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Friday, November 2, 2012
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center

Fathers: The Unique Role and Power of the Paternal Presence in the Lives of Children

Master Series in the Field of Early Childhood and Infant Mental Health

About the Program

The Parenting Institute Professional Development and Continuing Education BrochureThrough the last generation of parents, expectations regarding fathering in and out of marriage have changed. Fathers and mothers often share the physical and emotional care of infants and children as well as other responsibilities and decision making. Father care is now as common amongst American families as all other forms of day care combined. The number acceptance of paternity of unmarried men is up threefold since 1995.

Infants in the first few weeks of life can tell the difference between a mother’s and a father’s style of care. Neurobiological research confirms that fathers as well as mothers release oxytocin (the relationship hormone) that facilitates intimacy early in the lives of their newborns. Developmental research shows that children are born with a drive to connect with their fathers and fathers have the instinct to respond.

We now know that the role of infant-mother and infant-father relationships in development is not the same. When stressed, tired, sick or in need of soothing, young babies reach for their mother’s more often. Yet, as babies grow older, the father gains importance as a secure himself while remaining the playmate of choice for both boys and girls.

In this day-long training, Dr. Pruett will present multiple observations, clinical frameworks and theoretical perspectives related to fathers and fathering, including developmental, attachment and neurobiological, as well as trends in gender differences. He will review the developmental literature and research on what fathers bring to parenting that is unique to them, their relationships with both their children and their partners.

Dr. Pruett will also present the findings of his own award-winning research on the reduction of child abuse and neglect through positive paternal engagement. In addition, practical applications and strategies for father engagement will be examined in a variety of clinical venues. There will be an added emphasis on the implications of co-parenting for father involvement that will be useful across settings for work with families. Dr. Pruett will use lecture, discussion and video vignettes to invite and sustain dialogue throughout the day.

About the Instructor

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a prominent author, international lecturer, media personality and pioneering researcher, conducting the country’s only long-term study of the impact on children of primary caretaking fathers. He hosted his own Lifetime Television series, Your Child Six to Twelve with Dr. Kyle Pruett, and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey to host her award-winning video, Begin with Love. Dr. Pruett appears frequently in the New York Times, on National Public Radio and television, including Good Morning America, CBS News and the Today show. He has hosted award-winning DVDs for the National Fatherhood Initiative; Reading is Fundamental, I Am Your Child Foundation, and the Goddard Schools. An acclaimed speaker and teacher, he has addressed the National Press Club, educated judges, lawyers, business leaders and physicians in many states, and advised dozens of legislators at the state and federal level. He consulted with Vice President Al Gore on several of the White House ‘Family Reunions’, is past president of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families, and a member of the Sesame Workshop Board of Trustees. Educated in public schools, Yale and Tufts universities, he is an internationally known expert and forensic consultant on child, parental and family development, paternal involvement, children’s mental health, creativity and the effects of media, trauma and divorce on children. He maintains a practice in infant, child and family psychiatry.


Early registration, before September 19, 2012: $120
Regular registration, September 19, 2012 or later: $130

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