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By Meg Harris Williams, Maria Rhode, Margaret Rustin, Gianna Polacco Williams

Martha Harris (1919-1987) was once the most influential and in addition some of the most enjoyed psychoanalysts of the iteration that informed with Melanie Klein. She additionally labored with Wilfred Bion, and wrote many books and papers on psychoanalytic education and baby improvement. Her colleague James Gammill cites Mrs Klein as asserting: "She is likely one of the top humans i've got ever identified for the psychoanalysis of kids ... and  Read more...

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Increasingly, some people applied for M7 with the intention of training later as a child psychotherapist, but, while taking the course, discovered the potential for therapeutic interaction within their own work. They felt enriched by the psychoanalytic perspective offered by the Work Discussion – as well as the rest of the course – and realized that they had no real motivation to change the work they were doing. I remember, for instance, the head teacher of a secondary school who had started M7 as a prerequisite for the clinical training, with the intention of changing her profession.

Some students also called the day-release “the Wednesday marathon”. It was not possible to think of such weekly seminars for students in Rome, because of the cost of the flights for tutors travelling from London. So, if we were thinking about fortnightly seminars, which would be needed to cover the same ground, we just needed to hold a double marathon. Some teachers of the Observational Studies course in London could come to Rome in rotation and work on Friday and Saturday, or on Saturday and Sunday.

Eve Steel, Pat Kenwood, Herb Hahn and I – Mattie’s group from Melbourne, Australia – talked about our recollections of Mattie and her teaching methods. We agreed that we shared with each other the extent to which her methods permeated our lives: not only our professional lives at all levels, but also our relations with each other. We share values, curiosity, a love of honesty and forthrightness. For me, there is a thread linking back to Mattie’s mind and Mattie’s room at the Tavi, where I still vividly remember the first meeting of my group for our first infant observation seminar, with Mattie, in the autumn of 1967.

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