Anna Freud Centre Colloquium: Play and Playfulness – Psychoanalytic Perspectives

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Anna Freud

06 November 2020 - 07 November 2020

Time: 13:00 - 19:00

Price: £300 or £150 for students

Location: online


This conference is organised by the Anna Freud National Centre’s 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.

The two days will focus on the psychoanalytic perspectives on play, taking into account thinking about developmental, traumatic or defensive aspects of play. 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. 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.

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