15th Annual Conference

Capturing the Image of Mother-Infant Interaction: Links to the Clinical Encounter
Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.


This program was offered on May 2, 2009


Location: The Johns Hopkins University Center at the Rockville campus, 9601 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20850

Dr. Beebe will explore face-to-face interactive processes that inform both mother-infant communication and adult treatment. Using film and frame-by-frame analyses, she will share findings from her latest research to present an integrated verbal and nonverbal model of interactive process that can be utilized to enrich therapeutic action in psychotherapy. Clinical material will be used to illustrate these ideas. There will be opportunities for questions and discussion.

Three bodies of information will be presented:

  1. A dyadic systems view of face-to-face communication will set the stage for an understanding of nonverbal communication across the lifespan.
  2. Findings on the origins of disorganized attachment in infancy that illustrate remarkable patterns of disturbances in self-regulation and interactive regulation at four months which are predictive of disorganized attachment at twelve months.
  3. Exploration of nonverbal communication in adult treatment through a new project, “Videotaping the Analyst¬ís Face,” which examines implicit and explicit dimensions of therapeutic communication as a way to understand the co-construction of dialogue.

Learning Objectives

Based on the content of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain aspects of face-to-face interactive processes as they apply to mother- infant communication and therapist-patient communication.
  2. Describe a dyadic systems view of self- regulation and interactive regulation.
  3. Identify the origins of disorganized attachment at four months, particularly disturbances in entering the state of the other and distress regulation.
  4. Describe how patterns of nonverbal communication in adult treatment can be utilized to enrich therapeutic action.

Conference Schedule

8:30 am Coffee and Registration
9:00 am Dyadic Systems Model of Face-to-Face Communication
10:30 am Coffee Break
11:00 am Origins of Disorganized Attachment
12:30 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Nonverbal Communication and the Implications for Adult Treatment
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Presentation continues
4:30 pm Conference ends

Beatrice Beebe Ph.D.

Beatrice Beebe is a psychoanalyst and an infant researcher. She is Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric Institute; faculty at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, and the N.Y.U. Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She is co-author with Jaffe et al. of Rhythms of Dialogue in Infancy (Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 2001), author with Lachmann of Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions (Analytic Press, 2002), and author with Knoblauch, Rustin and Sorter of Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment (Other Press, 2005). She has a forthcoming book in the Monographs of Attachment and Human Development, Mother-Infant Communication Disturbances and the Prediction of Attachment. She is in private practice in New York City, specializing in adult psychoanalysis and mother-infant treatment. Currently she directs a primary prevention program for mothers who were pregnant and widowed on 9-11.

Conference Fee

Early Registration (before April 15):

ICP&P Members: $145

Non-members: $170

Students*: $65

Late Registration (April 15 or after):

ICP&P Members: $160

Non-members: $185

Students*: $80

* To be eligible for student fee, students must present a valid ID showing current student status at an institution of higher learning.

Refunds will be made, less a $30 processing fee, to participants who cancel their registration on or before April 15, 2009. No refunds will be made after that date.


Continuing Education Credit

The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. ICP&P maintains responsibility for this program and its content. ICP&P has been approved by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners to offer Category I continuing education credit. Because ICP&P has received this approval from the Maryland Board, CE credit hours awarded by ICP&P may also be claimed by social workers licensed in Virginia and the District of Columbia. These continuing education credits meet the ANCC approval standards for nurses. Attendees will earn 5.5 CE credits for attending the conference. Full attendance is required to receive the designated CE credit.