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Why psychoanalytic supervision for those working therapeutically with traumatised children can be transformational by Deirdre Dowling

Whether you’re a teacher, social worker or therapist, you will be aware that children can be complex, especially those who have experienced trauma or adversity. Making conscious the unconscious is one of the benefits that a psychoanalytically trained supervisor can bring to our thinking in our work with children. Deirdre Dowling, is a Child Psychotherapist and former social worker with extensive experience supervising child care professionals all over the world, explains.

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Themes: Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Work Supervision, CPD, The Unconscious, Therapeutic Relationship, Social Work, Teaching

Taking the science of attachment to the public: Making it matter by Suzanne Zeedyk

Why does our culture still have such a poor appreciation of the impact of childhood experiences? Suzanne Zeedyk reflects on ways that she believes scientists can be more effective in bringing the science of attachment to the public.

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Themes: Attachment theory

Why the failure to pass President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ program will hurt kids the most by Stephen Seligman

The failure to pass President Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ program, whilst a massive blow to the middle class and the environment, the consequences are especially dire for poor families and their children.

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Themes: Parenting, Deprivation

How can we help children through the emotional turmoil of Covid-19? by Judith Edwards

Children's lives have been turned upside down, but they need adults who can bear with not knowing the outcome of this pandemic.

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Themes: Covid-19

Children of COVID | Bex Day by MINDinMIND

The ‘Children of Covid’ photographic exhibition by Bex Day explores the emotional impact of the pandemic on children growing up during the lockdown.

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Themes: Covid-19

Shining a light on the ‘Baby Blindspot’ by Penelope Leach

The crucial first two years of life and why babies cannot continue to be ignored by government if we are to ‘build better’ after the pandemic.

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Themes: Infant mental health, Motherhood

And No Surprises Please by Adam Goren

In this Thought Piece, Adam Goren explores how an aversion to unpredictability for 8 years old Omar who has autism, sometimes triggers energetic attempts to create a hyper-ordered world. And although this can stifle spontaneity and loving exchange, Adam shows how therapy can help build trust in ‘going with the flow.’

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Themes: Autism

New Narratives: Reaching young people & families of colour affected by serious violence by John Reece

In his work with Open Door in Haringey, North London, John Reece talks about how he and his colleagues are helping overcome the barriers to accessing mental health services for young people of colour, the trauma of racism and the impact of the transmission of violence.

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Themes: Marginalised communities

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on pregnant women and new mothers by Catherine Mallouh

During the Covid-19 pandemic Dr Catherine Mallouh, a psychiatrist and psychotherapist, has been working with pregnant women and mothers. Here she describes the particular challenges this period of time has brought to women preparing or caring for a new baby.

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Themes: Covid-19, Parenting, Psychological Defences, Mothering, Motherhood, Fatherhood, Post-natal depression

“Covid-19: Human Suffering And Anxiety Brings Children Possibilities For Emotional Growth” by Neil Altman

How children can grow and learn from the Covid-19 pandemic. Psychoanalyst Neil Altman urges us to be brave about what we talk about with children; helping them avoid the blind spots adults have over issues such as racism and inequality.

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Themes: Covid-19, Emotional growth, Anxiety

Why take therapy out of the clinic and into the heart of our marginalised communities? by Jay Perkins

After struggling to find a way to support marginalised, stigmatised and excluded children, young people and families from within the mental health system, Jay Perkins has taken his therapeutic work outside of clinics.

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Themes: Marginalised communities

Neglecting Neglect: Why we do it & How We Can Break the Cycle by Graham Music

Child Psychotherapist Graham Music delves into the less explored area of early neglect. Here he describes the different types of neglect, how it affects the nervous system and brains, and what might be helpful to treat it.

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Themes: Neglect, Double Deprivation

Making the most of online therapy with children, in spite of the glitches! Video and Blog by Carolyn Hart

Like most of us, Carolyn Hart has been forced to move her therapeutic practice online. What is the transference reaction that both clinicians and clients have to technology that impacts on the analytic transitional space and transference relationship? And what happens to that relationship when challenged by technical glitches?

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Themes: Online therapy

10 Minute Read: Riffing On A Tiger Called Stripes by Adam Goren

As many of us struggle to conduct our social and work life on screen, child psychotherapists have had to find ways to overcome the same challenge of virtual sessions with their young patients. In this playful blog for MINDinMIND, Adam Goren describes the role of improvisation in therapy in the struggle to form an online connection.

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Themes: Online therapy

How to Educate Young Children about Bullying by Neil Altman

How to reconcile adult hypocrisy and bullying whilst preaching kindness to children? In this insightful written blog and interview, Neil Altman argues that for the most part, we adults fail to help children come to terms with what they observe, because we ourselves don’t know how to integrate our own potential for violence and aggression with our kind and loving feelings.

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Themes: Bullying

Creative Curiosity and Constructive Skepticism in Psychoanalysis: by Stephen Seligman

What Do Scholarship and Practice Have in Common?

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Themes: Psychoanalysis

Childhood Obesity by Graham Music

A re-examination of what is really causing it

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Themes: Obesity

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