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Infant-Parent Training Institute

Current Offerings

The Infant-Parent Training Institute is pleased to announce the following courses being offered in the 2021-2022 school year.

Yearlong Course

This yearlong course combines guest lectures and small group discussions to explore foundational topics in infant mental health and the ongoing impact of historical trauma and social, educational, and health disparities on a baby’s development, relational health and wellbeing. Concepts of vulnerability and resilience, stress, trauma, emotional regulation and attachment will frame discussions of such questions as: How does a reproductive justice framework help us better meet the needs of vulnerable families in the perinatal period? What are the strengths and limitations of attachment theory? The course includes examination of the complex intersectional effects of social and political power hierarchies, race, culture, and ethnicity on human development. Each monthly meeting presents new opportunities for learning, group exploration, and discussion—all in an environment welcoming of diverse voices in the context of a shared commitment to ongoing growth and diversification in the field.

Dates: One Friday a month September 2021- May 2022
Time: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. EST
Tuition: $725 for the series
Location: held virtually via Zoom

Download the application form here!

Winter 2022

Reflective Supervision in Early Education and Care
Reflective supervision is an essential component of programs providing direct services to young children and families. It has become the gold standard of supervision within early education and care settings. Decades of research and practice have demonstrated that reflective supervision increases the quality of care, improves job satisfaction, and increases staff retention in early childhood programs. The reflective supervision framework creates a supervision environment that supports staff capacity-building and professional growth, leading to improvements in staff learning, decision-making, and job performance. Through a collaborative process, reflective supervisors provide staff with an opportunity to identify, explore, and reflect on their experiences in their work, increasing their capacity to problem-solve and act intentionally.

Dates: 8 Wednesdays, February 2nd - March 23rd, 2022 
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST
Tuition: $875 for the series
Location: held virtually via Zoom

Download the application form here!

IPTI Speaker Series: Learning from Latinx immigrant parents: An evidence-based treatment to address trauma in young children and parents

Parenting young children can be a time filled with dreams and expectations. Yet for many, it also includes major challenges and stressors. What happens when early parenthood is accompanied by trauma, immigration to a new country, limited resources, and a lack of community connections?

This presentation will offer a window into a promising clinical approach to fostering resilience and ameliorating the consequences of parental and early childhood trauma among Latinx immigrant families. We will share evidence of how Early Connections/Conexiones Tempranas' adapted Child-Parent Psychotherapy approach is associated with positive outcomes for parents and children, and what the intervention means to participants. We will close with clinical examples and an opportunity for conversation. 

Date: Friday, February 11th, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST (8:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST)
Location: Zoom, Link will be provided upon registration.
Cost: $60 without CEUs, $75 with CEUs (includes CEUs for social work and LMHC)
CEUs: Applications are in process for 2 CEUs from the National Association of Social Workers- MA chapter and Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association. 

Register today! 

Spring 2022

Families Impacted by Addiction: Theory, Context, and Treatment
Substance use, misuse, and dependence impact the perinatal and early parenting period significantly. Rates of substance use disorders continue to rise in the population of women of child-bearing age. Mental health professionals, medical providers, and allied health professionals increasingly encounter mothers, fathers, infants, and alternate care providers who can benefit from attuned and responsive practices. This course will offer a review of the latest research on the links between attachment theory, neurobiology, and addiction; opportunities to learn about the various ways of supporting families; and a forum in which conversations about complex policies, practice choices, and ethical dilemmas can be rich opportunities for growth.

Dates: 8 Thursdays, March 24 - May 12, 2022
Time: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
Tuition: $875 for the series
Location: held virtually via Zoom

Download the application form here!

Reflective Supervision in Early Education and Care
Reflective supervision is an essential component of programs providing direct services to young children and families. It has become the gold standard of supervision within early education and care settings. Decades of research and practice have demonstrated that reflective supervision increases the quality of care, improves job satisfaction, and increases staff retention in early childhood programs. The reflective supervision framework creates a supervision environment that supports staff capacity-building and professional growth, leading to improvements in staff learning, decision-making, and job performance. Through a collaborative process, reflective supervisors provide staff with an opportunity to identify, explore, and reflect on their experiences in their work, increasing their capacity to problem-solve and act intentionally.

Dates: 8 Wednesdays, April 6th - May 25th, 2022 
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. EST
Tuition: $875 for the series
Location: held virtually via Zoom

Download the application form here!

Summer 2022

IPTI Speaker Series: From Research to the "Real World": The Journey of Bringing Mothering from the Inside Out to Parents in Recovery from Substance Use Disorder
Parenting can be stressful, recovery can be stressful, and parenting in recovery can be especially stressful. Many parents in recovery from substance use disorder (SUD) are thus referred to participate in parenting interventions in conjunction with SUD treatment. However, existing parenting interventions that take a behavioral or coaching approach often have limited success for families managing SUD, suggesting the need for an alternative approach. 

In this presentation, we describe an evidence-based approach, Mothering from the Inside Out (MIO), that focuses on supporting the emotional quality of the parent-child relationship. We will share: 1) theory and background underlying MIO; 2) results from three randomized controlled trials studying MIO; 3) remaining research questions; 4) the implementation of MIO in community settings through the FIRST Steps Together Program; and 5) important next steps in understanding how to effectively bring MIO to scale in Massachusetts and beyond. 

Date: Friday, June 10th, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. EST
Tuition: $60 without CEUs, $75 with CEUs
Location: held virtually via Zoom

Register here!

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