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.

‘Gender and Sexuality: Complexities of Working with Children and Adolescents Today’

This year's Colloquium will focus on issues concerning gender and sexuality. There will be a mixture of theoretical and clinical papers, small discussion groups, large groups discussions and a wine reception at the Freud Museum.

We will begin with an extensive theoretical introduction to the theme, including a framework of psychoanalytic understanding of sexuality and gender development. This will be followed by two clinical papers. The first paper, based on three case studies drawn from the presenter's work as a Child Psychotherapist in the UK Gender Identity Development Service, will offer an exploration of gender identity in children and young people using the developmental link of narcissism (Kohut) as an organising concept. The second paper will be an exploration of gender identify as unfolded in the analytic work with an adolescent.

On Saturday afternoon we will screen 'Twinset', a film by Amy Rose:

Tea and cake, stilettos and gentle murmurs; old ladies in an Essex church welcome a towering transvestite into their midst. But families ask questions that polite old ladies do not dare; this is an observational film about courage, family and the cost of being happy.

The screening will be followed by a fishbowl discussion on gender with senior experts.

The full programme and list of speakers will be announced soon.

Who is this conference suitable for?

This conference should appeal to mental health professionals working with children and adolescents with an interest in psychoanalytic thinking. Attendees are required to have a professional accreditation or be enrolled on a recognised training course.