Advance Level Pikler® Training, October 23-27, 2017, Los Angeles, CA

In Peace with Oneself – In Peace with Others
The beginning of social learning

Faculty: Zsuzsa Libertiny, Jutka Hafner and Elsa Chahin

Photo courtesy David Vigliotti, Little Learners Lodge

Class Overview
In this training, you will learn Dr. Pikler’s original ideas about the adult’s role in the socialization of infants and toddlers. How do we observe and understand the youngest child’s effort to learn and follow the norms and rules that surround them? How can we accompany and orient a child without power struggles in order to raise a person who can live “in peace with oneself – in peace with others”? We will share our experience about the difficult situations that toddlers experience in day care and in other social settings. Video footage recorded at the Pikler® Institute, the Pikler® Day Care, and in family settings will be offered for analysis and discussion, serving as a catalyst for practiced observations and engaging conversations.


The following topics will be addressed during the training:

  • “The age of transition” – What does Dr. Pikler teach us about toddlerhood?
  • Adjustment and cooperation in the adult-child relationship
  • Social learning during care giving routines
  • Transmission of cultural traditions at mealtime
  • Children among each other: From the first social experience to cooperation and conflict
  • How to protect the child’s individual needs in a group setting

This course is for professionals who have already participated in basic level courses offered by the Pikler Institute in Budapest, in the United States or abroad.

Participants may send a short video recording (1-4 minutes, to info@pikler.org) of an observation of toddler socialization and prepare relevant questions for group discussion. The deadline for this submission is mid-September.*

$1,200 Early bird, before September 1, 2017 (Does not include food or lodging)
$1,300 After September 1, 2017 (Does not include food or lodging)

*Open only to those that have previously attended a Basic Level Pikler® Intensive in USA or abroad.


Registration information:
To register and pay with Pay Pal or credit card.


Time and location information:
October 23-27, 2017, 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Pepperdine University Graduate Campus
6100 Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045
West LA Campus


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Presenters’ Biographies

Zsuzsa Libertiny, Executive Pedagogue of the Pikler® Daycare Center, became closely acquainted with the Piklerian ideas with the birth of her first child (1997). An employee of the Pikler Institute in 2002, Libertiny was responsible for family programs and parent-child groups. She left Lóczy for a few years to work in Canada supporting newly immigrated parents with young children. After her return to the Lóczy team, she resumed her previous role, as well as joining the daycare center as a pedagogue. Since 2009, Libertiny regularly participates as a lecturer both in Hungary and abroad. Her topics encompass the everyday work with children, the support for families, day-care centers, and residential institutions.

Jutka Hafner has been a caregiver with the Emmi Pikler Institute, both at the home for the infants and toddlers and the daycare program since 1985. She took a few years off when her children were born, but was soon back to do her work with babies, and as she says, to work “in a such a way that each child can feel good…with opportunities to develop and unfold his or her unique personality”. As an experienced pedagogue she shares her knowledge and skills of the Piklerian practice with others in workshops around the world.

Elsa Chahin is one of only two certified and accredited Pikler® Trainers in North America, and is currently President of the internationally renown non-profit corporation, Pikler/Lóczy® USA, through which she carries on the mission of Dr. Emmi Pikler, that of raising healthy, happy children. A staunch advocate of early childhood education and development, Ms. Chahin, also a RIE® Associate (Resources for Infant Educators), and PITC Trainer (Program for Infant Toddler Care) has coauthored In Loving Hands with Anna Tardos and is that rare leader who not only brings passion and commitment to her work, but a deep knowledge coupled with both insight and generosity.