Pisa, 15th to 17th February 2008  

2nd EFPP Workshop on Infant Observation


Dear colleague,

Psychoanalytic infant observation is a vital component in the training of psychotherapists, psychoanalysts and clinicians of allied professions. Its usefulness to clinical work is well established worldwide, as it enables clinicians to conceptualise the nonverbal and implicit interactive processes and can prepare psychotherapy trainees and enhance clinicians' capacity for perceptual and emotional receptivity. Through the training, the observers can develop 'empathic receptivity', as they unconsciously engage with primitive states of mind, when following the infant's emotional development within his/her family.

Infant Observation has been a special interest group within the EFPP. A working party was formed in 2004 which extended this interest, organising the first Infant Obs. Workshop (Athens 9-10 Dec. 05), and having a constant presence in all recent EFPP conferences.

The aim of such workshops is to promote space for reflection on the method of Infant Observation and its relevance to our clinical practice, but also to keep in touch with the different training applications and the new developments. Another task of the working party is to facilitate countries or sections that have not yet started trainings in Infant Observation and are planning to do so.

This time we invite you to a workshop in Pisa, 15th-17th February 2008.

The guest speaker will be: Jeanne Magagna, presenting a paper on:

"Thinking about crying; crying and not thinking:
The link between infant observation and psychotherapy".

There will be plenty of time for reflection, exchange of ideas and sharing of experiences, difficulties and hopes in small group discussions, following the key-note presentation and training issues.

Conference venue: Pisa , S.Croce in Fossabanda
Address: Santa Croce in Fossabanda, 11 S.Croce Square, Pisa


Friday, February 15th

10:30- 11:30

Registration and coffee

11:30 - 12:00

Welcome and introduction to the Workshop

12:00 - 12:45

Jeanne Magagna (London)
"Thinking about crying; crying and not thinking:
The link between infant observation and psychotherapy"

12:45 - 13:15

Discussion with the main speaker

13:15 - 14:15

Lunch at the venue


Workshop 1: Infant Observation Seminar at work:
small group presentation supervised by Jeanne Magagna



16:15- 16:45


16:45 - 18:15

Workshop 2: Infant Observation and Adult Psychotherapy



18:15 - 18:45

Reflections on the presentations of the day

20.30 -

Dinner in the town


Saturday, February 16th




9:00 - 11:00

Workshop 3: Infant Observation and Group Psychotherapy




Workshop 4: Infant Observation and Child & Adolescent Psychotherapy



13:30 - 14:30

Lunch at the venue

14:30 - 16:00

Workshop 5: How can psychoanalytic psychotherapy make use of the method of infant observation?

16:30 17:30

Reflections on the day

20:00 -

Dinner and music downtown


Sunday, February 17th



8:30 - 9:30

Summing up and Closure

Facilitators: Britta Blomberg, Effie Layiou-Lignos, Simona Nissim, Miriam Rosenthal


Drinks farewell

We look forward to welcoming you to Pisa

The working party, (EFPP, child section delegates): Britta Blomberg (Sweden), Anne Holländer (Denmark),
Effie Layiou-Lignos (Greece), Simona Nissim (Italy), Miriam Rosenthal (Israel)

For registration use the registration form either as pdf-file or as word document. Please complete this registration form and send it by fax or e-mail no later than the 15 December 2007 to:

Please complete this registration form and send it
by fax or
no later than the
25 November 2007 to:

S.Croce Fossabanda Pisa
at the attention of Ms Letizia
Piazza S.Croce, 11
I-56125 Pisa Italy

FAX: +39 0509711044,
PHONE: +39 050 970911
e-mail: info@fossabanda.it

And a copy to:
Simona Nissim,
via S.Marta, 90
I-56127 Pisa Italy
Fax +39050540150
e-mail: simonan@tin.it

For further information please contact:

Britta Blomberg, Sweden britta.blomberg@ericastiftelsen.se
Anne Holländer, Denmark psykliah@post1.tele.dk
Effie Layiou-Lignos, Greece cel-lignos@otenet.gr
Simona Nissim, Italy simonan@tin.it
Miriam Rosenthal, Israel miriamrosenthal@bezeqint.net

Programme and invitation as pdf-file


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