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Thursday, May 30th 2013

Stress, Resilience, and Mental Health: What We Learn from Infant Research

Ed Tronick, PhD
presented by Leading Edge Seminars, Inc

Thursday, May 30, 2013, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm • YWCA Elm Centre, 87 Elm Street, Toronto

Edward Tronick is a world-class researcher, clinician, and teacher recognized by his peers for his work on the neuro-behavioural and social-emotional development of infants and young children, parenting, and infant-parent mental health. His renowned “Still Face Paradigm” has revolutionized our understanding of infants’ emotional capacities and coping.

Dr. Tronick’s unique perspective as both a researcher and clinician provides a distinctive power to his work. In this workshop, he will discuss his Mutual Regulation Model, Dyadic States of Consciousness, and the relevance of the Still Face Paradigm for all clinicians.

Among the topics addressed will be the development of infant capacities for neuro-behavioural self-organization, how early infant-adult interactions are organized, and how we understand the nature of normal versus abnormal development.

Dr. Tronick will examine the process of “meaning making” in the development of the parent-infant relationship; cross-cultural patterns of child rearing; infant coping, stress and resilience; and the impact of maternal depression on infant development.

This workshop will also provide an opportunity for discussion of why some infants, children, and adults are robust in the face of challenges while others seem fragile; how self-regulation and mutual regulation are related to developmental processes in early childhood; and how the interactions of daily life can promote resilience in infants and young children.

Finally, Dr. Tronick will discuss the application of his work to current early intervention practice and address the question of how interactions between mothers and infants parallel those between therapist and patient.

This seminar will examine the following topics in detail:

Infants’ meaning making
Cold dynamics and hot mental life
The Still Face Paradigm
The Mutual Regulation Model
Stress and failed reparations
The emergence of resilience
Implications for therapy with children, adolescents, and adults
The development of effective early intervention

Attendees are invited to bring along case examples for group discussion and Dr. Tronick’s comments. Please be aware that Dr. Tronick may not have time to address all queries.

About the Presenter:

Edward Tronick, PhD, is the Program Director of the Infant-Parent Mental Health Postgraduate Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, a research associate at the Department of Newborn Medicines at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a lecturer on pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, and University Distinguished Professor at UMass Boston. His life’s work has been the study of normal and abnormal developmental processes that are embedded in the emotional and social exchanges of infants and young children and their caregivers. Dr. Tronick is a world-class researcher and teacher recognized internationally for his work on the neuro-behavioural and social-emotional development of infants and young children, parenting in the U.S. and other cultures, and infant-parent mental health. He is author of The Neurobehavioral and Social-Emotional Development of Infants and Children and has co-authored or authored more than 150 scientific papers and chapters.


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