This volume--in a book series on psychoanalytic leaders--provides a geographically global sampler of writing stemming from Winnicott's complex and paradoxical thinking.
In the first section, on his work and legacy, his thinking is put into a context to reveal something of the origins, significant milestones, contemporary development, and theoretical expansion of his thinking.
In the second section, there is a recognition of the fact that Winnicott privileged clinical work. This section aims to illustrate the evolution of theory, expansion of concepts and applications of Winnicott's body of work to the clinical situation with both children and adults in a variety of settings which include private practice, the health services and residential programs in a varied array of settings worldwide.
The third section on applications of Winnicott's work outside the consulting room celebrates his special capacity as a bridge-builder and as a figure whose work has had a very wide appeal and influence. His work continues to grow in its influence and to an unusual degree it informs the work of allied professionals and those in very many different disciplines, domains of thought and work sectors to that of the traditional clinical ones of health and education. Several chapters indicate how his creativity inspired those in the creative disciplines.
Lastly, the fourth section provides personal reflections and accounts from those familiar with Winnicott's work or with the man himself and gives the reader an opportunity to experience the evolution of his thinking and influence through the eyes of contributors who have pertinent historical recollections and experiences.
The Editors: Margaret Boyle Spelman is a registered clinical psychologist, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and an organizational psychologist. She has worked for three decades as a clinical psychologist in the Irish Health Services with particular interest in the areas of early intervention, parenting, and learning disability. She has been in private practice as a psychologist and psychotherapist since 1998. Margaret is an Executive Member of the Irish Forum for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and a Board Director for the Irish Council for Psychotherapy and Vice-Chairperson for the Psychoanalytic Section of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy. Frances Thomson-Salo is a Member of the British Psychoanalytic Society as a child and adult psychoanalyst and is an Associate Professor of University of Melbourne. She was appointed Overall Chair of the IPA Committee of Women in Psychoanalysis by Charles Hanly in 2009. She is immediate past President of the Australian Psychoanalytical Association and a Training Analyst in private practice. She is a Consultant Infant Mental Health Clinician in the Royal Women's Hospital Centre, Melbourne; Associate Researcher for the Murdoch Children's Research Institute; and on the teaching faculty for the University of Melbourne Graduate Diploma/Masters in Infant and Parent Mental Health. She has published in the fields of child psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and infant mental health.