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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

Resolving Trauma by Enhancing Reflective Functioning: An Attachment Perspective

Master Class Overview

The concept of reflective functioning, the capacity to meaningfully reflect on states of mind in self and other, will be the focus of this Master Class. We will explore the clinical relevance of reflective functioning as a therapeutic goal with respect to clients with traumatic backgrounds. Findings from a 20 yearlong study from infancy to young adulthood that assessed the capacity for reflective functioning – the most powerful predictor of quality of parenting – will be discussed. Several video tape vignettes illustrating clinical work will serve as examples of ways to enhance reflective capacities.

Please note the name and description of the September 23 Master Class have been updated to reflect the broader topic that will be discussed.

About the Speaker

Miriam Steele, PhD is a professor of psychology and the Director of Clinical Training at the New School for Social Research, Clinical Psychology Department, and the Co-Director of the Center for Attachment Research. Her work aims to bridge the world of psychoanalytic thinking and clinical practice with contemporary research in child development. 

When: Friday, September 23

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Check in and coffee
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Program

Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham
There is also an option to participate virtually through a live webinar for those who are unable to attend in person.

Cost: $50. Space is limited.
Applications for continuing education credits have been submitted.

Register now

Registration is required before the session. For more information, please email ipti@jfcsboston.org or call 781-693-5652.


Recent 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."

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