Expired Bright Beginnings Summer Intensive: Early Child Development and Parenting Processes

This three-day course prepares participants to implement Bright Beginnings, a parenting curriculum that consists of group sessions and individualized video review for parents and their infants or toddlers. This evidence-based, manualized intervention helps parents support their children’s social, emotional and cognitive development and develop school readiness. The Bright Beginnings manual includes: 1) detailed session guides for conducting pregnancy groups and parent-child groups for parents with children 2 to 36 months of age, and 2) guidelines for videotaping parent-child play interaction and reviewing with the parent to enhance the parent’s reflective capacities and parenting skills. This course will include a combination of lecture, discussion, videotape, role play and experiential exercises.

Learning Objectives:

  • To conceptualize parenting as a set of processes encompassing attachment, learning and exploration, and guidance
  • To understand the micro-processes of parent-child interactions and child outcomes
  • To hone skills in observing parent-child interaction
  • To develop skills to facilitate groups

Date / Time:

Wednesday-Friday, June 28-30, 2023
9:30 am–4:00 pm daily


Martha E. Edwards, PhD is Founder and Director of the Center for the Developing Child and Family and creator of the Bright Beginnings Parent-Child Program. As a psychologist, family therapist, and researcher, she has focused on integrating theory and practice from the areas of family systems, developmental neurobiology, and psychoanalysis. She also develops clinical and preventive interventions for children and their families. She received the 2015 award from the American Family Therapy Academy for “Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy.” She presents nationally and internationally and maintains a private practice in New York City. She has served as Board Member and Vice-President for the American Family Therapy Academy. Currently she is a Board Member and Program Chair for the NY Zero to Three Network, and advisory editor for Family Process.

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  • June 28, 2023 9:30 am - June 30, 2023 4:00 pm

Martha E. Edwards, PhD

16.5 CE Contact Hours

Location:   Ackerman Institute for the Family

936 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, New York, 10010, United States

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