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Infant Observation 2 (PSYT90029)

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Year of offerNot available in 2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYT90029
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Students will continue the infant observation (Bick Method) commenced in Semester 1, where a baby is observed in his or her own home for one hour per week making detailed process notes and analysis to be presented in turn at the seminar. Details of observations are to be recorded in a log book and students will circulate their recorded data to the other seminar participants and leader.

This subject will cover:

  • contribution of infant observation to developmental and psychodynamic theories
  • therapeutic effects of infant observation on the infant and care-giver
  • relevance of infant observation to therapeutic work in other settings and countertransference and its use.

Students should note that attending and undertaking activities in this subject will not be possible without at current Working with Children Check

Intended learning outcomes

Students will:

  • develop observation skills which are fundamental to all therapeutic work
  • gain an appreciation of their own responses and how to use these in working with infants and their families
  • continue to develop and maintain the relationship of a student observer with an infant and their parent/s thus developing the skills to maintain an equidistant stance (i.e. equally available to the infant and the adults) when working clinically with infants and their families
  • be able identify and reflect on the strong affects elicited when working with infants and their families
  • develop the skills to identify an infant’s communications and think about the infant’s subjective emotional experience
  • be attuned to their own counter- transference reactions to the content of the observations
  • critically think about and integrate the different points of view of offered by other seminar participants on the material presented from their observations
  • critically appraise and clearly communicate the observational evidence for their view of the infant’s perspective in class discussions
  • conclude the infant observation at the end of the semester in a professional and ethical manner.

Last updated: 24 August 2019