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Working with Splitting and Projecting:
Therapeutic Skills and Insights

With speakers Dr Amanda Jones, Dr Noreen Giffney, Marianne Adams, Dr Judith Edwards and Dr Maggie Turp

Saturday 10 June 2017

The aim of this day is to discuss how trauma can lead to the defense mechanism of splitting and projecting, and to examine why some people may be more reliant on this psychological strategy than others. We will consider how the propensity for splitting-off unwanted parts of the self or other, and thus removing the threat that these represent, can be psychotherapeutically resolved. Our speakers will ask what therapeutic interventions support the capacity to know and integrate all aspects of the self.

For further details, please click through to the programme page to read the speakers' abstracts.


Marianne Adams
Marianne Adams is a senior Art Therapist practicing in Ireland, and a registered accredited member of IACAT. She worked as a Senior Art Therapist in the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) for 7 years, was Head of Therapy in a group of residential children's homes for 2 years. While living in Paris she set up the Children's Arts Network, which funded specific arts projects for children in established therapeutic relationships... More >>

Dr Judith Edwards
Dr Judith Edwards is a retired consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist who has taught and supervised on various courses at the Tavistock Clinic, where she has worked in various capacities since the 1980s. Since retirement she has worked there as a visiting lecturer and also at Roehampton University. Her book of selected papers Love the Wild Swan was published in Routledge's World Mental Health series in 2016... More >>

Dr Noreen Giffney
Dr Noreen Giffney is a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice and a Lecturer in Counselling at the University of Ulster. She has published extensively in clinical and academic contexts. Her most recent book is Clinical Encounters in Sexuality: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory (New York: Punctum Books 2017, 494 pp), co-edited with Dr Eve Watson... More >>

Dr Amanda Jones
Amanda Jones PhD, is an Honorary Associate Professor of Warwick Medical School and head of North East London NHS Foundation Trust's Tier 3 Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service. She trained as a family therapist and then did her doctoral research at the Tavistock/UEL, which investigated how the maternal use of 'projective identification' can derail a baby's development. In collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre.. More >>

Dr Maggie Turp
Maggie Turp is a practitioner psychologist and analytically-trained psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice. She is a visiting lecturer at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust and an independent trainer, offering workshops on the effects of trauma on self-narrative, the physical expression of psychological distress and - more recently - the psychology of climate change. Her publications include journal papers and two books, Psychosomatic Health: the body and the word (2001 Palgrave) and Hidden Self-Harm: narratives from psychotherapy (2003 Jessica Kingsley)... More >>


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CPD Hours

Certificates of attendance for 6 hours will be provided at the event

Tavistock Centre
120 Belsize Lane

09.30 Registration and coffee
10:00 Start
11:40 Coffee
13:00 Lunch
15:10 Tea
17:00 End