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Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 21 April 1967 

Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 21 April 1967
Letter to Dr W. Clifford M. Scott, 21 April 1967

Robert Adès

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date: 03 April 2020

Clifford Scott Archives (1903-1997) - National Archive. Ottawa, Canada.

Dr D. W. Winnicott 87 Chester Square SW1 Sloane 9544

21st April 1967.


Dr.W.Clifford M.Scott,

1516 Pine Avenue West,



Dear Scotty,

Now I am back here and settled in again I find a letter from you about Dr.Yvon Gauthier; no doubt he will make some sort of contact with me and I will try to respond in some way or other. Thank you for telling him about me.

It was sad that we had to miss each other by a week and that Clare and I were not able to come to Montreal either for you or for Expo 67. It was fun, however, to have a talk with Robert. We had rather a busy but interesting three days in Boston1.

By the way, if you are writing, let me know whether you have any views on Virginia Axline2. Clare and I had five hours with her in New York because we are so impressed by her work as described in the book Dibs and in her more solid volume on Play Therapy. She is not an analyst but as far as I can see she has a technique which is effective and which could be taught to people who are not able to take a psycho-analytic training. This is very important over here because we simply have to make a tremendous spread of psychotherapy and the psycho-analytic jam simply does not show because of the vastness of the area to be covered. If you have anything for or against Virginia Axline please let me have it, in confidence if necessary, before we get rather heavily committed.

Yours ever,




1 Reference to a trip to the U.S.A. in April 1967 where Winnicott gave a lecture at the Judge Baker Guidance Center 50th anniversary, Boston, MA: Principles of Direct Therapy in Child Psychiatry [‘Ruth’ aet 8 Years; CW 10:3:17]. CW 12:3 p.213. Winnicott gave a spoken commentary on her book ‘Play Therapy’ (Boston: Houghton Miffin, 1947). CW 9:1:32 pp. 159–166).

2 Virginia Axline (1911–1988) was a psychologist and one of the pioneers in the use of non-directive play therapy