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Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, PhD
Director, Parent-Infant Program
Talia Hatzor, Ph.D.
Director, PIP Training
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The Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Program (PIP) is a two to three-year clinical training program in parent-infant psychotherapy offered by the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research. The PIP program provides a comprehensive training in relationally based and psychoanalytically informed parent-infant psychotherapy. The program is unique in bringing together applicants from diverse backgrounds: psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, pediatricians, and psychoanalysts.
This in-depth training includes advanced didactic course work, infant observation, clinical placements,and supervision by members of the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center faculty. The goals of the program are to enhance the clinician's theoretical understanding of the complex developmental and dynamic aspects involved in infant mental health and early childhood psychopathology and parenting, as well as to develop clinical expertise in dyadic and triadic psychotherapy techniques that support optimal parenting, infant development, and parent-infant relations.
The PIP curriculum covers the trajectory of normative and pathological child development from infancy to three years of age. It includes the study of infancy and infant mental health, infant research,psychotherapeutic interventions for infants and their parents. The curriculum is enhanced by clinical case presentations as well as discussions of varied techniques appropriate to each developmental epoch and specific circumstances.
The PIP program offers trainees the opportunity to study internationally renowned models of observation and intervention with leaders in the field of parent-infant psychotherapy. Additionally, due to its placement within a major academic center of excellence, the PIP program is uniquely situated to offer trainees access to multiple disciplines (psychoanalysis, child psychiatry,neuroscience, developmental psychology) within the Columbia University community.
Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, licensed social workers, and other health care professionals working with families and young children are eligible for admission. Non-clinicians may be involved as affiliate scholars.
Classes are held for one and half hour every Monday evening for thirty weeks, preceeded by the infant observation seminar of one and a half hour duration. This seminar is part of the in-the home infant observation method, based on the internationally renowned Tavistock training model for mental health professionals. The first year begins with an introduction to psychodynamic principles and techniques in work with infants, toddlers and parents, and is followed by sections on the major developmental periods. Trainees are expected to take part in a clinical placement and receive one hour per week of individual supervision.
The topics studied the first year include:
Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory and Clinical Theory
Freud, Anna Freud, Melanie Klein, Winnicott, Bowlby, Bion, Margaret Mahler, Selma Fraiberg , Mary Main, Dan Stern, Peter Fonagy, and more
Early Childhood – The Infant, Toddler and Preschool Child Psychic Development
Relationship and Interaction with Parents
Social and Affective Development
Classes are held for one and half hour every Monday evening for thirty weeks along with the infant observation seminar that preceeds it. The second year addresses infant and toddler psychopathology, evaluation and diagnosis, preventive interventions, and contrasting techniques in working withparents and young children. Weekly individual supervision focuses on dyadic cases. The InfantObservation Seminar continues for in-the-home infant observation.
The topics studied include:
Overview of Parent-Infant Treatment Approaches
Evaluation and Diagnosis
Pregnancy and Birth, Post-partum depression
Autism, Separation Anxiety, Sleep disorders, Failure to Thrive, Eating Disorders, Excessive Crying, Attachment Disorders, PTSD/Trauma, Grief and Mourning inChildhood, Gender Identity Disorder
Parent-Infant psychotherapies, both dyadic and triadic, Toddler-Parent psychotherapy, Video-assisted Intervention, Working with Parents, InteractiveGuidance, Parent-Baby Groups, the Role of Play in Therapy.
Electives on Adoption, Infertility, Divorce, Cultural issues
The full course tuition is $2000 per year for two years. The fee for Infant Observation is an additional $1500 per year. Payment in installments can be arranged. The fee for individual supervision is $50 per session, paid directly to the supervisor.
The fee for the monthly seminar alone is $800 per year. As with the complete program, the fee for individual supervision is $50 per session and the fee for the Infant Observation Seminar $1500 per year.
This program does not qualify for the Columbia University Tuition Exemption Program.
Complete the attached application and return to:
Ms. Judy Mars
Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research,
1051 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10032.
The application process includes an interview with a the Parent-Infant Program directors and/or faculty
Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, PhD. Director PIP
Talia Hatzor, PhD, Director, PIP Training
Beatric Beebe, Ph.D.
Susan Chinitz, PsyD
Andrew Gerber, M.D.Ph.D.
Sylvie Goldman, Ph.D.
Francoise Graf, M.D
Sharon Kofman, Ph.D., MPH
Laura Kleinerman, MS
Susan Kraemer, PhD
Catherine Monk PhD
Anne Murphy, PhD
Pat Nachman MD
Ilene Sackler Lefcourt
Jeannette Sawyer, Ph.D.
Susan Scheftel, PhD
Judith Sorokin, Ph.D.
Zina Steinberg EdD
Donna Wick, EdD
Annette Zygmunt, PhD
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