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World-leading centre for counselling, psychotherapy, training and research presents a new, simpler identity to better reflect its work.

From June 2016 the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, also known as TCCR, will be officially renamed Tavistock Relationships.

The organisation - widely acknowledged as world-leading in its specialism – the theory and practice of psychoanalytic approaches to understanding and working with couple relationships - will continue to provide the same core services under the new identity.

A registered charity, Tavistock Relationships has had a deep and vital role in the development of methodologies and interventions that help relationships and families since its founding in 1948 (in response to social challenges caused by World War Two) as the Family Discussion Bureau. From its very inception the body focussed in applying insights from psychoanalysis, psychiatry, psychology, and anthropology to individual and family mental health and to the understanding of social and organisational relationships.

Over the years Tavistock Relationships has consistently produced ground-breaking writings in the field, specialising in the dynamics of couples, families and organisations. This is the fifth name change since the organisation was founded 68 years ago. Previous names were; the Institute of Marital Studies, The Tavistock Marital Studies Institute and the outgoing Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. These different identities have been in response to organisational affiliations and social changes and despite these changes, the organisation’s reputation has continued to grow both here and abroad. In recent years, the centre has become a key influencer on social policy. Contributions to the development of psychoanalysis have been significant; starting with a long history of research on the psychology of marriage(I). More recently, staff have been instrumental in major advancements in psychoanalytic practice with LBGT couples(2); on couple relationships and mental health(3) and on post separation conflict(4) . Innovative work continues this year with two of our most recent projects, ‘Parents as Partners’(5) and Living Together with Dementia adding to Tavistock Relationships’ long tradition of innovation and research.

Clinical staff of Tavistock Relationships have been responsible for the publication of 36 books and many hundreds of research papers developing a body of work that underpins the practice of thousands of practitioners across the world. Increasingly respected within social policy circles, Tavistock Relationships can take some credit for the current focus within Government (e.g. the forthcoming Life Chances strategy) on the importance of stable relationships to family and child development and wellbeing.

The new name, Tavistock Relationships, symbolises both the past tradition and the charity’s current activity; it draws on the very heart of what the organisation is about - understanding and exploring the dynamics between people and organisations as they form partnerships of all types.

The name change coincides with the forthcoming appointment of a new CEO. Outgoing head, Susanna Abse, who stands down in August 2016, said:
“In more than a decade of working with this organisation I have been acutely proud not only of our fascinating history and tradition of excellence but also of the cutting edge thinking and practice we have been developed.

Although the couple is at the heart of our work, both the word relationships and the imagery of our new logo symbolises a wider commitment to the social and emotional health of society as a whole The name also reflects the language which our clients use - since whether they are in a partnership or not, or having concerns about sexuality or gender, help with relationships is what they are seeking. Tavistock is also key to us, as it is our ‘theoretical home’ and the ongoing embodiment of all that is excellent in what we do.”

TCCR, renamed Tavistock Relationships on 1 June: John Fenna, Head of Marketing & Communications T: 0207 380 1974 E: W:

Notes to Editor

1. About Tavistock Relationships

The quality of our closest relationships profoundly affects how we feel about ourselves and has material and measurable consequences for our lives and those around us – affecting the emotional, cognitive and physical development of our children, our capacity to work and to be fulfilled in work, and our physical and mental health.

Established in 1948 Tavistock Relationships (formerly TCCR) is an internationally renowned charity delivering and developing advanced practice, training and research in therapeutic and psycho-educational approaches to supporting couples.

Tavistock Relationships, 70 Warren Street, London W1T 5PB
Registered Charity Number: 211058. Company number: 241618 registered in England and Wales. The Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology

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(1)Studies in emotional conflict and growth. London, PINCUS, L, (1960) Mate and Stalemate: Working with Marital Problems in a Social Services Department. Tavistock Institute of Marital Studies; Mattinson, J. and Sinclair, I. (1979)

(2)Hertzmann, L. (2015) 'Objecting to the object. Encountering the internal parental couple relationship for lesbian and gay couples.', in Lemma, A. & Lynch, P.E. (eds.) Sexualities: Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspectives. London: Routledge

(3)Couple Therapy for Depression Hewison, D., Clulow, C. and Drake, H. (2014) Couple Therapy for Depression: A Clinician's Guide to Integrative Practice. Oxford: Oxford University Press

(4)Glausius, K.(2013) When Parents Separate: Getting it Right for Children, Practitioner pamphlet by TCCR

(5)Draper, L. (2015) '"It seems so fair": Implementing 'Parents as Partners' in the UK', International Journal or Birth and Parent Education