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Statewide Committee Training – Psychotherapy with Infants and Their Families – PART II

June 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Psychotherapy with Infants and Their Families: What Makes it Work?
Psychotherapy with Infants and Their Families

In this year of the 100th anniversary of Selma Fraiberg’s birth, we are privileged to sit together, over several months, to re-examine the original clinical and developmental principles that undergird our field; to update them with new advances in developmental neurobiology—including the science of loss and trauma and new findings in prenatal psychology; and to explore again how it all works. All three day-long sessions will be interactive, with lots of case-focused work, film, meditation, and struggling with open-ended questions—much like the actual work with families.      

Is infant mental health a strategy, or a way of being with? Our early work was fueled by a deep scientific and psychoanalytic curiosity about the nuances of infant-parent interaction, the meaning of early experience, the remarkable transferences between parental early experience and parental relating to the child in the present. We learned the bliss of scientific modesty, of not-knowing. We learned how to attune, how to follow, how to hold. We learned self-regulation. We were forced into self-knowing.

What does it look like, in the kitchen or the consulting room of 2018, when the goals of connection (the parent’s connection to the child, and ours to the parent) are met as a result of our own disciplined presence, our attunement, our commitment to following and holding? What are the secrets to accessing a parent’s narratives, particularly those that arose from having been a baby? What do we do when those narratives are incoherent (leading to great confusion about how to even be a parent), or dismissive (leading to gaps in the parent’s empathy with baby), or when they lead to regression, or aggression, or repetition? While generally avoiding diagnostic nomenclature (in favor of actual understanding), we will take note of how trouble shows up: in eating and sleeping and self-regulation disturbances in the baby, for example, and in depression, withdrawal, or destructive choices in daily living in the parent(s). How is the infant’s life, so far, preparing her, and her parent for her upcoming individuation?   This is the second training of a three-part series.  It is recommended that participants attend all three sessions.

Presenter: Michael Trout, MA

Date: Friday, June 22, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration begins at: 8:30 AM

This training is co-sponsored by MDHHS, MI-AIMH and the IMH Statewide Committee.

Statewide meetings include breakfast and lunch, important news and updates from MDHHS and MI-AIMH, a resource table, and a networking opportunity.

Location: Okemos Conference Center, 2187 University Park Dr., Okemos, MI, 48864

2018 Statewide Committee Meeting Schedule:

  • Oct. 12, 2018   – Okemos, MI


June 22
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Okemos Conference Center
2187 University Park Dr.
Okemos, 48864 United States
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