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Tavistock Relationships has produced, Couples Who Adopt: A Guide to Helping Adoptive Couples, an important new guide in our series which offers particular guidance and insights for practitioners working in the adoption sector. Download the guide here.

The guide draws on  70 years’ worth of experience that Tavistock Relationships has  developed  in working with couples, combined with the direct knowledge gained from a year long project providing  relationship support to adoptive parents, as part of a programme funded by the Department for Education. It will assist professionals in identifying the concerns and challenges faced by couples who are in the process of adopting or have adopted children and suggest ways of identifying ways to help and support these families .

Of the publication, Susanna Abse, CEO of Tavistock Relationships said: 

“Adopting a child is one of the most rewarding things a couple can do but equally  one of  the most challenging and life changing . The dynamics of family life change completely and that inevitably impacts on a couple’s relationship. There was a recognised need to support couples post adoption which is why this work was commissioned by DfE and we hope this guide will provide an invaluable resource of practical guidance and knowledge which will help grow the development of relationship support services for adoptive parents. We think it moves the conversation on to show how important it is for  those who work with adoptive families to be aware of the different focus required to help parents with their  relationships and therefore (most crucially)  helping adoptive children, improving their life chances.”

World-leading centre for counselling, psychotherapy, training and research presents a new, simpler identity to better reflect its work.

From June 2016 the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships, also known as TCCR, will be officially renamed Tavistock Relationships.

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The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships announces Andrew Balfour as new CEO

Andrew Balfour has been named as the new CEO of The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR), following an open selection process.

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The founders of the Parents as Partners programme reflect on their recent UK visit, including seeing it being delivered in local authorites

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In the lead up to Valentine’s Day, The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR) unveils its new web-based clinical chat service - Chat First. This initiative will enable couples or individuals to ask any questions about couple therapy prior to entering the consultation room.

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Professor’s Philip and Carolyn Cowan reflect on their upcoming visit around England, visiting services and meeting with policy makers

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What do parental relationships have to do with choldren's mental health

A blog by Susanna Abse, Chief Executive, Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships.

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After 10 years leading TCCR, Susanna Abse is to stand down as CEO this Autumn.

Nick Pearce, Chair of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, TCCR's parent body, said: "Susanna is an outstanding chief executive of TCCR and we will miss her greatly. She manages to combine deep professional expertise with political acumen, managerial flair and wide-ranging policy knowledge. TCCR has grown and flourished under her leadership and the respect in which the organisation is held is in no small part due to her. The trustees wish to acknowledge their huge gratitude to Susanna for her wonderful service to TCCR.

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The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships welcomes the announcement by the Government today to double the amount of funding available for relationship support over this Parliament. This increase, which TCCR has long called for, is more recognition that relationships matter. It highlights both the positive impact which training frontline practitioners to identify and support those experiencing relationship distress can have on the lives and life chances of adults, as well as their children; and how effective couple counselling can be for couples who are experiencing difficulties in their relationship.

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Unique discussion forum for couple therapists and online seminars on couple psychodynamics available for limited number of participants

Couple and individual therapists have been offered the opportunity to participate in two ground breaking new interactive online services being launched in January.

For the first time ever, TCCR will be enabling practitioners to participate in a full online training. The course, entitled; The Psychodynamics of Couple Relationships: Readings in Love and Hate provides a term of live online seminars and video presentations which will explore the psychodynamics of couple relationships.

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