Heidi Maderia 
CT Association for Infant Mental Health 


Thursday, May 9, 2019, 8:30am-4:00pm

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29 School Ground Road
North Branford, CT 06405

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     CT-AIMH 2019 Spring Conference

Thursday, May 9th, 2019, 8:30am-4pm

Keynote Presenter:



Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD

Bio: Dr. Perry is the Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, TX (, and adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.  Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions.

Conference Topic:

The Power of Early Childhood Experience in Shaping Risk & Resilience



The human brain has remarkable malleability during development.  Experiences of early childhood shape the developing brain by providing a range of social, emotional, motor and cognitive experiences that impact the development and functioning of key neural networks in the infant brain.  The major provider of these early experiences are the primary carers.  This presentation will discuss the vital importance of supporting and fostering brain development from infancy throughout early childhood by supporting the carers.  The importance of designing caregiving strategies and support programs for new parents cannot be underestimated.  Dr. Perry’s address will focus on the importance of the relational ‘therapeutic web’ in providing the consistent, predicable and nurturing experiences that buffer stressors and build resilience.


1. Summarize basics of brain development

2. Highlight importance of relationships in shaping the developing stress response systems of the child

3. Demonstrate the effects of developmental adversities on the day to day functioning of children.

4. Learn ways to facilitate healthy development that is relevant for all children with focus on children impacted by violence, abuse or other forms of adverse life experience. 

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Breakfast and Lunch will be provided


This program has been approved for 5.25 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT (NASW) and meets the continuing education criteria for CT LMFTs, LPCs and licensed psychologists.

Important Information for Registering:

  • In order for you to take advantage of the CT-AIMH Member Rate to attend the Conference, you must be a CURRENT 2019 CT-AIMH Member (
  •  NASW CECs are pending.  
  •  Payment  for the conference must be received on or before May 2nd, unless arranged ahead of time with Heidi (      
  • Refunds can not be issued after April 2, 2019.




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