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Recent News from Christopher Clulow



What has come to be known as the ‘Tavistock model’ of couple psychotherapy is described in a recently published book to which Christopher Clulow contributed a chapter. Taking Frédéric Fonteyne’s film, Une Liaison Pornographique, he explores how attachment patterns might influence sexual behaviour and the genesis of desire (Couples on the Couch, edited by Shelley Nathans and Milton Schaeffer, published by Routledge in 2017). This chapter was used in May 2018 for the annual Spring online paper discussion of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. The evolution of the Tavistock model is described by him and co-authors in a paper to be published by Psychoanalytic Inquiry later this year, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Tavistock Relationships (Clulow, C., Hertzmann, E. & Nyberg, V., Couple psychoanalysis in the United Kingdom: Past, present and future). Marking this anniversary will be a substantial new book to be published by Routledge in the autumn to which Christopher has contributed a chapter on couples becoming parents and of which he is a co-editor: Engaging Couples: New Directions in Therapeutic Work with Families. Brett Kahr contributed a Foreword to the book, and Susanna Abse an Introduction. He, Brett Kahr and Susanna Abse provided clinical commentaries for another Tavistock related book Couple Stories. Application of Psychoanalytic Ideas in Thinking about Couple Interaction, edited by Aleksandra Novakovic and Marguerite Reid, and published by Routledge in 2018 in their Library of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis.


On the home front Christopher Clulow chaired the sold out Spring Conference held by Tavistock Relationships entitled Couple Attachments. Relationships that Change Us. Speakers included Dr Amanda Jones, Professor Jeremy Holmes, Dr Mary Target and current CEO of Tavistock Relationships, Andrew Balfour. Later this year he will be joining Professors Jeremy Holmes and Peter Fonagy on the platform of a two-day conference on insecure and disorganised attachment to be held in London under the auspices of NScience. He and Susanna Abse ran a day’s training for NScience in May on interparental conflict and its consequences, attended by over 70 mental health practitioners.

On the international front he runs an ongoing virtual clinical seminar for psychotherapists in New York and will be speaking at the bi-annual conference of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysts to be held in Lyons in July. In September he joins analysts David Scharff and Janine Wanlass in Beijing to deliver a six day training course to 80 psychotherapists there.