PSYCHOANALYTIC BABIES: Toward a Relational-Developmental Psychoanalysis

Length: 3 Hours

Date: Sat, Mar 10, 2018

Time: 1:30 - 4:30 pm

Faculty: Stephen Seligman, Ph.D.

CE Credits:

Course Overview: 

This event will consider how analytic practice can be affected by thinking about infants and children, asking how (and whether) we can talk about babies and patients in the same breath. Video illustrations will be included, and case material will be considered. The presentation will bring together what remains vital in the classical psychoanalytic traditions with the emerging Intersubjectivist-Relational sensibility, including new findings in the areas of attachment, infant-parent interaction research, developmental neuroscience, trauma, and the like. It will consider analogies between infant-parent and patient-therapist interaction patterns, and how looking at babies helps us think about the non-verbal, emotional and interactive realms, bringing the lived experience of the body back into analysis. An orientation to the history of developmental psychoanalysis and the place of infancy and childhood in different analytic approaches will be offered, and the different “analytic babies” will be described and compared: i.e., Freud’s baby, Klein’s baby, Winnicott’s baby, the Relational baby, etc.

Course Objectives: 

At the end of this event participants will be able to:

  • Apply their use of psychotherapeutic interventions based on understanding how young children develop.
  • Assess therapist-patient interactions to inform interventions.
  • Describe how different psychoanalytic conceptions of infancy affect their own case formulation and intervention strategies.
Empirical Reference: 
  1. Seligman, S. (2018). Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, Attachment. New York: Routledge.

Stephen Seligman, D.M.H., is clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF; Joint Editor-in-Chief of Psychoanalytic Dialogues; training and supervising analyst at SFCP and PINC, and Clinical Professor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis. Dr. Seligman has recently authored Relationships in Development: Infancy, Intersubjectivity, and Attachment (Routledge, 2017) and is co-editor of the American Psychiatric Press’ Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Core Concepts and Clinical Practice.

Cancellation & Refund Policies: 

No refunds for this event.

Contact Information: 

For program related questions contact Garrett Howard at or 510-982-1280.

For questions related to enrollment, locations, CE credit, special needs, course availability and other administrative issues contact Michele McGuinness by email or 415-496-9949.

Program Committee
Garrett Howard, MS, Chair
Danielle Dunchok, Psy.D.
Maneesh Saini, MA
Monika Telichowska, Psy.D

CE Credits: 3

Course Materials