HDS Winter Conference 2021


Thursday 25 November 19:30 to 21:00


This is an online event that will take place on Zoom


Isobel Pick, Margaret Rustin, Andrew Dawson, Joan Herrmann


After the discussions and pledges have been made during COP26 which takes place in Glasgow, we are offering an engaging presentation and panel discussion on how psychoanalytic psychotherapy practice could respond and help children and young people’s concerns and feelings about climate change.

As an introduction to our conference theme, read about a new global survey that illustrates the depth of anxiety many young people are feeling about climate change: click here

Draft Programme*


Welcome and introductions


Main presentation


Comfort break


Discussion by a panel of guests based on the presentation


Questions from delegates to the panel


Close and thanks

*Please note there may be changes to this programme


About the presenters

Isobel Pick

Isobel Pick is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist registered with the Association of Child Psychotherapists (ACP) who has worked for many years in schools and at the Tavistock Clinic and now works in private practice with children, adolescents and parents. She has been Chair of the ACP and Chair of the ACP’s Training Council. She is also a member of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis working in private practise with adults and supervising in the UK and abroad.

Margaret Rustin

Margaret Rustin is an Honorary Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She was Head of Child Psychotherapy at the Tavistock 1986-2009, and was elected as Dean of Postgraduate Studies at the Tavistock 1993-99, and subsequently Chair of the Professional Committee. She continues to teach at the Tavistock and the British Psychoanalytical Society and also in many countries across the globe.

She received the first award for an Outstanding Contribution to Psychoanalytic Education from the British Psychoanalytic Council in 2009. In 2005 she was made an Honorary Affiliate Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society, and in 2015 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of East London. She has held a number of visiting academic appointments at universities in the UK and elsewhere.

Her publications include many journal articles and books, and she is currently preparing a volume of her selected papers from her over 50 years of work as a child psychotherapist.

Andrew Dawson

Dr Andrew Dawson is the professional lead for Child Psychotherapy in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde. He has worked in CAMHS for over twenty years and has special interests in relation to trauma, whole system working, and ‘stuck/perplexing’ cases.  He has recently taken a lead role in setting up a new infant mental health service in GGC.  Over the past ten years Andrew has played a lead role in the West of Scotland Managed Clinical Network for Harmful Parent-Child Interactions; providing training to health, social work, the Reporter to the Children’s Panel, and other multi-agency partners. Andrew previously worked as a creative therapist and director and has supported the development of Arts Therapies and Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapy in Scotland.

Joan Herrmann

Joan Herrmann is a retired Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Until her retirement in 2011, she was Head of Service for Adolescent Psychotherapy in the Glasgow NHS (CAMHS), and also worked in private practice. She was an active member of the Scottish Institute of Human Relations (SIHR), as a teacher and as lead in the Children and Young People’s Service. From 2013 to 2017 Joan was Organizing Tutor for the Scottish Training in Child Psychotherapy (Human Development Scotland).

Joan began her career as an ethologist and has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University (USA). Her post-graduate research was in child development at Cambridge University and the Bethel Hospital in Norwich. She was a lecturer in Psychology at Napier College (now University), Edinburgh before her interest in clinical work lead to her training in child psychotherapy at SIHR.

Refund Policy

  • A cancellation can be made up to 4 weeks before the event and a full refund will be issued. 
  • After this date, a refund cannot be processed, unless under exceptional circumstances.
  • No refund will be issued for non-attendance.
  • We can accept substitute delegates at any time, although sufficient notice should be given where possible.

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