Mothers, Babies and the Space Between: Psychotherapy with Vulnerable Dyads in the Earliest Years

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3 Sessions: Tuesdays, March 10, 17, 24, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Schedule: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Lecture/Presentation; 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Group Discussion


Mothers, Babies and the Space Between: Psychotherapy with Vulnerable Dyads in the Earliest Years

Clinical knowledge and neuroscience have converged in supporting our understanding of the earliest relationship between parent and child as the basis for future health and learning. But how do we incorporate this knowing into our work in support of parents and their young children? This three session seminar offers a brief introduction to parent-infant psychotherapy with a special focus on building reflective and regulatory capacities in work with parents facing mental health and substance use challenges. 


Eda Spielman, PsyD

Clinical Director, Center for Early Relationship Support (CERS) and faculty of the Infant-Parent Training Institute (IPTI) at Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Boston (JF&CS-Boston). Post-graduate certificate in Infant Mental Health and additional training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy and Circle of Security. Guest Faculty, Explorations in Mind, BPSI.

Caroline Phillips, DClinPsy

Parent-child clinician, CERS at JF&CS-Boston, providing attachment-centered, trauma-informed, dyadic therapy for mothers and infants impacted by substance use. Faculty, IPTI, specializing in work with young children affected by neurodevelopmental disabilities. Post-graduate study: Parent-Infant Psychotherapy, Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, Columbia University, and Seaver Autism Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Guest Faculty, Explorations in Mind, BPSI.

Program Co-Chairs
Holly Friedman Housman, LICSW:
Chris Lovett, PhD:



Explorations in Mind: Community Education at BPSI is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends. To make a gift to BPSI, contact Carole Nathan ( or 617-266-0953 x101),
go to, or send mail to BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459.


This course is open to licensed mental health clinicians and trainees on the path to licensure. Continuing Education credits are offered for physicians, psychologists, and social workers.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the key concepts and benefits of a dyadic approach to treatment;
  2. Identify the role of emotion regulation in early development and dyadic psychotherapy;
  3. Discuss the ways a focus on reflective function can be beneficial in work with parents and babies;
  4. Explain the impact of parental mental health challenges and substance use disorder on the earliest relationship.


Scholarships are available for all BPSI programs.
FEE: $230 Early Bird (use code: EB2020MB); $275 Regular (through 2/18/2020)
The fee is waived for Early Career Clinicians and BPSI Members, Trainees, and Partners. Scholarships are available upon request.

Continuing Education 
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. 
Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for 4.5 hours of CE. 
Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Social Workers: Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at or 617-266-0953 for the status of social work CE accreditation.
Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.
Licensed Mental Health Clinicians: NBCC credits are not available for this course.
Please note: Licensed Mental Health Clinicians may request continuing education credit on an individual basis from NBCC, through their Continuing Education Credit Verification process.


Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures
Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted. All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee. If BPSI cancels an event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.


Grievance Policy
Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair(s), via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459;; 617.266.0953.


The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship programs or employment.





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