The Relational Foundations of Reflection: Supporting the Development of Attachment and Symbolization in Young Children and their Caregivers

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Spring 4-30-2021


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Arietta Slade, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist whose passion for understanding early development took hold while she was an undergraduate at Sarah Lawrence. Now Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, and Professor Emerita in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the City College of New York, she is an internationally recognized theoretician, clinician, researcher, and teacher. She is Co-Founder and Director of Training of Minding the Baby®, an interdisciplinary reflective home visiting program for high-risk mothers, infants, and their families at the Yale Child Study Center and School of Nursing. Winner of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Award, Dr. Slade has published widely on attachment, mentalization, and the early parent-child relationship. She has also been in clinical practice for nearly 40 years, working with individuals of all ages. In this talk, Dr. Slade outlines the lessons learned from Minding the Baby® and how reflective parenting, a capacity foundational to the child’s safe and secure attachment, supportive of health, wellness, openness to learning, and the capacity to love, informs the ways that practitioners, educators, and communities can support parents in developing these foundations and provide a safe and secure environment in which their children can flourish.

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