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Special Extension Program Seminars – Group B, Infant-Parent Psychotherapy (IPP) Work Study Seminar for Child and Adult Therapists

Special Extension Program Seminars - Group B, Infant-Parent Psychotherapy (IPP) Work Study Seminar for Child and Adult Therapists

Seminar Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Seminar Leaders: Elizabeth Tuters and Sally Doulis

Thursday, 9:30 am – 11:00 am: September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26 November 2, 23, 30 December 7, 14, 2017; January 11, 18, 25 February 1, 8, 15, March 1, 8, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7, 2018

Location: Toronto Psychoanalytic Society, 40 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 203

Fees: $690

Preregistration is required. Limited number of participants.


Preferred requirements – all participants must be regulated psychotherapists who have done (or are currently doing) Infant Observation, and have taken the course Freud and Beyond (in the past/currently, or an equivalent course).

This seminar will take the form of a Work Study seminar to teach about the principles involved in Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, which is a dyadic relational therapy involving the child and parent and the third – the therapist. In the beginning weeks the principles of IPP will be taught; how to assess, formulate and plan treatment, using this IPP model. IPP is a model developed by the leaders at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, to treat troubled infants/child-parent relationships, due to the challenges of emotional regulation, i.e. sleep, feeding, withdrawal, anger.

Each participant eventually is expected to have a case of infant-parent relational difficulties. These will be used for discussion and reflection within the group, and will be presented in rotation. Didactic material will also be recommended.

This seminar is also ‘Module 3’ of the Infant Mental Health Studies Certificate, joint project between TPS Extension Committee and Hincks-Dellcrest Institute. Having completed Module 1, Introduction to Infant-Parent Psychotherapy, would be an asset – see websites of TPS and HDI.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Participants will learn about the principles of Infant-Parent Psychotherapy.
  2. They will learn about the importance of observation, reflection and play.
  3. They will learn about the use of the transference/ countertransference paradigm.

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

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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.

Sally Doulis

Sally Doulis, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP, Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychotherapist; Team member, Infant/Family Program, Hincks Dellcrest Centre; Officer, Board of Directors, Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists; Guest of the TPS.

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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