Houston Psychoanalytic Society
Two Online Half-Day Conferences
Infant-Parent Interaction, the Power of Discord,
and Treatment Implications
Ed Tronick, PhD

Friday, September 16, 2022 & Saturday, September 17, 2022

Using videos and discussion of case material, the conferences will explore how research on infants’ interactions with caretakers informs our understanding of the analytic dyad. Framed by the mutual regulation model and research on infant-parent interactions, the match-mismatch-repair organization of interactions will be presented. This view of the interaction challenges the emphasis on synchrony and attunement as the critical features of interactions. It emphasizes the “good enough’ conceptualization by Winnicott. It sees repairs as a critical developmental mechanism with positive effects on the infants’ sense of self and development. Using the repair model, the fundamental question of how infants as well as adults make sense of their self in relation to world of people and things, as well as to their own self will be presented. Emphasis on the implicit and somatic nature of meaning seen in infants who lack language will be presented. Implications for this implicit form of meaning – neurosomatic meaning – for the analytic interchange will be explored.
Part I: Mutual Regulation Model
With Child-Parent Case Presentation by Fabia E. Banella, PhD, PsyD
Friday, September 16, 2022
10:00AM –1:15PM Central Time

3 CE/CME/CEUs

Live via Zoom
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
HPS Active Members: $90
HPS Friend Members: $110
HPS Student Members: $45
Non-Members: $125

Instructional Level: Beginning-Advanced
Part II: Dyadic Expansion of Consciousness (Meaning Making)
With Adult Case Presentation by Cynthia Mulder, LCSW-S
Saturday, September 17, 2022
10:00AM –1:15PM Central Time

3 CE/CME/CEUs

Live via Zoom
*Pre-Registration required for Zoom invitation

Registration Fees
HPS Active Members: $90
HPS Friend Members: $110
HPS Student Members: $45
Non-Members: $125

Instructional Level: Beginning-Advanced
Presenters
Ed Tronick, PhD is a developmental and clinical psychologist. Dr. Tronick is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, is director of the Child Development Unit. He is a past member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and the Boston Process of Change Group, and a Founder and faculty member of the Touchpoints program. He created the Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program at the Medical School. He developed the Newborn Behavioral Assessment Scale and the Touchpoints Project with T.B. Brazelton. With Barry Lester he developed the NICU Network Neurobehavioral Assessment Scale. He is currently working on developing norms for the neurobehavior of clinically health newborns and collaborating with Rosario Montirosso in Milan on a multi-NICU examination of developmental caretaking and its effects on preterm infants. Dr. Tronick developed the Still-Face Paradigm and recently the Caretaker Acute Stress Paradigm. He continues to do research on the effects of maternal depression, other affective disorders and drug exposure on infant and child social emotional development. Current research focuses on infant memory for stress and epigenetic processes affecting behavior. The research utilizes the still-face and other stress paradigms and multiple measures including ERP and EEG, salivary cortisol, and skin conductance as well as behavior. For the state’s initiative to screen women for post-partum depression he is working on epidemiologic data sets to understand the nature of the responses to questions related to depression and help seeking of women in different ethnic and racial groups. Relatedly studies are being carried out on the long term relation of stress hormones to SES, exposure to violence and other community factors and possible unique effects related to health disparities in ethnic and racial groups. He is developing conceptual models based in dynamic systems theory for dyadic infant-mother (adult) interactions, including the Mutual Regulation Model and the Caretaker Buffer-Transducer Model. He has published more than 300 scientific articles and 7 books, several hundred photographs, and has appeared on national radio and television programs. His research is funded by NICHD and NSF.
Fabia E. Banella, PhD, PsyD is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst from Rome, Italy, where she lives and works. She attended Sapienza University and earned a PhD in clinical psychology with a focus on childhood, adolescence, and family. She completed postgraduate psychoanalytic training at the Institute of Relational Psychoanalysis and Self Psychology (ISIPSè) in Rome. While in training, she developed a strong interest in infant research, which led her to work and research children’s early interactions in Ed Tronick’s Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She also completed the two-year Infant-Parent Mental Health Program that Dr. Tronick founded there, as well as training in T. Berry Brazelton's Touchpoint Model for working with children and families. In addition, Dr. Banella has been trained to administer the Adult Attachment Interview. She went on to complete a second doctoral degree, this one in infant social-emotional development. She is a co-founder and trainer at the Brazelton Touchpoint Center in Rome, which offers trainings for professionals working with families and children. She also has a private practice with children, adults and families in Rome. She has presented at local and international psychoanalytic and developmental conferences on topics related to infants, youth, and parents. She served as a consultant for the infancy and early childhood section of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual, 2nd Edition (Lingiardi & McWilliams, 2017). Dr. Banella is a Member of the Training Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis and Self-Psychology, and Board Member of IARPP (International Association of Relational Psychoanalysis).
Cynthia Mulder, LCSW-S, is a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst in private practice in Houston, Texas, as well as an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine, faculty at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, and president of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society. She earned a master’s degree from Smith College of Social Work in Northampton, Massachusetts. In 2005, she worked as a family therapist at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In 2010 she joined the Menninger Clinic in Houston as an individual, group, and family therapist. Ms. Mulder began facilitating Brené Brown’s curriculum on shame, vulnerability and authenticity - The Daring WayTM to patients on the adult units at Menninger, and training clinicians across the country in its curriculum. In 2013 she was appointed the Director of Education and Training at Menninger. Ms. Mulder oversaw clinical training programs, coordinated Family Education Day, and organized the clinics local and national continuing education activities. She has presented nationally about shame resilience and suicide, and was an invited presenter in February 2018 at ApSaA on a paper titled “How Far Can the Frame be Stretched Before It Breaks”. She was the recipient of two awards at Menninger: The Arthur Mandlebaum Award for Excellence in Social Work Education in 2017 and the Jon G. Allen Distinguished Education Award in 2020.
OBJECTIVES
After attending either (or both) half-day program in its entirety, attendees will be able to:
  1. Describe the match-mismatch-repair organization of infant and adult interactions.
  2. Explain the critical nature of repairs for positive development of the self.
  3. Describe how neurosomatic meanings affect the analytic interaction and transference.

REFERENCES
Cavelzani, A. & Tronick, E. (2016) Dyadically expanded states of consciousness and therapeutic change in the interaction between analyst and adult patient. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 26: 599-615.

Harrison, A. M. & Tronick, E. (2022). Thoughts on developmental and psychoanalytic change inspired by Heinz Hartmann. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 42: 186-193.

Tronick, E. Z. (2003) “Of course all relationships are unique”: How co-creative processes generate unique mother-infant and patient-therapist relationships and change other relationships. Psychoanalytic Inquiry, 23: 473-491.

Tronick, E. & Gold, C. M. (2020). The power of discord: Why the ups and downs of  relationships are the secret to building intimacy, resilience, and trust. New York: Little, Brown  Spark.

Infant-parent & therapist-client images from CanStock Photo
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