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Latest news and upcoming events at the Tavistock Relationships

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What it's like to study couple psychotherapy at one of London's most renowned centres


A news feature by Erica Herrero-Martinez

People are attracted to training as couple therapists at Tavistock Relationships for a variety of reasons. Some may find the idea of saving a troubled relationship appealing. Others may think they have a particular skill at acting as peace-keepers or mediators during arguments. Others may have personal reasons for wanting to undertake the training — early experiences dealing with warring parents, perhaps, or previous experience as a client of coming to couple therapy.

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Lonliness conference speakers

Leading charities and professionals discuss ways to make mid and later life more positive and the power of individuals and society to make change.

As part of Tavistock Relationships’ and Calouste Gulbenkian’s Couple 50+ plus MOT, the staging of a set of presentations and discussions on loneliness and the ageing process took place in the shape of the ‘Preventing Loneliness in Later Life’ event.

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How women’s overemployment and underemployment may contribute to their depression and low relationship satisfaction of their partners

Research conducted at Tavistock Relationships  shows that women’s work-hours constraint (i.e. the discrepancy between desired and actual number of working hours), may contribute to women’s depression and low relationship satisfaction of their parents. The comparison of women who were overemployed (who worked longer hours than they wished), underemployed (who worked shorter hours than they wished) with those who were adequately employed (who worked as much as they wished), showed higher levels of depression in overemployed and underemployed compared to adequately employed.

Also, lower relationship satisfaction was found in partners of those who were saw themselves as working too many hours.

Tavistock Relationships thinks that  greater attention should be paid by policy makers and employers to women’s work-hours constraint, particularly where women have infant children. 71% (out of the 928 surveyed) reported not being satisfied (i.e. being employed more or less hours than desired). Significantly, this group may be identified as being at increased risk of depression and having strained and discordant relationships with their partners.

You can read a paper about our work by clicking on the image here:

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couple book launch

New title features content from organisations psychodynamic and pscyhoanalytic training and clincal staff, past and present  

Aleksandra Novakovic and Marguerite Reid’s book Couple Stories: Application of Psychoanalytic Ideas in Thinking About Couple Interaction, is being officially ‘launched’ at an event at Tavistock Relationships. 

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Event leads exciting programme to mark key anniversary of charity’s founding

Nov 30th 2018 will mark the high water mark of a year of activities for Tavistock Relationships, celebrating its creation in 1948 and the work of 7 decades supporting couples and families. The Tavistock Relationships Autumn conference will be held on this date at Kings College London, Strand Campus.

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Online affairs

Project via partnership with relationship support sector and research bodies provides articles, signposted help for the public and practitioners

Visitors to the Tavistock Relationships website will benefit from an entire new section of content, which provides information and articles about the issues surrounding online infidelity.

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