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CAP/TWCYP Intensive Study Event (ISE)* - “Just sit with it”: how psychoanalytic observation can sustain thinking and containment in educational settings


Wednesday 15 November, 13:30 to 16:00


HDS Training Suite, 142 West Nile Street, Glasgow G1 2RQ


Fanny Lena


This presentation will explore the way in which psychoanalytic observation plays a transformative role when we strive to work therapeutically outside the therapy room. 

Fanny will draw on her experience of working in a therapeutic educational setting, as well as in mainstream primary schools, to reflect on how the skills we develop through infant observation and work discussion not only deepen our understanding of the internal world of the young people we support, but can also sustain the work of the multidisciplinary team, amplifying the organisation’s capacity for emotional containment, when facing trauma and deprivation. 

The talk will include extracts of observations to illustrate how ‘just sitting with’ uncomfortable feelings, paying close attention to the details of human interactions, and to the emotional impact on the observer can shed light on those unconscious processes that often result in ruptures of containment and thinking. 


13:30 – 14:30  Welcome, presentation & questions

14:30 – 14:45 Comfort break

14:45 – 15:30  Small group discussions

15:30 – 15:50 Feedback from small group discussions

15:50 – 16:00 Closing comments & thanks


  • No cost for HDS students and staff who are currently part of the CAP and TWCYP training programmes
  • £30 per person

Closing date for bookings is 5pm on Monday 6 November. Limited spaces - book early.  

About the presenter - Fanny Lena

Fanny has worked clinically with children, young people and families for 15 years, in a variety of NHS settings and in private practice. Before training at the Tavistock, Fanny qualified and worked as a psychologist in Italy and developed a specialist interest in parent-infant interventions and attachment research. 

Fanny worked in CAMHS for several years, where she gained extensive experience of supporting therapeutically children and young people with a wide range of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders, attachment difficulties, externalising problems, complex and intergenerational trauma, and neurodevelopmental difficulties. As well as offering long term and time limited psychotherapy to children and adolescents, Fanny developed a specialist interest in parent work and parent-infant psychotherapy. 

Fanny worked as a highly specialist child psychotherapist in mainstream and specialist educational settings, both as part of CAMHS outreach services in schools and as a member of a multidisciplinary team in a therapeutic school for children with complex social emotional and mental health needs. 

Fanny has  taught Infant Observation, Work Discussion, Psychoanalytic Theory and Child Development Research on MA programmes at the Tavistock Centre and has been offering supervision to professionals working in a variety of settings. She is currently working in private practice in Edinburgh. 

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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