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SPECIAL EXTENSION PROGRAM SEMINARS – MODULE I: Introduction to Infant-Parent Psychotherapy (IPP). Work-Study Seminar.

Infant Mental Health Studies

Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Seminar Leaders: Elizabeth Tuters, Sally Doulis

Monday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm: September 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 2018; January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 25, April 1. 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13, 27, June 3, 10, 2019 (30 seminars)

Fees: $2400

Preregistration is required. Enrolment limited to 8 participants.


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 three hours, for 30 weeks. 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. 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.

Infant & Toddler Observation is considered to be a necessary part of this course and will take place within the first hour. (Participants who have taken this seminar in another course of study will be exempt) We will review relevant infant mental health and child development literature, and various infant-parent interventions.

Each participant will be expected eventually to have an IPP case that they will present for discussion within the group, in Module II, the following years.

(This seminar is part of the Infant Mental Health Studies Certificate program).

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

Elizabeth Tuters, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP, FIPA, Child/Adult Psychoanalyst in Private Practice. Former Team Leader, Infant Program, Sick Kids Community Mental Health Clinic (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre), Officer, Board of Directors; Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists, Faculty/Supervisor CICAPP, Faculty TPS&I.

Sally Doulis, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP

Sally Doulis, MSW, RSW, Dip. TCPP, Child/Adolescent/Adult Psychotherapist; Team member, Infant/Family Program, Sick Kids Community Mental Health Clinic (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre), Officer, Board of Directors, Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Therapists, Faculty/Supervisor CICAPP; Guest of the TPS.

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.

The Extension Courses are eligible for Section 1 CME credits (0.5 credits/hour).

Full-time students in universities and colleges, and mental-health trainees are eligible for a 25% reduction in course fees. Proof of 2018/2019 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.

** Distance Participation – Priority will be given to those outside Metro Toronto area.

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