Public Workshops

Help for Community-based Schools

Anna Kildal and Hege Dalheim (far left in the picture below) are two Norwegian psychology students who completed their main external practice in clinical psychology this fall at Dr. Mark Tunbridge and Associates. Both of them have studied abroad in English speaking countries (Australia and USA) and speak English fluently. By working in South Africa they broadened their perspectives and learned about the South African culture. During their formal internship at Dr. Mark Tunbridge & Associates, they provided counselling and psychotherapy to patients who would not have been able to pay for formalised care. Therefore, they were placed at Claremont High School and Ysterplaat Primary where they provided psychotherapy to the children and their parents, free of charge.

Andrea Henderson, the learning support teacher at Ysterplaat Primary discussed their experiences in her own words, as follows: “One of our teachers came to a workshop at Dr. Mark Tunbridge & Associates. She asked their Community Outreach Program for help, as the school had a student who needed psychotherapy. Ysterplaat is within a very poor community and parents cannot afford the regular fees for this clinical service. Jurie Wessels, organiser of their Community Outreach Programme, was able to appoint two Norwegian students, who were doing their Clinical Internship through Dr. Mark Tunbridge & Associates’ Community Outreach Programme, to look after and counsel the parents and the child. The two Norwegian students will be leaving us soon but we would like to express our appreciation for their excellent counsel. The Ysterplaat community is so grateful to these two wonderful young ladies who have offered their expertise and time willingly. We would like to thank Jurie Wessels and Dr. Mark Tunbridge & Associates for making all this possible.”

One of the 50 Greatest Documentaries:

Who does the
child become?

"Give me a child until they are seven, and I will show you the man!" Ignatius of Loyola

Do you agree with this quote?

How readily do we change throughout our lives? Are we destined to be the products of our backgrounds, or do we have a choice? Are humans as predictable as we think, or are the paths of our lives determined by a complex interaction of different forces? If you would like to share your thoughts with other people interested in this subject, join our interactive documentary film screening of the ‘UP Series’. Our presentation will be an interactive movie screening that will involve facilitated discussions of each case study.

The Up Series is a series of documentary films produced by Granada Television that have followed the lives of fourteen British children since 1964, when they were seven years old. The documentary has had eight episodes spanning 49 years (one episode every seven years) and the documentary has been broadcast on both ITV and BBC. In 2005, the series topped the list of The 50 Greatest Documentaries. Every seven years, the director, Michael Apted, films new material from as many of the fourteen children as he can get to continue to participate.

Join us at Dr. Mark Tunbridge & Associates for an interactive documentary viewing that will discuss each case in detail with the audience. Each viewing night will focus on a specific individual personality on “The Up Series.” Each case study will be discussed with the audience who will be invited to share their views, predictions and interpretations as to how these British children might live their lives. Throughout the series, various themes emerge that are of considerable benefit to our South African society. These themes include: struggling with identity, growing up in different socioeconomic backgrounds, dealing with marriage and divorce, anger, growing old and the struggles of dealing with psychiatric disorders, to name just a few.

To become part of our exciting interactive workshops, please contact the practice to book a workshop. Please also refer to our Public Workshops page for further information regarding workshop bookings and process.


middle age?

These are some of the questions that will be raised during the screening. Thereafter you will see for yourself who they actually become at their next filmed interview seven years later.


Andrew & John

Andrew and John were two of three boys chosen from the same pre-preparatory school in the wealthy London suburb of Kensington. The three are introduced in Seven Up! singing "Waltzing Matilda" in Latin. At the age of seven, when asked what newspaper he reads, if any, Andrew stated that he reads The Financial Times, and all three could say which prep schools, public schools and universities they planned to attend (Oxford/Cambridge in all cases); two named the specific Oxbridge college they intended to join.


Suzanne (Suzy) Lusk comes from a wealthy background, and was first filmed at a boarding school. Her parents divorced around the time of 7 Plus Seven.

Jackie, Lynn & Sue

These three girls were chosen from the same primary school in a working class neighbourhood of London.


Tony Walker was chosen from a primary school in the East End of London who is introduced along with his girlfriend Michelle. He wanted to be a jockey at 7, and was at a stable training as one by 14.


Paul Kligerman was at a charity-based boarding school at 7, his parents having divorced and he having been left with his father. Soon after Seven Up! his father and stepmother moved the family to Australia, where he has remained in the Melbourne area ever since.


Symon Basterfield was chosen from the same charity home as Paul. He was an illegitimate child, who apparently never got to know his father, and had left the charity home to live with his mother by the time of the 7 Plus Seven filming; her depression is alluded to as the cause for him being in the charity home.


William Nicholas (Nick) Hitchon was raised on a small farm in Arncliffe, a tiny village in the Yorkshire Dales. He was educated in a one-room school four miles walk from his home.


From a 'Liverpool suburb' Neil Hughes at the age of seven wanted to become an astronaut and aspired to go to Oxford University .


Bruce Balden wanted to become a missionary at the age of seven. He was attending a prestigious boarding school. He also said that his greatest desire was to see his father, who was a soldier in Rhodesia, and he seemed a little abandoned

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank
Dr. Mark Tunbridge & Associates are passionate about optimising childhood development which is why we are involved with the good work of Stop Hunger Now.

Along with other enthusiastic community members our staff helped put together highly nutritious dehydrated meals comprised of rice, soy, vegetables, flavouring and 21 essential vitamins and minerals. With each meal package comfortably feeding up to 6 children, and Stop Hunger Now’s clever use of volunteers, we were delighted that in just an hour and a half, we helped packed enough meals to feed hundreds of deserving kids.

Sometimes people may feel that we are too small to make a big difference. Stop Hunger Now solves this by transforming small efforts into big differences, thereby improving the lives of hungry children. Healthy brain development cannot happen on an empty stomach. Stop Hunger Now focuses on early childhood development, and a large portion of aid is directed to lunch programmes at Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres.

Our staff had an amazing experience giving time to helping others. We encourage everyone in the community to do the same. If you are interested in volunteering with Stop Hunger Now visit their website.

Please keep visiting this page to see what community projects we are getting involved with next and how you might be able to join in.


University of Cape Town community outreach

The University of Cape Town’s outreach to our community has endeavoured to create community awareness of the Humanities Faculty. UCT aims to emphasise the relevance of studying psychology and future career paths among 21st Century youth. The poster (adjacent) was photographed and designed by UCT and the wording taken from Dr. Tunbridge’s response to an interview regarding reasons why young people should study psychology in the 21st Century. The poster is being distributed to schools and university institutions around South Africa in order to inspire the youth to pursue a career in psychology and thereby enrich their collective communities.”


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