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Substance Use, Mental Health and Trauma: A trauma-and relationship-focused infant mental health approach to supporting the dyad.

  • Haggerty Center 715 E. Front Street Traverse City, MI 49686 United States (map)

Course Description:

This clinical seminar will zoom right into the clinical reality of infant mental health practitioners who are faced with risk evaluation of parents with mental health, trauma, and substance abuse, and its consequences to parenting, and the infant’s wellbeing.  How to manage the task of “double scooping” – keeping the parents’ own histories and hurts in mind an supporting their recovery and healing, while also “speaking for the babies” and keeping their wellbeing a priority.  Using case vignettes, both brought by the speakers and also open to reflection on cases and from the audience, we will discuss ports of entry in therapy, and elaborate on how to enhance parental reflective capacity, self-regulation, recovery, trauma healing, and responsiveness to the needs of the infant. 

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CE Value (credits): 3
CE Type: Standard

Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health

Contact Information:
Jennifer Kraus

Later Event: April 27
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