Psychological Processes in Divorce Tavistock Relationships


February 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
£118 (£108 if booked and paid for by 13 January 2018)   Tickets
020 7380 8288

This one day course, led by Avi Shmueli, a psychoanalyst and couple psychotherapist who has worked extensively with couples and individuals going through separation and divorce, is designed to help participants:

  1. increase their knowledge and learning on the psychological nature of divorce.
  2. learn about the parallel interaction between the legal and psychological processes of divorce.
  3. learn about the different types of divorce and separation presentations met in the consulting room.
  4. consider the changes in clinical technique required when working with divorce and separation.

The course will convey the different psychological processes observed in couples and individuals during divorce and separation. These will be observed to be based upon the couple functioning pre-divorce and have an impact long after the legal divorce is complete. Consideration of technique will be an important aspect of the course.

Reading will be recommended following the course.


The workshop is particularly suited to individual and couple therapists, counsellors and students with an interest in looking at separation and divorce from a psychoanalytical view point.


10:00 The Psychological Couple and the Legal Divorce

11:30 – 11:45 Tea/Coffee break

11:45 – 1:00 Psychological Processes in Divorce

1:00 – 2:00 Lunch break

2:00 – 3:30 Case Examples and Issues of Technique

3:30 – 3:40 Afternoon Tea

3:40 Further Discussion and examples

4:00 Close, Evaluation forms.


Avi Shmueli is a psychoanalyst and couple psychotherapist, having initially trained as a clinical psychologist. He has worked in the NHS, the Anna Freud Centre and was a staff member at the Tavistock Relationships for many years. Committed to psychoanalysis as a theory for understanding the mind and as a model of clinical practice, he has pursued its different applications including empirical research and completed a PhD at University College London in the field of Attachment Theory. He now works in private practice, supervises the work of the TR’s Divorce and Separation Consultation Service, and pursues the application of psychoanalysis to the fields of both family and criminal law.


CPD hours: 6