Infant Observational Research and Its Impact on Psychoanalytic Theory and Techniqu
2nd Trimester of Year 3 of the Full Training in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
and a part of a NEW Parent-Child Development Center Program at ORI
(can be also taken as an individual post-graduate certificate course; no pre-requisites)
(12.5 hrs of post-graduate training certificate)
Instructor: Ann Rose Simon, LCSW
Course Calendar: January 9 — March 6, 2013; 10 am — 11:25 am
Location: 1225 Park Avenue; 1225 Park Avenue, Suite 1E; New York, NY 10128 or via Virtual Participation
Theories about child development changed over the past fifty years as researchers and theorists began to observe infants and parents closely and to base their theories on these actual observations of infants and of the parent-infant dyad. This course will help all professionals working with children and adults to become familiar with the major infant research projects and the theories of development that have emerged from this research. The course will explore the impact that infant research has had on accepted theories of child development, especially those of Sigmund Freud, Melanie Klein and Donald W. Winnicott. Participants will explore how changing theories of child development have influenced psychoanalytic techniques, educational approaches, and therapeutic and educational interventions to strengthen parent-child bonds and relationships. In addition, they will come to understand various research protocols and critically assess the validity of the research studied in the class.
- Balint, Michael. (1969) The Basic Fault: Therapeutic Aspects of Regression. Evanston, Illinois: Northwester University Press
- Beebe, Beatrice. Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions
- Cozolino, Louis. The Neuroscience of Human Relationships: Attachment and the Developing Social Brain. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company
- Gedo, John. (1999) The Evolution of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice. New York: Other Press
- Lichtenberg, J. (1983) Psychoanalysis and Infant Research. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press
- Mahler, Margaret. Fred Pine and Anni Bergman. (1975) The Psychological Birth of the Human Infant: Symbiosis and Individuation. New York: Basic Books, Inc.
- Stern, Daniel N. (1985) The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology. New York: Basic Books, Inc.
Weekly Reading Assignments:
- January 9 Gedo, John. (1999) The Evolution of Psychoanalysis: Contemporary Theory and Practice. New York: Other Press. Chapter 8, “The Theory of Development and the Yield of Infant Observation” (Copies of this chapter will be distributed in class)
Balint, Michael. (1969) The Basic Fault: Therapeutic Aspects of Regression. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press. Chapters 1–2 (pp. 3–10) Chapter 7 (pp. 35–39), Chapter 11 (pp. 59–63), Chapter 14–16 (pp. 79–103), Chapter 24 (pp. 159–172)
- January 16 Mahler, Margaret. Fred Pine and Anni Bergman. (1975) The Psychological Birth of the Human Infant: Symbiosis and Individuation. New York: Basic Books, Inc. Introduction and Chapters 1–3 (pp. ix-51) (focus on pp. ix-16 and pp. 39–51), Chapters 4–7 (pp. 52–120)
- January 23 Stern, Daniel N. (1985) The Interpersonal World of the Infant: A View from Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology. New York: Basic Books, Inc.
Chapters 1–4 (pp. 3–68)
- January 30 Stern, Daniel N., Chapters 5–8 (pp. 69–182)
- February 6 Lichtenberg, J. (1983) Psychoanalysis and Infant Research. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press, Part I, pp. 3–39 (with focus on pp. 17–27); Part II, pp 43–94 (with focus on pp. 43–55 and 68–72)
- February 13 Lichtenberg, Part III, pp. 97–147 (with focus on pp. 97–121); Part IV, ch. 13, pp. 214–239
- February 20 Cozolino, Part I, pp. 3–33; Part III, pp. 81–150.
- February 27 Cozolino, Part IV, pp. 153–209.
- March 6 Beebe, Beatrice. Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions, Chapters 2, 3, 5 and 8.
On the 3rd and 7th meeting of the class, hand in a type-written two-page response to your reading. In each paper include your answers to two of the following questions, choosing different questions in each paper:
- What did you find particularly interesting about the reading?
- How did the reading influence or change your own thinking about your work with patients?
- How did the reading influence or change your own thinking about your concept of psychoanalysis and/or human development?
- What did you disagree with in the reading and why?
- What questions do you have about the reading?
- How did the reading open your own thinking on emotional issues you may be grappling with in your own life?
Bio: Ann Rose Simon, LCSW, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan and Westchester. She is an officer on the Board of Directors of the Object Relations Institute and NPAP and a member of the Steering Committee of the Neuropsychoanalytic Clinical Study Center of NPAP. She is a fellow in the Anni Bergman Parent Infant Program and is affiliated with the Rose Kennedy Center for Babies, Toddlers and Families of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Contact Ann Rose Simon, LCSW by phone 212 426‑8012 or email at
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For more information, contact ORI administrator Dr. Inna Rozentsvit at 646–522‑1056.