Maine Association for Infant Mental Health


MAY 18, 2018

Finding the Hope and Strengths in Substance Exposed Young Families

Featuring Jayne Singer, Ph.D.

MAY 18, 2018
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown, Freeport, ME

Dr. Singer, a founding member and past president of the Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health (MassAIMH), is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with a diverse array of children and families in hospital and community-based settings. She is the Clinical Director of the Child and Parent Program in the Developmental Medicine Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she works with families of children aged birth through early childhood with a wide variety of medical, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and familial challenges. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Singer is involved in advocacy work in infant and early childhood mental health in Massachusetts.

Dr. Singer joined the faculty at the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC) in 1999; a continuation of her clinical work with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton since 1989. At BTC, she leads the Early Care and Education Initiative and has developed adaptations of the Touchpoints Approach for families living with children with Special Needs. She is the primary author of the Touchpoints in Early Care and Education Reference Guide and the Touchpoints in Reflective Practice guides for practitioners.

For more information about the conference, please contact Debbie Nugent Johnston, Executive Coordinator at or 207-375-8184.

Registration materials should be available through e-mail, postal mail, and on our website in early to mid-March.

The first official “membership meeting” of the MeAIMH was held in November 1987, with the principal speaker being Dr. Hiram Fitzgerald, then Executive Secretary of the World Association for Infant Mental Health. Dr. Fitzgerald welcomed our arrival and subsequent admission to the international body and congratulated us on our commitment and dedication.

Annual conferences have been held by the Association in Maine every year since then, and with the exception of the first two (held in September ‘88 and April “89) have always been in May — usually on the second or third Friday of that month. The keynote speakers on these occasions are nationally or internationally-known leaders in the field — teachers, clinicians, researchers, authors, administrators, program directors.

Additional conference activities include useful varieties of workshops, panels, demonstrations, discussion groups, videotapes, displays, book sales, and raffles. Above all, they offer an opportunity for MeAIMH members to meet and share their mosts recent successes and frustrations.

The current list of past conference keynote speakers, who were sometimes paired, follows (in alphabetical order)

Dr. Carl Bell
Dr. Margaret Blaustein
Dr. Roseanne Clark
Dr. Tiffiany Field
Dr. Juergen Homan
Dr. Gregory Keck
Dr. Regina Kupecky
Dr. Robert Kinschereff
Ms. Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
Dr. Penelope Leach
Dr. Gabor Maté
Dr. Joy Osofsky
Dr. Susan Partridge
Dr. Kyle Pruett
Dr. Barbara Russek
Dr. Warren Schumacher
Mr. Charlie Slaughter, MPH, RD
Dr. Jean Thomas
Dr. Edward Z. Tronick
Mr. Michael Trout
Ms. Olga Trujillo, J. D.
Ms. Margaret Tulley
Ms. Beth Warren
Dr. Emmy Werner
Dr. G. Gordon Williamson
Dr. Patricia Van Horn
Mr. Stephan Viehweg, ACSW
Dr. Charles Zeanah

Over the next few months, please check the website for more information about the next conference.