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CANCELLED - Conference: Infant Research and Adult Treatment with Beatrice Beebe, PhD

  • April 18, 2020
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

In light of health and safety issues regarding the spread of the coronavirus, this conference has been

Anyone who registered has been issued a full refund.

We will be working to reschedule the conference, but cannot say when this will be. Please stay tuned. 

Infant Research and Adult Treatment
Featuring Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.



The first model is a treatment case; the second and third are based in research studies in community samples. All three have illustrative video material. (1) Case of Linda and Dan: Mother suicidal at birth; (2) Origins of disorganized attachment at 4 months (3) Pregnant and widowed on 9/11.

Current approaches to mother-infant treatment deal broadly with relational disturbance, but not specific patterns of interactive disturbance. Increased specificity in describing patterns of disturbance associated with different forms of mother-infant trauma can facilitate more focused clinical intervention, across a range of clinical settings. For each model of mother-infant trauma, the audience will be led through an embodied interactive role-play of the patterns of interaction.

Following Dr. Beebe’s presentation there will be a discussion of the research aspects of the material with Dr. Beebe and Dr. Leslie Jordan.

Morning Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe ways in which mother-infant research can inform mother-infant treatment.
  2. Describe different pictures of mother-infant trauma.


I explore processes of nonverbal communication in adult treatment through a new project, “Videotaping the Therapist’s Face.” By turning the lens on the therapist, we can learn more about how and what the therapist communicates to her patient. The therapist's face, as well as bodily gestures of head and hands, and the background vocal rhythm of the narrative, are relatively unexplored avenues of therapeutic action in adult treatment. To illustrate this process, I present a case in which I use the videotaped sessions of the analyst’s face for “video feedback” therapy with a patient who does not look at the faces of other people. Dr. Beebe is the video feedback consultant to an ongoing 20+ year intensive treatment by Dr. Larry Sandberg.

A great deal of what the patient experiences as well as what the therapist experiences can be seen in the face, head and hand gestures of the therapist. During the feedback portion of the session, the therapist and patient together look at the video they just made and try to understand both what the therapist feels and what the patient might feel, and what the therapist might be reacting to in the patient. Watching the video gives the patient who cannot look a chance to see the therapist's face without having to be directly in the conversation. We will discuss how this process helped this patient, across 10 years of video feedback therapy.

There will be discussion of adult treatment by Dr. Beebe and Dr. Nancy Bakalar following the presentation of material.

Afternoon Learning Objectives
Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the potential role of video for traumatized patients who cannot look directly into the face of another person.
  2. Discuss how video feedback therapy can facilitate an understanding of both verbal and nonverbal communication in an adult treatment.
  3. Describe the role of video feedback therapy as an adjunct to an ongoing treatment.

Beatrice Beebe, PhD

Beatrice Beebe Ph.D. is Clinical Professor of Psychology (in Psychiatry), College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University; Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute. She directs a basic research lab on mother-infant communication. She is faculty at several psychoanalytic institutes, and she has a private practice for adults and mother-infant pairs. She is author or co-author of 6 books and 71 peer-reviewed articles. The most recent book is The mother-infant interaction picture book: Origins of attachment (Beebe, Cohen & Lachman, Norton, 2016). For a decade she directed a pro bono primary prevention project for mothers who were pregnant and widowed on 9-11 (Beebe, Cohen, Sossin, & Markese, Eds., Mothers, infants and young children of September 11, 2001: A primary prevention project, 2012). A documentary film about her research is available (website of the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing [PEPweb], Mother-Infant Communication: The Research of Dr. Beatrice Beebe, by Karen Dougherty, 2016). She has a half-hour internet talk, Decoding the nonverbal language of babies (http://www.aei.org/events/decoding-the-nonverbal-language-of-babies/) and an hour-long internet interview about her work

Leslie Jordan, PhD     (Research Discussant)

Leslie Jordan, Ph.D. is a Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst on the faculty of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis where she served as Chair of the Research Committee for 13 years.  Dr. Jordan is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Psychoanalysis and chairs its Research and Development Committee.  She has published papers on nonverbal communication in psychoanalysis, perspectives of early trauma, and evaluation of learning in psychoanalytic programs. Dr. Jordan is a psychoanalyst/psychologist in private practice in Denver, CO.

Nancy Bakalar, MD   (Adult Treatment Discussant)

Nancy L. Bakalar, M.D. is a psychoanalyst and psychiatrist and supervising analyst at The International Institute for Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT) and is on the faculty of the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis. During 25 years of Naval service, she consulted to The United States Congress and served in the Pentagon for 3½ years developing and coordinating mental health policy for the Department of Defense. She also initiated the U S Navy’s Telemental Health Program in the late 1990s. Dr. Bakalar developed and taught in the Infant Observation Program at the International Psychotherapy Institute (IPI) in Washington, D.C.   She has published numerous chapters and presented numerous papers on the applications of infant observation to psychotherapy and psychoanalysis of adolescents and adults. Her private practice is in Englewood, CO.

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CME Information:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of American Psychoanalytic Association and The Denver Psychoanalytic Society. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

CME Certificates:

In order to receive a CME certificate, the attendee must: pre-register, pay in full, sign the attendance sheet, attend the entire session, and complete an evaluation. CME certificates will be handed out at the conclusion of the event in exchange for the completed evaluation.  If awarded a CME certificate, please retain for your records. There will be a $3 charge if the Society office has to resend a certificate.

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 8:30-9:00 am  Registration
 9:00-9:15 am  Welcome
 9:15-10:45 am  Lecture
 10:45-11:00 am  Break
 11:00-12:15 pm  Research Discussion with Leslie Jordan, Ph.D.
 12:15-1:15 pm  Lunch (provided)
 1:15-2:45 pm  Lecture
 2:45-3:00 pm  Break
 3:00-4:15 pm  Adult Treatment Discussion w/ Nancy Bakalar, M.D.
 4:15-4:30 pm  Wrap-up
 4:30-5:00 pm  Evaluation/CME Certificates


  • DPS Member - 
    • Early Bird (January 1st through February 15th) - $140
    • Regular Rate (February 16th through April 10th) - $160
    • Late Registration (April 11th - April 18th) - $170
  • Non-Member - 
    • Early Bird (January 1st through February 15th) - $155
    • Regular Registration  (February 16th through April 10th) - $175
    • Late Registration (April 11th - April 18th) - $185

Student Rate -

    • Registration  (January 1st through April 10th) - $75
    • Late Registration (April 11th - April 18th) - $85

    Registration is not complete until registration fee is paid in full. 
    Early Bird registrations must be completed and paid in full
    by the February 15th deadline.

    There will be NO refunds after April 11, 2020; any refunds prior to April 11th will be less a $30.00 administration fee.


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