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Eyes on the Relationships:  Applications of Infant Observation to Early Clinical
Interventions with Parents/babies/children

Friday, Mar. 8, 2019 6:30-8:30PM

Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019, 9:30AM-4:15PM

Featured Presenter:

Mariangela Mendes de Almeida, Sao Paolo, Brazil

CE/CME Award:

6.5 CE/CME credit hours total

(2 credit hours for Friday evening only)



Full conference, Friday and Saturday

Regular $195


  • Contributing $156
  • Sustaining $136.5
  • Silver $126.75
  • Gold $117

WSP Current Students $60

Friday evening only

Regular $60


  • Contributing $48
  • Sustaining $42
  • Silver $39
  • Gold $36

WSP Current Students $20

Other students please contact the administrative office before registering.

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


The skills developed through infant observation training, Tavistock Model, enhance clinical work with any age group or population.  In our conference this year, we are showcasing the powerful impact of pairing infant observation practice with the concepts of transference, countertransference, projective identification and containment as they come together in early intervention clinical work with parents and babies/young children. Mariangela Mendes de Almeida, a psychoanalytic clinician and researcher in the fields of early intervention and primitive mental states, will share videos and vignettes of her work that vividly bring alive and demonstrate the efficacy of this approach to clinical work with parents and babies/young children.  Just as we believe that infant observation training is an experiential way of learning about the intricacies of relationships and states of mind, this conference will show, rather than simply tell us about the processes as they unfolded in the consulting room.  Each segment of this conference will bring participants into the experience, including one that engages participants as observers, too.


  • One parent/toddler dyad:  Clinical Work in Two Modalities
  • Face to face with the ghosts: favoring intimacy between parents and child 
  • Concentric Circles of Observation: An evolving model of teaching/learning
    about observation:  Observing the Observer Observing


Mariângela Mendes de Almeida
▪ Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist with a Master on Psychoanalytic Observational Studies at the Tavistock Clinic and University of East London. Phd in Sciences Applied to Pediatrics at Federal University of São Paulo, Brasil. 
▪Clinical Associate at the Child and Family Department (Child Psychotherapy course) at the Tavistock Clinic (1988 to 1993).
▪ Training as a Psychoanalyst at the Institute of Psychoanalysis of the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Association of São Paulo  (Adult and Child Psychoanalysis)  
▪Head of Parents-Infant Services in the Child Mental Health Division, Paediatric Deparment, UNIFESP, São Paulo.
▪Teacher and Supervisor at Sedes Sapientiae Institute, São Paulo. 
▪Participant of the 0 to 3 Clinical Services at SBPSP.
▪Fellow of the Research Training Program (2006), IPA.
▪Member of GPP∆ (PRISM∆ GROUP of Psychoanalysis and Autism), developing, with an initial grant from the IPA, a Protocol for Psychoanalytic Investigation of Signs Mapping change in Autism.
▪Member of ALOBB (Latin American Association of Infant Observation).
▪Member of INSPIRA ( Inter-Regional Symposium of Psychoanalytic Investigation on Autism).
▪Member of Rieppi (International network of studies on infant psychopathology and psychoanalysis)  
▪Fepal Journal Prize 2008 with the paper The analyst’s desiring investment facing movements of approaching and withdrawing in the work with autistic disorders: impact and nuances.
▪Sigmund Freud Prize in 2010 with the paper From the boy with the reel to the boy in the island: challenges to the concept of transference and developments from the clinical practice with the primitive states of mind.
▪Ocal Prize in 2012 with the paper Conceptual Matrixes and its incidence within the day to day of a clinical practice in (trans)formation.
▪Tyson Prize and IPSO Prize in 2013 with the paper Autistic Functioning and psychic pain: building up links.
▪Runner up of the Tyson Prize in 2017 as co-author of the paper:  Face to face with the ghosts: Favouring Intimacy within child and parents clinical work
▪Co-Editor of the book Looking and Listening -Work from the São Paulo Mother-Baby Relationship Study Centre, London: Karnac, 2012.
▪Co-Editor of the book Infância e diversidade profissional, Blucher:São Paulo, 2017.


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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 6.5_ 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.