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The Value of Infant Observation

Infant observation is an experience more than an intellectual exercise. It enables a capacity to observe and think about development of the personality from its very beginnings. As such it develops an appreciation of the infantile roots of later behaviour – in the child, adolescent and adult. It goes to the bedrock of development.

ICAPP has offered Infant Observation seminars since 2004 and from 1985 when it was the Sydney Observation Course. Many people who have engaged in this experience state it has fundamentally changed the way they look at things. Apart from mental health workers, teachers, priests, nuns, dancers and film-makers are some of the people who have undertaken our seminars. Anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of personality development will benefit from Infant Observation

ICAPP considers Infant Observation to be a crucial component in the training of a psychodynamic counsellor or psychotherapist. It helps to understand the importance of detailed, fine-grained observing. It gives the opportunity to slow things down. By not having an active role it creates space for the fullness of an experience. It trains the observer to be able to hold a large amount of verbal and non-verbal material in their mind. This in turn engenders a capacity to tolerate uncertainty and to be able to explore experiences in a non-linear way – a capacity that is becoming increasingly important in modern psychotherapeutic technique.

Seminars are of 90 miutes duration. Observations are for 60 minutes. Seminars commence on February 27, 2018

Closing date for applications December 31, 2017

Enquiries: Anton Aronstan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0451503853 or Peter BlakeThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 02 94195245


Anne Alvarez

Clinical Seminar with Anne Alvarez

ICAPP is delighted to announce that it is offering a 15 week clinical seminar to be conducted by Dr. Anne Alvarez

Anne Alvarez is one of the most distinguished and world-renowned child and adolescent psychotherapist. She has lectured and taught in numerous countries throughout the world. She is recognised as an innovator of psychodynamic theory and technique.

Her publications of Live Company and The Thinking Heart are considered classics in child and adolescent psychotherapy. There is also an international publication, “Being Alive” in which international child and adolescent therapists discuss how her work has influenced their thinking and practice. She is widely published in many international journals.

This is a very rare opportunity to be exposed to one of the great modern thinkers of child and adolescent psychotherapy. The seminar will involve both clinical supervision of presentations as well as Anne discussing various concepts she has introduced into the literature.

As these seminars will be conducted via Zoom it is open to anyone across Australia or New Zealand. Applicants must have experience in child and adolescent psychotherapy. There will be a limited number in the seminar so a prompt application is recommended.

The seminar will commence on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

TIME 6.40 pm to 7.55 pm COST  $100 per seminar

Enquiries: If you are interested to find out more please contact
Anton Aronstan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 0451 503 853 and Peter BlakeThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 02 9419 5245


Adolescent

Adolescent Development & Working Pstchotherapeutically with Adolescents

Facilitated by Jutta Lennard & Sharon Murphy 

Date Tuesday evenings  7.15 to 8.30pm Starting October 10 to November 28
Location  Calliope Child and Family Clinic,7 Johnston Street Annandale Cost $480

Enquiries: Jutta Lennard on 9904 4330 Sharon Murphy on 0425 244 492 or for registration please send your name & contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Centrality of Play in Assessment and Therapeutic Work with Children 

Facilitated by Anton Aronstan

Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 8.45pm, starting on May 9th
The module will run for 8 weeks
Anton Aronstan’s consulting rooms at 6/442 New South Head Road, Double Bay
$60 per seminar. Total  $480

Enquiries and booking: Anton Aronstan on 0451503853 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Mr Carrots Counts the Time

A clinical presentation of art therapy with an Aboriginal preschool child with Judy King & Celia Conolly

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 7pm – 9pm
Fuller Hall, Crows Nest Community Centre,  2 Ernest Place Crows Nest Cost: $35

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Making Sense of Children’s Communications through Playing, Dreaming and Drawing 

with Jeanne Magagna, Marc Chaussivert & Peter Blake

ICAPP is delighted to announce a clinical morning with Jeanne Magagna, an internationally recognised child and adolescent psychotherapist

Saturday March 4th, 2017 9am to 1 pm
Crows Nest Community Centre, Johnson Hall 2 Earnest Place, Crows Nest 2065
Cost: $100 (Students $60)

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