Interviewing leaders

in mental health

Interviewing leaders in mental health

Groundbreaking adult and child psychotherapist/psychoanalyst in disability psychotherapy, trauma, abuse and disassociation

Dr Valerie Sinason: A Live Legacy Interview

With Special Guests:

Professor Brett Kahr & Baroness Sheila Hollins

5PM-7PM UK / 12PM-2PM ET

2 hour CPD/CEU certificate is included

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Explore the groundbreaking work of Dr Valerie Sinason in disability psychotherapy, trauma, and dissociation. With special guests Prof Brett Kahr and Prof Sheila Hollins

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About Dr Valerie Sinason

Valerie’s life and career reflect a deep commitment to giving voice to the most vulnerable and traumatised populations, often in the face of societal resistance and disbelief. Her pioneering work in disability psychotherapy and trauma laid the foundation for greater understanding and treatment of previously overlooked or silenced survivors. She holds a Ph.D. in Trauma and Learning Disability from the University of London.

Key Areas of Our Interview:

  1. Disability Psychotherapy: As a pioneer in this area, Valerie will share her psychoanalytic thinking on the treatment of patients with intellectual disabilities
  2. Uncovering Abuse in Vulnerable Populations: Valerie’s research revealed high rates of abuse among patients with disabilities. She will share her innovative therapeutic tools to help children and adults disclose abuse
  3. Working with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID): Valerie will share the key clinical skills she has found most helpful in working with people experiencing dissociation
  4. Relational Psychoanalytically-Informed Advocacy: Valerie will share her approach combining psychoanalytic understanding with advocacy to support survivors of extensive trauma

Special Guests:

Professor Brett Kahr

Prof Brett Kahr in green circle bgProfessor Brett Kahr is a distinguished mental health professional with over four decades of experience, holding senior positions at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, Regent’s University London, and Bournemouth University. He is also a trained historian, serving as Honorary Director of Research and Honorary Fellow at Freud Museum London. Professor Kahr has had a long-standing professional relationship with Dr Sinason, having worked closely with her at the Tavistock Clinic and co-founding the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability.

Professor Baroness Sheila Hollins

Professor Shelia Baroness Hollins in green circle bgProfessor Baroness Sheila Hollins is a distinguished psychiatrist, researcher, and policy maker who has made significant contributions to the field of mental health, particularly in the area of intellectual disability. As an independent crossbench life peer in the House of Lords and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at St George’s University of London, she has been a driving force in advocating for the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities. Baroness Hollins founded the Books Beyond Words series in 1989, which consists of over 80 word-free books designed to help individuals with learning disabilities understand various aspects of life. Her professional and parliamentary work is deeply informed by her family’s experience with disability.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from and engage with three courageous and influential voices in the field of psychotherapy.

More about Professor Brett Kahr

Professor Brett Kahr is one of the most prominent figures in the field of psychoanalysis. He is Senior Fellow at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology in London and, also, Visiting Professor of Psychoanalysis and Mental Health at Regent’s University London.

Notably, Professor Kahr has had a long-standing professional relationship with Dr Valerie Sinason, having first met her in 1987 at Dr John Bowlby’s eightieth birthday party. Over the past thirty-seven years, he has worked closely with Dr Sinason, serving as her deputy at the Tavistock Clinic. Together with Dr Sinason, Professor the Baroness Hollins, and Dr Patricia Frankish, Kahr co-founded the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability at the St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, in 2000.

Professor Brett Kahr, and Baroness Sheila Hollins will join Valerie to explore her remarkable career, discuss the therapeutic challenges and rewards of working with vulnerable populations, and the future of trauma treatment.

He is Chair of the Scholars Committee of the British Psychoanalytic Council and, also, Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University in recognition of his contributions to the public dissemination of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Professor Kahr has written eighteen books and edited over eighty titles, covering topics such as the history of psychoanalysis, psychological trauma, and media psychoanalysis. His most recent works include “Bombs in the Consulting Room,” “Freud’s Pandemics,” “Hidden Histories of British Psychoanalysis,” and “How to Be Intimate with 15,000,000 Strangers.”

He is an Honorary Fellow of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy and the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Committee of the John Fisher Network. He maintains an independent practice in Central London, working with individuals, couples, and families.

More about Baroness Sheila Hollins

Professor Baroness Sheila Hollins is an admired psychiatrist, researcher, and policy maker who has made significant contributions to the field of mental health, particularly in the area of intellectual disability.

As an independent crossbench life peer in the House of Lords and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at St George’s University of London, she has been a driving force in advocating for the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities.

Baroness Hollins’ professional and parliamentary work is deeply informed by her family’s experience with disability, as one of her daughters has a high-level spinal injury, and two of her children are autistic.

Baroness Hollins founded the Books Beyond Words series in 1989, which consists of over 80 word-free books designed to help children, young people, and adults with learning disabilities understand and navigate various aspects of life, including physical and mental health, trauma, and sexual abuse. She has also published more than 250 scientific and professional papers and books throughout her career.

Baroness Hollins has held numerous prestigious positions, including President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2005-2008), President of the British Medical Association (2012-2013), Chair of the Board of Science of the British Medical Association (2013-2016), and President of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (2017-2023). She has also been a founder member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (2014-2018) and is currently President of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and the Catholic Union.

Her work has been recognized with honorary doctorates from several universities and fellowships from various institutions.

Sheila Hollins Books:

  1. Hollins, S. (Working group Chair), 2010. Better health, better lives: children and young people with intellectual disabilities and their families. European Declaration on the Health of Children and Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families, EUR/51298/17/6. Available at: https://iris.who.int/bitstream/handle/10665/108010/e94506.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y [Accessed on: 31-05-2024].
  2. Hollins, S., 2023. My Heart Breaks: Solitary Confinement in Hospital has no therapeutic benefit for people with intellectual disability and/or autism. [online] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-care-education-and-treatment-reviews-final-report-2023/baroness-hollins-final-report-my-heart-breaks-solitary-confinement-in-hospital-has-no-therapeutic-benefit-for-people-with-a-learning-disability-an [Accessed on: 31-05-2024].
  3. Books Beyond Words, n.d. [online] Available at: www.booksbeyondwords.co.uk [Accessed on: 31-05-2024].

Interviewer

Jane O'Rourke - Founder of MINDinMIND - portrait photoThe interview will be hosted by Jane O’Rourke.

Jane is a Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist and Founder of MINDinMIND. She was formerly a senior producer at the BBC and recently won the Association of Infant Mental Health’s Founders Prize. She runs the counselling service in a state primary school in London, United Kingdom.

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