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Infant Observation at BPSI 

The Infant-Parent Training Institute (IPTI) is excited to announce that our Infant Observation Course will now be offered at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (BPSI). The logo for the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (BPSI).

The Infant Observation Course helps prepare professionals for working with infants, parents, and families.

The course includes a two-hour small group seminar, weekly one-hour observations of an infant-parent dyad, written observations, and readings on aspects of infant observation, development, and infant-parent interaction. The course meets twice a month from September to June. Please see the FAQs for more information.

The Experience of Infant Observation

Observing infants over time in their family setting forms the foundation for understanding early development and the parent-child relationship. In addition, the experience of close observation builds awareness of the observer’s internal experiences and responses, a critical base for therapeutic work. Formal training in infant observation has long played a role in the training of psychotherapy professionals and child development specialists.

mom, baby, and clinicianObservers become sensitized to intricate aspects of infant behavior and infant-parent interaction. The natural and inevitable feelings aroused by infant observation are shared and explored within the supportive small group. This allows for multiple perspectives and expands the view of the one observer. Group process provides another level of understanding, as group interactions sometimes parallel interactions observed between mothers and infants.

Who Should Apply? 

Child and Adult Candidates, ATP Students, Fellows and Fellowship Alums, BPSI Partners, Faculty of BPSI's Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy training programs, Psychoanalyst and Psychotherapist Members of BPSI. While this course is of special interest to those working with parents and young children, it also offers a unique opportunity for all trainees, graduates, and partners who are interested in early attachment, affect regulation, and non-verbal communication in the analytic and psychotherapeutic setting.

Program Information

  • The seminar meets twice a month at BPSI on Friday afternoons from September to June. The course instructor is Sarah Birss, MD. 
  • Class size is small; maximum of five students.
  • We are currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Students are admitted on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged. There is a $50 application fee.
  • The tuition for the course is $1,500, payable to Jewish Family & Children's Service. 
  • CEUs for some disciplines will be available. Contact IPTI to inquire about specific disciplines. 

Application

  • Download the Infant Observation Course application.

For more information, contact us at ipti@jfcsboston.org or 781-693-5652

"You become more sensitive to nuances of infancy, sharpen observation skills, increase ability to describe what you see, experience an emotional connection with mother and baby, and gain insight into your own feelings about babies and mothers and into your own experience as a baby and a mother."
-Course Participant
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