Early years trainings and events

The Early Years and Prevention programme sits within our Clinical Division at the Anna Freud Centre. It comprises a multi-disciplinary team of mental health professionals, some with a background in psychoanalytic child psychotherapy, counselling, clinical and educational psychology. We have specialisms in parent-infant psychotherapy, video-based treatments, therapy for parents, carers and toddlers (in groups and individually) as well as other mentalization-based approaches. We are also developing and delivering specialised support for fathers in the perinatal period. 

Other services available:  

  • Training to individuals and teams. 
  • Packages of individual and family assessment or therapy with babies, toddlers and their parents or carers; including those who have recently been adopted or in the process of adoption. 
  • Consultation to networks and organisations working in the early years. 
  • Supervision to teams and organisations working in the early years. 
  • Principles & Practice of Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy

    The aim of this course is to extend the understanding and skills particular to therapeutically-based, early intervention with attachment disorders. The course will examine the complexity of the work.

    • 3.5 days
  • Running Groups for Infants and Parents, Virtually and Beyond

    • 2 days & second day is divided across two mornings
  • Supervision in the Early Years

    • 5 days (over a 4-month period)
  • Early Years in Mind: Trauma and Repair Webinar

    As early years practitioners, we are in a unique position to support children as they are developing a sense of their own identity and formulating their attitudes about other people. We are also in a position to recognise our own biases and challenge stereotypes so we can support and safeguard children and their families appropriately. In this webinar, without downplaying the effects of trauma, our panel will acknowledge the realities through a lens of repair. Facilitated by the Chair, Dr Abi Miranda, the panel will discuss a range of topics that highlight best practice in the context of trauma. For example, the panel will discuss effective multi-disciplinary working with social workers, providing a “good enough” online service for adoptive parents, and celebrating nursery cultures that foster belonging and anti-racist practice.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 16th June 2022
    • 1.5 hours
  • Mentalizing in Practice: Working with Parents and Infants

    This course will explore Mentalizing and the importance of the parent/carer’s ability to mentalize effectively, to support the development of the infant’s mind, attachment to their parent/carer and capacity to reflect and to relate to others.

    • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
    • 16th June 2022 - 24th June 2022
    • 4 days

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