Upcoming Events

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

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

403 Hayes Hall, South Campus

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

Dr. Mickey Sperlich

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

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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.

-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.