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SPECIAL EXTENSION PROGRAM SEMINARS – Advanced Infant-Parent Psychotherapy (IPP) Work-Study Seminar for Child and Adult Psychoanalytic Therapists

SPECIAL EXTENSION PROGRAM SEMINARS - Advanced Infant-Parent Psychotherapy (IPP) Work-Study Seminar for Child and Adult Psychoanalytic Therapists

Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Seminar Leaders: Elizabeth Tuters, Carol Jane Parker

Monday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am: September 28, October 5, 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, December 7, 2020; January 18, 25, February 1, 8, March 1, 8, 22, 29, April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 31, 2021 (25 seminars)

Fees: $1000 (Registration closed. This course is fully subscribed.)

Preregistration is required. Number of participants is limited.

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

Requirements – Applicants must have a professional mental health qualification, such as psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy, social work, nursing, and be a member of their respective regulating colleges. Applicants are required to submit a statement about their desire to take this course, and will be briefly interviewed for suitability for this specific course.

This seminar is held weekly for two hours, for 25 weeks. It is a co-teaching experience with both seminar leaders teaching simultaneously. It is based on learning from clinical experience, where the participants have an opportunity to directly observe early development of the child, and parental response, in order to become aware of the child’s capacities, personality development, emergence of psychopathology, and the parental strengths and characteristics which contribute to the possible psychopathology in the child. The treatment model is dynamic Infant-Parent Psychotherapy (IPP), which emphasizes early development within the context of relationships, (past and present) as well as the family and its culture.

The principles involved in IPP will be presented – how to assess, formulate and develop a treatment plan, using clinical case illustrations from participants, upon rotation. The focus will be on group discussion where the participants will be encouraged to think reflectively about the experience of the infant/child and family, and how this impacts them. The fulcrum will be on teaching observation skills, attachment theory and mentalization, involving psychoanalytic principles. (Individual consultations are available upon request).

Elizabeth Tuters, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP, FIPA

Infant/Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychoanalyst in Private Practice; Co-director of Infant Mental Health Studies; Officer, Board of Directors; Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists, Faculty/Supervisor CICAPP, Faculty TPS&I.

Carol Jane Parker*, MEd, RP

Director at the Willow Centre for Child and Family Mental Health; President of the Willow Centre Child and Family Foundation; Fellow of Hincks Institute National Day Care Training Project; contributed to several professional published articles and to the documentary film “When the Bough Breaks”; trained in the Adult Attachment Interview.

* By invitation.

The Overall Learning Objectives of the Extension Program

At the end of each course:

  1. Participants should have a clearer psychoanalytic perspective in their work with clients.
  2. Participants will have been guided to read current sources of psychoanalytic literature to understand the material in the course.
  3. Participants will be made more aware of different theoretical schools of psychoanalytic thinking and their application, emphasizing new perspectives.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2020/2021 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.

For more information about and for registration in the tps&i Extension Programs, Scientific Meetings, Training Programs, Study and Supervision groups and Special Presentations, please visit our website: or email

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