CAP/TWCYP Intensive Study Event (ISE)* - Therapeutic approaches with vulnerable babies and young children: observation, attention and play


Wednesday 6 May 13:30 to 16:00


HDS Training Suite, Glasgow


Jenifer Wakelyn


This study event is about the value of observation and close attention for babies and young children who may be vulnerable to psychological and attachment difficulties. Jennifer will bring case studies which explore the potential for observation-based therapeutic approaches to support caregivers, social workers, and professional networks.

You will hear about observational ways of working that can be practised by professionals and family members to help children express themselves and feel understood.

*Human Development Scotland (HDS) delivers several academic courses including the Professional Doctorate and Clinical Training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (CAP) and MSc in Psychoanalytic Observation & Reflective Practice: Therapeutic Work with Children & Young People (TWCYP)


1.30pm – 2.45pm        Presentation

2.45pm – 3.00pm        Tea/coffee

3.00pm – 4.00pm        Small group discussion

4.00pm – 4.15pm        Plenary and close

The event will be a mixture of presentation and large group discussion, with time for questions and reflections and small discussion groups.

  • £30 per person
  • No cost for HDS academic students and associated staff (you must still register for a free ticket)
Limited spaces

Spaces are limited. Online booking is essential to secure your place.

Please note that due to COVID-19 this event may be subject to changes, postponement or cancellation.

​About the presenter - Jenifer Wakelyn

Dr Jenifer Wakelyn worked as an artist and in early years’ education before training as a psychoanalytic child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Centre in London where she is now lead child and adolescent psychotherapist in a mental health service for children in care and clinical research co-ordinator for the child psychotherapy doctoral research programme. She has a special interest in therapeutic support for young children in care and in transition. The Watch Me Play! approach developed from her research on therapeutic observation has been disseminated across the UK and Europe. A manual for the approach funded by the Tavistock Clinic Foundation is available online. Her book Therapeutic Approaches with Babies and Young Children in Care: Observation and Attention was published by Routledge in 2020. She teaches and supervises in the Tavistock child psychotherapy training and privately.

  • A cancellation can be made up to 4 weeks before the event and a full refund will be issued. 
  • After this date, a refund cannot be processed, unless under exceptional circumstances.
  • No refund will be issued for non-attendance.
  • We can accept substitute delegates at any time, although sufficient notice should be given where possible.

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