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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

Looking from the Outside In: The Use of Video in Attachment-Based Interventions

Master Class Overview
The use of video is a powerful addition to our clinical toolbox that was designed to promote change in parent-child attachment relationships. It is increasingly used across many attachment-based therapeutic modalities and parent groups. Video can serve as a powerful catalyst for reflective functioning and updating one’s frame of reference for how to think, feel, and interact with one’s child. 

This Master Class will explore the potential benefits of using video in clinical interventions as the main component of treatment or in addition to a more comprehensive treatment protocol. We will discuss the power of video to provide a unique perspective on parents’ ways of thinking and feeling about their own behavior and that of their child, as well as the motivational force from seeing and hearing oneself interacting with one’s child on video.

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.

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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