Curricular advanced training in psychoanalytically oriented parent-infant psychotherapy in cooperation with KIPU e.V., certified by the Berlin Chamber of Psychotherapists.

Parent-infant psychotherapy is a psychoanalytically oriented method for treating early parent-child relationships that are burdened by early childhood symptoms and/or parental peri- and postpartum psychological symptoms. Psychotherapeutic treatment can make an important contribution to the prevention of later disorders already during pregnancy, in the transition to parenthood and in the first years of the child's life. Scientifically based methods for the treatment of early childhood regulatory disorders and emotional development problems serve to effectively and permanently improve psychological and/or somatic disorders in infants or their caregivers and prevent developing dysfunctional family dynamics.

The focus of the treatment is to identify and work on the relationship issues that underlie the symptoms of the parent and child. The treatment method is classified as a psychodynamic treatment method and is applied in various clinical settings. The basis of the concrete therapeutic treatment techniques is an understanding of the unconscious relational patterns that are actualized in the relational situation between parent, child and therapist.


Teaching Concept


In practice-oriented and experience-based seminar units, psychotherapists for adults as well as children and adolescents with special knowledge in parent-infant-toddler psychotherapy teach:


  • Theory competence such as psychoanalytic development theory, infant research and attachment theory (contents see below) as well as

  • Therapeutic and diagnostic skills for parent-child treatment.


Central to the course is the application of core psychodynamic concepts in the treatment of parent(s) and child(ren) as well as the theoretical and practical examination of current treatment developments that are discussed in parent-infant psychotherapy as extensions and additions to classical psychoanalytic treatment approaches.


The focus of the training is on:


  • the special therapeutic attitude and relationship to parents and child(ren) in a multi-person setting,
  • A transfer-focused and mentalization-based treatment technique,
  • disorder-specific treatment approaches taking into account early childhood symptoms (crying, sleeping and feeding problems) and the personality structure of the parents as well as
  • transgenerational aspects of the transmission of trauma.




  • specific problem-situations in the parent-child setting, e.g. child protection, (extended) suicidality, therapy discontinuations, treatment in the home environment (home-treatment),

  • psychotherapeutic work at the borders to pedagogy, psychoeducation, youth welfare, family law as well as

  • central principles of action, effectiveness and evaluation of parent-child treatment


are reflected upon in a research-based manner.

Aims of the training


  •  The advanced training imparts specific knowledge for diagnostics and therapy, deepens psychotherapeutic competencies and integrates self-awareness and self-reflection components that are important for working with psychologically stressed parents and/or infants.
  • From the perspective of therapists with many years of experience in psychoanalytic and depth psychology, participants will gain a practical insight into the special clinical situation with parents and infants and learn about different clinical treatment settings.
  • Based on current scientific findings, a broad knowledge of complicated parenting constellations, early childhood development and its disorders, relationship and interaction diagnostics, and treatment techniques is provided.
  • The training concept integrates theory, casuistry, literature study and treatment under supervision and takes into account the theory-practice transfer.



The theoretical training includes extensive knowledge from various specialties and subject areas, which is highlighted and worked on using clinical case examples:


  • Infant research and neuropsychology
  • Developmental psychology and attachment theory
  • Risk and resilience research
  • Diagnostics/differential diagnostics
  • Treatment indication and setting
  • Treatment methodology and techniques
  • Therapeutic approaches and treatment process
  • Family dynamics and interculturality
  • Child protection and child endangerment
  • Preventive approaches and concepts
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration


The practical training includes the treatment of five parent-child pairs (0-3 years) under supervision, two of which can be consultations. Supervision is provided by cooperating supervisors who are involved in the parent-infant training. The costs for supervision are not included in the participation fee and are agreed upon and settled by the participants directly with the supervisors. Supervision can take place in the form of individual or group supervision, by individual arrangement or, for example, on the module weekends on Fridays from 11:00 to 13:00.



For licensed psychotherapists and child and adolescent therapists, who are looking for access to patients and an institutional connection for the treatment cases for the practice parts of the further education, there is the possibility, in coordination with the outpatient clinic management (Dr. med. L. Staun), to conduct consultation appointments and treatments in the Psychotherapeutic University Outpatient Clinic of the IPU. More information will be provided during the first seminar.

Specialized Lecturers


Prof. Dr. Christiane Ludwig-Körner
Frau Eva Heinle-Schneider
Prof. Dr. Eva Hedervari-Heller
Dr. med. Karin Trübel
Dipl.-Psych. Bärbel Derksen
Dr. med. Tamara Jacubeit
Dr. med. Nikolas von Hofacker
Dr. Dr. Inge Pretorius
Dr. med. Franziska Schlensog-Schuster
Dr. med Carola Bindt


Access Requirements


  • Completed psychotherapy training (licensure) in a recognized guideline psychotherapy procedure, either for the treatment of adults or children/adolescents or candidates in advanced psychotherapy training.
  • Previous professional experience with infants or contact with clients with infants is desired.



On the basis of


  • the participation in the 12 training modules
  • the treatment of 5 parent-child pairs (30 documented treatment hours) under supervision (24 supervision hours in individual and group supervision) and
  • the presentation of a case in the final colloquium


a certificate is issued. Participants will receive the certificate of participation incl. continuing education points from the Berlin Chamber of Psychotherapists after each individual module.


The curriculum is adapted from the Guidelines for Parent-Infant Psychotherapy of the Association for Mental Health in Early Childhood.

Duration and Scope


The curricular training comprises a total of 12 modules and a final colloquium. Each module comprises 7 double hours (= 168 seminar units of 45 minutes each). The training takes place at the following times:


Friday, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (3 double sessions),
Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., (lunch break: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.), 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. (4 double sessions).


Seminar Location:

The modules take place on the premises of the IPU Berlin. Should this not be permissible due to the requirements of the Berlin Senate (e.g. due to a pandemic), the modules will take place as online events.


Flyer ESKP 21-22

Seminar Dates




September 17-18, 2021

October 08-09, 2021

November 05-06, 2021




January 14-15, 2022

February 11/12, 2022

March 18/19, 2022

April 29-30, 2022

May 13-14, 2022

June 24-25, 2022

September 23-24, 2022

October 07/08, 2022

November 11/12, 2022

December 09/10, 2022


The modules build on each other and cannot be booked individually.

Registration, Coordination and Organization


Please send your application in the form of the completed application form:



Contact Person inside IPU Continuing Education:


Sandra Buttress


Contact Person coordination (concept, treatment practice, supervision):


Dr. Gabriele Koch, Melanie Eckert, Ulla Stegemann (KIPU e.V.)
Prof. Dr. Annette Klein (KIPU-Vorstand)

Cancellation must be made in writing by the end of the 14th day before the start of the event. Until then, you can cancel your participation free of charge and receive a full refund of the participation fees you have already paid. After the end of the 14th day, a refund is excluded. However, you may nominate a substitute person with the required qualifications to take your place.

Participation Fees


3.320,00 € (Installment payments are possible)

The group size is 20-23 people.

The training is certified by the Berlin Chamber of Psychotherapists.
Continuing education points are certified for each completed module/weekend.

Additional continuing education credits are awarded for verified hours of supervision.


Information on parent-infant psychotherapy at the IPU and the SKKIPPI research project.