An open seminar by David Armstrong and Micheal Rustin who will present the Tavistock tradition in its centenary year.
17:00 - 19:00
David Armstrong and Michael Rustin
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Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
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Join us while David Armstrong and Michael Rustin share their views of what has been distinctive about the Tavistock tradition since 1920.
This presentation will focus on the period after the Second World War when the Tavistock developed its distinctive practice-based research and a radical community mental health project.
They will explore how the project was based on the Tavistock’s distinctive engagement with the perspectives of psychoanalysis and social science. An examination of how these were interpreted and developed in ways which differed from the mainstream will also be undertaken.
David and Michael will finish by summarising the ambiguous and conflicting situation in which those committed to the Tavistock tradition and values find themselves in present times.
Michael Rustin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, and an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Essex. He has written widely on the interrelations between psychoanalyis and society. His recent publications include Researching the Unconscious: Principles of Psychoanalytic Method (2019), New Discoveries in Child Psychotherapy (edited with Margaret Rustin 2019), Reading Klein (with Margaret Rustin (2016), and Social Defences against Anxiety (edited with David Armstrong, 2015).. With David Armstrong he has written two chapters on the Tavistock’s tradition, to be published in 2020 Vision: the Tavistock Century (editors Margot Waddell and Sebastian Kraemer, forthcoming.
David Armstrong is a social psychologist and an Associate Consultant at Tavistock Consulting. Between 1959 and 1968 he was a Junior Project Officer at the Tavistock Institute, working on a number of socio technical projects under the direction of Eric Trist. Subsequently he was a Research Fellow at Chelsea College, University of London and then a Senior Consultant at The Grubb Institute before returning to the Tavistock in 1994 when the Clinic set up a dedicated Consultancy Service. He has written and published widely on the Tavistock's approach to working with groups and organisations, drawing both from psychoanalysis and systemic frameworks.
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