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10:30 - 12:30


In advance £ 18.00


Pavilion Room
St Antony's College
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX2 6JF
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psychoanalytic approaches to depression among adolescents and young adults

This paper addresses the contribution time-limited psychoanalytic psychotherapy can make to understanding and treating the overwhelming numbers of seriously depressed young people in need of help.

The recent large Randomised Control Trial, known as the IMPACT study, demonstrated that short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy was effective for adolescents with major depression, and that it was as effective as CBT. This is the first time child psychotherapy has been included in an RCT and it is hoped that this will lead to a change in the NICE guidelines, which are just being reviewed.

Drawing on her experience on the RCT, and on many years of clinical practice, Margaret Rustin will present a case to illustrate her conviction that time-limited psychotherapy can be solidly rooted in psychoanalytic theory and technique, and that such work can be well suited for adolescents in crisis.

The talk starts at 11. Registration with coffee/tea and biscuits is at 10.30am. 

Tickets are also available on the door at £20.

about the speaker

Margaret Rustin is an honorary consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, where she was head of child psychotherapy from 1986 - 2009. Since retiring from the NHS she continues to teach and supervise both in the UK and abroad, most recently in China and Taiwan. She is also qualified as an adult psychotherapist and sees children, young people and adults in her private practice.

She is a Clinical Associate and Child Analyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. Her most recent book written jointly with her husband Michael Rustin is Reading Klein (International Library of Psychoanalysis). She was also one of the authors of Short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy for adolescents with depression: a treatment manual (Karnac 2017), a book arising from a major research study.

how to get there

By train: 22 -30 minutes’ walk or bus from Oxford Station.

By car: the nearest Park and Ride to St Antony's is Peartree OX2 8JD, from where you can take the 300 bus to just outside the College entrance.


Image by Penny Elder. Penny is a retired psychoanalytical psychotherapist. You can visit her website here:

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