Future Perfect: Reflections on the Sense of Anticipation in Ordinary Infancy and in Psychoanalytic Work: Anne Alvarez

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Date(s) - 24/02/2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


Clinical Dialogue 24 February 2017

Future Perfect: Reflections on the Sense of Anticipation in Ordinary Infancy and in Psychoanalytic Work

Anne Alvarez

Anne Alvarez will try to extend some of her ideas on the importance of other people being able to dream of a child’s future by examining additional features in the role of internal figures in the growing child’s or developing adult’s sense of the future.

How does the future seem to beckon for some people and not for others?
Clinical material from despairing and apathetic patients, together with observations of babies’ crawling and walking will be used to relate Bion’s theory of knowledge to Panksepp’s neuroscientific work on the Seeking System.

Anne Alvarez, Ph.D, M.A.C.P, is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist (and former Co-Convener of the Autism Service, Child and Family Department, at the Tavistock Clinic, London, where she still teaches). She is the author of Live Company: Psychotherapy with Autistic, Borderline, Deprived and Abused Children and has edited with Susan Reid, Autism and Personality: Findings from the Tavistock Autism Workshop. A book in her honour, edited by Judith Edwards, entitled Being Alive: Building on the Work of Anne Alvarez was published in 2002. She was Visiting Professor at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Society in November 2005 and her latest book, The Thinking Heart: Three Levels of Psychoanalytic Therapy with Disturbed Children was published in April 2012 by Routledge. She teaches child analysts at the San Francisco Centre for Psychoanalysis and at the British Psychoanalytic Society.

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