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Royal College of Psychiatrists conference: ‘There is no such thing as a baby’

September 12 - September 13



Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Medical Psychotherapy & Perinatal Joint Faculty Conference
Thursday 12th & Friday 13th September 2019 Apex Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

‘There is no such thing as a baby’

Even before it is born, a baby is alive in the minds of its parents and those around them. When born, it develops in a complex biological, psychological, and social milieu. It can never be regarded “alone”: it is always in relation—hence Winnicott’s famous statement thatthere is no such thing as a baby. Traditionally, psychotherapeutic practice has found it hard to work with the perinatal period. Equally, in the past Perinatal Psychiatrists have tended to focus on major mental illness. This conference seeks to discuss new thinking around therapeutic work in the family where a new child is expected or has arrived; and looking at what role we as psychotherapists and as psychiatrists can play in these critical periods of the development of all family members consulting us.

Speakers include:

Gerry Byrne, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist; Clinical Lead for Family Assessment and Safeguarding Service & Infant-Parent Perinatal Service Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Roch Cantwell, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist, Leverndale Hospital; Lead Clinician, Perinatal Mental Health Network Scotland

Jessica James, Consultant Parent Infant Psychotherapist Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Sheila Ritchie, Group Analyst & Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist; P

Optional Extra: Social Dinner (Thursday) Venue: Amarone, Edinburgh

This year’s event takes us to the Apex Waterloo in the city centre of Edinburgh.Interested?

Please email Susan.Richardson@rcpsych.ac.uk and we will keep you updated with the programme and booking information.


September 12
September 13


Apex, 23-27 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BG