Infant Mental Health is about early relationships: their origins and their power


Heidi Maderia 
CT Association for Infant Mental Health 


Thursday April 21, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM EDT

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29 School Ground Road
Branford, CT 06405

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CT-AIMH 2016 Annual Meeting and Seminar

This year our presenter is: Arietta Slade, PhD 

Topic: Reflective functioning, reflective practice, and the challenges of finding calm in the storm


Arietta Slade, Ph.D. is Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, and Professor Emerita, Clinical Psychology, The City University of New York.  An internationally recognized theoretician, clinician, researcher, and teacher, she has published widely on the development of parental reflective functioning, the clinical implications of attachment theory, and the development of play and symbolization. For the past 13 years she has been co-directing Minding the Baby, an interdisciplinary reflective parenting home visiting program for high-risk mothers, infants, and their families, at the Yale Child Study Center and School of Nursing, one of only 19 certified “evidence-based” home visiting programs in the United States.  Dr. Slade is editor, with Jeremy Holmes of the six volume set, Major Work on Attachment (SAGE Publications, 2013), with Elliot Jurist and Sharone Bergner, of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2008), and with Dennie Wolf, of Children at Play (Oxford University Press, 1994).  She maintains a private practice working with adults and children in Roxbury, CT.  

Presentation description:

Theories of attachment and reflective functioning provide a foundation for thinking about how we understand and work with parents and infants. And yet we face the pain of disrupted attachments and dysregulation in so many of our encounters with families.  How can we help families repair and reflect while continuing to reflect and connect ourselves?


Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn how attachment and trauma theory intersect and particularly how they help us understand the challenges to reflective practice.
  2. Participants will learn how to assess, define and recognize instances of parental reflective functioning.
  3. Participants will learn basic techniques for enhancing parental reflective functioning in young parents, and for managing failures of regulation.
  4. Participants will learn about the outcomes of a longitudinal randomized clinical trial examining the impact of Minding the BabyŽ on health, attachment, and relationship outcomes.




Important Information
  • PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN LOCATION THIS YEAR, we will be at Woodwinds in Branford.
  • This presentation is related to the Competencies for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health.
  • A continental breakfast will be provided.
  • You may pay your individual 2016  membership fee and conference fee when you register, but agency memberships will need to be paid separately.  Membership forms are available at www.ct-aimh.org.  Membership is from January-December. 
  • NASW application for CECs is in process. You may pay for CECs when you register.
  • If paying by check or PO, payment must be received by April 7, 2016.
  • No refunds will be offered after April 7, 2016.

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