1 day


About this course

This workshop, organised by Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in collaboration with Child Attachment and Psychological Therapies Research (ChAPTRe), examines how will examine in greater depth the Microanalytic Approach and how it may be used to understand clinical process.

Morning: Learning the Infant’s Nonverbal Language: Video Microanalysis

Research using second-by-second microanalysis of videotaped interactions has a critical contribution to make to mother-infant clinicians, but it is currently under-utilized. Video microanalysis teaches us how the intricate process of mother-infant moment-to-moment communication works. It is a powerful research, treatment, and training tool. Video microanalysis functions like a social microscope, enabling us to see subtle details of interactions which are too rapid and complex to grasp in real time with the naked eye. It can reveal aspects of mother-infant difficulties that cannot be discerned by ordinary observation or even by watching a videotape in real time. This presentation is designed for clinicians as well as researchers interested in acquiring this new way of seeing. Participants will learn to look frame-by-frame and to notice the subtle details of the interactions revealed by microanalysis. Participants will develop a grasp of many patterns of behavior that predict secure and insecure attachment outcomes. They will also learn to translate the details of what they learn to see into user-friendly clinical language. We will present material from mother-infant treatment cases in which we have utilized microanalysis.

“The Mother-Infant Interaction Picture Book: Origins of Attachment” (Beebe, Cohen, and Lachmann, 2016; Norton) will serve as the training text.

Afternoon: Microanalysis of clinical process in PPIP

The AFNCCF Clinical Process research combines discursive analysis with microanalytic methods and standardized, attachment-based research measures. We will explore the weave of verbal and embodied transactions between therapist and patients in Psychoanalytic Parent-Infant Psychotherapy (PPIP), a field of applied psychoanalytic practice. The afternoon presentation will present preliminary material aimed to capture the multi-faceted complexity of the therapeutic encounter. Beatrice Beebe will provide commentary on the presentation by PPIP, including online microanalysis of film segments provided by PPIP.

Who is this workshop suitable for?

The workshop is suitable for clinicians, practitioners, researchers and academics with an interest in how relationships are constituted and where they may lead from infancy to adulthood.

Special offer

We are also running a conference on Nonverbal Communication in Infant Research and Adult Psychotherapy on Thursday, 2nd May 2019. You can book a combined place on the conference and workshop at a reduced £359 fee (discount of £40) here.