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Closeness and Distance in Adult Relationships Based on Early Infant Studies

  • Friday, April 19, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Palo Alto Medical Foundation, 795 El Camino Real, Palo Alto


  • $10.00 attendance
    $10 per CEU (1.5 CEUS)

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Presenter: Catherine Phillips LCSW

Description:  This talk will give an overview of the type of emotional learning that happens in an Infant Observation and how that sustained emotional presence and containment can benefit our work in the clinical setting. We will set the stage by talking about complex dynamic interchanges between the baby and their world and how these early experiences inform each of our connections to others and ourselves throughout the lifespan. We will do a practice observation and have an opportunity to reflect on some of the dimensions of our learning during this talk. The experiential learning combined with the group discussion provide a means to develop one’s own ability to sustain emotional presence and containment in the clinical setting.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to describe the utility of Infant Observation in further developing their own capacities to sustain emotional presence and containment. 
  2. Participants will be able to identify at least three features of infant development they learned during the talk. 
  3. Participants will have the opportunity to practice using an exercise from the Infant Observation. 

      About the Presenter: 

      Catherine Phillips LCSW is on the faculty of the San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis. She has a private practice in Menlo Park and is an experienced psychoanalyst with extensive child, family and adult experience.


      The meeting room is on the third floor next to the cafe with free parking below the building. Take the Main Elevator. Meeting time is 12-2:00 PM with the first 15 minutes reserved for signing in and networking. The presentation starts at 12:15 PM following announcements. 

      CEU INFORMATION: 1.5 CEUs will be offered for LCSWs - members earn credits at no cost. Non-members are charged $10 admission and an additional $15 for CEUs ($25)


      Virginia Frederick | ginnyfred@aol.com 
      Joan Berman | berman.joan@gmail.com

      All clinical disciplines are welcome. ASWs, AMFTs, and APCCs with the approval of your supervisors, can use these educational credits toward your hours. To register and to sign up for membership or for more information contact info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org or Call 650-460-9210.

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