The AIDOBB — International Association of Infant Observation –Esther Bick Method was established in 2012, after the IX International Congress on Infant Observation Baby, which was held in Dakar.
This association brings together educators and professionals from Early Childhood and Mental Health disciplines who wish to develop their professional activities and exchange and disseminate their educational and research experiences utilizing the infant observation method and its applications in different cultural, clinical, developmental and educational contexts.
XI International Congress — 21-22-23-24 February 2024
Trainer’s Colloquium — 19-20 February 2024
CREATIVITY AND TRANSFORMATIONS WITH INFANT OBSERVATION AND ITS APPLICATIONS
The infant observation method, created by Esther Bick in 1948, represents a fundamental and important moment of training for all early childhood professionals, and for those who are confronted with primitive levels of thought in different clinical and educational contexts. This training also allows professionals who do not work with children to strengthen their ability to understand the most archaic levels of the psychic functioning of their clinical patients.
Infant observation utilizing the Bick methodology confronts us with the mysteries of the origins of psychic life and its first manifestations : the body language of the baby and the impact of the arrival of a baby upon the family organization and within the emotional life of each of its members.
This method also represents a great richness in its clinical applications in various centers for the treatment of the infants (maternities, nurseries…). Indeed, observation is a method that allows the working group to reflect and elaborate the “raw” material of observation and to use it for the development of thought.
We should also underline the scientific contributions of this method in understanding the psychic development of babies and young children and in the prevention of early developmental disorders. This method has shed new light on serious pathologies such as autism spectrum disorders, and has paved the way for psychotherapy of the parent-baby relationship. The XI International Congress on Baby Observation will be held in Cuba, and we want to give, through this Congress, special attention to babies and young children in all Latin American countries, and in the developing countries where children are the first to be exposed to violent changes in the family and society.
This Congress provides a scientific continuity with the previous International Congresses which were held in Dakar (2012) and Turin (2017) and of the study days (2014-Dakar and 2016-Rouen), of the Colloquium in London-Tavistock (2014), and of the Franco-Senegalese Meetings (2014-Paris and 2015 Amiens). We believe that making known the method of observation of the baby according to Esther Bick will contribute to the development of public health and to a greater respect for the rights of children, women and families in all countries of the world.
Baby observation training also helps early childhood professionals working in a multicultural setting to have greater openness and understanding of different ways of relating to and caring for babies. This represents an essential basis for better contact and better communication with different cultural groups in our societies, as well as meeting the baby and their family with an attitude of respect for divergent cultural values.
In recent years, we have all been marked by various global crises (health, economic, climate and security) which have deeply affected the foundations of our internal world, as well as our way of living and working. The pandemic has had an impact on our intimacies, our relationship to the body and our interpersonal relationships. The effects of the climate crisis are sometimes felt in unexpected and threatening ways. War and terrorism bring drama, misunderstanding and terror. Society has become unstable, and increasingly precarious living conditions are emerging while paradoxically the links within the world population are becoming more complex and denser. If any crisis is made up of instability, uncertainty and anguish, any crisis can also contain within it the germ of possibilities for transformation and creation.
CREATIVITY AND TRANSFORMATION will be at the center of our Congress: babies show us, despite their extreme dependence, all of the life force that they can mobilize to face adversity. They teach us that development is a continuous movement made up of surprises, upheavals and transformations in the sense of Bion, thanks to which the emotional elements can be «digested» and used for growth and thought.