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  • MeAIMH Annual Conference 2018
     May 18, 2018
     8:15 am - 4:00 pm

MeAIMH Annual Training Conference

For our 31st Annual Conference

May 18, 2018 8:15 AM – 4:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown
5 Park St., Freeport, Maine

Jayne Singer at MeAIMH Conference 2018Finding the Hope and Strengths In Substance-Exposed Young Families

Featuring: Jayne Singer, PhD

Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

Faculty & Founder Early Care and Education Initiative, Brazelton Touchpoints Center; Clinical Director, Child and Parent Program, Developmental Medicine Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; Past President, Massachusetts Association for Infant Mental Health: Birth to Six, Inc.

Dr. Singer is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with children and families in hospital, school, and community-based settings. She has been with the Boston Children’s Hospital since 1988. Currently, she is the Clinical Director of the Child and Parent Program in the Developmental Medicine Center, where she works with families of children aged birth through early childhood with a wide variety of medical, developmental, emotional, behavioral, and familial challenges.

Dr. Singer has also developed adaptations of the Touchpoints Approach for families living with children with Special Needs, as well as for mental health practitioners. She is the primary author of the Touchpoints in Early Care and Education Reference Guide and the Touchpoints in Reflective Practice guides for practitioners and mentors.

MeAIMH Annual Training Conference Overview

This conference will help participants to understand the challenges faced by the substance-exposed family, and apply relational strategies for families to recognize their strengths and sources of resilience. Collaboration among families and professional partners assists in providing support for children and families and developing connections to community resources. This process will be most effective when communities: (a) create a vision of family strength and resilience and a relational environment that understands developmental and trauma processes, (b) and integrate strategies that support collaboration and deep understanding of children’s behavior; especially when a family system is already stressed by substance exposure.

The Brazelton Touchpoints Approach is a developmental-relational approach that focuses on implementing a set of practices such as sharing careful observa¬tion of children’s behavior and focusing on parents’ strengths to improve parent-provider and parent-child relationships that promote family health and wellness.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • Discuss their implicit biases about substance-using parents
  • Describe the effects of substance exposure on the newborn
  • Apply an understanding of state-regulation and mutual regulation across early childhood
  • Define and explore elements of developmental processes that are key to understanding challenging behavior
  • Describe the role of trauma in affecting developmental process
  • Apply the Touchpoints strength-based attitude that the parent with Substance Use Disorder is the expert on their child to promote engagement and attachment

MeAIMH Annual Training Conference Schedule of the Day

  • 8:15 – 9:00 Registration
  • 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome and Introduction
  • 9:15 – 10:00 Developmental Framework for Understanding Substance-Exposed Infants and their Parents
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Applying the Concepts of State Regulation as the Child and Family Develop
  • 10:30 – 10:45 Break
  • 10:45 – 12:00 Applying the Developmental Framework
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch and MeAIMH, Inc. Presentation
  • 1:00 – 2:15 Trauma-informed and Relational Framework for Understanding and Providing Compassionate Care for Substance-Exposed Families
  • 2:15 – 2:30 Break
  • 2:30 – 3:30 Partnering with Parents with Substance Use Disorder
  • 3:30 – 4:00 Wrap Up

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MeAIMH Annual Training Conference Registration

Registration is $145.00 for non-members and $130.50 for MeAIMH members and Conference Sponsors. Lunch is included. University of Maine and Psychology CEUs will be available. All participants will receive a certificate for 5.0 contact hours.

Questions to Debra at phone/fax 207-375-8184 or e-mail

The Hilton Garden Inn Freeport (207-865-1433) has a limited number of hotel rooms at a rate of $119.00 for May 17th.
Be sure to mention it is for the Infant Mental Health Group and make your reservation by 4-17-18.

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