What is the Frances Tustin Memorial Trust?

(...detail from FTMT page)
The author is invited to speak at The Frances Tustin Memorial Lecture held each year in Los Angeles, California to commemorate the anniversary of Frances Tustin's death.

The End Is A Beginning
After Tustin's death a Memorial Tribute to her was held at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Monica, California on October 21, 1995. Initiated and coordinated by Dr. Judith Mitrani, the conference was sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Center of California Continuing Education Committee and was ably introduced and moderated by PCC President Elect John Lundgren, MD.

The audience of over ninety mental health workers was addressed by six speakers - Drs. James Grotstein, Charlotte Riley, and Judith Mitrani of Los Angeles, Dr. Victoria Hamilton of England, Ms. Maria Pozzi of Italy and Dr, David Rosenfeld of Argentina -- all of whom had a direct connection with Mrs. Tustin.

The hall where the meeting took place was decorated with poster portraits of Tustin in her youth, at the beginning of her career, and up to the month before her death. A video of her BBC Interview with Alexander Newman of the Squiggle Foundation was on view at the reception table, where copies of all of her books, generously donated for the occasion by her publishers, Karnac and Routledge, were available to participants.

A Written Memorial
After the Memorial Conference, Drs. Theodore and Judith Mitrani began the work of collecting, editing and translating scientific contributions from all over the world to add to the papers from the Memorial Tribute as a Festschrift for Frances Tustin. Subsequently, Encounters with Autistic States: A Memorial Tribute to Frances Tustin was published and released by Jason Aronson Publishers in 1997.

The Establishment of The FTM Trust
The proceeds from the Memorial, from sales of Tustin's own books, from the sale of the Mitrani's book and some small donations from individuals were used to establish The Frances Tustin Memorial Trust to subsidize and administer a special perpetual fund to support an Annual Frances Tustin Memorial Prize (FTM) of $1,000 and a Lectureship, to be presented each year to the author of an outstanding paper, utilizing, explicating and extending Tustin's seminal ideas. These papers focus on the psychoanalytic work with ASD in children, adolescents and adults.

Over the past twelve years, the Trust has awarded the FTM Prize to and has hosted the presentation of the award winning paper in Los Angeles for Suzanne Maiello of Rome, Italy, Maria Rhode of London, England, Maria Pozzi of London, England, Paul Barrows of Bristol, England, Vincenzo Bonaminio of Rome, Italy, Didier Houzel of Caen, France, Bianca Lechevalier of Caen France, Jeffrey Eaton of Seattle Washington and Celia Fix Korbivcher of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Trust currently has over one hundred members including the British Psycho-Analytic Society. Our members come from The USA, all over Europe, The UK, Israel, Japan and South America. Lifetime membership in the Trust can still be obtained by any individual/couple/family or institution for a one-time donation of $250.00 US.

The Future
The Trust has also sponsored International conferences on the work of Frances Tustin in London, England in October of 2004, in Caen, France in April of 2005, in Venice, Italy in October of 2006, at The IPA Congress in Berlin Germany in July of 2007 and upcoming in Tel-Aviv Israel in May of 2008. We are also pleased to announce that, as we move forward in this our second decade, the Trust is planning to help fund outcome studies of existing clinical programs in Great Britain and is hoping to embark on the establishment of an early intervention program with mothers and infants at risk, with an eye toward similar outcome studies here in the USA.