Psychoanalytic observation and the social matrix: implications for the learning and teaching of infant observation and its application (CF17)

The 9th International conference for teachers of infant observation and its applications

The 9th International conference for teachers of infant observation and its applications will focus upon the way social forces and structures (including social class, gender, race, sexuality and disability) influence the infant’s emotional experience and developing social identity within their family and wider community.

There will be a particular consideration of how these structures inform and shape the observer’s and seminar group’s capacity to observe unconscious processes.

Who is this course for?

This conference is aimed at teachers of infant observation and its application, and will be of interest to qualified clinicians who use infant observation in their work.

Course details

The programme, which draws internationally upon the personal experiences of teachers of infant observation, will explore how psychoanalytic observation, with its emphasis on close attention to detail and the emotional impact upon the observer, can make a distinct contribution to our understanding of the way that wider social forces interact with the internal and interpersonal experiences that shape the infant’s developing identity.

In particular, the conference will focus upon how our own identities as teachers of infant observation shape and inform our psychoanalytic pedagogy.

Over the course of the conference, there will be plenary papers and parallel presentations. There will be the opportunity to discuss in small and large groups and a panel discussion to conclude the conference.

This conference has been postponed until September 2023. Further details will be added to this webpage in due course. If you would like further information or to be added to the conference waiting list, please register your interest.

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