Havana – Cuba 2024

XI INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS
Infant observation according to Esther Nick and its applications

CREATIVITY AND TRANSFORMATIONS WITH INFANT OBSERVATION AND ITS APPLICATIONS

The infant observation method created by Esther Bick in 1948 represents a fundamental and important moment of training for all early childhood professionals and for those who are confronted with primitive levels of thought. This training also allows professionals who do not work with children to strengthen their ability to understand the most archaic levels of the psychic functioning of any patient.

The observation of the baby utilizing the Bick methodology confronts us with the mysteries of the origins of psychic life and its first manifestations : the body language of the baby and the impact of the arrival of a baby in the family organization and within the emotional life of each of its members.

This method also represents a great richness in its clinical applications in various centers for the treatment of the infants (maternities, nurseries…). Indeed, observation is a method that allows the working group to reflect and elaborate the “raw” material of observation and to use it for the development of thought.

We should also underline the scientific contributions of this method in understanding the psychic development of babies and young children and in the prevention of early developmental disorders. This method has shed new light on serious pathologies such as autism spectrum disorders, and has paved the way for psychotherapy of the parent-baby relationship.

The XI International Congress on Baby Observation will be held in Cuba, and we want to give, through this Congress, special attention to babies and young children in all Latin American countries, and in the developing countries where children are the first to be exposed to violent changes in the family and society.

This Congress provides a scientific continuity with the previous International Congresses which were held in Dakar (2012) and Turin (2017). We believe that making known the method of observation of the baby according to Esther Bick will contribute to the development of public health and to a greater respect for the rights of children, women and families in all countries of the world.

Baby observation training also helps early childhood professionals working in a multicultural setting to

have greater openness and understanding of different ways of relating to and caring for babies. This represents an essential basis for better contact and better communication with different cultural groups in our societies, as well as meeting the baby and their family with an attitude of respect for divergent cultural values.

In recent years, we have all been marked by various global crises (health, economic, climate and security) which have deeply affected the foundations of our internal world, as well as our way of living and working. The pandemic has had an impact on our intimacies, our relationship to the body and our interpersonal relationships. The effects of the climate crisis are sometimes felt in unexpected and threatening ways. War and terrorism bring drama, misunderstanding and terror. Society has become unstable, and increasingly precarious living conditions are emerging while paradoxically the links within the world population are becoming more complex and denser. If any crisis is made up of instability, uncertainty and anguish, any crisis can also contain within it the germ of possibilities for transformation and creation.

CREATIVITY AND TRANSFORMATION will be at the center of our Congress

Babies show us, despite their extreme dependence, all of the life force that they can mobilize to face adversity. They teach us that development is a continuous movement made up of surprises, upheavals and transformations in the sense of Bion, thanks to which the emotional elements can be “digested” and used for growth and thought.

Pre-program Cuba 2024

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH

14:30-15:00-Welcome trainers
15:00-16:30-Introduction
16:30-16:45-Pause
16:45-18:00-Presentation of Observation equipments, discussion

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21TH

08:30-9:00-Welcome trainers
09:00-10:30-Workshop (by language And/or theme)
10:30-10:45-Pause
10:45-12:30-Workshop (by language And/or theme)
12:30-14:00-Breakfast
14:00-17:00-Plenary session, general discussion between trainers, sharing on workhop

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22TH

09:00-9:15-Opening statement
09:15-10:30-Plenary session
10:30-11:00-Pause
11:00-12:30-Plenary session
12:30-14:00-Breakfast
14:00-18:00-Workshop (by language and/or theme)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23TH

09:00-11:00-Plenary session
11:00-11:30-Pause
11:30-12:30-Workshop (by language and/or theme)
12:30-14:00-Breakfast
14:00-18:00-Workshop (by language And/or theme)