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Special Extension Program Seminars – Infant Observation


Seminar Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Seminar Leaders: Elizabeth Tuters, Lindsay Barton

Tuesday, 9:30 am – 11:00 am: September 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, December 5, 12, 2017; January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018 (30 seminars)

Fees: $690

Preregistration is required. Enrolment limited to 8 participants.

Infant Observation is considered a powerful training tool in that it teaches about infant and family development through experience rather than strictly through theory. Seminar participants will be expected to observe an infant in a family from birth onwards, throughout the duration of the seminar (participants will be helped to find an infant). Observations are written as narrative reflections and shared within the seminar group. This method helps develop abilities for doing skillful clinical work, such as free- floating attention, containment and attention to detail.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the seminars the participants will be able to:

  1. Learn about the origin and process of infant observation seminars as developed at the Tavistock Centre and the British Institute of Psychoanalysis.
  2. Discuss narrative reflections by members of the infant observation seminar who will share aspects of their learning from observing infant/parent development/in vivo.
  3. Apply this method to further understand the importance of early development to psychic life of adults in psychotherapy/psychoanalysis.

This program was developed in collaboration with Hincks-Dellcrest Institute.

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Lindsay Barton*

Lindsay Barton, MA, RP, CAPCT, Private Practice. Clinical Member Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists, Trained at Tavistock Clinic in Observational Studies, London, UK; Candidate at TIP.

Elizabeth Tuters

Elizabeth Tuters, MSW, RSW, FIPA, Child/Adult Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Team Leader, Infant Program, Hincks-Dellcrest Children’s Centre/Institute; Officer, Board of Directors; Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists. Faculty, TPS&I.

*By Invitation

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits.

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2017/2018 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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