Colloquium 2016

About this course

Organised by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families’ longstanding Child Psychotherapy Service the Colloquium offers a unique opportunity to network with UK and international mental health professionals, hear about well-established as well as ground-breaking approaches to working with children and adolescents and discuss clinical cases.

This year we are bringing together contributions from different professionals from the UK, Europe and USA. The focus will be on working with adolescents, adolescent mothers and infants, teenagers who struggle to access help and young offenders. The 38th annual Colloquium will weave together a rich variety of clinical work that addresses intrapsychic relationships, transference and counter transference issues, the therapeutic encounter, neurobiology of trauma, latent vulnerability, postnatal depression, mentalization and many other themes relevant to practice in the 21st Century.

There will be a mixture of theoretical and clinical papers, a number of parallel special interest groups, small discussion groups and a wine reception at the Freud Museum.

Friday, 4th November

  • Theoretical introduction to the main theme will be delivered by Patricia Grieve, Child and Adolescent Analyst
  • Maxim J A de Sauma, Training and Supervising Analyst, Child and Adolescent Analyst, CEO & Clinical Director Brent Centre for Young People will present a clinical paper: ‘ “Where are you?" Reaching out to the Silent Adolescent ’
  • Inge-Martine Pretorius, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist will present 'Clinical Material from the Analysis of an Adolescent'
  • There will be small group discussions following each presentation
  • Our wine reception at the Freud Museum on Friday evening will celebrate the publication of the book ‘Short-term Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for Adolescents with Depression: A Treatment Manual’ by Simon Cregeen, Carol Hughes, Nick Midgley, Maria Rhode, & Margaret Rustin, edited by Jocelyn Catty

Saturday, 5th November

  • We will begin with a presentation from Prof Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at UCL and Director of the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Director of Postgraduate Studies at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families: ‘Adolescence as a time when the past and future collide: Neuroscience, epigenetics and the concept of Latent Vulnerability’.

Abstract: Childhood adversity, in the form of maltreatment and neglect, is one of the strongest predictors of later mental health problems into adolescence and beyond. However, the epigenetic and neurobiological mechanisms by which childhood adversity ‘gets under the skin’ remain poorly understood. I will introduce the concept of Latent Vulnerability as a way to think about how maltreatment exposure can calibrate a child's psychological and biological systems in response to a threatening and unpredictable early environment. Changes to these systems are arguably adaptive in the short term. However, I will consider how these changes may embed Latent Vulnerability, increasing the risk that mental health problems will emerge when a child negotiates new challenges and stressors in adolescence. Implications for intervention will be briefly considered, alongside a rationale for an increasing focus on preventative intervention.

  • There will be five parallel special interest workshops integrating traditional and innovative approaches to working with adolescence (please see the programme for further details)
  • In the afternoon we will see a video-based presentation on the topic of babies born to young mothers who are emotionally unprepared for the impact of parenthood by Amanda Jones, Professional Lead & Consultant Perinatal Psychotherapist

Amanda will show a BBC documentary in which she interviewed a well-known singer in the UK, Stacey Solomon. Stacey explored her emotional breakdown when she had an unplanned pregnancy at the age of 17. On her documentary journey, Stacey meets several young parents to hear about their experiences. Amanda interviewed two of the mothers who had both experienced childhood neglect and trauma and the complex consequences this had for their babies. Amanda will discuss one of these cases in more depth within a psychoanalytic frame.

Who is this conference suitable for?

This conference should appeal to professionals working with adolescents with an interest in psychoanalytic thinking and innovative ways of working with this age group. Attendees are required to have a professional accreditation or be enrolled on a recognised training course.