Anton Aronstan B.A. Psych (Hons) M.Psych. MAPS. MACP
Anton is a clinical psychologist and a child and adolescent psychotherapist. He undertook his child psychotherapy training in the UK, initially at the Tavistock Centre, and then at the British Association of Psychotherapists (BAP). He is a registered member of the Association of Child Psychotherapy (ACP) in the UK and a Committee member of The Institute of Child And Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ICAPP) in Sydney. He worked as a child and adolescent psychotherapist in Child Mental Health Services in the public sector in the UK for ten years and also taught at the Anna Freud Centre in London before settling in Sydney. Since his arrival in Australia, he has worked as a clinical psychologist and child and adolescent psychotherapist in private practice and as a seminar leader for ICAPP. Following his training at the BAP, he practices from an Independent School Psychoanalytic tradition and has a special interest in considering how this tradition overlaps with other psychoanalytic schools of thought, particularly in relation to therapeutic technique.
Peter Blake (Co-ordinator) B.Comm (Hons), M.Psychol, MACP.
Peter worked as a clinical psychologist in Child and Family Mental Health until 1976. He qualified as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in 1983 at the Tavistock Clinic and set up the Sydney Observation Course with Dr Averil Earnshaw, a fellow Tavistock-trained Child Psychotherapist. He has been a guest lecturer at Wollongong University, the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University. He established the Child Psychoanalytic Foundation in 1991 (and was Foundation President) and the Psychoanalytic Gazette. He has been a clinical field supervisor for post-graduate clinical psychology students from the University of Wollongong and Macquarie University. Peter has given numerous public lectures top organizations such as the Crippled Children’s Society (Northcott), Nursing Mothers, Preschool, primary and secondary schools in NSW, Karitane, the Institute of Psychotherapy, the Australian Psychoanalytic Society, the Australian Psychological Society, the Victorian Association of Child Psychotherapists and the Brisbane Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. For many years he has supervised staff at STARTTS, a service for refugee family survivors of trauma. He has published articles in the Child Psychoanalytic Gazette, the Australian Journal of Psychotherapy, the Journal of Child Psychotherapy (UK), contributed a paper to ‘Being Alive’ edited by Judith Edwards (Brunner-Routledge, 2001). He is author of ‘Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy’ (IP Communications, 2008).
Anne Alvarez is one of the most distinguished and world-renowned child and adolescent psychotherapist. She has lectured and taught in numerous countries throughout the world. She is recognised as an innovator of psychodynamic theory and technique.Her publications of “Live Company” and “The Thinking Heart” are considered classics in child and adolescent psychotherapy. There is also an international publication, “Being Alive” in which international child and adolescent therapists discuss how her work have influenced their thinking and practice. She is widely published in many international journals.
Sally is a child and adolescent psychotherapist and a family therapist. She is a Senior Social Worker for Child and Youth Mental Health for Children’s Health Queensland and is in private practice in Brisbane. She is President of the Queensland Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Association. She is a member of the management committee of Brisbane Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. She is a clinical member of the Australian Association of Family Therapy.
Belinda Blecher M. Psych.Psych, M.A., B.A., Dip (Ed.), MACP.
Belinda is a psychologist and Tavistock-trained child psychotherapist with many year of experience working in the National Health Service at the Royal Free Hospital in London where she worked with sick children and their families and in outreach service development. She has worked in the Babies in Hospital programme at Sydney Children’s Hospital and is currently working at the Royal Women’s Hospital, Randwick and as a child psychotherapist in private practice.
Jyotsna Field B.Sc (Hons Psych), M.Psych., Child Psychotherapist (Sydney; Tavistock model).
Jyotsna is a child and adult psychoanalyst. She was a Founding member of Child Psychoanalytic Foundation,and is a Member and Honorary Secretary of Aust. Psychoanalytical Society. Jyotsna has taught in the Sydney Observation Course, the APAS ( Sydney Institute for Psychoanalysis outreach programme and candidate training) and NSWIPP (infant observation, clinical seminars, theory) Jyotsna has previously worked part time with young children and families for Northcott Society, Bringa Women’s Refuge, Hillview Child and Family service and is now in full time private practice. She is also currently convenor of the Indian Australian Israeli Psychoanalytic Societies biennial conference and has presented papers at these conferences. She has also had papers published in the Child Psychoanalytic Gazette.
Margaret Goodchild B.A. (Hons), MACP.
Margaret trained as a nurse before completing a Psychology Degree at the Australian National University. She worked as a Research Assistant at the Social Psychiatry Research Unit in Canberra, and then at Royal Canberra Hospital as a Clinical Psychologist in Paediatrics. She then trained as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic in London and worked at the Child & Family Consultation Service Clinics in Basildon and then in Maldon, Essex. She tutored at the University of Essex in Infant Observation. Margaret also completed fifteen months of the Adult Psychotherapy Training at the Tavistock Clinic. She has published in the Australian Journal of Psychology, British Journal of Psychiatry and the Child Psychoanalytic Gazette. She currently lives and works in Canberra.
Rachael Henry B.A.(Hons), M.A.(Applied), PhD, MAPS, MACP.
Rachael received a doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Sydney where she was a Teaching Fellow. She was a Lecturer in developmental psychology at the University of Wales in Cardiff, UK, and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, University of Wollongong, co-ordinating undergraduate course in developmental psychology, the postgraduate child clinical psychology course and a psychotherapy programme. She trained as a clinical psychologist and qualified as a child and adolescent psychotherapist from the Tavistock Clinic in 1992. Rachael has published internationally in developmental and educational psychology, psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and theoretical psychology journals, and co-authored several book chapters. She wrote The psychodynamic foundations of morality (Karger, 1982) and edited Psychologies of Mind: The Collected Papers of John Maze (Continuum, 2009). She has a private psychotherapy practice in Sydney and Wollongong.
Lorraine Rose B.Psych. (Uni WA), M.Psychol, UNSW, MAPS.
Lorraine is a psychologist and analytic psychotherapist in private practice, working with individuals; mothers, fathers and babies; and families. She has taught at the Institute of Psychiatry in the Infant Mental Health programme and co-ordinated and taken Infant Observation groups for that component of the course. She also lectured in the Department of Psychology, Wollongong University. As one of the founding members of the Parent Infant Foundation of Australia she worked with mothers and babies in a variety of settings, giving lectures and talks to those working with babies and young children throughout Australia. She helped establish the Babies in Hospital program at the Sydney Children’s Hospital to assist staff in identifying the emotional needs of babies and young children in the hospital setting.
Lorraine offers supervision for group work offered at the Institute of Counselling and works with teams in the Department of Health to assist their delivery of service. She is on the Board of the Association for Child and Family Development (ACFD) based in Victoria. Writings include journal articles in the Australian Journal of Psychotherapy, two chapters in Tracey N., (Ed) ‘Parents of Premature Infants; their emotional world,’ ( Whurr Publishers 2000). A booklet, ‘Sleep for baby and family’, with Warren, B., and Tracey N. She has also written a book, ‘Learning to Love; the developing relationships between mother, father and baby during the first year,’ (ACER Press, 2000).