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Radical innovator and staunch conservative: Anna Freud’s wartime work and contribution to psychoanalytic theory and practice
Lecture by Inge Pretorius
May 30, 2016, 8 p.m. Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Vienna
Moderator: Monika Pessler
Although Anna Freud’s professional roots were in Vienna, it was her war-time work in London that formed the foundation of her developmental theory of child psychology. This presentation will begin with Anna Freud’s work in the Hampstead War Nurseries, focussing on the innovations she introduced that are now widely practiced in child-care settings. She highlighted how important the children’s earliest relationships were for their later development and showed that early intervention could mitigate the development of later emotional and behavioural difficulties. Her capacity for penetrating observation and her clear theoretical conceptualisation gave rise to her “double approach” of gathering data – observation and reconstruction – to create a psychoanalytic child psychology. Her contribution to psychoanalysis will be discussed as well as her commitment to use psychoanalytic understanding to influence policy-making. She engaged with structures and institutions in a constructive and political way. Rarely seen photos and letters from the Anna Freud Centre archives will illustrate the presentation.
Inge-Martine Pretorius, PhD and DPsych, qualified as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Anna Freud Centre (AFC) in London. She is the manager of the Parent-Toddler Service at the AFC where she runs a weekly parent-toddler group. She is a Clinical Tutor for Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at University College London and the AFC where she organises and teaches the MSc Child Development course. She is the curator of the AFC archives. She works part-time in the NHS, running a Child Psychotherapy Service in a Children’s Centre in a deprived area of London.. She has published in the field of molecular genetics and psychoanalysis and is co-editor with Marie Zaphiriou Woods, of Parents and toddlers in groups: a psychoanalytic developmental approach. Routledge: London and New York (2011).
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