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The Anna Freud Tradition: Lines of Development - Evolution of Theory and Practice over the Decades

Editor : Norka T Malberg, Editor : Joan Raphael-Leff

The Anna Freud Tradition: Lines of Development - Evolution of Theory and Practice over the Decades
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This volume honours Anna Freud’s work and legacy by providing a detailed summary of the Psychoanalytic Developmental Tradition and illustrations of its contributions to the field of Child Psychotherapy and beyond. Through the use of clinical, historical, anecdotal and outreach narratives, this book seeks to acknowledge how regardless of the evolution of child psychoanalytic theory and practice, and recent changes at the Anna Freud Centre in terms of a broad scope of trainings and interventions, the underlying psychoanalytic principles set by its founder continue to inform the work of clinicians and scholars, both within and outside this school of thought.

Reviews and Endorsements:

'This excellent volume presents an extraordinary view of the living contributions of Anna Freud and of the Anna Freud Centre. A most interesting group of recollections in the first section sets the stage for a dozen rich, vivid case reports of present-day child and adolescent psychoanalysis that create a powerful demonstration of the Anna Freud Tradition. Their clinical immediacy and their clarity of explanation form a considerable part of that tradition. A number of additional, elegant accounts of clinical applications round out the picture of Anna Freud's continuing influence on the treatment of children. A marvellous book that will reward close reading.'
- Anton O. Kris, MD, Training and Supervising Analyst, Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

'This book puts the spotlight on Miss Freud's ongoing legacy. A chorus of voices from seven decades in Hampstead chronicle her achievements in the past and demonstrate her influence in the Anna Freud Centre of the present. May these pages lead to a revival of interest and appreciation for the richness and depth of the Anna Freud tradition!
- Dr Denia Barrett, President of the Association for Child Psychoanalysis, USA

'This impressive volume conveys both the breadth and depth of psychological work with children and adolescents undertaken over the years by the members of the Anna Freud Centre. It combines scholarly research with lively clinical discussion, maintaining throughout an awareness of the political, social, and community contexts within which their work takes place. This book illustrates how new developments are nurtured and grow from a well-established tradition in child psychoanalysis and developmental research.'
- Dr Louise Emanuel, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Department of Children and Families, Tavistock Clinic, London

Read the Wikipedia entry for Anna Freud here

Notes about the author(s):

Norka T. Malberg, MS, EdM, MsC, DPsych, is a child and adult psychoanalyst who qualified from the AFC as child and adolescent psychotherapist in 2005. She continued working at the AFC as clinician, seminar leader, and coordinator of collaborative outreach projects in schools and hospitals for three years. She taught seminars at the BAP on Anna Freud and the development of psychoanalytic research. Previously she had worked as a counselling psychologist in private practice in the USA and was assistant professor of psychology at Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile where she developed numerous clinical outreach projects. She also worked as clinical consultant to schools in Zurich, Switzerland from 1996-1998. Currently she is a faculty member of the continuing education section of the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute in New Haven, Connecticut, where she teaches a course on Anna Freud; she is also clinical supervisor for the Child FIRST programme at the Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic in New Haven, CT. She continues her role as clinical consultant to the AFC in London.

Joan Raphael-Leff, PhD, psychoanalyst (fellow, British Psychoanalytical Society) and social psychologist, leads the UCL/Anna Freud Centre academic faculty for psychoanalytic research. Previously, she was head of University College London's MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology, and professor of psychoanalysis at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. For 35 years she has specialized in emotional issues of reproduction and early parenting, with more than 100 single-author peer-reviewed publications, and nine books, including: Psychological Processes of Child-bearing; Pregnancy: the Inside Story; Parent-Infant Psychodynamics: Wild Things, Mirrors and Ghosts; Spilt Milk: Perinatal Loss and Breakdown; Ethics of Psycho-analysis. Founder and first international chair of COWAP (IPA's Committee on Women and Psychoanalysis) in 1998, she provides training for practitioners working with teenage parents, and is consultant to perinatal and women's projects in many high and low income countries.

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