Director & Seminar Leader

Peter Blake 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 to 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 chapter to ‘Being Alive’ edited by Judith Edwards (Brunner-Routledge, 2001) as well as a chapter in the book “The Importance of Play in Early Childhood Education” edited by Charles and Bellinson, Routledge, 2019

He is the author of ‘Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy: Making the Conscious Unconscious ’ Third Edition, 2021 Routledge

Chairperson & Seminar Leader

Helen Young  M.A., B.F.A., Diploma Education, Member ICAPP, Member APS
Helen is a child psychologist and a child, adolescent and family therapist with over 35 years’ experience. She works within the community sector and in schools, as well as running her own private practice. She has particular interest and extensive experience in working with children and adolescents who have experienced abuse and trauma and has worked with communities who have traditionally had limited access to psychological support. This includes the Deaf/Hearing impaired communities, First Nations women and children and children and adolescents living in Nepal and India.

Seminar Leaders
Level 1

Jude Piercey Bsc(Hons),Grad Dip Couns, Reg Mem PACFA, Member Of Child, Couple & Family Psychotherapy Assn Australasia
Jude is a Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in private practice in Sydney. She did her training in child and adolescent work with ICAPP. She is particularly interested in the Observational Role of Psychotherapy, and its place in helping our understanding of unconscious processes. She is the seminar leader for the Infant Observation course with ICAPP. More recently her work and interests have also focused on working in a collegiate manner with parents. She has co-authored with Jeanne Magagna, a paper, “Collaborative Work with Parents”, which has been presented and published  both in Australia and internationally. Jude is a founder and continuing Board Member of Mandala Community Counselling in Sydney.

Sue Reid
Sue is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, and Adult Therapist, with a special interest in autism. She saw her first child with Autism in 1972, and has been working with children and adults on the Autistic Spectrum ever since.

A passionate interest in autism led to the founding of the Autism Clinical and Research Workshop in 1986 at the Tavistock, where she was a senior member of staff and where she continues to teach. Later, she also founded the Specialist Multi-disciplinary team in the Child and Family department. In both of these endeavours, she was joined by Anne Alvarez, with whom she has continued to enjoy a long and creative partnership. She has lectured and run workshops in the UK, Europe, Israel, Australia, and the USA. Publications include ‘Autism and Personality: Findings from the Tavistock Autism Workshop’ edited with Anne Alvarez and “Developments in Infant Observation: The Tavistock Model”.

She is director of the outcome study on the impact of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy on children with autism, with Dr. Tony Lee. She works with a wide range of patients of all ages and in addition, her specialist work includes the parents and families of those with autism.

Steven Tuber
Steve is Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Training and Program Head of the Doctoral Program in clinical psychology at the City College of New York, where he has taught for 38 years. He has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and is a member of the ABPP (American Board of Professional Psychology).

He is the recipient of the College’s two highest faculty awards, the President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Service and Teaching and the Provost’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Teaching.

In addition to teaching courses on Winnicott, and on child and adolescent therapy and assessment, he is the author/editor of eight critically acclaimed books: two on the works of Donald Winnicott; two on child therapy; two on projective testing; one on parenting and one on obsessive-compulsive disorder.

He is the editor in chief of the book series, Psychological Assessment and Treatment in the 21st century (Lexington Books) and is about to be named the Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.

Beverley Tydeman
Beverley grew up in South Africa where she trained as a teacher, psychologist and social worker. She taught child and family mental health at Rhodes University before emigrating to the UK. She trained at the Tavistock clinic first as a child psychotherapist and then as a couple’s therapist. She then worked at the Tavistock and Marlborough Family Service / Westminster CAMHS.

Beverley was chair of the ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists) between 2008 and 2011 and worked on various committees for the professional body. After retiring from the NHS she spent some years back in South Africa teaching various courses for the IPCP (Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy). She is now in the process of retiring back in London but is still continuing with her academic work.

Past Additional Tutors

Anne Alvarez
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.

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.

Emmett Maher
Emmett has worked in mental health services for 22 years. He finished his doctoral training in clinical psychology in the UK in 2004 and has subsequently worked in public sector child and adolescent mental health services. Following experience of psychoanalytic supervision and infant observation, Emmett then completed the postgraduate doctoral training in child & adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock Centre, London.

Shortly afterwards Emmett moved to Sydney, and worked in inpatient and private practice settings until he commenced a post in adolescent mental health services in Randwick, Sydney. Emmett also maintains a small private practice.

Peter Wilson  (United Kingdom)
Peter is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. Graduate of Hampstead Child Therapy Course and Clinic (now the Anna Freud Centre) formerly Senior Clinical Tutor, Institute of Psychiatry; Staff member, Brent Adolescent Centre; Director of Brandon Centre and Young Minds; Clinical Adviser Place2Be.

Tania Kalkidis
Tania is a registered Clinical Psychologist / Child Psychologist & Psychotherapist . She is a full member of the APS, a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists, and a registered supervisor with AHPRA. For the past 27 years, Tania has worked with adults, adolescents, children, and couples from all walks of life. She is currently the Clinic Director of a full time private Psychotherapy practice, and teaches nationally for the APS in Supervision Training. She has also designed and implemented training programs for Psychologists who want to specialise in psychodynamic psychotherapy with children, adolescents and families. In addition, she specialises in working with ante-natal care and mothers and infants.

She is currently running the first infant observation seminar on the Gold Coast for ICAPP.

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.