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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

Early Signs and Symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Master Class Overview
Professionals in the early childhood field are faced with the difficult tasks of identifying early signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in infants and young children and of sharing their concerns with parents sensitively and effectively. In this Master Class, Dr. Carter will discuss research that helps us understand early symptom presentation and the varied course of onset of autism spectrum disorders. Specific strategies to assist in identifying early symptom presentation, including the use of behavioral checklists and structured observations, will be discussed. The importance of learning about parents’ concerns and beliefs about their children’s red flag behaviors will be emphasized as well as potential approaches for discussing ASD when you suspect that a child may be on the spectrum.

Participate virtually through a live webinar! Select the “Virtual Participation” ticket when registering.

About the Speaker
Alice Carter is a professor in the psychology department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Trained as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Carter’s work focuses on young children’s development in the context of family relationships, with an emphasis on the early identification of psychopathology and factors that place children at risk for difficulties in social and emotional development. Dr. Carter is an author or co-author of more than 200 articles and chapters, the co-editor of the Handbook of Infant, Toddler, and Preschool Mental Health Assessment with Rebecca Del Carmen, PhD, and the co-author of the Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (ITSEA) and the Brief Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (BITSEA) with Margaret Briggs-Gowan, PhD. She is a member of the Zero to Three DC: 0-5 Task Force, and a DC: 0-5 trainer.

When: Friday, March 24
Check-In & Coffee: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Program: 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham

Cost: $50


Registration is required before the session. Space is limited. For more information, email or call 781-693-5652.

Applications for continuing education credits have been submitted.

Recent 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.

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.

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