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Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Seminar Leaders: Lindsay Barton

POSTPONED – Due to the COVID-19 situation, this course is being postponed to the next academic year.

Potential registrants should contact the Course Coordinator for more information. Elizabeth Tuters,

Prior to the commencement of this course, the applicant will be briefly interviewed for suitability for the specific course.

Infant Observation was originated by a British psychoanalyst, Ester Bick who was prominent in developing this powerful model as a training tool that 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. Observations are written as narrative reflections and shared within the seminar group. This method helps develop abilities for doing skilful clinical work, such as free-floating attention, containment with the focus on detail.

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.

Lindsay Barton, MA, RP, CAPCT

Private Practice. Clinical Member Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists, Faculty CICAPP, University of Guelph-Humber (Early Childhood Studies); Candidate at TIP.

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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