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Observational Studies Program

Join us for our Open House

 It’s Not What You Look at That Matters:  It’s What You See
Saturday, May 12, 2018

 9:00 AM- 12:30 PM

We will offer the option to attendees to receive 3 CE/CME credits for the modest fee of $20. You may pay at the door. This is an option. 

There is no fee required to attend this program.


Come participate in a morning of learning about Infant and Young Child Observation and its enormous potential for deepening clinical work.

As the title of our open house program suggests, it is not only about increasing one’s capacities to take in and remember details, but also about transforming simply looking to seeing with our mind’s eye—to enhancing our ability to absorb primitive anxieties, and make emotional sense of what we see in the baby, the family and within ourselves.  Observing babies and young children affects us profoundly and allows for an experience of learning that greatly transcends reading texts.

The morning's program will include clinical material of work by a former student and now new faculty of our program as well as video tapes where observational skills are applied in a day care setting and in a short-term intervention with a mother and her three-year old child with significant feeding difficulties at a clinic.  We anticipate your lively participation in discussing what you see in the material as part of our introduction to what happens in an Observational Studies seminar.

Please RSVP for this program


9:00—9:30 AM     Registration and Breakfast—A chance to meet faculty and students

9:30—9.45 AM     Welcome and Introduction     Nydia Lisman-Pieczanski

9:45-10:00 AM      Ways of Looking:  From Scrutiny to Beholding  Deborah Blessing

10:00-10:40 AM     Vignettes from Individual Psychotherapy:  Applying observation
                                  skills     Maria Lima,  Nydia Pieczanski

10:40-11:30 AM      Transformations in a Day Care Setting   Sharon Alperovitz,
                                  Silvana Kaufman, Liz Hersh

11:30-12:10 PM       Transformations in Parent Child Psychotherapy  OSP Faculty

12.10-12:30 PM        Wrap Up and Socializing


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