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

October 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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If you are interested in attending as a Walk-In,
please contact Tiffanie at tmartinez@mi-aimh.org

Psychotherapy with Infants and Their Families: What Makes it Work?
Dyadic Psychotherapy with Toddlers and Preschoolers and Their Families – Part 3

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

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-
  • Describe one adaptive behavior of a birth, foster or adopted child who has experienced loss and/or trauma, in language that is understandable to the  parent.
  • Cogently present an explanation for why a foster or adopted child who has experienced loss and/or trauma resists affection, refuses to participate in family chores, insists on getting out of the car first, has predictable meltdowns at moments of transition, or recapitulates experiences of abuse.
  • Describe one example, from their own experience, of a child’s language of behavior:  specifying the behavior, noting its origins, and explaining why the behavior makes adaptive sense to the child.
  • Write observations of one child’s individuation strivings, and detail what went well (and why) and what went wrong (and why).
  • Describe the emerging self-narrative of one child, including the manifestations of the narrative in daily behavior, mood and manner of self-regulation.
  • Write, regarding one case in their own experience, about the trajectory from a parent’s early self-narrative and attachment style, through his/her child’s individuation, including observations of changing (or unchanging) parental understanding of the child’s narrative and daily behavior, and sturdiness of the original attachment style.

Key MI-AIMH Competencies: 

Parent-infant/very young child relationship-based therapies & practices;

Attachment, separation, trauma, & loss;

Infant/Young Child Development & Behavior

Relationship-focused Therapeutic Practice

Self Awareness;

Parallel Process;

Registration Information – 

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 . ***Students – please contact Tiffanie Martinez tmartinez@mi-aimh.org for a code to register at the student rate BEFORE starting the registration process.

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:

Priority Registration (those that attended the First session on April 13, 2018 and/or the Second session on June 22nd) – registration will be open until Friday, July 13th.  If at that time there are seats available, registration will be open for everyone.     Attendees that are qualified to register within the priority registration timeframe will have received an email from Tiffanie Martinez with specific instructions and a code.  If you did not receive that email, check your junk/spam folders and/or, contact Tiffanie at tmartinez@mi-aimh.org.

Last Day to Register for October 12th trainingWednesday October 3, 2018 will be the final and last day to register for everyone.

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

Hotel Room Information:

There is a hotel room block available for those needing to stay overnight.  There are many hotels in the Lansing area to choose from.  We have secured a room block at The Candlewood Suites, 3545 Forest Road * Lansing, MI * 48910 * (517) 351-8181. October dates held are October 11th and October 12th – Studio – $89/night and 1-Bedroom – $119/night.  The description and amenities sheet is attached.

Here are the instructions for making a reservation within our room block:

  • Online at www.cwsuites.com and entering “IMH” for April dates in the “Group Code” field.  Once you click check availability, the preferred rates will populate.
  • Or you can call the front desk at 517-351-8181 and letting them know your group code is “AIM”
  • There is a limited number of rooms saved within this block and available on a first come first serve basis
  • Rooms that are not used within our block will be released by 9/20/18 
  • If you have any issues with making your reservation, please contact the hotel directly


October 12, 2018
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