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December Scientific Meeting 12/11/21

December 11, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Free – $25.00

Western New England Psychoanalytic Society

Scientific Meeting

Saturday, December 11th      4pm–6pm

WNEPS members, WNEIP candidates and all students/trainees attend free

Non-members: $25 professional registration fee (includes CME/CE certificate with completed evaluation)


This meeting is virtual. To successfully attend, please read the following instructions:
Register at the link below.
The day before the meeting an email containing the ZOOM link will be sent from [email protected] to all registrants.
The day of the meeting click the Zoom link in the email to join the meeting.
See below for important CME/CE certificate details.

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Parental Mentalization

Presenter: Helana JV Rutherford, PhD

Discussant: Norka Malberg, PsyD


Pregnancy and the postpartum period can be conceptualized as a time of neurobiological and psychological reorganization to facilitate caregiving. However, surprisingly few studies have examined the interface of the neurobiology and psychology of the perinatal period. Such an integrative approach is needed to advance our understanding of this significant time for parent and child development. In particular, the psychological construct of parental mentalization is thought critical to parent and child well-being and has been the focus of many attachment-based parenting interventions. Although a number of approaches to measure parental mentalization have been developed, we know surprisingly little of its underlying neurobiology. Emerging research from our lab has adopted a social neuroscience lens to begin unpacking the neurobiology of this important parental capacity. Through our empirical work, we seek to identify the mechanisms underscoring parental mentalization to advance both theory and clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the perinatal period as being a time for neurobiological and psychological reorganization
  2. Summarize the different approaches to measure parental mentalization in research
  3. Critique the utility of social neuroscience to our understanding of parental mentalization

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About Helena JV Rutherford, PhD

Helena J. V. Rutherford, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center, and Course Tutor for the UCL-Yale Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology MRes Course.


CME/CE Details:

In order to receive CME or CE credits participants must attend the full program and complete an evaluation. A link to the evaluation will be sent via an email reminder within a few days of the program. 

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 Western New England 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 two 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 for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s)* to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

*Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

This program is being reviewed for Continuing Education Credit hours by the NASW, CT to meet the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

A Certificate of Attendance for WNE Programs can be used to fulfill CE requirements for CT Psychologists.

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December 11, 2021
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Free – $25.00
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Online via Zoom
CT United States


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