Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo

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2022/2023 Urbino

Learning Objectives

Nowadays the Child Observation is applied in different professional contexts and proves to be a crucial technique especially for those who work in the development field. In particular, the observation of the caregiver-child relationship favors the detailed knowledge of infantile dynamics, allowing the integration of what is precocious in the child - detectable with observation - and what remains implicit - which instead emerges through analysis ( Winnicott, 1941). 
The method of Child Observation consists in specific techniques for collecting materials and for processing, detecting and interpreting them: the observer, involved in the relationship with the child, properly trained, learns to keep his or her attention fluctuating, recording in memory the details of some significant moments and monitoring their own emotional experiences and then sharing these experiences with other observers (Zaphiriou Woods & Pretorius, 2016)
The aim of this Summer School is to provide the participant, through study, discussion, practical experimentation and seminars conducted by professionals and psychoanalysts, the fundamental skills to realize an effective interpretative work about the clinical and dynamic aspects of the observative materials.
The summer school teaches the intentional use of Child Observation, based on psychoanalytic discoveries, offering the possibility of a space for reflection for observers’ affects, detected during the casework and discussion sessions. Will also be prefigured Intervention lines that take into account the emotional involvement in the various professional contexts. The examination of the affects will contribute to the development of an interpretative prudence, allowing participants to learn to avoid errors, misunderstandings and oversights related to the over-evaluation of sensory "impressions", to the predominance of emotional reactions that can develop at the moment of impact with the observed situation or to the prejudicial beliefs that adults bring into play in the relationship with children even in an unintentional way.
The training will alternate moments of theoretical study with moments of discussion and casework in order to favor the re-elaboration of the experience through small-group-work. Participants will be invited to present observative materials in order to practice the theoretical contents and practical techniques presented step by step during the training days.

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The competence in Child Observation is considered a cross-competence both in the helping professions and in the forensic, clinical and educational professions. The specific professional skills, integrated with the technically motivated exercise of Child Observation in different contexts, will favor effective interventions.
Emotional involvement and professional dynamics of observers will be more oriented to the best interests of the child. Training in the exercise of Child Observation in different contexts can be presented as an integral part of continuing professional training. Will be started the procedures for the recognition of ECM credits in the health and forensic sectors and at the social worker order Teachers and educators can apply the certificate of participation in their permanent training platforms.

For those who work with children, the training that improves the competence to observe specificities of relational and intellectual childhood experience is essential. It is a cross-competence that increases and supports the different professional specificities of those who work in the developmental field. Psychologists, doctors, pediatricians, social workers, speech therapists, child neuropsychiatrists, educators, teachers, pedagogists, child advocates, school administrators, psychotherapists can learn specific techniques of Child
Observation in order to listen, understand and learn how can respond to specificity of his behavior and his thoughts.

The summer school period is from 29 August 2022 to 03 September 2022 at the DESP headquarters: via Saffi 42, Urbino.

The course consists of 40 hours of lessons divided between classes, alternative and laboratory; small groups; casework.  Support of the University’s Education platform dedicated to continuing education.

The teaching activity is concentrated in 5 consecutive days with lessons that will be held:

Monday 29 August: 15.00 to 19.00
from Tuesday 30 August to Friday 02 September: from 09.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 19.00
Saturday 03 September: from 09.00 to 13.00

The course includes the acquisition of 4 credits:

Child Observation principles 1 CFU
Main Instruments and Techniques in Child Observation 1 CFU
Child Observation: toddlers and their affective dynamics 1 CFU
Child Observation and Early Psychopathology 1 CFU

The SOCIAL PROGRAM of the Summer School will be structured as follows:

- Tuesday: visit of the Oratories of the city of Urbino

- Wednesday: view of the "Palazzo Ducale" of Urbino

- Thursday: theatre performance in Pesaro

- Friday: Urbino by night

During the registration period you can enjoy all the services offered to university students. 

Several professionals will participate who will bring their testimony

There will be tutors who will assist participants throughout the course.

How to apply for At work with children. Child observation in some professional contexts

Course with free access
Number of positions
50 available
Useful information

Psychologists and psychotherapists, teachers, educators, doctors, pediatricians, educators, managers, speech therapists, social workers, children’s neuropsychiatrists, children’s lawyers, school managers are admitted to the course.

To access the course you must have a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree.

No specific access requirements are required.

At the end of the course, 4 CFUs or 40 ECMs are issued.

The minimum number of students required for the activation of the Summer School is 20.

Only if the number of applications exceeds the maximum number of available places will an evaluation of the CVs be carried out (to be sent, together with the submission of the application, to the Office for Advanced Training and together with the Director of the course) by the Summer School Scientific Committee.

Application procedure
You can apply from the 20/07/2022 to the 23/08/2022 . Using the online procedure you can register to fill in the application and pay with PagoPA (Credit Card, PayPal) to complete the payment of the admission fee.
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Tuition fees

Application fee

Module A: Bachelor's degree € 300,00
Module B: Master’s degree and/or professionals € 500,00
to be paid with a single payment by 23 August 2022 (registration).

WARNING: before making the payment check if the minimum number (20) of participants in order to activate the course has been reached.

Payments must be made using the method available under "payments" in the menu on the left of the personal webpage of the student.

Information on teaching and research activities


Prof.ssa Maria Gabriella Pediconi, RU - Professore aggregato - Dipartimento DESP

A chi rivolgersi


Maria Gabriella Pediconi
 0722 305839   maria.pediconi@uniurb.it

Administrative contacts

Secretary’s Office
Ufficio Dottorati - Post laurea - Esami di Stato
Via Veterani, 36 - Urbino
Office hours
Monday - Friday from 9.30 am to 13pm
 Tel. +39 0722 304631 / +39 0722 304632 / +39 0722 304634 / +39 0722 304635   corsi.postlaurea@uniurb.it

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