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The Psychoanalytic Work of Hansi Kennedy From War Nurseries to the Anna Freud Centre (1940-1993) by Jill M. Miller

The Psychoanalytic Work of Hansi Kennedy From War Nurseries to the Anna Freud Centre (1940-1993)


The Psychoanalytic Work of Hansi Kennedy From War Nurseries to the Anna Freud Centre (1940-1993) by Jill M. Miller

This book presents a selection of the works of Hansi Kennedy, pre-eminent child psychoanalyst, whose career began with Anna Freud in the Hampstead War Nurseries and continued at the Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic (renamed the Anna Freud Centre in 1982) until her retirement in 1993. Her career spanned a significant period in the development of child psychoanalysis, as her ideas foreshadowed a number of advances in theory during the period which have had a profound impact on child psychoanalytic technique.


'For many if not all of those fortunate enough to work with her, Hansi Kennedy and her gifted collaborative teaching opened the doors to understanding how to work with children and adolescents. Her accessible humanity softened what otherwise might have seemed rigid and formulaic; she therefore allowed her supervisees to see and to use connections and meanings in their work with their young patients, as they arose and as they developed. The selections in this book are just a sample of Hansi's thinking and will go far in keeping the focus on the child's developmental welfare and in exemplifying the best in psychoanalytic developmental thinking and technique.'- Robert L. Tyson, MD'Hansi Kennedy is undoubtedly one of the giants of psychoanalysis, particularly the psychoanalysis of children. Her work has moved the field forward in dramatic ways, including in the treatment ofborderline children and the use of developmental help. Miller and Neely are to be congratulated for bringing together an integration of her work that has the quality of crystal clarity characteristic of Kennedy's clinical writings and supervision. The book is vibrant with compelling clinical examples that will be enormously helpful to novice and experienced child clinicians alike. Kennedy's writings, like those of Winnicott, Bion and Bowlby, yield fresh insights to the reader with each re-reading. This book is of immense value and is destined to become a classic.'- Professor Peter Fonagy'

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Publication date

1st June 2008


Jill M. Miller

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Karnac Books an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


336 pages


Child & developmental psychology
Psychoanalytical theory (Freudian psychology)



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