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

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Psychotherapy with Infants and Their Families: What Makes it Work?
Dyadic Psychotherapy with Toddlers and Preschoolers 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.      

By now, behavior patterns in the baby are often coalescing. The abandoned baby has begun to develop defensive strategies to manage the affects that earlier overwhelmed her as she was pushed away. The baby living in a world of chaos may have become even further unregulated—or, perhaps, rigid and unresponsive—as a toddler and young child, as a means to survival. Child welfare may have become involved, adding—along, perhaps, with needed protections—chaos, instability, loss and multiple caregivers. We will see more clearly than ever the language of behavior manifesting in the toddler and preschooler. Others are noticing, commenting, diagnosing: in daycare or preschool, at the doctor’s office, at church. Parental shame—along with defenses against it—is beginning to emerge. If separation and individuation went badly—leaving the toddler confused about what it means to “be a big boy”, or profoundly ambivalent about having “left” mom—then the stage is set for developmental regression, or for distancing. The child (now equipped with both receptive and expressive language) participates in the clinical work differently, and we must adjust. We also have new tools—Theraplay, for example, or Narrative Family Therapy—that might have been less effective, earlier. But the dynamics of parent-child interaction still are at the center of our observational attention, as we struggle to understand just what this little person means in mother’s or father’s narrative of self and attachment.   This is the final training of a three-part series. 

Presenter: Michael Trout, MA

Date: Friday, October 12, 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


October 12
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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