Lectures

One of the Trust’s core activities is its series of twice-yearly lectures. Past lectures are listed below, with audio recordings or .pdfs where available.

Spring Lecture 2017
Humanising Healthcare: Patterns of Hope for a System under Strain
Dr Margaret Hannah

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Current pressures on the NHS have built up as the result of underlying beliefs which underpin structures and behaviours.  Radical renewal of the NHS will come from questioning these assumptions and growing a new culture of health and social care based on a different set of premises.  Offering hope to both NHS and wider public sector colleagues, Margaret Hannah will share her first-hand knowledge of pioneering approaches to service renewal which focus on enhancing human experience and human relations, with a particular focus on her experiences of successful innovation in the culture of care in Fife.

Margaret Hannah is Director of Public Health for NHS Fife.  She studied medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital, London and later trained in public health in Hong Kong and London.  Margaret has pioneered fresh thinking in public health and the culture of healthcare.  She was part of a five year enquiry into culture and wellbeing which in 2012 culminated in the publication of The Future Public Health (Open University Press). In 2014, she published Humanising Healthcare: Patterns of Hope for a System under Strain (Triarchy Press).  In addition to her role in Fife, Dr Hannah is a visiting professor at Robert Gordon University and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Autumn Lecture 2016
Sustaining Relationships in Austere Times: Challenges and Opportunities
Professor Gillian Ruch

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Human services professions such as social work, education and health and social care are experiencing a resurgence in interest in relationship–based approaches to practice. The reasons for this renewed interest in relational approaches to professional practice will be outlined and, informed by the psychoanalytic and systemic concepts of curiosity, containment and social defence systems, the nature of these contemporary versions of relationship–based practice will be explored. An argument will be made for a model of practice that embraces and promotes the paradoxical professional qualities of ‘vulnerable competence’ and ‘confrontational empathy’ in order to counter the anxious, austere and avoidance responses to the perverse and pervasive colonisation of practice by New Public Management.

Gillian Ruch is Professor of Social Work at the University of Sussex. She teaches and researches in the areas of child care social work and relationship-based and reflective practice and is committed to enhancing the wellbeing of children, families and practitioners. Her particular interests are in promoting psycho-social research methods and reflective forums that facilitate relationship-based practice. Gillian has co-edited, with Danielle Turney and Adrian Ward, Relationship-based Social Work: Getting to the Heart of Practice. Gillian’s most recent publication Relationship-Based Research in Social Work: Understanding Practice Research, is co-edited with Ilse Julkenen from the University of Helsinki.

Spring Lecture 2016
Dr Desmond Ryan
In Search of the ‘Good Enough Environment’ for Young Teenagers

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British children consistently score low on comparative measures of self-confidence, while Spanish children usually do well. Sociologically viewed, what makes the difference? Using materials from interviews with Spanish 12-14s selected for high self-confidence, this lecture will present an ecological model of their life-world, emphasising the positive reinforcements such children receive in relationships with family, school and friends. Seen in a psychodynamic perspective, the model of their lifeworld maps very closely onto the separating-towards-independence model developed by Winnicott from his work with very young children. For the infant, the mother IS the environment; for older children the environment is more complex.  In each case it needs to be ‘good enough’ to facilitate development and the confidence to meet the challenges of increased independence. Based on his research Dr Ryan suggests a model to improve not only the self-confidence of our young teenagers, but to provide guidance for anyone facing major life changes.

Dr Desmond Ryan is a former trustee of the Sutherland Trust, and a qualitative sociologist with a special interest in the caring professions. He is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Health in Social Science and has carried out research at home, in Europe and in Cuba.

Autumn Lecture 2015
In Search of Lost Connections:
Experiences in parent-infant psychotherapy
Graham Shulman

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In this, his second Sutherland Trust lecture of 2015, Graham Shulman provides a further fascinating insight into the practice of parent-infant psychotherapy and its impact on young lives. Having highlighted in his first lecture the invisibility of infants and Infant Mental Health, and the need for specialist interventions for high-risk infants, Graham Shulman focuses in more detail on his experiences of clinical work with parents and infants. Case history material is used to illustrate how even the most seriously impaired or troubled parent-infant relationships can be repaired, and outcomes improved through parent-infant psychotherapy.

Graham Shulman works for NHS Lanarkshire as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. He trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London. He has been involved for many years as a tutor on the Scottish Child Psychotherapy training and has also taught Infant Observation. He is a former Editor of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy and was joint Editor and contributor to the book The Emotional Experience of Adoption: A Psychoanalytic Perspective, published by Routledge in 2008. More recently he has lectured and presented at conferences in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Infant Mental Health, including the World Association of Infant Mental Health Conference in Edinburgh in 2014. He is currently teaching Infant Mental Health to multi-disciplinary professional groups in Lanarkshire.

Spring Lecture 2015
Hidden in Plain Sight: The invisibility of infant mental health
Graham Shulman

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In this lecture, Graham Shulman will provide a fascinating insight into the world of parent-infant psychotherapy whilst arguing that infants are too often the “forgotten patient”. Drawing on his own training and clinical experience he will highlight some key features of a psychoanalytic perspective on infant mental health, and some contemporary research findings in the field. He will discuss the ‘invisibility’ of Infant Mental Health as a social, political, professional and clinical phenomenon, despite key Scottish Government policies, reports and publications which appear to highlight its importance; and consider some of the conscious and unconscious barriers which may account for this.

Graham Shulman works for NHS Lanarkshire as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. He trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London. He has been involved for many years as a tutor on the Scottish Child Psychotherapy training and has also taught Infant Observation. He is a former Editor of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy and was joint Editor and contributor to the book The Emotional Experience of Adoption: A Psychoanalytic Perspective, published by Routledge in 2008. More recently he has lectured and presented at conferences in Scotland and Northern Ireland on Infant Mental Health, including the World Association of Infant Mental Health Conference in Edinburgh in 2014. He is currently teaching Infant Mental Health to multi-disciplinary professional groups in Lanarkshire.

Autumn Lecture 2014
Reforming Narratives: Is there life after punishment?
Professor Fergus McNeill

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In recent years, criminologists have become increasingly interested in the processes by which people stop and refrain from offending. One important strand of ‘desistance’ research concerns the sorts of narrative transformations that people experience in becoming ‘ex-offenders’. There is clear evidence that especially for those who have been involved in persistent offending (and who have been persistently punished) positive change involves a ‘re-storying’ of the self. This lecture explores the creative process of re-storying, using songs written about, by and with prisoners as resources and illustrations. It also examines the challenges faced when these new stories are unheard or disbelieved.

Fergus McNeill is Professor of Criminology and Social Work at the University of Glasgow. Before becoming an academic he worked in drug rehabilitation and criminal justice social work. His research explores institutions, cultures and practices of punishment and rehabilitation. He was appointed Chair of the Scottish Advisory Panel on Offender Rehabilitation in 2011 and has given evidence or advice to governments, parliaments and prison and probation services around the world. He is also a Trustee of several charities including ‘Positive Prisons? Positive Futures…’ and Vox Liminis (whose work will provide the songs used in the lecture). He currently serves on the Poverty Truth Commission.

Spring Lecture 2014
Young People in Conflict with the Law in Scotland:
50 years after the Kilbrandon report

Professor Bill Whyte

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Autumn Lecture 2013
Babies want to have fun: young selves and the sharing of meaning
Professor Colwyn Trevarththen

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Infants show hopeful imagination for storytelling, seeking companionship in acting and knowing, not just care from a devoted mother. They express thoughts in movement, animating joy of sharing with father, brothers and sisters, indeed any willing ‘person in relation’ with them. This ‘human sense’ is the natural foundation for friendship, for making meaning. By following how young children share fun, we discover the intimate motives for the arts and techniques of our cultural worlds. ‘Communicative Musicality’, with ‘executive functioning’ and ‘mindfulness’, stimulating delight and well-being in family and community before representation in words, is essential to effective education and therapy.

Colwyn Trevarthen is Professor (Emeritus) of Child Psychology and Psychobiology at The University of Edinburgh, where he has taught since 1971. He trained as a biologist, and has published on brain development, infant communication and child learning and emotional health.  He is interested in the natural motives children have for making friends and for learning what other people know, the effects of disorders, such as autism and depressive illness, and how to help parents and teachers give the best care and companionship to young children.

Spring Lecture 2013
Persons in Relation: the quality and citizenship agendas in Scotland today
Colin Kirkwood

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Colin Kirkwood celebrates the legacy of John Macmurray, Ian Suttie, Ronald Fairbairn and John D Sutherland. Using these 20th century Scottish thinkers as his springboard, Colin argues for placing persons in relation with other persons at the heart of Scottish society and culture to confront the challenges we face in health and social care, education and citizenship, work and welfare. He will address the tensions between persons and procedure, evidence-based practice and person to-person encounter: this will lead him to outline the potential contributions that counselling, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, couple and family therapy, group work, organisational consultancy, and community learning can make to the citizenship and quality agendas.

Colin Kirkwood, has worked for over forty years as adult educator, community activist, counsellor, psychoanalytic psychotherapist, practitioner and supervisor, teacher and thinker. His latest books are Living Adult Education: Freire in Scotland (with Gerri Kirkwood) and The Persons in Relation Perspective In Counselling, Psychotherapy and Community Adult Learning (Sense Publishers, 2011 and 2012)

Autumn Lecture 2012
Fear Free Caregiving: the challenge for psychotherapists and caregivers
Dr Una McCluskey

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Over 40 years ago Megan Browne OBE, Senior Lecturer and Social Worker at Edinburgh University, suggested that it was vital for our understanding of human growth and development that we integrate the work of Ronald Fairbairn with that of John Bowlby. Hence the title of the Autumn Lecture, “Fear Free Caregiving; the challenge for Psychotherapists and Caregivers”. Like Megan Browne, Jock Sutherland was fond of quoting Kurt Lewin “nothing is as practical as a good theory”.

The focus of this lecture will be on the simplicity, practicality and effectiveness of a form of professional caregiving called Exploratory Goal Corrected Psychotherapy (EGCP)©. Developed by Dr Una McCluskey EGCP is greatly informed by the work of Dr Dorothy Heard and Dr Brian Lake who created a new theory about what promotes human survival with a sense of wellbeing.

Una McCluskey, Part Time Senior Research Fellow and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, worked for many years with Dr Brian Lake and Dr Dorothy Heard. As a result of this partnership she has developed a form of psychotherapy described above where she sees the heart of the exploratory process as facilitated by the capacity of the therapist to provide a form of goal corrected fear free caregiving. She has been working intensively with professional caregivers for the past 10 years and she has a large clinical practice in Ireland and the UK. She is involved in training and research in this method of work and has also developed particular expertise in working with religious organisations that are going through transition.

Spring Lecture 2012
Professionals under siege? Recovering purpose, potency and trust
Dr Vega Roberts

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Practitioners, managers and policy makers in health, social care and education feel under siege as resources are cut, targets are set and formal guidance and protocols take on increasing importance in the attempt to avoid risk and public criticism, while increasing efficiency and reducing costs. At times it may seem that the work we are trying to do with and on behalf of patients, students and disenfranchised or troubled members of society is neither understood nor valued.

Defensive responses to this situation can be a comfort, but inevitably they also diminish us and restrict our action. Drawing on psychoanalytic thinking and organisational dynamics, this lecture offers a framework for integrating our experience and thus helping us to undertake our roles with greater freedom and potency. Through a number of case studies we will explore how this framework has been used to bring back into view shared accountability and collective purpose, enabling a shift from defending against scarcity and threat to recognising and releasing more of the untapped resources in ourselves, our institutions and society.

Vega Roberts is a Senior Organisational analyst at The Grubb Institute in London and a member of Faculty for the Grubb Institute’s international MA ‘Leadership and Organisational Analysis: Freedom to Make a Difference’. She is a Senior Associate of the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham, an Associate of OPUS (Organisation for the Promotion of Understanding of Society) and co-editor of The Unconscious at Work: individual and organisational stress in the human services.

Autumn Lecture 2011
Tales of Mourning: what it means to witness
Judith Fewell

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Judith will explore what it means to be in the presence of someone who is grieving, for both the listener and the bereaved person. The lecture will challenge current ideas about the bereavement process through different people’s stories of mourning.

The lecture will propose that grief and mourning can be understood as relational, the listener having an ethical responsibility to witness the suffering of the other. This talk is relevant for those who have experienced loss and those who work with issues of loss and mourning.

Judith Fewell has been practising as a counsellor/psychoanalytic psychotherapist, trainer, supervisor and consultant for over twenty five years in the statutory and voluntary sectors in Scotland. She has just retired from the University of Edinburgh where she was involved in working with students from many diverse cultural and work backgrounds, training counsellors and supervising postgraduate students where psychodynamic theories and practices were central to her and the student’s preoccupations. Her working life has been committed to making available the application of psychodynamic ideas to people in their personal and professional lives outwith the consulting room.

Spring Lecture 2011
Theology and Therapy : Reflections on the Scottish Interaction
Prof. David Fergusson

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This lecture explores the influence of Scottish philosophy and theology on approaches to counselling, psychotherapy and pastoral care. It gives particular attention to the continuing relevance in today’s practice of the holistic and relational accounts of the person that were developing in the mid 20th century.

Professor David Fergusson is Professor of Divinity at University of Edinburgh, and Principal of New College.

Spring Lecture 2010
Recovery meets psychoanalysis: but are they on speaking terms?

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Do the user-led Recovery focused approach now developing across mental health care and psychoanalytic psychotherapy have anything in common? Both emphasise the importance of good human relations but in what way are they similar and how do they differ? What difference does working with the unconscious make? How different is the language they use? Can they learn from each other? What does the future hold?

Julian Lousada is a Psychotherapist who leads the adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy section of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and is a Principal Consultant at the Tavistock Consultancy Services. Julian works psychodynamically with individuals, groups and organisations. He chairs the British Psychoanalytic Council.

Julie Repper is Recovery Lead in Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust, Associate Professor of Recovery and Social Inclusion at University of Nottingham, and Director of two service user led voluntary sector groups. She works collaboratively with people who have experience of mental distress in training, research and service development, currently leading the development of Peer Support Workers’ training and employment in her local services. She has written widely, of most relevance here is the book she co-authored with Rachel Perkins: Social Inclusion and Recovery. A Model for Mental Health Practice (2003) Edinburgh, Bailliere Tindall.

Autumn Lecture 2009
psychoanalytic ideas in political context
John, Lord Alderdice

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Lord Alderdice is currently an Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queens University and holds an Honorary Chair in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of San Marcos, Lima. He is the founder of the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations and has been active in work in conflict resolution both during the Northern Ireland Peace process and in Peru, where, in September 1999, he was was awarded the Medal of Excellence of the College of Physicians of Peru for his work in the field of psychoanalysis and conflict resolution.

John, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy in Belfast, Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia, USA and President of Liberal International, served as Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly from 1998 to 2004; he is the leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland and now sits in the House of Lords. Following qualification as a psychiatrist, he trained in psychotherapy, and in January 1988 was appointed as Ireland’s first Consultant Psychotherapist.

Spring Lecture 2009
Behind Locked Doors: exploring therapeutic processes in a prison community

Jane Polden
Chair: Angus Skinner,
Howard League in Scotland

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Prison therapeutic communities, the unsung success stories of our creaking and overcrowded prison system, achieve exceptional results in terms of offender engagement and rehabilitation, yet are too often underfunded and unacknowledged.
The lecture will explore the issues, risks and potential gains involved in developing therapeutic relationships with offenders who have disturbed, manipulative and sometimes highly seductive states of mind, the emotional impact on the staff who choose to do this work, and how successful engagement can turn lives around.

Jane Polden is a practising psychoanalytic psychotherapist and sometime lecturer at the University of East Anglia. She has experience of supervising doctors and other staff in secure psychiatric hospitals and works as a staff supervisor and consultant in a prison therapeutic community This event is open to all who have an interest in contemporary society as well as those with direct experience of prisons.

Isabel Menzies Lyth and the Art of the Possible
Tim Dartington
Chaired by Judith Brearley

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Isobel Menzies Lyth in her work described how organisations themselves experience anxiety and impose structures and processes on staff in order to defend against this.  This is often perceived as increasing levels of bureaucracy and performance management which can be experienced as increasing the stress and an additional burden. The issue of how organisations manage anxiety has become increasingly relevant as complexity, arrangements for joint working and partnerships across agencies become commonplace. Our communities are also changing with increased diversity and an increasing need to identify and support people who may be at particular risk of discrimination or exclusion.

Tim Dartington trained as a social scientist and group relations consultant at the Tavistock Instituute in the 1970s. He was a founder member and deputy chair of the Social Systems Group there, working with Eric Miller, Isabel Menzies, Gordon Lawrence and others to develop and apply a systems psychodynamic approach to the understanding of groups and organizations. He worked with Isabel on a major action research project to look at the psychological needs of children in hospital. He has continued to work with health and social care agencies and with not-for-profit organizations, and is writing about systems of care around vulnerable people in society. Tim has been Director of the ‘Leicester’ Conferences on Authority, Leadership and Organisation. He is a Member of OPUS – an Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society, and ISPSO – The International Society for the Psycho-analytic Study of Organisations.’

SPRING LECTURE 2008
EMOTIONS – ARE WE BOTHERED?
Working with emotions and creativity in schools
Jonathan Wood with Stephen Fischbacher

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A key aim of the Sutherland Trust is to find new and inspiring ways of translating psychodynamic thinking to a wider audience in ways that are meaningful to how we live our lives now. Here, we bring into focus the important efforts that are being made in schools to find child-centred, creative ways of working which recognise and value young people’s emotional well being. How can psychodynamic thinking help us tackle the difficult issues that children and young people, their teachers and their families face every day? Are we offering enough to help create and sustain confident individuals with the capacity to learn?

Jonathan Wood the Hub Manager of The Place 2 Be, now bringing counselling into ten Edinburgh schools offers his experience of working with the private world of the child in a school setting. Stephen Fischbacher, the founder of Fischy Music, now in its tenth year, shows us in words and music, his creative approach to bringing emotional awareness and well-being into the community of the school.

NOVEMBER LECTURE 2007
Adam Phillips
On Guesswork and Translation with Judith Fewell

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A key aim of the Sutherland Trust is to find new and inspiring ways of translating psychodynamic thinking to a wider audience in ways that are meaningful to the way we live our lives now. Adam Phillips made a welcome return to Edinburgh to talk with Judith Fewell about the contribution he has played in making psychoanalytic thinking available to others through his own published work, his practice as a psychoanalyst and his recent experience as General Editor of new Penguin Modern Classics Freud translations.

Adam Phillips is the author of eleven books including On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored, On Flirtation, Darwin’s Worms and Houdini’s Box. He writes regularly for the London Review of Books, the Observer and the New York Times. His most recent books are Going Sane and Side Effects, both published by Penguin. A second edition of his widely acclaimed book Winnicott, went on sale in November. Judith Fewell is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, supervisor and lecturer in Counselling Studies, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh.

MARCH LECTURE 2007
The joy of confiding without words
How does the “musicality” of early relating shape who we become?
Professor Colwyn Trevarthen with Judith Fewell

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NOVEMBER LECTURE 2006
To Be Met as a Person: attachment in helping encounters
Dr Una McCluskey
Chaired by Dr Desmond Ryan
22nd November 2006

MARCH LECTURE 2006
Resilience and Regeneration; Relationships between the individual, the family and the community
Professor Murray Stewart

Chaired by Professor Colwyn Trevarthen
29 March 2006

Lecture: 9 February 2005
‘The Caring Professions – The Role in the Mind’
Nursing as a Case Study
Vicky Franks and Peter Griffiths from the Tavistock Clinic.

Lecture: 29 September 2004
The Vanishing Organisation – Managing Organisational Anxiety in a Networked World
Professor Andrew Cooper, The Tavistock Centre
Joint lecture with the Howard League.

Lecture: March 2004
Developing Resilience for Children: Families, Organisations, Localities
Norma Baldwin, Dr Desmond Ryan,Dr Margaret Hannah, Neville Singh

Lecture: January 2003
Re-thinking the criminal justice system from a psychodynamic perspective
Dr John Crichton and Dr Rob Hale

Lecture: November 2001
Northfield: Social Fields 50 Years On
Tom Harrison

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Lecture: 2000
Going to Pieces and Getting it Together Again: Integrity and Identity in a Modern World
Prof. Ian Craib
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Lecture: October 1999
Constructive and Destructive Responses to Difference
Prof. Roland Littlewood
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Lecture: October 1998
The Inner Picture
Joyce Laing
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Lecture: October 1996
Enabling or Disabling Professions?
Professor Margaret Yelloly

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Lecture: October 1995
The Unconscious at Work: an exploration of some factors influencing how people and organisations work
Dr Anton Obholzer

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Lecture: May 1994
Fact and Fiction: How the writer’s insight can contribue to caring today
Gitta Sereny with panelists Michael Hare Duke, Colette Douglas-Home, Tom Morton
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Lecture: March 1993
Bowlby, Fairbairn, Sutherland: The Scottish Connection in Psychotherapy

Dr Jeremy Holmes
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