Bright Beginnings Summer Intensive: Early Child Development and Parenting Processes

This intensive short course prepares participants to implement Bright Beginnings, a parenting curriculum that consists of group sessions and individualized video review for parents and their infant or toddler.

This 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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Conceptualize parenting as a set of processes encompassing attachment, learning and exploration, and guidance.
  • Understand the micro-processes of parent-child interactions and child outcomes.
  • Hone skills in observing parent-child interaction.
  • Develop skills to facilitate groups.


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.


Date / Time:

July 30–August 2nd
9:30 am–4:00 pm

Continuing Education:

22 CE Contact Hours

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