Parent-infant Psychotherapy

Curricular Advanced Training in Counselling and Therapy for Parents in Cooperation with the Berlin Chamber of Psychotherapists

The therapy of parents with their infants and toddlers contributes to the existing child and parental skills and to establishing a sustainable parent-child relationship. In this way it can be prevented that early disorders solidify and impair the further development. Recent infant research and clinical experience confirm the effectiveness of early therapeutic interventions.

Early childhood behavioural disorders can be an expression of a developing dysfunctional family dynamic. The complex structure of family conditions requires specific diagnostic and therapeutic skills that are adapted to the particularities of the treatment of families with infants and young children.

Early childhood psychotherapy is a scientifically based method of treating children from 0 to 3 years of age, their parents and other caregivers. It serves to improve psychological and/or somatic disorders of infants, toddlers and their caregivers. Psychotherapeutic support can already begin during pregnancy and can make an important contribution to the prevention of developing disorders during the transition to parenthood.

Participants in the curricular advanced training in parent-infant psychotherapy acquire a wide range of skills in diagnostics, counselling and therapy in this part-time additional qualification.

For further questions regarding the curriculum please contact:
Prof. Christiane Ludwig-Körner, Ph.D.: christiane.ludwig-koerner(at)

Admission Requirements

  • A completed psychotherapeutic training (Approbation) in a recognized procedure (AP, DP, CBT) either for the treatment of adults or children/adolescents or candidates in advanced psychotherapeutic training.
  • Previous professional experience with infants and young children as well as contact to clients with infants is desired.

Contents of the Advanced Training

The curriculum standards are based on the guidelines for parental-, infant- and toddler-psychotherapy of the Society for Mental Health in Early Childhood (GAIMH).

The theoretical further education comprises extensive knowledge from various specialist areas and includes the following subject areas:

  • Infant research, developmental psychology of early childhood/parenthood, interculturality
  • Attachment theory, parent-child interaction research
  • Neuropsychology
  • Diagnostics and differential diagnostics
  • Risks in the parent-child relationship, e.g. high-risk pregnancies and births, traumata, chronic diseases of the child, regulatory disorders, mental illnesses of the parents
  • Child protection and endangerment of the welfare of the child in the first years of life
  • Concepts and methods of treatment, e.g: treatment indications, therapeutic approaches and methods of parent-infant psychotherapy
  • Preventive methods and concepts
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation

The practical training includes the treatment of at least five own cases under supervision, of which two cases can be consultations. Supervision should be carried out with cooperating supervisors. The fees are paid directly to these supervisors and are not included in the fees for the advanced training. Supervisions are offered during the seminar weekends, usually Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 13:00 p.m. Additionally, a supervision block will be offered at the end of the course.

The treatment should preferably take place with children of different ages (0 to 3 years). At least 30 documented treatment hours under supervision (24 supervision hours in individual or group supervision) must be proven before certification.

Duration and Extent of the Advanced Training

The curricular advanced training consists of 112 double hours (90 minutes) of theory on a total of 14 weekends each:

Fridays, from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (3 sessions of 90 minutes),
Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (5 sessions of 90 minutes).

In addition there is another 15th weekend for supervision. The costs for this are not included in the total costs of the training and have to be paid extra by the participants.

The first block weekend will take place on January 24/25, 2020. Further dates are:

February 28/29
March 20/21
April 24/25
May 15/16
June 19/20
August 28/29
September 25/26
October 30/31
November 20/21
December 11/12

January 15/16
February 19/20
March 19/20
April 23/24

Participation Fee

3.220,00 € regular, payment in instalments is possible.
Unfortunately there is no reduced participation fee for this event.

The number of participants is limited to 20.

The advanced training is certified by the Berlin Chamber of Psychotherapists.
For each completed module/weekend, 14 training points are certified.

Further training points are awarded for supervision hours taken.
Supervision is to be paid by the participants themselves.


Please send your application incl. the completed application form and a scan of your approbation deed until January 15, 2020 to: fortbildung(at)

After a check of the formal entrance requirements and the receipt of payment of the participation fee, you will receive a registration confirmation from us.

Cancellation must be made in writing until 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 14th day a refund is not possible. However, you can nominate a replacement person with the necessary qualifications to take your place.

Cancellation/change of dates on the part of the organizer:
The organizers have the right to specify dates and cancel events and are then obliged to refund the already paid fee proportionately. A change of speakers may be necessary and does not entitle the participant to withdraw from the contract.

We look forward to your participation!

Application form (in German)
Flyer of the advanced training (Course 2020/21; in German)
Flyer of the advanced training (Course 2019/20; in German)