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BECOMING HUMAN; Infant Observation of an In-Vitro Baby

Utilizing the Tavistock Method

This seminar will focus on the use of the infant observation method (developed by Esther Bick) and its profound impact on deepening our understanding of the emotional and social development of the child, in the context of primary attachment relationships. Through the use of the participant/observation model, it is possible to view the evolution of attachment relationships, the unfolding of the self, and the infantís capacity for agency in interaction with the significant others in his/her life. In a specific case study, we will address how the in-vitro conception influenced the parentís view of the baby, and how their perceptions may have influenced the babyís psychological/emotional development. The infant observation method and its impact will also be explored as a way of helping us more deeply understand clinical process and clinical interaction in our work with children, adolescents and adults.

Date:       Friday, February 24th, 2012

Place:      The Academy House (Terrace Level)
               1420 Locust Street
               Philadelphia, PA 19102

Time:      1:00pm-5:00pm (Registration & Light Lunch at 12:30)
Phone:    215-735-9096 (Academy House) or 215-450-9941 (Marionís cell)

Learning Objectives: Upon Completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the infant observation method and its usefulness in deepening our understanding of infant/child development,

  2. Learn how this method informs a view of clinical work with children, adolescents, & adults,

  3. Develop an awareness about the use of this method to help understand the impact of in-vitro fertilization methodologies upon the developing psyche,

  4. Address the impact of the observer and of unconscious communication (projection, projective identification, introjective identification, etc.) on our work with children, adolescents, and adults.

Our Presenter: Brian Feldman, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, child, adolescent and adult Jungian psychoanalyst in Palo Alto, California, and an infant observation seminar leader. He is on the training faculties of the Jung Institute of San Francisco and the Inter-regional Society of Jungian Analysts. He is a member of the International Group of Infant Observation Trainers, and lectures and publishes in the areas of infant observation, and child/adolescent and adult analysis in the U.S., Latin America and Europe. He trained as a clinical psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley and as an analyst at the Jung Institute of San Francisco and with Michael Fordham at the Society of Analytical Psychology in London. He has served as chief of clinical psychology in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Stanford Medical Center and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Campinas, Department of Psychiatry, Sao Paulo, Brazil; and at the Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Psychology, Moscow.

CE Credits
This activity is being co-sponsored by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) and The Philadelphia Jungian Professional Club. NAAP is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education (CE) for psychologists. NAAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program provides four (4) hours of CE credits for Psychologists and Social Worker Board licensees..

FEES: $125 (Enrollment is limited.)
Participants requesting CE credits will be charged an additional $20 ($5 for each credit).

To register, go to http://www.thejungclub.com.  Print out registration form and mail with check to;

      PPS, c/o Dr. Marion Rudin Frank,

      250 S.17th Street, Suite 101,

      Phila.Pa. 19103.

      Or call 215-545-7800