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
Parent, Infant and Toddler Psychotherapies with Residents in Shared Living Arrangements & Facilities for Mothers/Fathers and Children as per Sec. 19 German Code of Social Law (SGB) VIII
Mentalization and Affect
Mikro-affektives Verhalten hoch- und niedrigreflexiver Mütter in Interaktion mit ihren Kindern (MAMIK-Studie)
Anxiety Disorders in Children
Angststudie für Kinder (ASK-Studie)
Attachment and Day Care
Eingewöhnung und Bindung (PEB) – Untersuchung des Eingewöhnungsprozesses von Kindern in der Krippe nach dem „Berliner Eingewöhnungsmodell
Education and Inclusion
Empirische Bildungsforschung: Schulische Inklusion