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CPD lecture bundle – Tavistock Trauma Service: external lectures on trauma summer 2023 (CPD45C)

Hear from a range of experts based in the UK and beyond in our summer 2023 trauma lecture series

This innovative series of lectures is organised by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work whilst emphasising an adapted psychoanalytic approach with multi-modality and trauma-informed care.

We also use neurobiological and attachment theory to understand the impact of trauma. Our series will present a range of external speakers, each experts in the field, who will bring their own understanding of trauma via a presentation, followed by an audience question and answer session.

Who is this lecture series for?

It is for you if you are a professional working within the mental health field who have an interest in trauma. You may be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, mental health nurse, support worker, counsellor or therapist.

Our talks will cover neurobiology, attachment theory and different psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma, including historical child sexual abuse.

Lecture series details

Three lectures make up this summer 2023 series:

Lecture 1: Our wounds as medicine

Thursday 4 May 2023

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Concetta Perot

As people involved in helping others heal, awareness of our own wounding is critical to safe and effective practice. Drawing on The Wounded Healer archetype and the idea of our wounds as medicine, this lecture will seek to open up dialogue (internal and external) about the place of our own wounding in the work we do. It will be an open and frank exploration of how we relate with our clients, our colleagues and our professional and personal selves in the light of the pain and scars we all hold by virtue of being human.

Lecture 2: Ethics in Practice: applied ethics for psychoanalytic practice

Thursday 1 June 2023

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Prof. Alessandra Lemma

The paper’s main objective is to make the case for the centrality of applied ethics to psychoanalytic practice. It focuses on the articulation of an accessible framework for developing and exercising an identifiable method – an ethical self-discipline – to support critical reflection on psychoanalytic work with patients and to help therapists approach the resolution of ethical dilemmas. Key concepts from the field of applied ethics, and bioethics specifically, will be outlined and then re-interpreted for use within a psychoanalytic framework.

Lecture 3: Trauma: Interweaving psychoanalytic & cross-cultural perspectives

Thursday 6 July 2023

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Dr. Zack Eleftheriadou

In this talk I will discuss my clinical experience of working with trauma in different settings, such as charities, the NHS and drawing from my clinical work with those of migrant (spanning across generations), refugee and culturally dislocated backgrounds. Although operating primarily from a psychoanalytic frame, I will argue for the necessary expansion of the therapeutic frame, in order to incorporate ‘racial’ and socio-cultural aspects of experience. I will explore the rich and complex transference and countertransference dynamics of the cross-cultural therapeutic relationship. The examples will be drawn from clinical work, literature, human rights legal reports, research, supervisory work and consultancy work undertaken across the UK and internationally.

Lectures will take place at the following times:

LectureDateStart timeEnd timeWill lecture be recorded* and available after the live event?
Lecture 1: Our wounds as medicineThursday 4 May 20237pm8.30pmYes
Lecture 2: Ethics in Practice: applied ethics for psychoanalytic practiceThursday 1 June 20237pm8.30pmYes
Lecture 3: Trauma: Interweaving psychoanalytic & cross-cultural perspectives Thursday 6 July 20237pm8.30pmYes

*To enable access to the widest possible audience these lectures are planned to be delivered live, but remotely, as webinars. Where we are able, a recording will be made available to all booked delegates although we encourage live attendance wherever possible. Please see the details above to see if this lecture will be recorded and available after the live event.

These lectures will be delivered remotely using Zoom.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.

Save £15 with a lecture series bundle

Lectures can be booked individually at £30 each or as a cost-saving bundle comprising the three summer 2023 series lectures at £75 – a saving of £15 compared to booking the lectures individually.

Congratulations to Jo Stubley and Linda Young who have been nominated for the Gradiva Best Edited Book Award for Complex Trauma: The Tavistock Model

Lectures included in this series


“Fantastic webinar about a topic that is difficult to talk about, rarely spoken about and hard to work with. Tonight was very enlightening and encouraging. Certainly will motivate and guide my personal research on the subject and undoubtedly open up my practice hoping to better support my clients.”
“Absolutely stunning. Such an in-depth journey into new territory of work with trauma.”
“This lecture has been enormously helpful in providing me with a space to reflect on some of my cases alongside the presentation and discussion.”
“Yet again the standard of lecturers is excellent as well as the variety of viewpoints. Very stimulating course, thank you.”
“Thought provoking, relevant and very interesting.”


You can book a place on this lecture series at any time using our MyTAP booking system. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before each lecture with detailed joining instructions.

If you wish to attend only one or two of the lectures in this series, these can be booked individually in the ‘Lectures included in this series’ section above.

Bookings will close 24hrs before the first lecture in the series.

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