CAP/TWCYP Intensive Study Event (ISE)* - The Loss of Playfulness and its Recovery in child psychoanalytic psychotherapy


Wednesday 17 November 13:30 to 16:00


This is an online event that will take place on Zoom


Deirdre Dowling


Drawing on the ideas of Donald Winnicott, Deirdre will be reflecting upon the importance of play and creativity, and when children struggle with these processes. Deirdre's presentation will stimulate thought and discussion about the role of children's imaginary play, the concept of the transitional space, and the potential of the therapeutic relationship as a creative endeavour between patient and therapist.


13:30 – 14:30  

Welcome, presentation & questions

14:30 – 14:45

Comfort break

14:45 – 15:25

Small group discussions

15:25 – 15:45

Feedback from small group discussions

15:45 – 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 NB Limited to 10 spaces only

Limited spaces

Spaces are limited to 10 (excluding HDS students and staff who are currently part of the CAP and TWCYP training programmes).

About the presenter - Deidre Dowling

Deirdre is a Consultant Child and Adolescent and Adult Psycho-analytic Psychotherapist, member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and British Psychotherapy Foundation.

Deirdre worked in the Family Service at the Cassel Hospital, an NHS residential therapeutic assessment and treatment service, in Richmond, Surrey, for many years and has her own private practice. After this, she was Curriculum Lead for IPCAPA, an NHS funded Independent Psychoanalytic training for child and adolescent psychotherapy at BPF in London for 5 years. She offers psychotherapy to children and teenagers, support to parents, and provides training, supervision and consultancy to health and social care professionals on therapeutic work with children, adolescents, and families with complex difficulties in UK and overseas.

Deirdre's particular interests are parent-infant psychotherapy, working with children and adolescents in distress, and family work. She has recently had a book published by Routledge (2019) introducing child psychotherapy to professionals and the wider public called An Independent Practitioner's Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Playing with Ideas. She has also written articles about developing techniques in therapeutic work with children, families and infants.

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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