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Key figures in mental health and social care sign up for 70th conference

Published in News on April 24th 2018

Line-up to feature Baroness Tyler and Paul Burstow.

The culmination of Tavistock Relationships’ 70th Anniversary Year celebrations, the Tavistock Relationships Autumn Conference, held this year at a special venue, Kings College on Friday 30th November, is gaining shape with the announcement of new speakers.

The culmination of Tavistock Relationships’ 70th Anniversary Year celebrations, held this year at Kings College on Friday 30th November, is gaining shape with the announcement of new speakers in what is set to be a key celebration of innovation in practice, research and policy in couple and family support, with a focus on the links between family functioning and mental health.

So often, our systems of health and social care are focussed on the individual in isolation and this conference offers a challenge to the silos in our human services that this ‘atomized’ focus gives rise to. It will look at the development of the field and the wider context of social and family policy from the inception of the welfare state in post-war Britain, to now, exploring new ways of approaching some of the key issues of contemporary family life, including depression, living with long-term conditions, inter-parental conflict and domestic abuse to name but a few, refracting them through a lens that sees our relationships as fundamental to the fabric of our lives – as the most important social capital of all. In a final debate involving key figures in the field, asking the question, what is the future of couple and family support in the UK?

Amongst those joining the speakers looking at the sociological and historical development of work with couples and famiies as well as the wider context of social and family policy in post-war Britain, right up to the preseny day and beyond, are Claire Tyler, Baroness Tyler of Enfield and Paul Burstow.

Paul Burstow is a former Minister of State in the Department of Health in the coalition government. He was responsible for care services and the elderly. He chairs the Social Care Institute for Excellence and the north London based Tavistock & Portman NHS foundation trust and is also a professor of mental health policy at the University of Birmingham.

Claire Tyler, Baroness Tyler of Enfield, FAcSS is a Liberal Democrat life peer in the House of Lords She became the Chair of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) in February 2012. She is also the President of the NCB (National Children's Bureau) and a former CEO of Relate.

There are further participants contributing to the day, including:

  • Professor Brett Kahr, Senior Fellow at Tavistock Relationships, and also Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Psychotherapy and Mental Health at the Centre for Child Mental Health
  • Nick Pearce, Director of The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) and Professor of Public Policy, University of Bath
  • Dr Reenee Singh, Founding Director of the London Intercultural Couples Centre
  • Philip A Cowan & Carolyn Pape Cowan, Professor of Psychology Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Psychology Emerita, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • Mary Morgan, Reader in Couple Psychoanalysis - Tavistock Relationships
  • Dr David Hewison, Head of Research and Ethics; programme leader of the Professional Doctorate in Couple Psychotherapy.

More speakers are expected to be announced shortly. As well as a range of keynote speakers, included anticipated attendance from representatives of Her Majesty’s Government and opposition, As part of the day, there will also be parallel sessions, looking at a range of new clinical interventions that have been developed aiming to address some of the ‘wicked problems’ in society from a couple and family perspective as well as looking at diversity.

Bookings can be made here.

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