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2021 – Explorations in Development: Tough All Day, Frightened All Night: Understanding Attachment as a Fear Regulation System

October 14 @ 9:00 am - October 15 @ 1:00 pm

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2021 Virtual Conference:
Explorations in Development

Tough All Day, Frightened All Night: Understanding Attachment as a Fear Regulation System

Choosing where to place one’s attention and intervention focus in infant mental health work and parent-infant psychotherapy can be challenging.  Understanding the behavioral and narrative markers of attachment templates of both adults and children can assist in deciding on the focus of attention.  This workshop will explore the attachment templates of both children and adults in depth, concluding with implications for treatment, especially for children in foster care.  Particular focus will be given to disorganized/disoriented attachments and the possibility of interrupting the intergenerational transmission of unresolved interpersonal and systemically induced trauma.      

Dates: Thursday, October 14 & Friday, October 15, 2021

Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm EST (both days)

Access: This training will be offered virtually through Zoom.
* Be careful to enter your email carefully and correctly as that is where the Zoom link will be sent as well as your certificate. Certificates will be sent within two weeks ONLY to those that have paid for the training by that time.

Speaker: Julie Ribaudo, LMSW, IMH-E®, IMH Mentor-Clinical – Julie Ribaudo is a Clinical Professor at the University 0f Michigan School of Social Work and a doctoral student at Wayne State University. Prior to joining U of M, she provided support to teachers and caregivers of challenging infants, toddlers, and children; and assessment and treatment of abused and/or neglected infants, toddlers and young children in foster care or adoption.  Ms. Ribaudo’s clinical work also included psychotherapy with adults to resolve issues of depression, anxiety, and childhood trauma. 

Ms. Ribaudo has a Post-Graduate Certificate and Endorsement as an Infant Mental Health Therapist and Distinguished Mentor. Ms. Ribaudo continues to provide supervision and consultation to clinicians and programs working with families struggling with poverty, oppression, depression, isolation, and disenfranchisement.  She is also involved in research and service delivery with the Women’s Mental Health and Infants Programs through the Department of Psychiatry at UM. Her current research interests include developing the reflective capacity of parents and therapists.

Learning Objectives – Attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify the functions and the development of the attachment system
  2. Identify behavioral markers of infant and young child attachment style
  3. Identify narrative and behavioral markers of adult attachment styles
  4. Verbalize the complex interplay of the influence of adult’s unresolved loss and trauma on the developing relationship with the infant/toddler/young child
  5. Demonstrate the capacity to develop specific strategies of intervention based on understanding the attachment templates of infant and parent
  6. Demonstrate awareness of one’s own cultural lens in understanding the development of relationships with families of infants and young children

Day 1 Agenda

9:00 – 10:00 – Introductions, the role of attachment in regulating fear

10 – 10:30 – Overview of parenting behavior that leads to security

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 11:30 – Secure Base Behavior and Secure Base Therapists

11:30 – 1:00 – Organized/Insecure Patterns of Attachment

Day 2 Agenda

9:00 – 10:30 – Disorganized Attachment

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 1:00 – Building interventions with attachment in mind

Continuing Education Information – 6.0 training hours (3.0 per day): are included with registration fees

Social Work – 6.0 Michigan SW CEU’s Pending

IMH Endorsement® – Will count towards the requirements for the MI-AIMH Endorsement®

Licensed Professional Counselors
 – NBCC Hours – Please note that this training does not carry NBCC clock hours.

Hosted by: MPSI, Infant Mental Health Program at WSU; MPSI, Healthier Urban Families Outreach Program at WSU; Metro-Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health; MI-AIMH; Macomb Social Emotional Network and Great Start Collaborative of Macomb County.




October 14 @ 9:00 am
October 15 @ 1:00 pm
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