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09:30 - 16:00


regular ticket £ 70.00
student ticket £ 40.00

infant observation today 2018

A one-day conference exploring the fascinating world of Infant Observation with speakers, a goldfish bowl demonstration and small group discussions.
This event is for everyone who works with people including therapists, analysts & counsellors and those with an interested in human development, the infant-parent relationship, non-verbal communication and the unfolding psyche.
Refreshments and lunch are included.

programme for the day: 


09.30 - Registration
10.00 - Ciara Hendrick, 2017 Gold Kelnar Prize Winning paper: The Difficulty of Three
11.15 - Coffee
11.35 - Dr Amanda Jones - A paper in response to thoughts stimulated by Ciara's paper
12.50 - Present IO Kelnar Prize Certificates
12.55 - Lunch
13.45 - Goldfish Bowl discussion with Katie Weatherstone, 2017 Kelnar Prize Winner: Katie and a group of bpf Infant Observation Seminar Leaders will discuss an observation togther
14.45 - Break-out group discussions of the observation
15:30 - Plenary
16.00 - Close

about the speakers

Ciara Hendrick
Ciara is a classical singer and teacher with a particular interest in working with children of primary school age. She studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and alongside her performing commitments teaches both on an individual basis and in large-scale music and opera workshops. During a year spent as a learning mentor in a primary school, working with children with behaviour difficulties, she developed an interest in child development. This interest continued throughout her music teaching and led her to undertake the Psychodynamics of Human Development course at the bpf and Birkbeck.

Amanda Jones
Amanda Jones is a consultant perinatal psychotherapist and strategic and clinical lead of an NHS Perinatal Parent Infant Mental Health Service. Her doctoral research studied how mothers’ use of maladaptive defensive processes can derail their baby’s development. In collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre, Amanda was the therapist in the Channel Four documentaries ‘Help me love my baby’. Amanda has a long-standing interest in psychoanalytically informed parent-infant psychotherapy.  
Dr Katie Weatherstone
Dr Katie Weatherstone is a Consultant in Palliative Medicine with a background in Medical Oncology, and holds an MA in Medical Ethics and Law. She was awarded a distinction for her MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development and received the Gilchrist Trust Award for one of the two highest average marks in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London. Katie has a particular interest in the impact of early experiences and how these can affect people throughout life, including when they are dying. Her MSc dissertation explored whether the Jungian concept of the Great Mother archetype can contribute to a better understanding of how powerful, unconscious processes affect dying patients and those caring for them.

about the bpf Kelnar Prize

The Kelnar Prize is awarded annually to a bpf Trainee, MSc student or Infant Observation Course participant whose final Infant Observation paper is considered to be of outstanding merit.

The Kelnar Prize was instigated in recognition of the significant contribution made by the late Dr John Kelnar to the teaching and practice of psychotherapy. bpf Infant Observation Seminar Leaders may submit any exceptional papers to the Kelnar Prize Panel and the winner will be invited to give their paper alongside a prestigious presenter at the annual bpf Infant Observation Conference.


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regular ticket £ 70.00
student ticket £ 40.00