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MPOS Conference 2018

Coach Lane Campus, Block E Room E101


MA / Pg Dip Psychoanalytic Observational Studies (MPOS) Course Spring half-day Conference 15 May 2018

'Surviving endings; letting go and moving on: Implications for work with children and young people’

Keynote Speaker

Dr Debbie Hindle – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist.

Endings, letting go and moving on involves complex and often contradictory thoughts and feelings. Children who are looked after and accommodated may have experienced repeated separations and losses, making it difficult for them to piece together their fragmented experiences and a sense of self. This presentation explores some aspects of work with two children, paying particular attention to the expressions of gratitude and the barriers to its expression in relation to the ending of therapeutic work. For children whose early lives have been dominated by hatred or abuse, the expression of gratitude can be seen as a developmental achievement. Two further vignettes will be given to illustrate emotional development and unconscious processes which indicate the importance of the process and setting of therapeutic work and the capacity for reflective functioning.

Dr Hindle is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She was Head of the Clinical Training in Child Psychotherapy at the Scottish Institute of Human Relations in Edinburgh and worked clinically in a specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in Glasgow for children who were fostered or adopted. Dr Hindle has published widely, her most recent book Sibling Matters: A Psychoanalytic, Developmental, and Systemic Approach (2014) was co-edited with Sue Sherwin-White.

About the MPOS Conference

The MPOS Conference is open to students of the MA/ Pg Dip Psychoanalytic Observational Studies at Northumbria University; other University Students and delegates from health; education and social care organisations locally, regionally and nationally.


  • 8:45 - 9:15 Reception: Room E101, West Campus, main reception is building number 10 on campus map
  • 9:15 - 9:30 Welcome and Introductions
  • 9:30 - 10:00 Course Panel
  • 10:00 - 11:15 Main Paper: Dr Debbie Hindle: The Vicissitudes of Gratitude in Work with Children who are Looked After and Accommodated
  • 11:15 - 11:45 Refreshments
  • 11:45 - 12:45 Small group discussions
  • 12:45 - 1:15 Large group discussion and close

Booking Information

  • Conference Fee £30.00
  • Early Bird Payment (before 01 April 2018) £20.00

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Booking closes Monday 7 May 2018


Event Details

Coach Lane Campus, Block E Room E101
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne


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