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Babywatching for Empathy
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Who We Are

Babywatching started in the UK in 2012 with a very small group of enthusiasts and a handful of pioneering Headteachers who welcomed the programme into their schools to see what Babywatching could offer their children.

History

In the 1980s, psychoanalyst and aggression researcher Dr Henri Parens was working in Philadelphia, USA, studying how to prevent aggressive behaviour disorders in very young children. Dr Karl Heinz Brisch was working as an attachment researcher at the University Children’s Hospital in Ulm, later at the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital in Munich, Germany. They met and discussed their related research. From their discussions Dr Karl Heinz Brisch devised the B.A.S.E. ® Babywatching programme to foster sensitivity and empathy and reduce aggression and fear in children, building on Dr Henri Parens’ previous preventive programmes.

B.A.S.E. Babywatching was started in Kindergarten classes in Germany in the 1990s and Babywatching groups are now running in the full-range of classes in Primary Schools in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Israel, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Also in the UK, secondary schools have welcomed Babywatching for small nurture groups, and Babywatching is being trialled as a training programme for professionals, to deepen their understanding of the significance of mother/infant attachment when working with looked after children and their carers.

Our Team

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Dr Karl Heinz Brisch MD

- Founder of B.A.S.E. ® Babywatching worldwide.
- Attachment researcher, child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital, Munich.
- Devised the programme incorporating the research of Dr Henri Parens.
- B.A.S.E. Babywatching Trainer worldwide.
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Griselda Kellie-Smith

- Co-Founder of B.A.S.E.® Babywatching UK
- Child and adult psychotherapist
- B.A.S.E. Babywatching Mentor and Trainer
- Advisory Board Member
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Andrea Perry

- Co-Founder of B.A.S.E. ® Babywatching UK
- Psychotherapist, developmental consultant, writer and broadcaster
- B.A.S.E. Babywatching Trainer
​​​​​​​- Advisory Board Member
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Michele Crooks

- B.A.S.E. ® Babywatching UK CEO
- Child and adult psychotherapist
- B.A.S.E. Babywatching Group Leader, Mentor and Trainer
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Toni Medcalf

- Integrative psychotherapist
- Director of Schools Counselling Partnership
- B.A.S.E. ® Babywatching Group Leader and Mentor
​​​​​​​- Advisory Board Member
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Helen Craster

- Psychotherapist
- B.A.S.E. Babywatching Trainer
​​​​​​​- Advisory Board Member
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Sharon Rubens

- Child and adult psychotherapist
- B.A.S.E. Babywatching Group Leader and Mentor
​​​​​​​- Advisory Board Member
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Christabel McEwen

- Child psychotherapist
- B.A.S.E. Babywatching Group Leader and Mentor
​​​​​​​- Advisory Board Member
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Kulsum Ismail

- B.A.S.E. Babywatching UK Administrator
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