Watch, Wait and Wonder is a child led psychotherapeutic approach that specifically and directly uses the infant’s spontaneous activity in a free play format to enhance maternal sensitivity and responsiveness, the child’s sense of self and self-efficacy, emotion regulation, and the child-parent attachment relationship. The approach provides space for the infant/child and parent to work through developmental and relational struggles through play. Also central to the process is engaging the parent to be reflective about the child’s inner world of feelings, thoughts and desires, through which the parent recognizes the separate self of the infant and gains an understanding of her own emotional responses to her child. Because of the central role of the infant/child in the intervention and the relationship focus, Watch, Wait and Wonder differs from other interventions which tend to focus primarily on the more verbal partner, the parent.
This empirically tested approach is now applied with a range of infants and young children with relational, behavioural, regulatory and developmental problems. The workshop will introduce participants to the theory of Watch, Wait and Wonder, and demonstrate practice through in depth case presentations. The training is suitable for those who work with young children and their families who are interested in expanding their knowledge and who have some experience with using psychotherapy/counselling. The workshop may also be informative to participants who would like to learn more about infant/child-parent relationship interventions and focusing on the relationship as an intervention. Although the focus of the workshop will be on young children (0-4 yrs.) and their families, WWW has been used with latency aged children and their parents quite effectively.
Mirek Lojkasek, Ph.D., C.Psych., is a psychologist in Private Practice and one of the original members of a team, which included Elisabeth Muir, who contributed to conceptualising and refining the practice of Watch, Wait and Wonder (WWW), and a co-principal investigator in a study which examined the outcome of the WWW model. Dr. Lojkasek has extensive experience in working with young children and their families and uses Watch, Wait and Wonder in his work. He co-authored the manual, Watch, Wait and Wonder: A manual describing a dyadic infant-led approach to problems in infancy and early childhood (Muir, Lojkasek, Cohen, 1999). He has presented on Watch, Wait and Wonder and other aspects of infant-parent therapy/intervention internationally. Dr. Lojkasek conducts research on early parent-child relationships, attachment, developmental psychopathology, early interventions and psychotherapy.
To provide participants with a basic theoretical and technical foundation in Watch, Wait and Wonder. Participants will need to purchase a manual, which is used to supplement the workshop.
Participants will learn:
The group work is experientially based, practicing Watching, Waiting and Wondering together while observing cases. Because of the experiential component of the workshop the group is limited to 40-45 participants so that each participant may benefit.
The workshop is the first in a training package which includes an Advanced workshop which is designed for individuals who want to go on and practice WWW. To enquire contact Dr. Lojkasek at firstname.lastname@example.org.