Infant Observation

Infant Observation was a part of the early Tavistock model in the training of psychoanalytic clinicians.  Observing an infant weekly from birth to one or two years provides a unique opportunity to learn about early childhood development as it is happening. The evolution of the earliest relationships with parents, siblings, and others in the surroundings can be seen in all its complexity. The baby’s own experience, its efforts to hold itself together, to develop trust, to have an internal good object, and to develop symbols can all be seen. The observation provides an opportunity for the cultivation of emotional openness to the experience in the observer.

Course Format

There is a one year seminar consisting of three parts:
  • a one-hour weekly observation of an infant in the home,
  • a detailed write-up of the observation,
  • and weekly ninety-minute seminar meetings.
No prerequisites.
Class is limited to 6 participants


Revolving Enrollment. Once there are enough students to begin a section, they collectively choose when to begin.


COR Office

2915 East Madison

Seattle, WA 98115

Please use the link to the right and complete the Infant Observation Application.  The Application will require a criminal background check and references.


Application Fee $50
Ongoing Monthly Fee $240

Class Size

Limited to 6 participants

Scholarships Are Available

For many years, thanks to a generous donor, COR has been able to offer scholarships to those who need financial assistance. Please complete the Scholarship Request Form if your are needing a scholarship.

Thomas Saunders, MSW, LICSW
Thomas Saunders, MSW, LICSWPsychotherapist
Thomas C. Saunders, MSW, LICSW is a clinical social worker and analytically trained psychotherapist who sees infants, children, adolescents, and adults in his Mill Creek practice. He also teaches, consults, and supervises psychotherapists in Seattle and Portland. He is also a former board member with COR.  Tom was in the first Tavistock model Infant Observation group held here in Seattle back in 1992.

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Missed classes, seminars, events are not eligible for partial refunds. Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the first class are eligible for a full refund, less a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 30 days in advance of the first session are nonrefundable and non-transferable unless COR is able to fill your spot with another registrant. Cancellations made on or after the start of the first session are 100% non-refundable and nontransferable. In the event of an emergency, each situation will be considered.


For purchasing an installment plan, a “Free Trial” means there will be a delay of the charge until class begins. The sign up fee is an initial charge to secure your place within the class.


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