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Latest news and upcoming events at the Tavistock Relationships

A SUMMARY of TCCR’s Sexual Orientations workshop presentation given by Juliet Newbigin and Leezah Hertzmann at the British Psychoanalytic Council Strategy Conference has been published in New Associations (The BPC’s publication) rethinking sexuality special issue.

The piece, a description of the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships’ journey in the exploration of theory and practice relating to the therapeutic needs of the LGBT community.

Aimed at developing further psychoanalytic thinking and practice in relation to sexualities more widely, the article showcases external work with PACE and features a practical element – a thought experiment used in the workshop.

You can read the full article here.


TCCR has secured a share of a £1.7 million fund to help couples who have adopted children.

TCCR was successfully selected to receive over £190,000 from the adoption tranche of the National Prospectus Grant, awarded by the Department for Education (DfE). The grant will enable TCCR to work with couples over the next 12 months, providing essential support and offering a variety of tailored therapeutic services specially designed for adoptive couples which have hitherto been unavailable.

Innovative group parenting programme reduces parents' psychological distress, improves relationship quality and parenting skills, helping participants and their children.

The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships and Family Action have reported outstanding outcomes for the jointly-run group based parenting intervention, Parents as Partners, at the programme’s recent national conference.

A joint manifesto, published the by Family Room coalition of charities, will be launched on Tuesday 10 February 2015 at a parliamentary reception co-hosted by Andrew Stephenson MP, Annette Brooke MP, and Alex Cunningham MP.

TCCR is one of the 18 leading not for profit organisations which make up the Family Room coalition, which supports millions of families each year and develops family policy across the UK.

As part of the Relationships Alliance's mission to champion the importance of relationships so that they are valued in all aspects of public policy, we were pleased to host a seminar on 'Love and Work' with speakers Jon Cruddas MP and Yvonne Roberts, journalist at The Observer.

The WHY? What's Happening for the Young? Festival, supported by law firm Mishcon de Rey, takes place from 23-26 October and is a series of events promoting children's and young people's rights in the UK. We're excited to announce that TCCR's Kate Thompson and Pierre Cachia are guest speakers at the festival's Resolving Parental Conflict seminar on Saturday 25 October.

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Watch our latest video seminar: Parental Conflict and the Effects on Children’s Development

Our latest video seminar is now available online.  Click here to watch Professor Gordon Harold and Leezah Hertzmann examine the impact that parental conflict has on children and young people.

Our CEO Susanna Abse was delighted to welcome David Cameron to the Relationship Alliance Summit on 18 August 2014.

The Prime Minister revealed how a range of measures will focus on ‘helping new parents, supporting couples to stay together and addressing the underlying causes of family breakdown'.

We are pleased to announce that Nick Pearce is now our new Chair of Trustees.  Nick, currently Director of the Institute for Public Policy, takes over from Dr Anton Obholzer, who has stepped down from the post after almost nine years of hard work for TCCR.

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Couples on the Borderline: A Mentalization-Based Approach - November 2014

This workshop will increase awareness of a Mentalization Based Treatment approach for couples whose thinking and emotional experiences become greatly disorganised particularly within an intimate couple attachment relationship. For more information click here 

This book by David Hewison, Christopher Clulow & Harriet Drake highlights the particular techniques needed in effective work with distressed couples, and goes through the different ways in which the couple's feelings, thoughts, and behaviours need to be understood and worked with in order to reduce relationship distress. For more information and details on how to purchase the book please click here 

This exciting new book from TCCR and the International Psychotherapy Institute in Washington is a comprehensive statement about psychoanalytic work with couples from an international perspective.

Drawing on collaborative video seminars between the two organisations, it outlines current theoretical debates and contemporary clinical practice.