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On Family Lyn French, Reva Klein, Prue Barnes

18 May 2013

Past, Present and Future

  • Venue

    Rivington Place

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  • Artists

    Lyn French

In relation to the Keywords exhibition and part of the Family display, Iniva presents Lyn French (A Space Director) in conversation with Reva Klein (author and psychotherapist), Prue Barnes (Head Teacher) and Camilla Waldburg (family therapist).

Our family structure and our intergenerational histories consciously or unconsciously shape aspects of our identity. We all make assumptions about what ‘family’ means. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we may instinctively order family types along a hierarchy, assuming that birth parents living with two or three children is the model to aspire to.

Lyn French will be leading a panel discussion exploring questions such as ‘What are the inherent risks in idealising one particular family model? Why has our society reinforced this model? What are the unconscious messages children and young people are picking up about family composition, family roles and parenting in general? How can we align current thinking with the forms families take today rather than with an idealised and often unrealistic traditional model?’


Lyn French is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and an art therapist. She originally completed the Goldsmiths MA in fine art and has a long standing interest in integrating the arts, arts therapies and psychotherapy. She is the Director of A Space in Hackney. Recent publications include Therapeutic Practice in Schools: Working with the Child Within (2012, Routledge) and Therapeutic Practice in Schools: The Contemporary Adolescent due out early in 2014. Both are co-edited with Reva Klein.

Reva Klein is currently working as a supervisor with A Space in Hackney and has a private psychotherapy practice. Prior to training as a psychotherapist, Reva was a freelance journalist for over thirty years. She is the author of three books on education ‘Defying Disaffection’ (Trentham) ‘Citizens by Right’ and ‘We Want our Say’ (Save the Children and Trentham)] and the co-author of ‘Reluctant Refuge: the story of asylum in Britain’ published in 2008 by the British Library. She twice won the Commission for Racial Equality’s Race in the Media Award for her writing in the Times Educational Supplement, for which she was a regular contributor and columnist and she was short listed for the NASEN award for ‘Defying Disaffection.’ She founded and edited The International Journal on School Disaffection, an Anglo-American publication now in its tenth year.  Teachers at Goldsmiths College.

Prue Barnes is an Executive Head Teacher at a 4 form entry primary school in Wlathamstow. She has an MA in Emotional and Behavioural Learning and is currently working towards a PhD exploring the challenges facing leaders working in urban settings.

Camilla Waldburg is a family therapist based in a Social Care Team in Hackney and also working for A Space. Following on from a degree in psychology, she trained in play therapy at Roehampton before developing the play therapy service at A Space where she now supervises trainees. Since completing her MSc in systemic psychotherapy with families and couples, she has been building the family consultation service at A Space.

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