Symposium: Assisted Reproduction: Emotional and Identity Implications for Parents and Children

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 23/04/2016
9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Location
The Wellcome Collection

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Symposium- Assisted Reproduction- Emotional and Identity Implications for Parents and Children_2This one day symposium will bring together leading speakers from the academic, psychology and psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic traditions,  to help practitioners explore their understanding and thinking about working with members of families created by assisted reproduction technologies, including  IVF, gamete donation  and surrogacy.

Topics

  • Professor Golombok will give a lecture on Longitudinal studies of psychological well being of parents and children born through donor conception and surrogacy.
  • Professor Raphael-Leff will discuss the Impact of imaginary scenarios in structuring family ties.
  • Katherine Fine will help practitioners explore their understanding and thinking about working with members of families created by assisted reproductive technologies.
  • Dr Brian Feldman will be drawing on infant observation and work with parents and children.
  • Professor Lesley Caldwell will summarise by drawing together themes and concerns arising during the course of the day.

Speakers

Prof Susan Golombok is Director of Family Research at the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Her research examines the impact of new family forms on parenting and child development. Her academic publications include longitudinal studies on the psychological wellbeing of individuals conceived by assisted reproductive technologies; she recently published Modern Families: Parents and Children in New Family Forms (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Prof Joan Raphael-Leff, Psychoanalyst and Academic, is leader of UCL/Anna Freud Centre Academic Faculty for Psychoanalytic Research and (previously Head of UCL’s MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology). Specialises in reproductive and parenting issues and has authored 12 books and many papers.

Katherine Fine is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist with the BPF, working in private practice in London. A member of the Donor Conception Network she is a visiting lecturer, supervisor and psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic and editor of Donor Conception for Life (Karnac Books 2015).

Prof Lesley Caldwell is honorary professor in the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL and a member of the BPF, working in private practice in London. She has written and edited many papers and established the Psychoanalysis Unit’s interdisciplinary programme.

Dr Brian Feldman is a clinical psychologist and child, adolescent and adult Jungian psychoanalyst. He trained in clinical psychology at the University of California Berkeley, and served as chief psychologist, Department of Child Psychiatry, Stanford University Medical Centre. He is currently chair of the Analytic Training programme of the Jung Institute of San Francisco.

Chair: Alessandra Cavalli trained as a child and adult analyst at the SAP. She teaches at the Tavistock Clinic and is in private practice in London.

Co-chair: Julia Paton trained as an adult analyst at the SAP and is in private practice in London.

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