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Fostering Transformation through Infant Observation: The Eyes (and Minds’ Eyes) Have It

Guest Presenter:

Frances Thomson Salo, LLB, MCPP, PhD

Author of
Infant Observation:  Creating Transformative Relationships;
The Baby as Subject (along with Campbell Paul) and
The Winnicott Tradition:  Lines of Development—Evolution of theory and practice over decades (with Margaret Boyle Spelman).


Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski, MD
Deborah Blessing, MSW
Sharon Alperovitz, MSW
Elizabeth Hersh, MD
Silvana Kaufman, MSW

Friday Evening, April 1, 2016 6.30—9.30 PM
Saturday, April 2, 2016 9.00 AM—4.30 PM

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #400, Washington DC 20016

Fees and Credit hours

Online registration

Friday, 2.5 CE/CME
$75 Regular
$45 Current WSP members
$15 Current WSP students (or for those who do not need professional credits)

Saturday 4.5 CE/CME includes lunch
$150 Regular
$110 Current WSP members
$55 Current WSP students

Register for both Friday and Saturday 7 CE/CME (receive a $10 discount)
$215 Regular (not $225)
$145 Current WSP members (not $155)
$60 Current WSP students (not $70)

Infant Observation, the Tavistock Method is known to be an exceptionally effective training for clinicians working with patients across the lifespan, as well as for professionals working closely with people in a wide variety of settings. Part of the power of this up-close learning from experience includes the transformations that take place within and between all involved participants: the observer, the parent(s), the baby, or in individuals in settings where applications of infant observation are practiced. The conference focuses on unpacking that process—how and in what way infant observation facilitates change and profoundly deepens awareness. We train our lens of considering how a particular kind of looking leads to a way of thinking and encountering the other and how that mode of thinking and being thought about opens potential for internal and external shifts. It includes a mental attitude that dwells in an abiding curiosity about the specificities of each individual and situation.



Friday Evening, April 1, 2016 6.30—9.30 PM
A Look at Looking: Enlarging the Mind’s Eye

6.30 –7.00 PM Coffee and Registration
7.00—7.15 PM Welcome and Introduction
7.15—7.45 PM Transformations in the Observer: From creating a mindful play space to enhanced clinical work and adding to theory Frances Thomson Salo
7.45—8.15 PM Discussion
8.15—8.45 PM East Meets West: The Viscissitudes of Trans-cultural Teaching Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski, Program Chair
8.45—9.30 PM Discussion and Wrap up

Saturday, April 2, 2016 9.00 AM—4.30 PM

9.00—9.30 AM Coffee and Registration
9.30—9.45 AM Welcome and Introduction Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski, Program Chair
9.45—10.00 AM From Scrutiny to Beholding Deborah Blessing, Faculty
10.00—10.30 AM Quiet transformations (in the mother) Frances Thomson Salo
10.30—11.00 AM Coffee Break
11.30—12.00 PM Discussion
12.00—1.00 PM Lunch
1.00—1.30 PM Quiet transformations (in the baby) Frances Thomson Salo
1.30—2.00 PM Discussion
2.00—2.30 PM Coffee Break
2.30—3.15 PM Opening Eyes and Minds: From Preconceptions to Curiosity in a Child Care Setting Sharon Alperovitz, Faculty Elizabeth Hersh, Faculty Silvana Kaufman, Faculty
3.15—3.45 PM Discussion
3.45—4.30 PM Panel Discussion and Wrap up All presenters


Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what infant observation is and to name at least one way in which the observer’s capacities for looking are enhanced through this training;
  2. Distinguish between scrutiny and beholding;
  3. Describe one or more applications of infant observation in a nonclinical setting.

Who Should Attend:

Psychiatrists, obstetricians, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and mental health workers in allied professions, as well as teachers, nurses, child carers in any setting.

Guest Presenter

Associate Professor Frances Thomson-Salo is a Consultant Infant Mental Health Clinician in the Centre for Women's Mental Health at the Royal Women's Hospital, with many years experience of working in this field. She is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the University of Melbourne's Department of Psychiatry, an affiliate researcher for the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and teaches in the University of Melbourne Graduate Diploma/Masters in Infant and Parent Mental Health. Her research interests have focussed on the field of parent and infant mental health.




Online registration is closed, but there are places available for Friday and Saturday, please call the office, 202-537-6050.

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of _ of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.