6th November 2020 7th November 2020


Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
2 days
13:00 - 19:00 UK time (approximately)



Standard fee


Student fee

Places available

About this course

This event is chaired by Annabel Kitson and organised by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families’ longstanding Child Psychotherapy Service. The Colloquium has been offering a unique opportunity to network with UK and international mental health professionals for over 40 years. We bring together professionals from all over the world to think about well-established as well as ground-breaking approaches to working with children and adolescents and to discuss clinical cases. 


This year we are venturing to set up the Colloquium in an online format and our theme will be play. We will be focusing on the psychoanalytic perspectives on play, taking into account thinking about developmental, traumatic or defensive aspects of play. In keeping with previous years, our emphasis will be on discussion of clinical cases. There will be a mixture of theoretical and clinical presentations on the subject. This will include looking at the role and function of  play in fantasies, dreams or ideas as well as inabilities or inhibitions in play. 

We will also be addressing ways in which the current pandemic has been a period of disruption in treatments and what impact it has had on playing through digital means. 

We will hear from internationally renowned experts in the field of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and we will have an opportunity to learn and think together about the complexities of play within treatment. Our speakers include: Angela Joyce, Monica Lanyado, Inge Pretorius, Annabel Kitson and Holly Martin amongst others. It will be a highly interactive event with small group discussions in digital breakout rooms, a workshop on digital play, opportunities to exchange knowledge and network. 

Times of this event have been adjusted in order to accommodate international colleagues.  

The full programme will be published shortly.

Who is this conference suitable for?

This conference should appeal to all 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.