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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 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).

When: Friday, May 8
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 dwalker@jfcsboston.org 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

Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy into our Work with Women During the Perinatal Period

The range of emotional challenges during pregnancy and the postpartum period can be overwhelming for women and their families. It can be a time of intense feelings, multiple challenges, and the resurfacing of unresolved experiences. Time is not necessarily on the side of the helping professional. The integration of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) addresses emotions, behaviors, and processes through goal-oriented, explicit procedures that help alleviate symptoms and provide relief. In this Master Class, Mara will share the range of ways she integrates CBT into her practice with women experiencing perinatal mood disorders.

Mara Acel-Green, LICSW, MSW has a private practice in Belmont, MA where she sees pregnant and postpartum women and their families. Mara is also currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Massachusetts and facilitates a clinical group locally for perinatal social workers. Mara trained at Smith College School for Social Work as a psychodynamically trained clinician and has obtained a certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy through Boston University.



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