Infant Observation

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Mehmet Wed 15-Jun-16 16:01:14

Are you due to have a baby. Would you be prepared to help a help me.

I am a fully qualified Counsellor running a busy private practice in Clapham. Along side this I am currently studying Attachment theory at the Bowlby Centre as part of the requirements I need to observe a new born baby for the first 18 months of his/her life - more information set out below.

The aim of the Psychotherapy course is to develop skills of observation and reflection on the emotional and physical development of the infant within his or her relationship with the primary care-givers.

Your commitment would be to allow an one hour long observation visit per week. Unbroken contact with your baby is important. Visits would be arranged to maximise continuity. So apart from necessary planned breaks, regular meeting would be maintained for a period of eighteen months.

During observation visits, you would not have to do anything special – just continue with your usual routine. For instance, if your baby happens to be asleep for the duration of the visit, it doesn’t matter, there will still be much for the observer to see and think about. It also does not matter if you intend to have your baby cared for by others at any time during this period, so long as the trainee may continue to observe your baby with the alternative carer.

As your baby gets older, he or she will begin to observe and interact with the trainee. How your baby relates with others, including siblings, regular carers, the observer and total strangers, is all part of what the trainee needs to see and understand.

It takes a special kind of generosity on your part to offer to do all of this. You will be helping a professional in a critical part of their training. When evaluating the experience of infant observation, many trainees consider it to have been the most rewarding and enjoyable part of the course.

Thank you for considering this and more information about me please visit my website on


Or contact

Victoria Settle, Chair of Clinical Training at The Bowlby Centre.
Tel. 020 8281 0037 for further information

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