Upcoming Events

Trauma and Early Attachment: An Infant Mental Health Perspective 3 CEUs

Date/Time:
Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location:
403 Hayes Hall, South Campus

Cost:
$25 for UB School of Social Work alumni, $35 for General Alumni and Non-Alumni Guests

Presenter:
Dr. Mickey Sperlich

Contact:
Sarah Watson, (716) 645-1259 (sjwatson@buffalo.edu)

Web site:

This workshop will explore the foundation of all relationships - that of a primary caregiver and infant. We will consider some of the fundamentals of infant mental health, which is a field dedicated to promoting social and emotional well-being of all infants, toddlers, and families by supporting the growth of early attachment relationships. A preponderance of studies have shown that promoting secure early attachment relationships can provide a secure base within which infants and toddlers learn and grow, and a safe haven for them to return to as they explore their environment. Early relationships provide the container for learning how to regulate affect and arousal states, and how to communicate.

Objectives:
-Describe the basic assumptions and beliefs of those working within the infant mental health perspective.
-Examine a variety of ways that past and current trauma exposures and other adversities may disrupt the formation of secure and nurturing relationships.
-Explore the array of infant mental health services for working with dyads, including concrete assistance, emotional support, developmental guidance, early relationship assessment & support, advocacy, and infant-parent psychotherapy.
-Apply infant mental health resources and best practices to promoting well-being for at-risk dyads in a variety of community-based settings.