During the 1920s the Tavistock Clinic grew. Speech Therapy and Social Work were added to the services provided by the Clinic and towards the end of the decade a hostel was opened for patients from outside London.
Education and training at the Clinic grew at a considerable rate.
In the early days our professional training took the form of training supervision meetings for staff and our wider educational offer took the form of public lectures for doctors and teachers. This wider ‘public’ programme was successfully organised by Sylvia Leith-Ross, the Tavistock Clinic’s first honorary secretary.
During the early days the Tavistock Clinic ran lectures, both for professionals and the public. These included such subjects as: elementary psychotherapy, elementary psychology, psychology and ethics, and analytical psychology. In the first seven years 389 lectures were given. Initially these were held in the Chinese wallpapered drawing room, but as audiences grew there were not enough chairs and people had to stand at the back. Then there was not enough standing room and the audience overflowed onto the stairs. Eventually, the large hall at the Mary Ward Settlement across the road had to be hired to accommodate the growing audiences.