Friday, May 5, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


UJA-Federation of New York
130 E. 59th St.
New York, NY 10022

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Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast included.

Threat, Trauma and Mentalization in Parent-Infant Intervention

Online registration is closed. Please call 516.237.8513 if you wish to be a walk-in. Seats are limited.
Thank you,
The Institute for Parenting

Selma Fraiberg planted the seeds for psychoanalytic infant-parent work over 40 years ago; since then, contemporary efforts have been deeply enriched by developments in infant research, relational psychoanalysis, as well as attachment and mentalization theories, with their particular focus on affect regulation, intersubjectivity, and intergenerational transmission of fear and trauma.

This presentation will include a discussion of the theoretical frameworks of a reflective parenting approach, including a detailed description of parental reflective functioning, a description of the fundamental aspects of mentalization-based infant-parent work, and a summary of a randomized clinical trial and preliminary findings. The processes whereby clinicians observe and evaluate a parent’s reflective capacities, and engage parents in becoming more reflective and sensitive in their parenting will be addressed.  This will involve an in-depth look at what parental reflective functioning looks like in the clinical situation, as well as a discussion of case material and clinical vignettes demonstrating clinical strategies for working with breakdowns in mentalization.  Finally, a discussion of a reflective home visiting program Minding the Baby®, will provide a clinical illustration of these principles.  MTB is an interdisciplinary home visiting intervention that engages mothers before they give birth, with the goal of interrupting cycles of traumatizing, disrupted interactions, and developing more attuned interactions that culminate in a more secure attachment and appropriate development.

Participants will be able to: 
1. Participants will be able to describe the relationship between fearful arousal and attachment.
2. Participants will be able to describe the impact of trauma on mentalization.
3. Participants will be able to define and identify instances of parental reflective functioning. 
4. Participants will learn about the Minding the Baby program, an interdisciplinary reflective program for young parents and their infants.

About the Instructor

Arietta Slade, Ph.D., is Clinical Professor at the Yale Child Study Center, and Professor Emerita, Clinical Psychology, The City University of New York.  An internationally recognized theoretician, clinician, researcher, and teacher, she has published widely on the development of parental reflective functioning, the implications of attachment theory for relationship-based infant mental health practice, as well as clinical work with children and adults. For the past 15 years she has been co-directing Minding the Baby®, an interdisciplinary reflective home visiting program for high-risk mothers, infants, and their families, at the Yale Child Study Center and School of Nursing, one of only 19 certified “evidence-based” home visiting programs in the United States.  Dr. Slade is editor, with Jeremy Holmes of the six volume set, Major Work on Attachment (SAGE Publications, 2013), with Elliot Jurist and Sharone Bergner, of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2008), and with Dennie Wolf, of Children at Play (Oxford University Press, 1994).  She has also been in private practice for thirty-five years, working with individuals of all ages.


Regular registration (after April 7,  2017): $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student:  $65.00
Adelphi Full-Time Faculty:  $90.00

Online registration is closed. Please call 516.237.8513 if you wish to be a walk-in. Seats are limited.
Thank you,
The Institute for Parenting

Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516.237.8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • CASAC renewal (5.5 hours)
  • Education (6 hours)
  • Psychology (6 hours)
  • NBCC (6 hours)

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.


For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
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