Parent-Child Attachment from Infancy through Adolescence

  • Saturday, March 14, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Shipley Auditorium, 2014 Washington St, Newton, MA


Parent-Child Attachment from Infancy through Adolescence:

A Relational Lens for Prevention and Treatment in Pediatric and Mental Health Settings

A day of interdisciplinary learning and dialogue for pediatric, mental health and public health professionals interested in the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders.

At Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Shipley Auditorium
2014 Washington Street, Newton, MA

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Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Conference Coordinator: Susan Phillips, PhD

The Conference Faculty: Monica Bassette; Renee Boynton-Jarrett, MD, ScD; Julie Dollinger, MD, FAAP; Shani Dowd, LCSW; Diane Woods Englund, LICSW; Claudia M. Gold, MD; Kathryn Litwin, MD; Norka T. Malberg, PsyD; Susan Phillips, PhD; Arietta Slade, PhD; Charlie Slaughter, MPH 

Children of all ages need to feel understood, cherished and supported by their caretakers in order to develop a sense of security essential to lifelong mental health. An abundance of evidence now points to the foundational significance of secure parent-child attachment for the development of mentally healthy, resilient and compassionate adults. Conversely, problems with attachment are linked to a myriad of poor outcomes in mental and even physical health starting in childhood and lasting all the way into old age. Despite this, much of the scientific knowledge about parent-child attachment still exists in silos. Ongoing parent-child relational factors are often overlooked in models of direct care, even though these very factors may be contributing to increasingly entrenched and distressed patterns. Crucial opportunities for repairing and strengthening attachment while both parent and child are still deeply affecting one another are thereby lost.

This conference will address this gap between knowledge and practice by bringing together leaders in contemporary attachment theory and practice, and those on the front lines from pediatric, mental and public health fields to teach and learn about parent-child attachment from infancy through adolescence. We will learn about ways to bolster or repair the security of that attachment in pediatric and mental health treatment settings. We strongly believe this awareness gives us our best chance to intervene effectively together to prevent the development of mental health disorders, both across childhood and into adulthood.


Learning Objectives:

        Explain the connection between fear/threat/dysregulation and insecure modes of attachment, along with its impact on a childs development over time.

        Explain the concepts of reflective function and mentalization and how they can play a role in treatment of behavioral, attentional and emotional regulation problems from infancy through adolescence.

        Explain how research from the Still-Face experiment has implications for understanding the development of trust in the parent-child relationship.

        Provide examples of the way patterns of attachment derailments can be transmitted across generations, and how this can be incorporated into work with parents and their children.

        Explain how Circle of Security-Parenting (COS-P) is being used to create an attachment lens in one Connecticut pediatric practice, and more broadly at a statewide level in Connecticut.

        Describe some of the challenges of bringing an attachment lens to pediatric and mental health care for teens and their parents, and ways to address these in pediatric and mental health settings.


Prerequisites & skill level needed to participate in this program:

The program is intended for pediatric, mental health and public health professionals. The focus of presentations is appropriate for those from graduate level to more senior levels of experience in each of these respective fields. 

PCA6 | 6 CE/CME/PDP Credits for PY, SW, LMHC, LMFT, RN, MD, educators, pediatricians, pediatric nurses, physician assistants | Lunch will be available for purchase in the NWH cafeteria


Early Registration (by 1/31/2020)           $150

General Registration (after 1/31/2020)   $175

Full-time Graduate Students, Fellows, Interns, Retirees, Unemployed:  $75


There is a $20 discount available for PCFINE, WJC, MIP members/faculty/field supervisors

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