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Special Extension Program Seminars – Understanding Attachment Theory and Inner-world Development, Using Film

Understanding Attachment Theory and Inner-world Development, Using Film.*

Seminar Coordinator: Elizabeth Tuters

Seminar Leaders: Michael Blugerman, Sally Doulis, Dannette Graham, Lindsay Barton, Dagnija Tenne

Wednesday, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm (screening begins sharply at 6:30 pm): October 18, November 15, 2017; January 17, April 18, May 16, 2018

Fees: $250

Preregistration is required.

In these seminars we will present Attachment Theory in Infant/Child/Adolescent/Adult development, and how this affects the inner-world. We will discuss the psychodynamics of Attachment Theory and the Intersubjectivity of Development, and their therapeutic implications. We will use screening of films, followed by presentations and discussions to achieve our aim.


Date Discussant Film and Director
October 18, 2017 Michael Blugerman John (1956, 43 min)
James & Joyce Robertson (Directors)
November 15, 2017 Sally Doulis Ponette (1996, 97 min)
Jacques Doillon (Director)
January 17, 2018 Danette Graham Where the Wild Things Are (2009, 104 min)
Spike Jonze (Director)
April 18, 2018 Lindsay Barton Mommy (2014, 140 min)
Xavier Dolon (Director)
May 16, 2018 Dagnija Tenne Flower & Garnet (2002, 103 min)
Keith Behrman (Director)

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. To understand applications of Attachment Theory to clinical work with adults and children.
  2. To review ways of assessing internal working models of Attachment when working clinically.
  3. To think about child and family development and the impact of one upon the other.

Developed in collaboration with CAPCT (Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapists)

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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.

Michael Blugerman

Michael Blugerman, MSW, RSW, President, Canadian Association for Psychoanalytic Child Therapists; President, Association for Training on Trauma and Attachment in Children; Executive Director, Children’s Resource and Consultation Centre of Ontario; Chair, Ontario Association of Private Adoption Practitioners; Guest of the TPS.

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.

Dannette Graham*

Dannette Graham, BA (Honors), RT, Faculty Member and Supervisor: (CICAPP) Canadian Institute of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; works in private practice, schools, daycare, adolescents and families.

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.

Dagnija Tenne*

Dagnija Tenne, Faculty Member and Supervisor: (CICAPP) Canadian Institute of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy; Member, (ACP) Association of Child Psychoanalysis, Private Practice in Psychotherapy working with children, adolescents and parents and families.

*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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