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Infant-Parent Training Institute

Master Classes

The Infant-Parent Training Institute offers several Master Classes each year.

Master Classes are facilitated by guest speakers on a variety of infant-parent mental health topics. Master Classes are open to all Infant-Parent Training Institute students as well as to the general public.

Upcoming Master Class

Relapse, Risk, Recovery, and Resilience

Engaging in complex relationship work with substance-dependent mothers and their babies.

Master Class Overview

Mothers struggle with the dual tasks of substance-use recovery and early parenting face multiple uncertainties and competing needs. Clinicians working with these vulnerable moms are confronted with challenges of our own. How do I balance a focus on the mother's emotional experience with concerns about the baby's relationship needs? What is my role as a clinician in providing essential concrete resources? How do I stay open to the issues of truth and secrecy while managing concerns about risk and safety?

About the Speaker

Three Project NESST® (Newborns Exposed to Substances: Support and Therapy) clinicians from the JF&CS Center for Early Relationship Support® will share lessons learned and questions held from their work with mothers in recovery:

  • Jennifer Meyerhardt, MEd, JD is the NESST Mentoring Mom Coordinator/Supervisor and has worked with vulnerable families for more than 15 years.
  • Caroline Phillips, DClinPsy, MPhil is a clinical psychologist trained in the United Kingdom who also has a certification in parent-infant psychotherapy from Columbia University.
  • Amy Sommer, LICSW is the Clinical Coordinator for Project NESST and Project Bright and co-author of the 2015 Zero to Three article, "Building a model program for substance-exposed newborns and their families: From needs assessment to intervention, evaluation, and consultation."
When: Friday, March 11

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Check in and coffee
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Program
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 Networking and brown bag lunch (optional)
Continue the discussion and network with other like-minded professionals over lunch. Please bring a brown bag lunch if you are interested in participating.

Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham

Cost: $50. Space is limited.

Register for the Master Class online 

Registration is required before the session. For more information, please contact Deborah Walker at or 781-693-5652. 


Recent Master Class

Why the Reflective in Supervision?
Do you wonder how to bring reflection into your supervisory relationships? Have you felt challenged by balancing professional growth of your supervisees with program accountability?

Master Class Overview
Reflective supervision is a well-established practice in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. It is recognized as an essential tool for building professional competency. This Master Class will use the organizing principles of reflective supervision and relevant emerging research to help us, as practitioners, gain a greater understanding of where we are in the practice and how to best grow our skills. Focus will be on the use of reflective supervision in diverse multidisciplinary settings with particular emphasis placed on the supervisor's awareness of self working across differences of discipline, race, class, and age. The session will include interactive activities, video, and supervision session vignettes.

About the Speaker
Mary Claire Heffron, PhD is the former Clinical Director of the Early Intervention Services Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, where she continues as a consultant and mentor while providing consultation and training to a variety of local, state, and national groups. Dr. Heffron’s work focuses on workforce development in infant and early childhood mental health and the infusion of infant mental health principles into multiple disciplines and services. She is the co-author with Trudi Murch of Reflective Supervision and Leadership in Infant and Early Childhood Programs and has also written many articles and chapters on aspects of infant mental health and reflective supervision. Dr. Heffron is a Zero to Three Leadership Fellow and a recipient of the Infant Development Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010.

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