Centre for Childhood Studies Launch Event

The Blind people and the Elephants : Why We Need Multiple Perspectives to Best Help Children

  • Wed 15 Jun 22

    15:00 - 17:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Stem 3.1

  • Event speaker

    Graham Music

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of

  • Contact details

    Dr Norman Gabriel

Join us for the launch of our Centre for Childhood Studies with Graham Music


In this talk Graham Music will use the metaphor of the blindman and elephant to suggest that we need to be as open as possible to diverse ways of understanding, conceptualising and working with children. In a world rife with schisms and rivalry, one which is becoming increasingly tribal, psychotherapy and psychology has a responsibility to be as open minded as possible and to be prepared to integrate a diverse set of understandings in order to best help the people we work with, and the professionals who are doing such work on the ground. He will suggest that unlikely bedfellows, from neurobiology, sociological theory, evolutionary thinking, anthropology, psychoanalysis and many more can be brought together to make sense of the lives of children.

The Speaker

Graham Music is a therapist, author and trainer. He is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre where he has worked for over 20 years, and has been an Adult Psychotherapist for over 30 years. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock Clinic’s Child and Family Department, he has developed many innovative programs, including setting up services in over 40 schools and a range of services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect. His clinical specialty for decades has been understanding and working with trauma. He supervises and teaches nationally and internationally and has a particular interest in integrating diverse ways of understanding children, especially linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice.  His publications include  Respark: Igniting Hope and Joy after Trauma and Depression (2022), Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope  (2019), Nurturing Natures (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), The Good Life: (2014) as well as co-editing From Trauma to Harming Others (2021).

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Entry is free and open to all but please register your place.

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