Thursday, February 9, 2012

Attachment and Trauma in Early Childhood Presented by: Charles Zeanah, MD

Young children who experience serious adversity are at risk for long-term health and mental health difficulties. Serious adversity may result from absence of expectable environmental responsiveness, as in neglect and deprivation, or from presence of toxic stressors such as abuse or witnessing violence. In this session, we will consider both aspects of adversity, their effects on young children, and use in-depth case presentations to illustrate treatment approaches.

Dr. Charles Zeanah is the Sellars-Polchow Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Tulane University. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.

Dr. Zeanah’s academic interest has been in the area of infant mental health, particularly in understanding infants' development in the context of the infant-parent relationships. He conducts research on the effects of abuse, neglect, serious deprivation and exposure to violence on young children and on interventions designed to help them recover.

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