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The Tavistock Model: Collected Papers of Martha Harris and Esther Bick
Martha Harris and Esther Bick (1902-1983) | Edited by Meg Harris Williams
The Harris Meltzer Trust / Softcover / Sep 2018
9781912567362 (ISBN-10: 1912567369)
Klein and the Kleinians / Psychoanalysis with Infants, Children & Adolescent
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This is a revised and expanded edition of the collected papers of Martha Harris and Esther Bick on child development, infant observation and psychoanalytic training, including some not in previous editions. These papers from their clinical, observational and educational perspectives, form the basis for what has become known worldwide as the ‘Tavistock Model’ of educating child psychotherapists: a model which also enriches psychoanalysis with adults. The collection includes appendices by Ann Cebon and Margaret Rustin and on the genesis of the Schools’ Counsellors’ Course developed at the Tavistock by Roland and Martha Harris.

Table of Contents:

Meg Harris Williams


1. The Tavistock training and philosophy (1977)
Martha Harris

2. The individual in the group: on learning to work with the psychoanalytical method (1978)
Martha Harris

3. Bion’s conception of a psychoanalytical attitude (1980)
Martha Harris

4. The place of once-weekly treatment in the equipment of a psychoanalytically trained child psychotherapist (1971)
Martha Harris

5. Growing points in psychoanalysis inspired by the work of Melanie Klein (1982)
Martha Harris

6. Esther Bick, 1901–1983
Martha Harris

7. Child analysis today (1962)
Esther Bick

8. Notes on infant observation in psychoanalytic training (1964)
Esther Bick

9. The contribution of observation of mother–infant interaction and development to the equipment of a psychoanalyst or psychoanalytic psychotherapist (1976)
Martha Harris


10. The experience of the skin in early object relations (1968)
Esther Bick

11. Further considerations on the function of the skin in early object relations (1986)
Esther Bick

12. Some notes on maternal containment in “good enough” mothering (1975)
Martha Harris

13. A baby observation: the absent object (1980)
Martha Harris

14. Towards learning from experience in infancy and childhood (1978)
Martha Harris

15. Personality development: latency (1964)
Martha Harris

16. The therapeutic process in the psychoanalytic treatment of the child (c.1968)
Martha Harris

17. The complexity of pain in a six-year-old child following sudden bereavement (1973)
Martha Harris

18. Depression and the depressive position in an adolescent boy (1965)
Martha Harris

19. Discussion of an adolescent girl (1975)
Martha Harris

20. The early basis of adult female sexuality and motherliness (1975)
Martha Harris

21. Infantile elements and adult strivings in adolescent sexuality (1976)
Martha Harris


22. The child psychotherapist and the patient’s family (1968)
Martha Harris

23. The family circle (1967)
Martha Harris

24. Therapeutic consultations (1966)
Martha Harris

25. Teacher, counsellor, therapist: towards a definition of the roles (1972)
Martha Harris

26. Consultation project in a comprehensive school (1968)
Martha Harris

Martha Harris and the Tavistock course by Donald Meltzer

The genesis of the Tavistock schools’ counselling course by Jack Whitehead

Supervision with Esther Bick by Ann Cebon

Esther Bick’s legacy of infant observation at the Tavistock by Margaret Rustin


About the Authors:

Martha Harris (1919–1987) read English at University College London and then Psychology at Oxford. She taught in a Froebel Teacher Training College and was trained as a Psychologist at Guys Hospital, as a Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, where she was for many years responsible for the child psychotherapy training in the department of Children and Families, and as a Psychoanalyst at the British Institute of Psychoanalysis. Together with her first husband Roland Harris (a teacher) she started a pioneering schools counselling service. With her second husband Donald Meltzer she wrote a psychoanalytical model of The Child in the Family in the Community for multidisciplinary use in schools and therapeutic units.

Esther Bick was born in Poland. She found her way to Switzerland during the Second World War, where she did her Ph.D. under Charlotte Buhler before moving to England to train as a psycho-analyst. She worked closely with Melanie Klein and initiated the Child Psychotherapy Training at the Tavistock Clinic which Martha Harris continued to nurture following her retirement.

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