The Blind people and the Elephants : Why We Need Multiple Perspectives to Best Help Children
15:00 - 17:00
Lectures, talks and seminars
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Dr Norman Gabriel email@example.com
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.
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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