Theatre of the Mouth

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02 April 2022

Time: 10:30 - 12:00

Price: £35

Location: online


Observing infants in their families is a crucial asset for any parent or professional relating to children. The mental health of babies could be vastly improved if we helped people understand non verbal communications of the infant and the infantile self in children and adults.

This webinar will address one aspect of communication by infants and young people, the Theatre of the Mouth. Attunement and misattunement between parent and infant, as well as between therapist and child, will be considered. Using infant observation and clinical work, Jeanne will focus on therapeutic styles which facilitate or hinder therapeutic alliances with the infant and child.

Dr Jeanne Magagna helps people to observe the deeper aspects of infants’ personality in order that infants can be better understood and can receive good parenting. Alongside jointly edited books – Universals in Psychoanalysis and Crises in Adolescence – she has edited: Intimate Transformations, The Silent Child, Creativity and Psychotic States, A Psychotherapeutic Understanding of Children and Young People with Eating Disorders.

Jeanne has been Head of Psychotherapy Services at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and has taught for many years at the Tavistock Clinic in London and internationally (for example, on suicide, self-harm, anorexia, infant observation, child psychotherapy).

Jeanne can be seen talking about infant observation in this legacy interview on YouTube:

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