The Central Role of Human Relationships in Infant Mental Health
Please join us to explore this important topic with Dr. Gilbert Foley, Consulting Clinical Psychologist at the New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) in New York City and Clinical Co- Director of the New York City Early Childhood Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center.
Humans are hard wired to relate, first in order to survive and then to thrive. Because relationships are at the center of human endurance and flourishing, infant mental health is embedded in relationship, devoted to building secure caregiver-child relationships and using relationship as a therapeutic engine.
This presentation took participants on a descriptive journey of the infant’s first falling in-love experience, hatching and separate self-formation. Woven into this developmental tale is a discussion of attachment, caregiving attributes that nurture a secure attachment and tools infant mental health professionals such as yourselves can exercise to nurture a cradle of love, trust and faith between caregivers and infants that spawn a capacity for love, confident self-agency and the adult virtue of hope.
Participants of this webinar were able to:
- Describe the key relational features between caregivers and infants as they progress through the journey of falling-in-love, hatching and forming a separate self
- Define attachment and the categories of attachment
- Identify the qualities of relational caregiving that are most likely to promote the formation of a secure attachment
- Characterize 3 strategies through a cultural lens that infant mental health professionals can employ to nurture secure and positive caregiver infant relationships
LMHCs & LSWs who attended this event will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE credits.
Date & Time
Wednesday, February 14th, 2024,
11:00 am - 12:30 pm