The Observing Relationship - One day Conference


The Observing Relationship - A one day Conference

Shared Perspectives from Observational Documentary Film Making and Psychoanalytic Observation

Saturday 9 November 2019

09.30am arrival (for 10am start) - 4.30pm


The Watershed

1 Canons Road

Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5TX



Trainees/Students £65

Standard: £80

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Speakers include

Margaret Rustin, Consultant Child Psychotherapist; Paddy Wivell, BAFTA and RTS Award winning documentary filmmaker; Gail Walker, Senior Child Psychotherapist, Bridge Foundation; Hen Otley, Trainee Child Psychotherapist, Marlborough CAMHS; Sara Tibbetts, Documentary filmmaker and Rachel Pardoe, Child Psychotherapist (Chair)


About the event

As part of the ACP’s 70th Anniversary events the ACP and The Bridge Foundation will be hosting a one-day conference in Bristol.

The conference seeks to examine the commonalities – and differences between the psychoanalytic process of reflective observation and the role of the documentary film-maker, paying particular attention to the relationships that are formed within both our disciplines and the potential for transformation.

We have major figures from the world of infant observation and documentary film making and a presentation from closer to home in Bristol to develop our theme.

Paddy Wivell is a BAFTA and RTS award winning documentary film-maker, and director of the highly acclaimed Channel 4 series Prison, documenting life in HMP Durham broadcast in 2018 and 2019. Other credits include Boys and Girls 2001, Compulsion. The Trouble with Jonny 2005, Bedlam – Crisis 2013, and The Tribe 2015.

Margaret Rustin has pioneered and supported the extension of training in psychoanalytic observational approaches to training across the United Kingdom and in a number of other countries. She has documented the process of infant observation though the film ‘Observation Observed’ and is a respected author and commentator on children’s’ literature and theatre.

The conference promises to be an exciting inter-disciplinary event, with ideas shared and possibly new relationships formed as we seek to understand something more about our respective approaches to ‘The Observing Relationship’.

See the full programme here

Book your place here


November 9th, 2019 9:30 AM through 11:30 PM
The Watershed
1 Canons Road
Bristol, London BS1 5TX
United Kingdom
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Phone: 02079227751