Trauma, parenting and family relationships – training in English!


Trauma Centre Finland is happy to announce several upcoming trainings in English! Invited trainers offer their expertize in traumatization to professionals working in the field of attachment, parent-infant and family therapy, infant and child psychiatry, and parenting guidance. You are most welcome to participate. Please pass the news to your network!


Daniel Schechter: Promoting Traumatized Parents’ Ability to Mentalize Their Small Children, Oct 6.-7., 2022 (Online and Helsinki, Finland)

CAVEAT stands for ”Clinician Assisted Videofeedback Exposure Approach Therapy” and is a 16-session manualized psychotherapy for mothers and fathers who have experienced interpersonal violence (i.e. physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence) and who have developed related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their young children ages 1-3. This psychotherapy developed by Sandra Rusconi Serpa, Prof Schechter and colleagues in Geneva is based on the consultation technique (CAVES or Clinician Assisted Videofeedback Exposure Sessions) in which following a two-session parent-infant/child evaluation, parents are asked to remember their and their child’s experience in the previous session. The therapist proceeds to videofeedback and asks a series of questions that stimulate existing capacity to mentalize. The CAVES/CAVEAT models build on foundations provided by evidence-based parent-infant psychotherapy and PTSD treatment models including: Child-Parent Psychotherapy, Interaction Guidance, Minding the Baby/Mothering from the Inside-Out, and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, all of which will be discussed during the course of training.

The training is suitable for social and healthcare professionals working therapeutically with parenting, parent-infant interaction and families

The training comprises two parts:

  1. Thursday 6th Oct 9 – 10.30 a.m. Conference: Traumatized parents can change their minds about their toddlers – what we know from longitudinal research of mothers with violence-related PTSD and their children. (Participation: live or via video)
  2. The training continues as a clinical workshop: Application of the CAVES/CAVEAT model (max. 20 participants). The workshop attendees will also participate in the Conference. (Participation: live)
Location: SOSTE, Yliopistonkatu 5, 6. krs, Helsinki
Price: 539 €  + VAT 24% (both conference and workshop); 49 € + VAT 24% (conference only)
Trainer: Ass.Prof. Daniel Schechter
Deadline for enrolment: 19.8.2022

Conference and a clinical workshop brochure HERE

Enrolment for both conference and workshop HERE
Enrolment for conference only HERE


Trauma & Family relationships ’Evening School’ with invited speakers, zoom webinars in Summer and Fall 2022 (Online)

Severe traumatization poses challenges to parenting and formulation of secure attachment relationships. Interrupting the cycle of intergenerational traumatization requires specialized understanding of both family relationships and parenting, as well as traumatiaation. The Trauma & Family Relationhsips Evening School is a series of talks from invited speakers who are experts in their field The webinars aim at providing fresh views of some of the most central themes in transgenerational risk and resilience, as well as room for discussion. The webinars are facilitated by PhD, parent-infant psychotherapist Sanna Isosävi

Location: Online, via zoom
Time: Tuesdays, 18 – 19.30 EET (UTC + 2)
Price: 49 € + VAT 24%
Deadline for enrolment: One week before each webinar

7.6. When parents can’t mentalize

Arietta Slade, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Child Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, and Professor Emerita in the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the City University of New York.

Difficulties in parental mentalizing can manifest themselves in a number of ways.  This presentation will focus on the key components that allow reflection to flourish, namely the relational foundations of reflection. These include the establishment of safety and the relative absence of threat, as well as regulation, which allows for the relative quieting of body and mind that makes it possible to move out of the body and toward others. Safety and regulation make possible the development of trusting parent-clinician and parent-child relationships, which in turn provide the scaffold for learning, discovery, and reflection.  The establishment of these foundations as well as techniques for enhancing parental mentalizing will be discussed.

Enrolment  HERE


20.9. Dysregulation and repair in the parent-infant-therapist triad

Tessa Baradon, parent-infant, child and adolescent psychotherapist: Tessa has been responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of services for parents and infants in the British National Health Services and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, London.

Interactions between therapist and patient is characterised by movement between states of rewarding coordination, dissonant mismatch, and repair. In this talk I will focus on interactive perturbances which constitute a rupture in the intersubjective field between therapist and patients in parent-infant psychotherapy, and will suggest some central processes involved in repair. Particular consideration is given to the role of procedural processes and the relationship between verbal and procedural in both rupture and repair.

Enrolment HERE


The AMBIANCE-Brief Training

What is the AMBIANCE measure?
The Atypical Maternal Behaviour Instrument for Assessment and Classification (Bronfman, Madigan, & Lyons-Ruth, 2009), is an observational tool anchored in attachment research that screens for potential disrupted parenting behaviors linked to disorganized attachment. The AMBIANCE-brief (Madigan, Bronfman, & Lyons-Ruth, 2018) is a condensed version of the full instrument that can be used in clinical and community settings.

Training led by Dr. Sheri Madigan, R.Psych, University of Calgary

Location: Online
Dates: 2., 3., 9. ja 10.2. 2023
Time: 14:00-19:00 EET daily
Cost: €620 + VAT 24%
Deadline for enrolment: 1.12.2022

Brochure HERE
Enrolment HERE