Developmental psychology with a focus on early childhood: Prenatal effects on child development, establishment of babies’ attachment and relationships, inhibiting and fostering influences in the first year of life, quality of early care and education institutions. Impact of parents’ mental illnesses on their children. Consequences of experiencing neglect and abuse early in life.
Prevention and Intervention: Forms of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention. Preventative education, counseling, and psychotherapy. Parent-Infant-Baby psychotherapy. Forms of counseling and crisis intervention.
Clinical Psychology: Risk factors and protective factors, psychosocial crises, symptoms and diagnostics, fields of application for clinical psychology: target groups and settings. Target-group-oriented methods: teen mothers, mentally disordered or drug-addicted parents, families with histories of migration.
Comparing Psychotherapeutic Methods: psychodynamic, humanistic, systemic and behavioral therapy techniques. Differences with regard to target groups and setting (individual, group, family, adults and children). Current developments--for example, relational and intersubjective methods of psychoanalysis and schema therapy within behavioral therapy.
1) Application Research: Development, application, and evaluation of pychodynamic concepts in Parent-Infanct-Baby psychotherapy. Support of projects involving pedagogical-therapeutic work with children and parents during early life.
2) Research on the lives and works of unknown or forgotten female psychoanalysts, such as Anna Freud’s colleagues in “War Nurseries”. The long-overlooked contributions by women to the development of psychoanalytic concepts and their applications in childcare and analytical therapy.
The Centre for Early Childhood combines a variety of activities and programmes to promote the healthy development of children and their families. The aim of the centre is to support families in an interdisciplinary, early and holistic way by providing suitable assistance.
By linking innovative practice, research projects, education and training courses for interdisciplinary specialists and an international network of experts, the Centre provides data for and improves on an exciting field of expertise and research.
The Centre is associated with the International Psychoanalytic University of Berlin and its various clinical and pedagogical research projects. Current research projects are dealing with the effectiveness of parent-infant-psychotherapy in different settings, mentalization and affects, attachment oriented acclimatization in day care, anxiety disorders and treatment of children as well as child education.
(For detailed information on all the projects please see project links below)
Training, Seminar and Conference
The Centre hosts one of Germany`s first trainings for psychoanalytically oriented Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy (Prof. Dr. phil. Christiane Ludwig-Körner). Over the last 20 years approximately 250 participants have been trained and are now supporting parents and their children with attachment oriented counselling and psychotherapy across Germany. In a Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy working group of the IPA founded in 2014, psychoanalysts regularly exchange information about conditions, contents and methods of training in Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy, as well as debating research projects (present and future), method comparison and case studies. Furthermore, the Centre offers trainings, seminars and conferences for interdisciplinary health care professionals in the fields of prevention, intervention, day care and kindergarten. (For further information on upcoming trainings and conferences see links below)
With the „International Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy, Intervention, and Research Network“, the Centre has established a large network of international experts in the field. The aim of the network is to improve the international research activities and collaborations concerning parent-infant-psychotherapy and intervention programmes in the early childhood.
Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy and Counseling-Training Network
Members International Psychoanalytic University
Effectiveness of Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy
Eltern-Säuglings-Kleinkind-Psychotherapien mit Bewohnerinnen gemeinsamer Wohnformen gemäß § 19 SGB VIII von Mutter/Vater-Kind-Einrichtungen
Förderung der Eltern-Kind-Beziehung in Kindergärten - Erwachsenenbildung/ Frühe Hilfen und Frühförderung in einer Hand
Patenschaften im Kindergarten durch Studierende der IPU (K-IPU).