TIHR & Tavistock Clinic – Historical Reflections & Thoughts of the Future
Panel discussion: The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust: Historical Reflections and Thoughts of the Future.
This will be a panel discussion of three people who have had long associations with both the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust – David Armstrong, Michael Rustin and Anton Obholzer. The panel will be moderated by Susanna Rustin, journalist at The Guardian, who will introduce the panellists, put questions to them and facilitate discussion on their thoughts about the historical developments and current relationships between the two institutions. A particular focus will be on the changing historical context of the Tavistock’s work, from its radical beginnings in a period of social reconstruction, through its growth and development at mid-century, to a more recent climate in which its values and vision have been less in accord with those dominant in both public and private spheres. Hopes, fears and prospects for the future of the broader Tavistock enterprise will be explored.
David Armstrong – Social Psychologist and an Associate Consultant at Tavistock Consulting. He was junior project officer at TIHR from 1959-1967, then worked at the University of London and the Grubb Institute, before returning to the Tavistock Clinic when it set up a dedicated consultancy service. He is author of Organisation in the Mind (2005), and co-editor of Social Defences against Anxiety: Explorations in a Paradigm (2015).
Dr Anton Obholzer – Psychiatrist and psychoanalyst; former CEO of what is now the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust. He is a visiting Faculty member of INSEAD, and is co-editor of The Unconscious at Work (1995).
Professor Michael Rustin – Professor of Sociology at the University of East London and Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic. He has had a substantial role in developing postgraduate academic study at the Tavistock. He is author of The Good Society and the Inner World (1991) co-author of Reading Klein (2016) and co-editor of Social Defences against Anxiety (2015)
Susanna Rustin is a journalist at the Guardian newspaper, where her work involves both editing and writing. She is chair of the Queens Park Community Council.