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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

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.

When: Friday, October 30
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration and coffee
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. Program

Where: JF&CS Headquarters
1430 Main Street, Waltham

Cost: $40. Space is limited.

To register, make a credit card payment, or for more information, please contact Deborah Walker, Administrative Coordinator, Infant-Parent Training Institute at or 781-693-5652. Checks may be made payable to JF&CS and sent to: Deborah Walker, JF&CS, 1430 Main Street, Waltham, MA 02451.

Recent Master Class

Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation in Action: Reflective Process and Practical Problem Solving

Master Class Overview
It can be a complex undertaking to join parents, early care and education staff, and other caregivers in understanding and helping children whose development is of concern. With an eye to the balance between reflection and problem-solving and an emphasis on supporting warm relationships between children and the adults who care for them, this Master Class explores the overall frameworks useful in early childhood mental health consultation. It also takes a close look at the kind of practical guidance we can offer caregivers and teachers as they work to support the well-being of youngsters in their care.

About the Speaker
Deborah Hirschland, MSW has worked with young children and the adults who care for and teach them for more than 30 years. A frequent presenter on early childhood issues, she is a contributor to the Zero to Three Journal and the author of Collaborative Intervention in Early Childhood: Consulting with Parents and Teachers of 3- to 7-Year-Olds (Oxford University Press, 2008) and When Young Children Need Help: Addressing Emotional, Developmental, and Behavioral Challenges (Redleaf Press, 2015).

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