Special Extension Program Seminars – Infant Observation

Special Extension Program Seminars - Infant Observation

Seminar Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Seminar Leaders: Elizabeth Tuters, Lindsay Barton

Tuesday, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, December 6, 13, 2016, January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017 (30 seminars)

Fees: Course is Full, Registration Closed

Preregistration is required. New SMALL GROUP beginning with limited number of participants.


Infant Observation is an essential part of training to become a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. This course offers mental health professionals an opportunity to observe the subtleties of affect regulation and the unfolding of an intimate relationship between an infant and family, without the pressure of having to intervene. Observations are narratives and are shared and reflected upon, in rotation, within the seminar group.

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 CAPCT (Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists & Hincks-Dellcrest Centre).

Lindsay Barton*

Lindsay Barton, MA, 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

Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are available. 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 2016/2017 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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