A MINDinMIND Live Legacy Interview: Dr Valerie Sinason

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16 July 2024

Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Price: £18-£39

Location: online


In-depth conversations with leaders in mental health.

Dr Valerie Sinason; Groundbreaking adult and child psychotherapist/ psychoanalyst in disability psychotherapy, trauma, abuse and disassociation.

Valerie’s life and career reflect a deep commitment to giving voice to the most vulnerable and traumatised populations, often in the face of societal resistance and disbelief. Her pioneering work in disability psychotherapy and trauma laid the foundation for greater understanding and treatment of previously overlooked or silenced survivors. She holds a Ph.D. in Trauma and Learning Disability from the University of London.

Special Guests: Professor Brett Kahr and Professor Baroness Sheila Hollins.

Professor Brett Kahr is a distinguished mental health professional with over four decades of experience, holding senior positions at the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, Regent’s University London, and Bournemouth University. He is also a trained historian, serving as Honorary Director of Research and Honorary Fellow at Freud Museum London. Professor Kahr has had a long-standing professional relationship with Dr Sinason, having worked closely with her at the Tavistock Clinic and co-founding the Institute of Psychotherapy and Disability.

Professor Baroness Sheila Hollins is a distinguished psychiatrist, researcher, and policy maker who has made significant contributions to the field of mental health, particularly in the area of intellectual disability. As an independent crossbench life peer in the House of Lords and Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability at St George’s University of London, she has been a driving force in advocating for the rights and well-being of individuals with disabilities. Baroness Hollins founded the Books Beyond Words series in 1989, which consists of over 80 word-free books designed to help individuals with learning disabilities understand various aspects of life. Her professional and parliamentary work is deeply informed by her family’s experience with disability.

The interview will be hosted by Jane O’Rourke.

Jane is a Child, Adolescent and Family Psychotherapist and Founder of MINDinMIND. She was formerly a senior producer at the BBC and recently won the Association of Infant Mental Health’s Founders Prize. She runs the counselling service in a state primary school in London, United Kingdom.

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