The Not-There Parent with Valerie Sinason

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05 February 2022

Time: 10:30 - 12:00

Price: £35

Location: online


Teachers choose whether to work with infants, juniors, and secondary or university age. Doctors and psychotherapists can specialize in one age. Only a parent is expected to work with a child of every age. And we are not resourced for every age that our child becomes. We are triggered by the age that our child is… and hope a partner and friends can compensate!

What happens when we can not manage the age that our child is. Or the state they are in? How does ordinary Dissociation work in parenthood and what about when a parent has a full blown dissociative disorder? These are questions that will be explored in this fascinating webinar by Valerie Sinason.

Valerie Sinason is a poet, writer, child psychotherapist and adult psychoanalyst. She is Founder Director of the Clinic for Dissociative Studies and President of the Institute for Psychotherapy. She is an Honorary Consultant Psychotherapist at the University of Cape Town Child Guidance Clinic and Chair of Trustees of the First People Centre, New Bethesda, South Africa. She is a Patron of Dorset Action on Abuse (DAA), editor of Trauma Dissociation and Multiplicity and co-editor of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy after Child abuse. She has published numerous articles and books, including two poetry collections. Valerie Sinason was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ISSTD (International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation) in April 2016.

Valerie is the joint editor of ‘Treating Children with Dissociative Disorders: Attachment, Trauma, Theory and Practice’, published by Routledge in December 2021. She is also the author of several other books, including ‘The Truth about Trauma and Dissociation: Everything You Didn’t Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask’, published by Confer Books in October 2020.

This is one of several online activities offered by the Parent Infant Centre and School of Infant Mental Health. Please visit for more details.

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