The Role of Infant Observation Principles in Assessing & Encouraging “Good Enough” Parenting

Course Details

Workshop No: CP-411-81065
Date: 22-23 Mar 2016
Trainers: Carolyn Cousins,
Location: St Leonards
Closing Date: 23/02/2016

Target Group

Child protection counsellors, child sexual assault workers, child and family health counsellors and workers who see children and families in a clinical setting.

Course Description

While working with families with infants and young children, there is a wealth of information available to the practitioner that facilitates purposeful observation to make sense of the range of parent/carer – child interactions.

This 2 day workshop has been developed to share information gained during a study fellowship to the Tavistock and Portman Clinic in North London, the home of attachment theory and purposeful infant observation.

For those who work with children that have suffered trauma, abuse and neglect, benchmarks of ‘normal’ child development can become unclear due to continuous exposure to families with vulnerabilities and challenges.

This workshop allows participants to consider how they ‘return their baselines to the norm’, outlining and demonstrating some techniques based on purposeful infant observation and empathic attunement to young children and infants.

It also aims to give those working with children and families tools for their work with parents / carers to encourage attunement through observation while taking account of research in the fields of resilience, early brain development and trauma more generally.

This will be linked with consideration of ‘good enough’ vs optimal parenting and the importance of caregiver warmth, attentiveness and attunement.




NSLHD Participants: Free
NSW Health Participants: $80
All NSW Workers Govt & Non-Govt: $140
Private Practitioners & Interstate Participants: $300


Contact: Almas Homayunfard
Phone: 02 9840 4347
Email: almas.homayunfard@health.nsw.gov.au


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