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Observation observed: closely observed infants on film (DAM000)

A pioneering film looking at child observation in the Tavistock Clinic

This pioneering piece of work is based on film made by the BBC for a programme in the series on the work of the Tavistock Clinic, ‘Talking Cure’.

An observation seminar was specially convened, it was filmed, and each weekly visit to the two observed children – a baby and a young child – was also filmed. Subsequent interviews with leading teachers of Infant Observation provide the theoretical frame.

The two hour-long episodes include a four-part presentation of fundamental aspects of the observational approach and additional brief extracts from the filmed observations highlighting significant themes.

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