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Graham Music, PhD

  • Speaker Type: Early Years Symposium 2022
  • Country: United Kingdom

Graham Music is a psychotherapist, trainer, manager and thought leader. He is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre where he has worked for over 20 years, and has been adult Psychotherapist for over 30 years. Formerly Associate Clinical Director of the Tavistock Clinic’s Child and Family Department, he has developed many innovative programs, including setting up services in over 40 schools and a range of services working with the aftermath of child maltreatment and neglect. His clinical specialty for decades been understanding and working with trauma. He supervises and teaches nationally and internationally and has a particular interest in linking cutting-edge developmental findings with therapeutic practice. His publications include Respark: Igniting Hope and Joy after trauma and depression, (2022) Nurturing Children: From Trauma to Hope (2019), Nurturing Natures: (2016, 2010), Affect and Emotion (2001), The Good Life: (2014) as well as co-editing From Trauma to Harming Others (2021).

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The Neglect of Neglect: Its Tragic Consequences
There is a group of children who pose a very particular challenge to professionals. These are children who have lacked the kind of early empathic and attuned interactions that most children have, the experiences that give rise to empathy and genuine interest in other people and in life itself. These might be children who come from backgrounds of extreme neglect, but we see something similar in avoidant attachment, in learned helplessness, and also in some responses to trauma, such as dissociation. Neglected children have expectations of relationships which are very dulled down, even desolate, and they barely show interest in relating emotionally. The talk suggests that there is a spectrum of neglect, from the most severe experiences of terrible institutional homes to children who had very emotionally absent parents, maybe due to severe parental depression, or very avoidant cut-off attachment styles. It will tease out the different challenges of working with such states.
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Presentations: 8  |  Hours / CE Credits: 8  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks