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COURSE SEVEN – Infant and Child Development

COURSE SEVEN - Infant and Child Development

Course Coordinators and Leaders: Sandra Meyerovitz, RSW, MA (Social Work), Dipl. TCPP; and Ella Rogalska, DTATI, Dip. TCPP, RP, Cert. IMHS

Thursdays, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 2024. (4 sessions)

Fee: $240

Deadline for registration is January 7, 2024.
Preregistration is required.

** DISTANCE PARTICIPATION ONLY – This course will be conducted online.

Personality Development: Our Beginnings in Infancy
This course will present aspects of the experiences and development of the infant and young child and how this knowledge may be useful in doing psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults, in particular in understanding the workings and uses of the counter-transference. It will present Freud’s classical concepts regarding infant sexuality, the early developmental phases and the developmental lines leading to the Oedipal phase. It will present a description of the different attachment styles between infant and caregiver, with reference to the work of Beatrice Beebe, and will show clips from certain films related to childhood experiences. Participants will be encouraged to think reflectively about the development of the infant and young child and about their experiences in relationship with a primary caregiver, how a secure attachment is achieved, and what can disrupt security. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. To demonstrate understanding of the importance and meaning of the infant’s and young child’s verbal communication, gaze and use of play;
  2. To be able to begin to describe the experience of the power of the relationship between the infant, young child and caregiver(s);
  3. To be able to start describing self-reflective capacity that will inform their own clinical work.
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Sandra Meyerovitz RSW, MA (Social Work), Dipl. TCPP

Sandra Meyerovitz RSW, MA (Social Work), Dipl. TCPP; psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto. Her graduate training is in psychoanalytic child psychotherapy, and has experience of working with families, children, adolescents, and adults. Her work is varied, including, attachment issues; separation and loss; trauma and grief; and sexual abuse. She is interested in therapeutic interventions with young mothers and infants, and presently is a candidate with the advanced IPP (Infant parent Program, Toronto). She is a candidate with the TIP (Toronto Institute for Psychoanalysis). She is the current Vice President of the Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists.

Ella Rogalska, DTATI, Dip. TCPP, RP, Cert. IMHS

Ella Rogalska, DTATI, Dip. TCPP, RP, Cert. IMHS is a graduate in art therapy, psychoanalytic child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, and in infant mental health studies. Ella has years of experience of working with children in psychodynamic play and art therapy and with adults in psychodynamic psychotherapy, in a variety of settings. She is the current President of the Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists. She is in private practice.

This event is eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour). This event is an accredited group learning activity (section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certificate Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA). The specific opinions and content of this event are not necessarily those of the CPA, and are the responsibility of the organizer(s) alone. As per the Royal College standard, each presentation provides a minimum of 25% interactive learning.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2023/2024 status needs to be provided. Please contact the tps&i directly to register at a discount.

Refunds must be requested in writing two weeks prior to the beginning of a course. A handling fee of $30 will be retained. After these two weeks, fees cannot be returned.

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