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. There will be a mixture of theoretical and clinical papers, small discussion groups, large groups discussions and a wine reception at the Freud Museum.

This will be the last Colloquium at Maresfield Gardens where the Centre was set up over 60 years ago. Anna Freud’s tradition of constant innovation, research and care for the most vulnerable young minds is still embedded in the Centre today and we will be moving to the Centre of Excellence in King’s Cross when the site opens at the beginning of 2019.

This year’s title is ‘Contemporary Anna Freud – Looking to the Future’

As usual there will be a mixture of theoretical papers, clinical papers and discussion groups. The theme will explore Anna Freud’s psychoanalytical tradition and legacy and considers how to build on this in the future.  

Assoc/Professor Frances Thomson-Salo, Member of the BPS, President and Training Analyst of the Australian Psychoanalytical Society, Chair of the IPA Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis and European co-chair for the Sexual and Gender Diversity studies committee will present a clinical paper: ‘An Adolescent’s Analysis: from Contempt to Internet Sexuality and Finding his Self’. The paper describes some technical challenges in four times a week analysis: hidden contempt, idiosyncratic use of the couch and finally how the patient’s bringing his viewing of internet sex and porn into the analysis was handled.

Justine Kalas Reeves, a Child and Adolescent Psychoanalyst who trained at the Anna Freud Centre, will present the second clinical paper: A Teenage Girl's Search for Identity and Answers via Txxxting’. By repeatedly putting herself in harm's way, an adolescent girl signaled urgency about indigestible family secrets.  In treatment, finding the meaning behind her behaviours helped reduce shame and greatly contributed to the patient being able to shift her view of herself from damaged to 'quite important'. The paper discusses the significance of parent work with high risk adolescents.

The second day will consider the legacy of Anna Freud’s work  and taking this forward into the future. Inge Pretorius, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist who trained at the Centre and curator of the Anna Freud archives will present a fascinating account of the history which includes original and new archive material, photographs and film footage that have emerged out of her research.

We will also include a conversation with Peter Fonagy, Chief Executive of the Centre and Jill Miller, Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalyst who did her child and adolescent analytic training at the Centre, about the developments of Anna Freud’s ideas in Peter Fonagy's work.

As part of the Colloquium we are also delighted to invite you to an evening reception which will celebrate the Maresfield Gardens buildings and their history.

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.