Miriam Steele Legacy interview

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Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists

07 December 2021

Time: 17:00 - 19:00

Price: £15-25

Location: online


MINDinMIND, APA Division 39 Section II, The National Service Office for Nurse-Family Partnership & Child First invite you to an audience with Dr. Miriam Steele, one of the world’s leading researchers and thinkers in the field of child mental health.

In conversation with Jane O’Rourke and Salam Soliman, Miriam will be discussing her innovative work and important new research in the field.

Invited colleagues will also reflect upon the impact of Miriam’s work in child and family mental health:

Tessa Baradon – Child Psychotherapist and former Director of the Parent Infant Project, Anna Freud Centre
Adrienne Harris – Supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Wendy Olesker – Training and supervising analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute

Professor Miriam Steele
Miriam is Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Psychology at The New School for Social Research, and Co-Director of the Center For Attachment Research.
Miriam’s research has been important in initiating the concept of ‘reflective functioning’ and providing empirical data to demonstrate the importance of parental states of mind on the social and emotional development of their children.

Her work researching attachment and particularly the role of parental capacity to understand their children’s emotions and their own, as well as her research in the fields of attachment, intergenerational trauma and adoption has transformed our understanding of family relationships and child development.
Miriam’s research has formed an important bridge between the world of psychoanalytic thinking and clinical practice.

She has made a major contribution to the field of adoption and foster care, increasing our understanding of the impact of attachment representations from both the adopters and the children’s point of view.

Miriam will be sharing her latest research on the efficacy of an innovative attachment-based intervention with high-risk families. She will also be discussing her research on the intergenerational transmission of trauma and attachment, and her investigations of family relationships in the context of Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Miriam will be in conversation with Jane O’Rourke and Salam Soliman.

Jane is a Child and Family Psychotherapist and Founder of MINDinMIND. Salam Soliman is Director of NCTSN’s Center for Prevention and Early Trauma Treatment at Child First and Nurse Family Partnership and Board Member of American Psychological Association’s Division 39 Section II.

Tessa Baradon led the Parent-Infant Project at the Anna Freud Centre in the UK, a therapeutic intervention helping babies and their parents experiencing emotional difficulties. She has worked in the public and private sectors as a child and adolescent therapist and has been responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of services for parents and infants in the NHS, the Anna Freud Centre and around the world. She writes and lectures on child therapy/psychoanalysis and parent infant psychotherapy. She is a Member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists and the Association of Child Psychoanalysis, Inc.

Jenny Kenrick was until recently a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Clinical Tutor for the clinical training in child psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. She was a member of the Fostering and Adoption team and was co-convenor of the Fostering and Adoption workshop. She has developed a particular interest in children in transition in the foster care and adoption contexts. To read one of Jenny’s papers is to be brought directly into the clinical consulting room and to learn of her well-honed techniques in engaging children whose trauma and early experience impinge on their ability to form new attachment relationships. In addition to her numerous papers and presentations, Jenny has also co-edited an insightful and useful collection of papers in a book, ‘Creating New Families: Therapeutic Approaches to Fostering, Adoption and Kinship Care’.

Adrienne Harris, PhD is Faculty and Supervisor at New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is an Editor at Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and Studies In Gender and Sexuality. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association and American Imago. Together with Lewis Aron and Jeremy Safran she established the Sandor Ferenczi Center at the New School University. Her many publications convey her unique blend of her early training as a developmental psychologist with an astute clinical focus and creative scholarship. She has written on the topics of countertransference, developmental theory, gender, language process in psychoanalysis, relational theory, and psychoanalysis and film. She is in private practice in New York City.

Wendy Olesker, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and on the Faculty at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is a Senior Editor of The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child and on the Editorial Board of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. She was one of the original researchers working on the Margaret Mahler longitudinal projects where she followed the children from the nursery to adolescence and into adulthood. It is from her longitudinal research and her analytic experience that she has developed a focus on the developmental process as it impacts understanding of the intrapsychic world and the handling of aggression with children. As testament to her status as an influential teacher and prolific writer Wendy was the 2020 recipient of the Brenner Teaching Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychoanalytic Education.

A video recording will be available after the event

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