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Prevention Project: B.A.S.E.®-Babywatching

Babywatching in nursery school and elementary school to counter aggression and fear and to foster sensitivity and empathy

In the 1980s, aggression researcher Henri Parens, working in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, conducted studies to prevent aggressive behavioral disorders in preschool children. The "B.A.S.E.® Babywatching in nursery school and elementary school to counter aggression and fear and to foster sensitivity and empathy" prevention program is based on his experiences. It was developed by the Munich attachment researcher PD Dr. med. Karl Heinz Brisch at the Children's Clinic and Polyclinic at the Dr. von Hauner Children's Hospital at the University of Munich.

What B.A.S.E.® consists of

A mother visits a nursery school group or elementary school class with a newborn once per week for an entire year. Sitting in a circle, the children experience how the baby grows from week to week until she is able to walk on her own. With facilitation from a B.A.S.E.® group facilitator, they become increasingly better able through weekly interaction and observation to empathize with the emotions and motivations of both mother and infant. For many only children, this will be the first and often only chance to observe milestones in the development of a baby over her entire first year of life.
Results to date have shown that this method increases children's capacity for empathy. They then begin to transfer this capacity to everyday situations with their friends by enabling them to be more sensitive and less fearful with each other.

More information about B.A.S.E.® Babywatching: Here

Please visit also the website in the UK: Here


 Look back:

 News & Updates in 2017

January 2017 WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017 FROM B.A.S.E. ® Babywatching UK TEAM

January 31st NEWLY published research by Queen Mary University of London. Click HERE for full version of research report & click HERE for research summary.

March Click here for the Spring Newsletter

Recommended book please click here for more information SCHOOL as a SECURE BASE by Kevin Street

March 3rd Group Leader Training, Manchester

June 16th Group Leader Training, London

June 17th Mentor Training, London

September 29th - October 1st
16th International Attachment Conference, Prof. Dr. med. Karl Heinz Brisch

News & Updates in 2016


March 1st New website open.

March 18th Group Leader Training for Ealing schools.

April Click here forSummer Newsletter

June 10th Open Group Leader training in London.

June 18th Mentor's Gathering for all trained Mentors.

June 20th Group Leader training for the Education Department, Isle of Man.

July 29th Mentor Training in London.

October An article was published in Nursery World magazine on B.A.S.E. ® Babywatching with case studies. Click HERE to read.



Babywatching Against Aggression and Anxiety, for Sensitivity and Empathy

Date: Wednesday 20 June 2012, Registration 9.30 for 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
At the Laycock Centre, Laycock Street, Highbury and Islington, London N1 1TH

Information sheet » download


See what enthusiasm the B.AS.E. training with Dr Karl Heinz Brisch has started! People have universally been delighted. Here are some of the quotes from their e-mails:

- "Thanks so much for facilitating such a brilliant training day. Dr Heinz Brisch was such a fantastic speaker and I thought his enthusiasm for his idea was very contagious! I had unexpectedly seen my supervisor on the training day, so we have been excitedly discussing the idea together since."

- "Congratulations on organising such an inspiring training day yesterday- it was fascinating to observe the interactions between both mothers and their babies."

- "Wednesday was a delight! It was so positive to be among a group of teachers (by and large) who were so positive and buzzing with enthusiasm!"

- "Thanks for organising this very exciting and fascinating training! I am very excited to start off and will let you know how it goes!"

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