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The ‘Replacement Child’


Mon February 19th
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
£49.00 – £59.00

Monday 19th February 2024.

ONLINE via Zoom and CATCH-UP for 28 days.

Event Times: 6.00pm – 9.00pm GMT (London)/ 7.00pm – 10.00pm CET (Paris)/ 1.00pm – 4.00pm EST (New York).

Tickets: £59 (full ticketing information at the end of this listing).

Please note that this seminar will take place on a Monday evening.

Summary: In this seminar we will discuss what a “replacement child” is and what impact having this identity may have upon our clients.

*The ‘Replacement Child’: Clinical work to reclaim the self*

Event Description:

Families face intense psychic pain when a child has deceased or goes missing. For complex reasons, the effects of loss and trauma can remain unresolved and unconscious across one or more generations. The impact can be especially powerful for the child born after the loss, but also affect surviving siblings of children born years later.

During this evening seminar, we will discuss how ‘the replacement child’ dynamics create a fragmented identity, relational difficulties and a sense of existential insecurity. Through clinical material, our speakers will discuss how these unconscious themes can be sensitively considered within the therapeutic relationship and how we can accompany replacement children to find their true self.

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion throughout the evening.

Definition of Replacement Child:

The definition of the term ‘replacement child’ is complex and depends on the particular person and their family psychodynamics. The richness of the concept will be addressed by both speakers through theoretical and clinical vignettes, but for the purposes of this workshop we are using the definition of ‘Replacement Child’ offered by the Replacement Child Forum which we have replicated below from their website):

A person can be a replacement child if:

  • Conceived or born to replace a child or other member of the family who has died;
  • Born shortly after a death, stillbirth, miscarriage or abortion: a so-called subsequent child;
  • Born as a surviving twin or multiple;
  • Replacing a sibling or another member of the family later on, due to death or disability;
  • In the context of the adoption of a child, replacing or being replaced by a conceived child; or
  • Being assigned the role to replace a missing person or self-identifying with such a role.
  • Important Note: Children born or adopted after a death or loss are not automatically replacement children.


Kristina Schellinski, is a Jungian Teaching Analyst and Supervisor, has published the book “Individuation for Adult Replacement Children: Ways of Coming into Being” (2019). She will discuss her ideas on the ‘replacement child’ through illuminating images, literature, and references to famous historical figures who were replacement children. She is based near Geneva, Switzerland and she lectures widely on this subject.

Dr Zack Eleftheriadou, is a Parent-infant, Child & Adult Psychotherapist and Counselling Psychologist. She will present a psychoanalytic account, illustrating the ways the replacement child condition can manifest in adult life. She will also discuss developmental aspects, referring to her chapter on the case of D.W. Winnicott’s case of the Piggle, in the book “Finding the Piggle: Reconsidering D. W. Winnicott’s Most Famous Child Case” (Gradiva award for best Edited book in 2021).



Online Workshop: This workshop will be delivered via Zoom. Bookings close the day before the start of the workshop , and joining details will be sent to all delegates after bookings close (the morning of the workshop). Please note that by booking a ticket for this workshop, you are agreeing to our terms and conditions for Zoom events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

Catch-up:  This workshop will be recorded. A link to the recording will be emailed out to all delegates in the week AFTER the event. This recording will then be available to view in your own time for 28 days. Full details are included in emails sent to delegates. After this time the recording will no longer be available, so if you are planning to use the catch-up function, please ensure that you have adequate time to view the recording within this time frame.

Standard Ticket Price – £59

Available until midnight on Sunday 18th February when bookings close.

*Please be aware there are a limited number of tickets at each price point, including where a Super Early Bird ticket price is offered*

Please note that the use of the new subscriber code is limited for each workshop and when the maximum number is reached the code will no longer work. This workshop has now reached the maximum number so the new subscriber discount can no longer be used for this event.

Ticket Payment: 

Bookings must be paid for either via Paypal, Credit/debit card (via Paypal, no Paypal account required), or bank transfer. All payments via bank transfer must be made by midnight on Sunday 18th February to secure your place! 

CPD Certificates: 

All delegates will be supplied with a CPD Certificate. This will be sent automatically to all delegates in the week AFTER the conference takes place.


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