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. Select the “Virtual Participation” ticket when registering. Cost: $50. Space is limited. Applications for continuing education credits have been submitted. Register Registration is required before the session. For more information, please email email@example.com or call 781-693-5652.