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Yale Child Study Center and Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center present Infant & Family Mental Health Training Program

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The Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center along with the Yale Child Study Center are jointly sponsoring an Infant & Family Mental Health Training Program. The first session will be held at the Austen Riggs Center Friday through Sunday, April 10-12, 2015, with the second session to follow, November 6-8, 2015.

Training Program co-chair Nancy Close, PhD, IMH-IV, an educator and clinician and endorsed infant mental health mentor with the Connecticut Association of Infant Mental Health, notes, “This is a unique opportunity for mental health professionals with an interest or specialty in the parent-child relationship and family system to engage with and explore in-depth material presented by a sophisticated and diverse clinical faculty.”

This Training Program is dedicated to the exploration of development, attachment, trauma and the interaction of these topics within the parent-child relationship and family system. The curriculum was originally developed in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Yale University. Over the course of two weekend long seminars, the program continues to translate evidence-based theory into practice, drawing on neurobiological, psychoanalytic, attachment, adult mental health and family systems concepts, and to make the training relevant to the practitioners’ particular work contexts. The teaching emphasizes discussion and reflection as integral to the learning process.

Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research, Jane G. Tillman, PhD, remarked, “The collaboration between the Yale Child Study Center and Erikson Institute at Riggs is emblematic of the way in which working together and sharing our knowledge fosters an environment of mutual learning.”

Continuing education credits will be offered at this Training Program. For more information or to register, visit: www.austenriggs.org/InfantFamilyProgram. The early registration rate of $400 is available until Friday, March 13, 2015.

About the Austen Riggs Center

Austen Riggs Center, a leading psychiatric hospital and residential treatment program, has been serving adults since 1919. Within a completely open setting, patients are provided immersion in an intensive treatment milieu that emphasizes respectful engagement. Individual, four times/weekly, psychodynamic psychotherapy is provided by doctors on staff. 

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