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Statewide Committee Training – Part 1 – Psychotherapy with Infants and Their Families

April 13 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Registration for this training is currently full AND the Waitlist is also FULL.

Please note that due to the incredible interest in this training – we will NOT be allowing Walk-ins (those not pre-registered that show up at the training hoping for a seat).  This training does have a maximum capacity that we are required to adhere to due to fire code.  Anyone currently registered should have received a confirmation email from Tiffanie Martinez in early March including hotel information.  If you think you are registered but did not see this email, or are unsure, please email Tiffanie for confirmation.  tmartinez@mi-aimh.org

Psychotherapy with Infants and Their Families: What Makes it Work?
Infant-Parent Psychotherapy During Pregnancy

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.      

When Prof. Fraiberg (then head of the Child Development Project at the University of Michigan) coined the term “Ghosts in the Nursery” in the title to her seminal 1975 article (Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, vol. 14, No. 3), she managed to make several clinical principles–as well as issues in parenting and even in infant development–concise. (She was inclined to do exactly this, both in her teaching and in her time with parents: to take the complex, the confounding, the mysterious, and make it clear. It’s one of the reasons parents could relate to her so well.)

We will begin our exploration of these principles by wondering: What is it about pregnancy, birthing a child, and commencing this astounding thing called becoming a parent that evokes such re-enactment, such remembering, such struggle to make it better for the baby than it was for ourselves? What, if anything, can we on the outside of the family do to support the whole venture? Is the not-yet-born child paying attention? Can we make any difference in his experience in utero, knowing that this experience will likely carry over into the perinatal period and into childhood? What will it mean if his mother and/or father are able to imagine—and even to “meet”—him before birth? We will study the psychodynamics of pregnancy, to see if light can be shed on how our help can be shaped, and how it is different at each stage of pregnancy.  This is the first training of a three-part series.  It is recommended that participants attend all three sessions.

Presenter: Michael Trout, MA

Date: Friday, April 13, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Check-In begins at: 8:30 AM
*There will be a special celebration during lunch in honor of Selma Fraiberg and her impact on the work we do with infants, children and their families.

Location: The MTG Space,  4039 Legacy Parkway, Suite 200, Lansing, MI 48911

Hotel Room Block: The Statewide Committee is securing a room block at a hotel close by… details coming soon…

2018 Statewide Committee Meeting Schedule:

  • June 22, 2018 – Lansing, MI
  • Oct. 12, 2018   – Lansing, MI

Without the very generous and ongoing support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services this incredible training opportunity would not be possible.

Continuing Education Information: 5.5 Clock Hours for – 

Social Work – Approved for 5.5 Michigan SW CEU’s
IMH Endorsement® – Will count towards the requirements for the MI-AIMH Endorsement®
NEW! Licensed Professional Counselors – NBCC Hours – Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6867.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  MI-AIMH is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will-
  • Be able to identify and define at least two elements of the normal, maturational, psychological work of pregnancy.
  • Be able to give one example of a mother’s need for support in successfully navigating the normal, maturational work of pregnancy.
  • Be able to give one example if an internal or external intrusion into the mother’s maturational work of pregnancy.
  • Be able to discuss the link between prenatal or perinatal depression and breakdowns in the maturational work of pregnancy and delivery.
  • Be able to write a paragraph describing the dynamics of a prenatal or perinatal infant-parent psychotherapy intervention.
  • Be able to give one example of the psychological life of a prenate.

Key MI-AIMH Competencies: 

-Pregnancy and early parenthood
-Attachment, separation, trauma, & loss;
-Observation & listening;
-Parent-infant/very young child relationship-based therapies & practices;
-Self Awareness
-Parallel Process

Registration Information – Registration is currently full.  The waitlist is also currently FULL.

Registration Fees: $80.00 for non-members, $65.00 for MI-AIMH members, $35.00 for students, $10 for Social Work/Professional Counselor Continuing Education

Registration fees include breakfast and lunch, important news and updates from MDHHS and MI-AIMH and a networking opportunity.

Registration Tips:

  • To receive the MI-AIMH member registration rate, you will be asked to provide your MI-AIMH membership ID when you register. Your membership ID can be found on your My MI-AIMH profile.
  • If you are NOT a current MI-AIMH member, but would like to become one and receive the reduced rate for training costs – please click here to get started: MI-AIMH membership
  • If you need continuing education as a Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor, you will be required to enter your license # during the registration process – have it handy.

Registration Deadlines:

Last Day to Register for April 13th trainingApril 6, 2018 will be the final and last day to register for everyone.

Anticipated Open Registration for June 22nd training – April 16, 2018 – NOTE that attendees that registered and attended the first training on April 13, 2018 will have PRIORITY Registration to register for the June 22nd training.  Instructions will be sent via email.

This training is limited to 200 seats. Registration is first come, first serve.

Cancellation policy: Notice of cancellation must be submitted in writing no later than 7 days prior to the event for a refund to be issued. Send notice to tmartinez@mi-aimh.org

Note: Agency checks should be made payable to MI-AIMH. Please indicate the names of all staff attending the training and the name of the training.

Mail checks to: MI-AIMH, ATTN: Tiffanie Martinez, 13101 Allen Road, Southgate, MI 48195

For registration questions, contact Tiffanie Martinez at: tmartinez@mi-aimh.org or 734-785-7705, Ext. 7617

MI-AIMH Product – SALE
*sale only available to registered participants

  • Reflections From the Field – Celebrating 40 Years – Reflections
    • Normally Member $50/Non-Member $85 – On Sale for Member: $35/Non-Member $70
    • Pre-order yours during the registration process to be picked up at the training and get a $15 discount and avoid $10 in shipping and handling fees
    • Michael Trout has three articles featured in this publication:
      • It’s The Stories
      • Second Chances
      • My Grandfather’s Chair

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


April 13
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The MTG Space
4039 Legacy Parkway
Lansing, MI 48911 United States
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