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


This volume honors 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 ...
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This volume honors 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.
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"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."

"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!"

"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."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780490212
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Series: Lines of Development Serise Series
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,131,920
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Norka T. Malberg 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 program 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 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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Table of Contents

PREFACE—Norka T. Malberg
PROLOGUE—Joan Raphael-Leff


1) The Anna Freud Centre today—Mary Target
2) Anna Freud: the teacher, the clinician, the person—Elisabeth Young-Bruehl
Historical Framework
3) Anna Freud and her collaborators in the early post-war period—Christiane Ludwig-Körner
4) From the Hampstead War Nurseries to the Anna Freud Centre—Inge-Martine Pretorius
5) The Diagnostic Profile: an invaluable clinical tool—Trevor Hartnup
Contemporary Issues
6) Anna Freud’s influence on contemporary thinking about the child—Anne-Marie Sandler
7) The clinical training: 1947–2009—commemorating a tradition—Viviane Green

A. INFANCY—Observations, interventions, and applications

8) Overview of theoretical and clinical applications, and current developments—Frances Thomson Salo
9) Aggression in relation to emotional development: an observation of an infant and his family in the first two years of life—Nick Midgley
10) Parent–infant psychotherapy: a new “real” relationship—“finding a way to be together”—Michela Biseo
11) “Silent scream”—work with a traumatized immigrant mother and her infant with a severe neurological disorder—Sheila Levi
B. UNDER FIVES—Clinical work and applications

12) Overview of theoretical and clinical applications, and current developments—Angela Joyce
13) “Learning to love”—a story about a young girl’s analysis—Hedde Maartje Evers
14) “A long journey from catastrophe to safety”—the analysis of a violent boy—Federica Melandri
15) A depressed toddler and his mother reunite in the toddler group—Justine Kalas Reeves
16) “Anna Freud in Africa”—Ububele in Alexandra township, Johannesburg—Hillary and Tony Hamburger
C. LATENCY—Clinical papers and outreach

17) Overview of theoretical and clinical applications, and current developments—Anat Gedulter-Trieman
18) “Finding the strength to say hello”—issues of male identification and separation / individuation in a two-year intensive psychotherapy—Natalia Stafler
19) “With great power comes great responsibility”—a new object experience and finding space to be a boy: analysis of a six year old—Paddy Martin
20) “The robot, the gangster, and the schoolboy”—intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy with Luis, a latency boy in search of a father—Mark Carter
21) Child psychoanalysis in schools—an Anna Freudian tradition—Pat Radford
D. ADOLESCENCE—Clinical papers and outreach beyond the consulting room

22) Overview of transitions, clinical application, current developments—Luis Rodríguez de la Sierra
23) “Desperately seeking a mother”—female adolescence and the uses of the body—Doris Venguer
24) “The terrorist and the boffin”—a two-year intensive psychotherapy with a thirteen-year-old boy—Helen Ritzema
25) “Speaking with silence and tears”—psychotherapy with an adolescent girl—Norka T. Malberg
26) “Adolescence as a Second Chance”—AFC training for practitioners working with pregnant teenagers and young parents and their children—Joan Raphael-Leff


27) “In the best interest of the child”—the pioneering work of Anna Freud in the field of children and the law, and the court assessment project at the Anna Freud Centre—Minna Daum and Linda Mayes
28) Anna Freud and her contribution to the field of paediatric psychology—Norka T. Malberg
29) “From dependency to emotional self-reliance”—the Anna Freud Centre parent–toddler group model—Marie Zaphiriou Woods
30) “Clinician to campaigner”—fate of a missionary—Peter Wilson


31) Altruistic analysis—Jack Novick and Kerry Kelly Novick
32) Specifically Anna Freudian—Debbie Bandler Bellman
33) Two supervisors—Ehud Koch
34) Anna Freud: memories and the climate of experience—Ava Bry Penman
35) Reflections of a child psychotherapy trainee—Laurie Levinson
36) Fighting thoughtfully for independence—Audrey Gavshon
37) The Anna Freud Centre Colloquium—Steven Ablon

Biographical cameos

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