Infant Observation trains the observer in disciplined psychoanalytic observation. The object is the study of the growth of mind and personality of the infant and the familial context in which this may be facilitated or impeded.
Infant Observation is offered as part of the Certificate in Observational Studies and Therapeutic Skills with Children, or as a stand-alone course. Infant Observation Seminar Groups usually comprise 5 or 6 members. Each member of the group observes an infant in its own home, in interaction with family members, from birth for two years. The observation visits are weekly and last an hour.