Infant and Toddler Mental Health: The Role of Early Bonds of Attachment


The propensity to form bonds of attachment is a basic parent of human nature. During infancy and childhood, attachment bonds are formed with parents or parent substitutes who provide the child with comfort, support and protection. This talk provides a synthesis of what is known about how early attachment bonds influence infant and toddler mental health and well-being. The talk provides an overview of the basic tenets of attachment theory and the four major parent-child attachment patterns and explores what is known about the effects of different attachment patterns on young children's sense of self, their ability to explore, and their development and mental health. Clinical examples are provided to illustrate the patterns and infant and toddler outcomes.

These sessions have been awarded the following IL EI credits:

*9-Noon - Keynote Presentation on Infant and Toddler Mental Health: The Role of Early Bonds of Attachment- 1 AS, 0.5 ATY, 0.5 TYP, 1 INT

*Maternal Mental Illness: Effects on Parenting -2 WWF

*Create Peaceful, Compassionate Classrooms Through Solving the Riddle of Preschoolers’ Challenging Behavior- 2 WWF

*Mindful Caregiving: Promoting Attachment Security When Children, or Caregivers, Feel Uncomfortable in Their Own Skin-2 WWF

Location Lewis University
1 University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
Date 5/23/2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Check in 8:30 AM)
Sponsor AOK Early Childhood Network, Bridges to a New Day, Lewis University, Child & Family Connections #15
Trainer Dr. Teresa Ostler MA. PhD
Contact Betsy Cozzie (815) 727-8769
Principles 1. Support families
2. Active participation
3. Collaborative relationships
4. Specific goals
5. Comprehensive plans
6. Periodic monitoring
7. Quality services
Credit Hours 0
Cost 0
Cut Off Date 5/12/2019
Status Closed