After a first degree in philosophy, Sebastian Kraemer qualified in medicine in 1970. He trained in paediatrics in Glasgow, Manchester and London, then in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and the Tavistock Clinic, London.

 

From 1980 he was a consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic (until 2003) and in the Paediatric department
at the Whittington Hospital London (until 2015).

 

He is an honorary consultant at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust and continues to write, teach and work with staff in NHS and children's services.

Contact


E-mail: kraemer@doctors.org.uk

Mental Health in Paediatrics


Who will have my tummy ache if I give it up?

Family Systems Medicine 1983; 1: 51-59 doi:10.1037/h0089641

‘The body goes mad’: Liaison Psychiatry in Sickle Cell Disease

in A Erskine & D Judd (eds), The Imaginative Body: Psychodynamic Therapy in Health Care 1994

Given up hope of dying

(with Annie Souter, first author) Child & Family Social Work 2004;
9: 259-264 doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2004.00333.x

‘The menace of psychiatry’: does it still ring a bell?

Archives of Disease in Childhood 2009; 94: 570-572 doi:10.1136/adc.2008.142851

Liaison and co-operation between paediatrics and mental health

Paediatrics and Child Health 2010; 20: 382-7 doi:10.1016/j.paed.2010.02.012

National guidance on paediatric mental health liaison

 

Paediatric psychology/mental health liaison: selected references

 

Liaison Citations: selected journal and book
extracts on paediatric mental health liaison

 

Parity of mental and physical child health in hospitals

 

The view from the bridge: bringing a third position to child health

in S Campbell, R Catchpole & D Morley (eds).
Child & Adolescent Mental Health: New Insights to Practice Palgrave Macmillan 2016

Descartes Lives. Commentary on NHS England Five Year Forward View

 

Paediatric mental health liaison: first principles and misunderstandings, 2017

 

From Spotlight to Floodlight: camouflaged mental processes in paediatrics, 2017

Family systems and the psychodynamics of therapeutic change


Leaving Home, and the adolescent family therapist

Journal of Adolescence 1982; 5: 51-62 doi.org/10.1016/S0140-1971(82)80018-3

A Note on Spinoza's Contribution to systemic therapy

Family Process 1982; 21: 353-357 doi:10.1111/j.1545-5300.1982.00353.x

Why worry, why now, what for? A pocket guide to systemic/strategic therapy

1986, minor revisions 2013

The promise of family therapy

British Journal of Psychotherapy 1994; 11: 32-45 doi:10.1111/j.1752-0118.1994.tb00700.x

Books reconsidered: Steps to an Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson

British Journal of Psychiatry 1993;163: 265-268

Tribal processes in psychotherapy: the stand off between psychoanalysis and systems

in P Nolan & I Säfvestad-Nolan (eds), Object Relations and Integrative Psychotherapy Whurr 2002

Systemic and family therapeutic approaches in psychiatry

Psychiatry 2002 1:3, 21-24

From system to psyche

(with Justin Schlicht, first author) in C Flaskas, B Mason & A Perlesz (eds)
The Space Between: Experience, Context, and Process in The Therapeutic Relationship, Karnac 2005

Something happens; elements of therapeutic change

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 2006; 11: 239-248 doi:10.1177/1359104506061415

Where did that come from? Countertransference in family therapy

European Psychotherapy 2008; 8: 115-133

The art of the present tense

 

Narrative Matters: The Eternal Triangle – a century of family psychology for clinicians

Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2017; 22: 113–114 doi:10.1111/camh.12225

Medical training, practice and child psychiatry


Personal view

British Medical Journal 1971; 3: 179 doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5767.179

Creating a space to supervise

Tavistock Gazette 1992; 34

On working together: dilemmas for trainers

Association of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Review and Newsletter 1994; 16: 120-9

Who needs child and adolescent psychiatrists?

Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 1999; 4: 121-127 doi:10.1177/1359104599004001010

Getting in touch: Reflections on Clinical Attentiveness

in C. Macaulay, P. Powell & C. Fertleman (eds), Learning from Paediatric Patient Journeys: What Children and their Families can tell us CRC Press, 2016

Staff development, consultation
and group relations


‘The dangers of this atmosphere’: a Quaker
connection in the Tavistock Clinic’s development

History of the Human Sciences 2011; 24: 82-102 doi:10.1177/0952695111398570

Anxiety at the front line

in D. Armstrong & M. Rustin (eds), Social Defences against Anxiety: Explorations in a Paradigm
Karnac 2015

Learning from experience, 2016

Fathers and fragile males


The Origins of Fatherhood, an ancient family process

Family Process 1991; 30: 377-392 doi:10.1111/j.1545-5300.1991.00377.x

A man's place

in C Clulow (ed), Women, Men and Marriage Sheldon Press 1995

The fragility of fatherhood

in G Dench (ed), Rewriting the Sexual Contract Transaction 1999

The fragile male

British Medical Journal 2000; 321:1609-12 doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7276.1609

Book review: Textbook of Men's Mental Health

British Journal of Psychiatry 2007;191: 573-574

The mental health of boys

Trends in Urology & Men's Health 2011; 2: 9-11 doi:10.1002/tre.196

Narratives of fathers and sons: ‘there is no such thing as a father’

in A Vetere & E Dowling (eds) Narrative Therapies with children and their Families (Second Edition)
Brunner/Routledge 2017

Notes on the fragile male, 2017

Attachment, parenting, and policy


Parenting yesterday today and tomorrow

in KN Dwivedi (ed) A Professional Handbook for Enhancing Parenting Wiley 1997

Promoting resilience: changing concepts of parenting and child care

International Journal of Child and Family Welfare 1999; 3: 273-287

Politics in the nursery

in W Wheeler (ed), The Political Subject Lawrence & Wishart 2001

‘The strong get smart while the weak ones fade’

Submission to Good Childhood Inquiry Children’s Society 2006

A tribute to the legacy of John Bowlby at the centenary of his birth

(with Howard Steele and Jeremy Holmes) Attachment & Human Development
2007; 9:4, 303 – 306 doi:10.1080/14616730701711508

Book review: Ed Tronick The Neurobehavioral and
Socio-Emotional Development of Infants and Children

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry Psychiatry 2009; 50:11, 1437–1438
doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2009.02131.x

"What is wrong with emotional upset?" 50 years on from the Platt Report

edited by Sebastian Kraemer, with Sydney Brandon, Mary Lindsay and Jean Lovell-Davis
Archives of Disease in Childhood 2009;94, 173–177
doi:10.1136/adc.2008.152512

How does insecure attachment impair character development

in J Lexmond & M Grist (eds) 1988; The Character Inquiry Demos 2011

Where is our humanity

Child Poverty Action Group 2011

The infant socialist

 

Integrated perinatal care

 

The Politics of Attachment two decades on

Child protection


Splitting and stupidity in child sexual abuse

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 1988; 3: 247-257 doi:10.1080/02668738700700211