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Creating Space for Meaningful Moments - joint CPPAA/VAPP event

Updated: Oct 15, 2020

A warm welcome is extended to all CPPAA and VAPP Members and Candidates

Creating Space for Meaningful Moments Held in the Virtual Frame of Online Child and Family Psychotherapy

An Illustrated Conversation Presented by Carolyn Coburn and Andrea Oldham

Monday, 5th October 8.00pm (by Zoom)

The VAPP and CPPAA invite their joint communities of Members and Candidates to a presentation by Carolyn Coburn and Andrea Oldham as they share conversations about working with children and families in our new world of online psychoanalytic child psychotherapy.

Carolyn and Andrea first began their conversations at The Royal Children’s Hospital, and they have continued working together and sharing their ideas and enthusiasm for creating a Psychotherapeutic Frame that enables space for play, connection and meaning to emerge, especially for families facing periods of social and physical isolation, disability and trauma. The challenges of physical surrounds have shaped their ways of working over many years and necessitated an emphasis on finding creative ways of engaging children who have limited options for the fundamentals of interaction and play with another joyful mind. Working online is another challenge and they would like to share some meaningful moments illustrated with vignettes of their work in a conversation style presentation.

About the Presenters Carolyn Coburn is a child adolescent and adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist in full time private practice. She has taught for many years at Mindful The University of Melbourne’s Child Psychiatry Training Program, Monash University Masters of Mental Health in Child Psychotherapy Studies, and the Masters of Child Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy MCPP and run infant observation groups for 20 years. She is the current President of the CPPAA. Carolyn was a long-standing member of The Royal Children’s Hospital Child Psychotherapy Department and has consulted extensively to Maternal and Child Health Outreach Nurses as well running training and supervision for Family Mediation Centres.

Andrea Oldham is a Psychologist and Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She has a Graduate Diploma in Family and Relationships through the Cairnmillar Institute and a Masters in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy through Monash. She has worked in Private Practice for 12 years, as well as The Royal Children’s Hospital, CAMHS and Department of Education. For many years she has offered phone or video link therapy to create a bridge when people are at a distance due to their location, when they are recovering from surgery and illness at home or in hospital and with babies and parents. Along the way Andrea has discovered video therapy to be a transformative and creative form of therapy. This has provided a helpful foundation to now work with Tele-therapy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrea believes in the power of people connecting creatively to find a way through struggles. She holds great hope that we can find new ways as clinicians to maintain a connection with patients and colleagues even from a distance.

Date: Monday 5th October 8.00pm-9.30pm

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