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Infants, Parents, and the Family: The Legacy of Dr. Gerald Stechler

Nov 04, 2016 08:30am -
Nov 04, 2016 04:00pm

Event Description


There are a small number of seats still available.

There will NOT be any onsite registration possible!

Infants, Parents, and the Family:

The Legacy of Dr. Gerald Stechler

This conference is co-sponsored by: Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents; The Freedman Center for Child Development and the Concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) at William James College; Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health; T. Berry Brazelton, MD; Touchpoints; University of Massachusetts Boston Infant Mental Health Program

Friday, November 4, 2016 from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

University of Massachusetts Boston Campus Center, Ballroom, Third Floor

The Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents (BIDIP) is a professional organization founded in 1973. BIDIP organizes educational forums to help clinicians and researchers develop a comprehensive understanding of the infant-parent relationship. Such programs have focused on the nature-nurturing interactions from a genetic, epigenetic, psychosocial, neurobiological and cultural perspective.

This Conference will honor Gerry Stechler PhD, who was a legendary teacher, clinician, researcher, philosopher, mentor and friend of BIDIP who had hundreds of admirers.

Luminaries in the infant-parent field will dedicate their presentations to Dr. Stechler.

Among the people honoring Dr. Stechler are T. Berry Brazelton, MD; Dorothy Richardson, PhD, Donna Houseman, EdD. & Jayne Singer, PhD


8:00-8:30 am - Registration

8:30 – 8:50 am – Welcome, Introduction and Overview

Arnold Kerzner, MD, Moderator and Discussant:

 9:00 am – 10:15 pm - Keynote Address

Without Words or Symbols: Infants' Multilevel Psychobiological Meaning-Making

Edward Tronick, PhD

10:15 am – Break

10:30 – 12:00 am - Select One of Two Workshops

Workshop A

Prevention Programs to Support Positive Infant and Family Development

Ann Easterbrooks, PhD and Jayne Singer, PhD

Workshop B

Opioid Use in Pregnancy: Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Panel Discussion: Leslie Kerzner, MD; Kelley Saia, MD and Amy Sommer, LICSW 

12:00 - 1:45 pm – Lunch & Honoring Gerry Stechler PhD

Among the people honoring Dr. Stechler are T. Berry Brazelton, MD; Dorothy Richardson, PhD & Donna Houseman, EdD, Jayne Singer, PhD

1:45 – Break

2:00 - 3:30 pm - Select One of Two Workshops

Workshop C

Neurodevelopmental Care for Preterm Infants and their Families in the NICU

Heidi Als, PhD and J. Kevin Nugent, PhD

Workshop D

Relationship Challenges: Maternal Mental Health and Attachment Disruptions

Karlen Lyons-Ruth, PhD and Peggy H. Kaufman, MEd, LICSW

3:30 – 4:00 pm – Final Thoughts and Adjourn

Learning Objectives for the Conference:

1. A review of research on high risk Infants

2. New aspects of neurodevelopmental care for preterm infants

3. Current management of opioid use in pregnancy and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

4. Positive effects of home visitation for the mother-infant dyad

5. Long term effects of early attachment disruptions

6. A developmental, relational approach to promote family emotional competence

7. Infants capacity for multilevel psychobiological meaning-making

IPF6 | 6 CE Credits | $12o | includes lunch

Graduate Students, General Public, Other Professionals | No CE Credits | $60 | includes lunch

A Note Regarding Parking

Registrants are strongly encouraged to take public transportation, if at all possible.

However if you do drive, you should park in the Bayside lot and take the shuttle to the Campus Center. You will waste time looking for other parking.

A parking lot map is part of the below website with directions of how to get to the UMass Campus. 


Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Early Childhood Professionals
Early registration ends on Jul 04, 2016.
Regular registration starts on Jul 05, 2016 and ends on Oct 24, 2016.
Late registration starts on Oct 25, 2016.



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