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Meltzer, D. (2011). Appendix I: Martha Harris and the Tavistock Course (1988). The Tavistock Model: Papers on Child Development and Psychoanalytic Training, 345-346.

Meltzer, D. (2011). Appendix I: Martha Harris and the Tavistock Course (1988). The Tavistock Model: Papers on Child Development and Psychoanalytic Training, 345-346

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Donald Meltzer

By both background and inclination, Mattie was a scholar of English literature and a teacher. Nothing was more foreign to her nature than the administrative requirements that eventually devolved upon her at the Tavistock. If ever anyone had “greatness thrust upon them”, it was the reluctant Mattie at the time when Mrs Bick left the Clinic and it was up to Mattie to either take over to or let the infant Child Psychotherapy Course fade away.

The way in which she came to terms with this crisis in her life—and here Roland's encouragement and help was essential—was by framing a radical pedagogical method. Many of the central ideas came from Roland, who was at that time deputy headmaster of a large comprehensive school in London, prior to his going to the Ministry of Education and later to Brunel University.

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