New thoughts on mothers

The School of Infant Mental Health is pleased to present four workshops by psychotherapists who are exploring new thinking about the experience of being a mother. To begin, Christina Moutsou presents recent thinking on the subjective experience of motherhood itself. Three workshops will then explore the experience of mothers and their babies who face extraordinary challenges – where the mothering is by the ‘Second Mother’, or takes place in prison, or is by an adoptive parent.


Christina Moutsou – Maternal subjectivity
Dr Moutsou’s latest book, The Mother in Psychoanalysis and beyond: Matricide and Maternal Subjectivity, ed. with Rosalind Mayo, has recently been published by Routledge. 

Prophecy Coles – The Second Mother: Nannies, nurses and stepmothers
Dr Coles has written a series of well-received books from a psychoanalytic perspective on a range of topics including sibling relationships and intergenerational trauma. 

Pamela Wyndham-Stewart – Mothers and babies in prison: collision of internal and external worlds
Pamela Wyndham-Stewart has written and lectured extensively on her experience of working with mothers and babies in prison. She has recently contributed a chapter on this topic to Surviving the early years, edited by Stella Acquarone (Karnac, 2016). 

Colette Salkeld, Franca Brenninkmeyer and Maeja Raicar - Adoption and fostering: Forming new attachments
Franca Brenninkmeyer is Head of the Child and Family Service at PAC-UK (formerly the Post-Adoption Centre); Colette Salkeld is a music therapist with a special interest in adoption; and Maeja Raicar is a therapist and author of Child-Centred Attachment Therapy, (Karnac, 2009). The three presenters collaborated on a chapter in Surviving the early years, edited by Stella Acquarone (Karnac, 2016). 

Venue: Winston House, 3 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3RA
Time: 10.30am to 5pm
Cost: £95 (£65 for holders of a student card or trainees on a related course) CPD: Credits available 

To book a place, please call 020 7433 3112 or email: or visit ​


December 10th, 2017 10:00 AM   to   5:00 PM