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The Role of Hair Combing Interaction in Caregiver-Child Attachment: Talk, Touch and Listen

August 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am - August 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

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Registration is now closed.  If  you are interested in attending as a walk-in, please contact Tiffanie at tmartinez@mi-aimh.org

The Role of Hair Combing Interaction in Caregiver-Child Attachment: Talk, Touch and Listen

The 2-day training is designed for experienced infant mental health and early childhood practitioners, and educators, as well as clinicians who practice with adolescents and their families. A strengths approach is used to incorporate observations of hair-combing interaction (HCI) between a caregiver and child, as an additional tool for assessment or as a brief intervention to strengthen caregiver-child relationships. These tools may be used with clients from a spectrum of racial, cultural and national backgrounds. Participants will learn the use of three HCI clinical tools. We present the findings from research on the hair-combing task as an opportunity for caregivers to talk, touch & listen while combing hair and strengthen their emotional relationship with their child. We discuss the sociocultural conceptual foundations of hair combing interaction including historical trauma and internalized oppression. Countertransference issues in the use of the HCI protocol by same race or different race practitioners are also discussed. to the training with use lecture, PowerPoints, experiential exercises (using the clinical tools participants can use with their clients), and guided practice analyzing video clips of hair combing. Finally, participants will be provided with next steps needed if participants seek to become certified in providing training in HCI Assessment Protocol.

Dates: August 10-11, 2017
*Attendance is required at both dates

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Registration begins at 8:30 am

Location: The Guidance Center, Center For Excellence, 13111 Allen Rd., Southgate, MI 48195


  • Marva Lewis, PhD – Associate Professor, Tulane University, Founder and Director, Center for Natural Connections. Marva Lewis, Bio
  • Dana E. Crawford, PhD – Pediatric & Clinical Psychologist, Montefiore Medical Group, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Fellow—Center for Natural Connections. Dana Crawford, Bio

Suggested Participants: Therapists, supervisors, clinicians, practitioners, early childhood educators, foster care workers, and researchers working with infants, toddlers, school age, and adolescent children

Continuing Education Information – 11.0 training hours:

Social Work – Approved for 11.0 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.

Registration Fees: $180 for non-members, $140 for MI-AIMH members, $10 for continuing education

Registration deadline extended: August 7, 2017. This training is limited to 70 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.

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

Training Manual for Clinicians – SALE
*sale only available to registered participants

Talk, Touch and Listen© – Hair Combing Interaction & Caregiver-Child Relationships Manual – Click here: Manual Info for a description

  • Training Attendee pricing: $13.99
  • Pre-order yours during the registration process to be picked up at the training



August 10, 2017 @ 9:00 am
August 11, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
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The Guidance Center: Center For Excellence
13101 Allen Rd. Building 4
Southgate, 48195 United States
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