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Latest news and upcoming events at the Tavistock Relationships

New title features content from former and past staff 

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. This book presents the application of key psychoanalytic concepts in thinking about the dynamics in the couple relationship. The contributions to the first part, mainly theory, discuss how different psychoanalytic ideas can be used in conceptualizing the nature of couple interaction. In the second part, on clinical practice, four couples tell their stories during their clinical sessions.Written with the contributions of many members of Tavistock Relationships’ clinical team, including CEO Andrew Balfour, Couple Stories conveys experience of the couple’s relationships as these occur in the consulting room and there are several commentaries for each ‘couple story’.

The editor Aleksandra Novakovic is a couple psychoanalytic psychotherapist and a psychoanalyst. She was Joint Head of the Inpatient & Community Psychology Service and a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Adult Mental Health Psychology Service. She worked at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and taught and supervised on the Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training. She teaches for the British Psychoanalytic Association and supervises on the Reflective Practice in Organizations Course, Institute of Group Analysis

Marguerite Reid is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist who has more recently trained as a Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. She co-founded the Perinatal Service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, where she specialized in perinatal mental health problems. Her doctoral research was in the area of perinatal loss and the mother’s experience when she gives birth to the next baby. She is a Visiting Clinician 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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Parenting programme helped change couple’s relationship with each other and children

Our evidence based parenting and relationship programme, Parents as Partners, has been featured in the Hartlepool Mail, in the form of the story of a couple who attended a group, with heart warming results.

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Andrew Balfour in Bristol

New Course, Certificate in the Study of the Couple Relationship, provides expansion outside of London

Pictured above is CEO Andrew Balfour after he and Liz Salter (our Bristol-based Couple Psychotherapist) opened the first session of Tavistock Relationships’ new professional training qualification, which is being delivered in Bristol.

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Westminster undergrad with London eye on the background

Practitioner training, couple therapy for depression and affordable relationship support amongst the key topics asked of new government

The Relationships Alliance, a group of relationship support charities consisting of Relate, OnePlusOne, Tavistock Relationships and Marriage Care, has just published a document outlining seven policy priorities that should be addressed by the elected government. 

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