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Inaugural David Campbell Memorial Conference. The Experience and Development of Systemic Supervision

Contributor(s): AMIAS, David jt. speaker | BOSTON, Paula jt.speaker | RUSTIN, Margaret jt speaker | MASON, Barry jt.speaker.
Series: David Campbell Memorial Conference. Publisher: London, Tavistock Clinic 2010Description: 1 video disc (163 mins).Other classification: TAVISTOCK AND PORTMAN NHS FOUNDATION TRUST Summary: Inaugural David Campbell Memorial Conference The Experience and Development of Systemic Supervision 24 September 2010 Summary: Part One: Welcome and Introduction 73 minutes David Amias, Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist* Plenary Presentation Margaret Rustin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Polarities and Positioning in a Supervision Group: Considering gender Paula Boston, Director of Family Therapy Training, University of Leeds Part Two Honing Systemic Supervision Training: Questions raised by cutting to the chase Charlotte Burck, Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Towards a Culture of Contribution in Supervision: Six perspectives on feedback Barry Mason, Co-Director, Doctoral Programme in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, Institute of Family Therapy and Birkbeck, University of London Chair: Kate Daniels, Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation TrustSummary: Part Three Briony Campbell introduces the short film she made with her father. “The Dad Project…“Saying Goodbye to My Father” http://www.brionycampbell.com/film/the-dad-project The Systems Discipline at the Tavistock Clinic and the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and Allied Professionals jointly organised this inaugural David Campbell Memorial Conference. It was intended to become an annual event celebrating David's contribution to systemic family psychotherapy. The focus this year was on the Experience and Development of Systemic Supervision. Summary: In her obituary on David for The Independent, 11 September 2009, Charlotte Burck wrote: Born in Chicago, David came to Britain after qualifying as a clinical psychologist in Boston in the early 1970’s, and joined the Tavistock Clinic, where he worked for the rest of his life. Initially trained in child psychotherapy, David quickly became aware of the need to address the context and relationships within which children lived when they presented with difficulties, and with colleagues at the Tavistock Clinic he began to develop the family therapy service and trainings there. Although the Tavistock Clinic is still most widely known as a psychoanalytic institution, it is in large part through David Campbell’s work and reputation that it is also known as one of the most influential centres of systemic therapy and training in the UK. David was able to explain complex systemic ideas in such a way that they became accessible to his supervisees. He encouraged them to use these ideas innovatively when working with individuals, families, teams and agencies within health and social care services. In a rapidly changing world where services are often in a state of flux David's encouraging and enthusiastic approach to supervision has never seemed more relevant to the needs of professionals and those they serve. Summary: This conference offered the opportunity to continue engaging with David’s creativity in relation to supervision, an area of practice he felt so passionately about.
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Inaugural David Campbell Memorial Conference
The Experience and Development of Systemic Supervision

24 September 2010

Part One: Welcome and Introduction 73 minutes

David Amias, Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist*
Plenary Presentation
Margaret Rustin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, The
Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
Polarities and Positioning in a Supervision Group: Considering gender
Paula Boston, Director of Family Therapy Training, University of Leeds

Part Two
Honing Systemic Supervision Training: Questions raised by cutting to the chase
Charlotte Burck, Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Towards a Culture of Contribution in Supervision: Six perspectives on feedback
Barry Mason, Co-Director, Doctoral Programme in Family and Systemic Psychotherapy, Institute of Family Therapy and Birkbeck, University of London
Chair: Kate Daniels, Consultant Systemic Psychotherapist, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Part Three
Briony Campbell introduces the short film she made with her father. “The Dad Project…“Saying Goodbye to My Father”
http://www.brionycampbell.com/film/the-dad-project

The Systems Discipline at the Tavistock Clinic and the Tavistock Society of Psychotherapists and Allied Professionals jointly organised this inaugural David Campbell Memorial Conference. It was intended to become an annual event celebrating David's contribution to systemic family psychotherapy. The focus this year was on the Experience and Development of Systemic Supervision.

In her obituary on David for The Independent, 11 September 2009, Charlotte Burck wrote:

Born in Chicago, David came to Britain after qualifying as a clinical psychologist in Boston in the early 1970’s, and joined the Tavistock Clinic, where he worked for the rest of his life.

Initially trained in child psychotherapy, David quickly became aware of the need to address the context and relationships within which children lived when they presented with difficulties, and with colleagues at the Tavistock Clinic he began to develop the family therapy service and trainings there.

Although the Tavistock Clinic is still most widely known as a psychoanalytic institution, it is in large part through David Campbell’s work and reputation that it is also known as one of the most influential centres of systemic therapy and training in the UK.


David was able to explain complex systemic ideas in such a way that they became accessible to his supervisees. He encouraged them to use these ideas innovatively when working with individuals, families, teams and agencies within health and social care services. In a rapidly changing world where services are often in a state of flux David's encouraging and enthusiastic approach to supervision has never seemed more relevant to the needs of professionals and those they serve.

This conference offered the opportunity to continue engaging with David’s creativity in relation to supervision, an area of practice he felt so passionately about.

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