The Anna Freud Network Inaugural Lecture: Anna Freud’s legacy and contemporary challenges: adapting practice

Saturday 19th March, 2022

2:00 pm



Anna Freud’s legacy and contemporary challenges: adapting practice


Inji Ralph and Michela Biseo

Inji Ralph qualified as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist at the AFC in 1999. Afterwards, she worked in the parent-infant project (PIP) and the family support group.  She has worked in the NHS and taught on a number of AFC courses including the clinical training, the MSc in psychoanalytic developmental psychology and the short courses on parent-infant mental health.  She has been working in private practice in South West London for the last 20 years and has built a community of 15 clinicians at her practice in Fulham.  She is a trained yoga teacher and currently completing a qualification in the trauma-conscious yoga method.
Michela Biseo qualified as a Child & Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Anna Freud Centre in 2002. She worked in NHS CAMHS teams, ran an AFC Parent Toddler Group & joined the PIP team in 2008. She held an honorary post at the Tavistock & Portman NHS CAMHS Clinic as a Parent Infant Psychotherapist. Since 2017 she has been leading the Parent infant Project and is now the Deputy Head of Early Years at the AFC. She trains, teaches, and supervises on the subject of infant mental health, parent infant and child psychotherapy. She was head of the Training Committee for the AFC specialist training for Psychoanalytic Parent Infant Psychotherapy accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council.  She is a member of the panel for The Louise Emanuel Essay Prize. In 2015 she contributed to the book written (2nd Edition) by the team of the AFC Parent Infant Project: Claiming the Baby, Routledge, 2015 (Baradon, T. et al).

Both presentations will raise issues regarding technical challenges, in relation to contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy with infants/parents, children & adolescents such as the use of applied concepts from our Anna Freudian tradition e.g. of developmental therapy, developmental lines and attention to the salient environmental and bodily factors.

In both we hope to pay close attention to the transference /counter transference relationship and the challenges (and opportunities) of the interruptions to therapeutic relationships from the pandemic.

This event is likely to be an on-line conference which will allow international participation.  Full details regarding application, timings and location (if appropriate) will follow.