SEVEN-WEEK INTRODUCTORY INFANT OBSERVATION SEMINAR
The seminar is offered to groups of 8-10 participants:
- at agencies working with parents and infants;
- professionals interested in learning preliminary infant-observation methods;
- as a short course offered to psychoanalytic institutes
The skill of close observation of mother-infant interactions has proven to be valuable in training, assessment and treatment of mother-infant dyads at risk for relationship and mental health difficulties. It has also proven to be valuable in work with adults in that nuances of nonverbal communication, primitive mental states, and transference and countertransference feelings can be closely observed. Increasing knowledge of infant development and observational skills deepens understanding needed in making informed, sensitive and effective assessments and interventions.
Training in infant observation can be helpful to psychoanalysts, as well as to nurses, doulas, midwives, day care providers, preschool teachers, occupational therapists, social workers, ACS workers, early intervention specialists and other community-based workers who provide care and services to mothers, infants, and children up to 3 years of age.
Tuition for 7 sessions varies depending on host agency.