MA Scholar | Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust | 2021 - 2023
Aruna Wittmann is in her second year of the Working with Children, Young People and Families: A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach Masters course at the Tavistock. She currently works at a Tier-4 in-patient children’s unit, as part of the school team, which provides 1-1 help to children with far-reaching emotional and psychological problems. Aruna has also been a Teach First teacher in secondary schools, where she saw how poverty and lack of social inclusion leaves many children and families unable to properly participate in education. She has also held positions as a Teaching Assistant in ordinary and specialist primary schools where she worked particularly with young people with Autism.
Aruna has been a volunteer with the Refugee Council based in South London, teaching English and life skills to unaccompanied child refugees, as well as with the Romsey Mill Foundation, providing emotional support for young mothers and their babies. Both made her aware that working with children, especially those with systemic in-built disadvantages, is something close to her heart. She has had a passionate interest in psychoanalysis for many years, having previously pursued it in an academic setting. She taught an oversubscribed course entitled Literature and Psychoanalysis at Kings College London while pursuing a PhD in psychoanalysis and postcolonial studies which focused on the representation of childhood in diasporic Caribbean Literature.
Aruna hopes to complete a doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.