We all aspire to be more resilient, and want this for both the children and young people we support and our own loved ones. At the root of resilience is the ability to manage difficulty, to bounce back, to repair mismatches and ruptures and to trust that when things go wrong they can come right again.
This talk will look at the roots of this in early childhood, and how we work with this in the therapy context with children and adults. We will suggest that what is needed is neither too many good experiences nor too many bad ones, and how we need to know the difference between healthy and unhealthy stress.
In this, we will ask whether there are aspects of the contemporary world which work against the development of resilience, including easy to access and often addictive temptations which can numb us so we don’t have to feel what we could in fact feel.
This talk will use slides and video clips and integrate psychotherapeutic ideas with neuroscience and socio-political understandings.
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Graham Music is Consultant Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre and adult psychotherapist in private practice. His publications include Respark: Igniting Hope & Joy after Trauma & Depression (2022), Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope using neurobiology, psychoanalysis and attachment (2019), Nurturing Natures: (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), and The Good Life (2014). He has a passion for exploring the interface between developmental findings and clinical work. A former Associate Clinical Director at the Tavistock, he has managed and developed many services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment,. He works clinically with forensic cases at The Portman Clinic, and teaches, lectures and supervises in Britain and abroad.