Talking about childhood and adolescence - Competition

We are developing a series of short talks with some senior Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists, and we are currently recruiting contributors to this series.

Are you a parent worried about the well-being of your child? Are you interested in child development? Are you a teacher wanting to understand better how children work together and learn?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, the British Psychoanalytical Society (Institute of Psychoanalysis) would like to hear from you!

We are developing a series of short talks with senior Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists, and we are currently recruiting contributors to this series.

So please send us your questions or observations about children and adolescents. We will then select 5 questions and the contributors will be invited to take part in our series of short talks by being recorded in conversation with the experts. This series will be part of our online education project and it will be available free via our website.

The selected contributors will be credited as course participants and receive a voucher for an e-learning course of their choice.

The selection process will consist of two steps. The judges will select 10 possible questions. Then the questions will be presented online for viewers to choose their preferred set of 5 questions.

Full guidelines available below.

Closing date: November 18, 2017

The 10 shortlisted entries will be announced in December 2017.

Judges: Margaret Rustin and Lisa Miller

Margaret Rustin, BA(hons), Hon.D.Ed.

Member of the Association of Child Psychotherapists, the British Psychoanalytic Council, and Child Analyst and Honorary Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society.

Head of Child Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic 1986 – 2009,  Dean of Postgraduate Studies  1993 – 9, and Chair of the Professional Committee 2001 – 4.

Publications include: co-editor of “Closely Observed Infants” Duckworth 1989, “Psychotic States in Children”, “Assessment in Child Psychotherapy”,  “Work Discussion”, and “Young Child Observation” all published in the Tavistock Karnac series, and co-author with Michael Rustin of “Narratives of Love and Loss”, “Mirror to Nature”, and most recently “Reading Klein”, International Library of Psychoanalysis 2016.

Lisa Miller is a Consultant Child Psychotherapist who worked for many years in the Child and Family Department of the Tavistock Clinic. She has a broad experience of children, adolescents and their families and a particular interest in babies and small children, having run the Under Fives service in past years. Now retired from the Clinic, she remains active in the field, maintaining through teaching the long interest she has had in training child psychotherapists; and continuing to see parents who are concerned about their child or their adolescent. 

Further enquiries:

Entry: £5

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1. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome.

2. The closing date for entries is midnight (UK time), November 18th.

3. There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make. All entries will be considered anonymously by the judges.

4. Entries can be made by email only. Please send it to:, quoting COMPETITION and attach a copy of your payment confirmation which you will reveive via an email.

5.Once entries are received, they will be anonymised before sent to the judges.

6. Entries will not be returned.

7. No alterations can be made to entries once received.

8. Telephone or email confirmation of receipt is not available. The series organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice

9. The judge’s decision is final.

10. No current employee or Trustee of the Institute of Psychoanalysis is eligible to enter.

11. Selected entries will be notified by December 2017 and invited to come to us for recordings on January 2018

12. We offer £150 towards travel/accommodation expenses.

13. By submitting your entry to the competition, you give us permission to use the information provided by you in your entry and during your participation in the competition (including your personal details and recordings) for the purposes of administering and judging the competition, for any purpose connected to the competition and for promotional purposes.


July 12th, 2017 1:51 PM   through   November 18th, 2017 11:59 PM
Childhood and Adolescence Competition Entry £ 5.00