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Therapeutic Communication Skills with Infants, Toddlers and their Parents

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Therapeutic Communication Skills with Infants, Toddlers and their Parents


We are very pleased to present the Therapeutic Communication Skills with Infants, Toddlers and their Parents as part of the new mini prospectus: COURSES IN PSYCHOANALYTIC APPROACHES.

This three day skills-based programme is informed by psychoanalytic and developmental research and clinical practice and has two components; three Personality Development (PD) Seminars on Pregnancy and Birth, Becoming a Baby in the Family and Toddlerhood. These are part of the main PD series.

Each of these is followed by a two hour workshop which aims to build participants’ confidence in therapeutic communication in early years work with infants, toddlers and their parents. These workshops help participants to build an understanding of the ways in which the infant’s personality is developing as a direct response to day to day interactions within the family environment. 

Participants are invited to explore the important, often hidden, function of anxiety in the process of all development; the centrality of containment in this process for the infant and parent will be investigated. Infants are active and responsive participants from birth and the workshops will explore the ‘highs and lows’ of this first relationship.

Although these workshops are ostensibly concerned with the earliest weeks and years of life they are appropriate for any practitioner working with children, adolescents and adults. States of acute emotional dependency persist throughout our lives, most particularly in times of stress, anxiety or trauma. Recognizing these states in adults and older children is invaluable in informing our responses to them.

For more information about all courses mentioned above, and mini-prospectus with application form, click here.


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