that contributes to the understanding of couple and family relationships and how best they might be improved.
Saturday, 15 September 2018 @ 10:00
This CPD course is for counsellors and psychotherapists, youth workers, GPs and other healthcare professionals, who want to develop their expertise in addressing sexual issues with clients. It takes place over two terms and consists of 8 full day Saturday workshops. It focuses on thinking about relationships and sex and applying this understanding to participants’ work. The course consists of lectures, films, role play, discussion and will cover topics such as couple dynamics, sexual desire and arousal, talking about sex, sexual dysfunctions and sexual compulsivity. The course aims to increase understanding, knowledge and confidence in working with the sexual relationship.
(London) Inhabiting Life in Later Years: How to Work Clinically with Ageing and Dementia
Friday, 25 January 2019 @ 10:00
Over successive generations our populations have become older. This increased longevity throws up a particular set of psychological challenges around the loss of physical and mental functioning. It exposes us ever more starkly to the realities of age-related illnesses and conditions such as dementia.
This full-day workshop will develop an understanding of the psychological issues that can come to dominate in later life. Challenges may be thrown up to intimate couple relationships as long-established projective systems are turned on their heads, with the roles of carer and cared for often inverted. This is particularly true in relationships in which one partner is suffering from dementia, and for which therapeutic containment takes on a particular meaning.
The workshop will consider psychoanalytic models of the mind, as well as Andrew Balfour’s pioneering work at Tavistock Relationships in developing a therapeutic intervention for couples where one partner has dementia. It is suitable for psychotherapists working with individual clients and couples as well as for trainees.
(London) When Hope Is Lost: The Impact of Perinatal Loss, Infertility and IVF on the Couple and the
Saturday, 2 February 2019 @ 10:00
Many parents find it difficult to recover from trauma associated with the perinatal period, and the loss of an infant can result in severe depression, feelings of isolation, loss of hope, and relationship breakdown. A perinatal loss may be as traumatic to the couple as the death of a young child, even though the lost baby has not been known.
This full-day workshop will consider the meaning of perinatal loss and the death of a young child for the parents as well as for any siblings. Particular attention will be given to the difficulties that can be experienced by younger siblings who can feel as if they have been born in the shadow of death, and can carry this experience with them into adulthood.
The workshop for individual, group, family and couple psychotherapists and counsellors will also focus on the impact of infertility and IVF on the individual and the couple, and the difficulties that can be evoked especially after multiple failed pregnancies. It is suitable for couple, individual and child psychotherapists.
Trainer, Marguerite Reid, has a wealth of experience in working with individuals and couples who have perinatal mental health problems. She works with women and couples during pregnancy and during the postnatal period, as well as with children who have been parented by couples struggling with these difficulties.
(London) In Pursuit of the Truth: Questions of Authenticity with ‘False Self’ Couples & Individuals
Saturday, 2 March 2019 @ 10:00
This study day will explore the rich concept of the false self, tracing it from Donald Winnicott to James Fisher, and examining the ways in which it can be thought about in the consulting room.
Winnicott believed a false self could be set up through a lack of maternal holding. If the mother fails to meet her infant’s gesture, instead substituting her own in its place, the infant can grow up feeling compliant rather than authentic. Fisher applied these ideas to the couple relationship, describing the challenge many individuals encounter in functioning as a couple – the capacity to face one’s own truth, and also to acknowledge that another person may see things differently.
The idea of a false self has taken on a particular resonance in contemporary times, as technological advances threaten to take us away from authentic connections with ourselves and others. The day will reengage with the psychoanalytic thinking behind this reality, and consider the ways in which we position ourselves internally to defend against intimacy.
It will include presentations on both theoretical and clinical material, and there will be consideration of the difficulties that can be thrown up in the therapeutic pursuit of the truth. Participants are asked to bring material for discussion.
Trainers: Martha Doniach, psychoanalytic psychotherapist; and Kate Thompson, couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist.