Centre for Early Childhood

Centre for Early Childhood

The Centre for Early Childhood combines a variety of activities and programs 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 offers.

By linking innovative practice, research projects, education and training courses for interdisciplinary specialists and an international network of experts, the Centre provides and improves an excellent 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 psychoanalytical orientated Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy (Prof. Dr. phil. Christiane Ludwig-Körner). In the last 20 years approximately 250 participants had been trained and are 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 a training in Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy, as well as about research projects (present and future), method comparison about case studies.

Further, the centre offers of 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 founded a large network of international Experts in these field. The aim of the Network is to improve the international research activities and collaborations concerning Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy and Intervention Programs in the early childhood.

International Members
Prof. Jane Barlow: University Warwick, Division of Public Health in the early Years (Warwick, United Kingdom)
Prof. Paul Campbell: University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry, Infant Mental Health (Melbourne, Australia)
Prof. Peter Fonagy: University College of London, Division of Psychology and Language Sience; Anna Freud Centre for Children & Families (London, United Kingdom)
Prof. Marinus von IJzendoorn: Erasmus University Rotterdam; Department of Psychology, Education, and Child Studies; Cambridge University; Department of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine (Rotterdam; Netherlands; Cambridge, United Kingdom)
Prof. Miri Keren, Tel Aviv University Department of Psychiatry (Tel Aviv; Israel)
Prof. Kai von Klitzing: University Leipzig, Division of Poliklinik, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescent (Leipzig, Germany)
Prof. Maria Muzik: Medical University of Michigan, Perinatal Psychiatry (Michigan, United States of America)
Kaija Puura Finnland, M.D, Prof., Univerity Tampere, Finnland, Child Psychiatry Department
Prof. rer. Joan Raphel-Leff: University College London, Anna Freud Centre Academic Faculty for Psychoanalytic Research; University of Essex, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies (London; Edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Prof. Katherine Rosenblum: University of Michigan, Division of Psychiary and Obestrics & Gynecology (Michigan, United States of America
Prof. Daniel Schechter: University of Geneva, Division of Psychiatry (Geneva, Switzerland)
Prof. Mark Sossin: Pace University, Division of Psychology (New York City, United States of America)
Prof. Mailjs Winberg Salomonsson: Karolinska Institute Medical University; Department of Women's and Children's Health (Stockholm, Sweden)

Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy and CounselingTraining Network
Prof. rer. Astrid Berg: University of Cape Town; Stellenbosch Universtiy, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Parent-Infant-Psychotherapie-Training (Cape Town, South Africa)
Ph. D. Christine Anzieu-Premmereur: Columbia University; Centre for Psychoanalytic Training and Research- Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy-Program (New York, United States of America)
Ph. D. Talia Hatzor: Columbia University; Centre for Psychoanalytic Training and Research- Parent-Infant-Psychotherapy-Program (New York, United States of America)
Hisako Watanabe, MD, PhD: Keio University; Vice President Watanabe Clinic, Director Life Development Center, Kawasaki Nanbu Medical Educational School of Medicine (Keyo, Japan)
Susan Yabsley, Training Director and Lead Director, Chief Psychologist,
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health (Toronto, Canada)

Members International Psychoanalytic University:
Prof. Christiane Ludwig-Körner
Prof. Lars Kuchinke
Prof. Annette Klein
Prof. Gunther Meinelschmidt
Dr. Gabriele Koch
Prof. Evá Hédervári-Heller
Prof. Bernd Ahrbeck,
MA Melanie Eckert
MA Janna Mattheß
MA Jenny Kaiser