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Tavistock Trauma Service: external lectures on trauma autumn 2023 lecture 3 (CPD45A)

A Woman’s body: site of assault, site of trauma, site of resistance

This lecture is also available as part of a series.

This lecture is part of an innovative series 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.

This lecture can be booked individually or as part of a cost-saving bundle comprising the three autumn 2023 series lectures.

Who is this lecture 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 details

This is the third and final lecture in the autumn 2023 series.

Lecture 3: A Woman’s body: site of assault, site of trauma, site of resistance

7 December 2023, 7 – 8.30pm

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Dr. Susie Orbach

Dr Orbach will discuss new approaches and theories to working with bodies today. The lecture will outline the multiple ways in which women’s bodies are attacked and how this creates a situation of hyper alertness, whether walking home from school, being at work or being literally under attach in conflict zone. She will introduce the BODI – Body Observational Diagnostic Interview – an assessment and clinical tool useful in addressing the intergenerational transmission of body and eating issues

This lecture will take place on:

DateStart timeEnd timeWill lecture be recorded* and available after the live event?
Thursday 7 December 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 suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this 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 at to discuss how we can best help you.


“These lectures are so stimulating, covering a diverse range of topics, with expert and engaging speakers, all very inclusively led by Jo Stubley – thank you for putting these series together.”
“An excellent event that offered not only ideas and understanding, but a sense of solidarity and hope in this difficult work (and in difficult times). I wasn’t sure about attending at the end of a long workday, but by the end of the event I felt enlivened and and reconnected to curiosity and collegiality – so glad I went. Thank you!”
“I found this online event to be very well organised and money very well spent. The content was fascinating and the delivery first class. There wre extremely interesting interactions and I certainly came away with much to think about. Above all, the humanity displayed by the participants was both inspiring and humbling.”
“This has been an excellent series of lectures so far. So very relevant to the field of mental health and trauma. All the speakers are very different, but all show the same high levels of compassion and knowledge for the very difficult field of human trauma. Thank you.”
“These sessions help me gain insights into other ways of working . They support me in my hesitancy in my ability to work with some of my clients, when I find it difficult because I feel ill equipped to meet their distress. For some of them trauma seems to have destroyed them and while I want to help them, I doubt myself. These talks help me learn how other therapists are meeting the same demands.”


Book your place today

You can book a place at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before the course starts with detailed joining instructions.

Save £15 with a bundle

This lecture is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving bundle for £75 – giving you access to our complete summer 2022 lecture series.

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