Sunday, March 4, 2018
8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
One South Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530
Tagged: Derner School of Psychology, Continuing Education

Frank Lachmann: Utilizing Heightened Affective Moments: What Infant-Parent Relationships Tell Us About Effective Treatment With Adults

Event, Continuing Education

4 CE credits

This conference is designed to be relevant to licensed mental health professionals at all levels of training and experience.

Conference Summary

Empirical studies of mother-infant dyads have documented the bi-directionality and co-creation of experience. What begins in infancy extends into adulthood and into therapeutic relationships as well. In this conference Dr. Lachmann will show how organizing principles of self and interactive regulation—the role of heightened affective moments—may provide a strong basis for our clinical work.

Clinical illustrations and videos will serve to connect and clarify the empirical research from a self- psychology based perspective which helps us to understand the contributions of infant research to adult treatment.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  1. Design treatment strategies and techniques based on heightened affect moments.
  2. Demonstrate how interventions based on heightened affective moments are particularly helpful in working with the difficult-to-treat patient.
  3. Identify leading edge interventions that further the treatment process as well as the growth of the patient.
  4. Predict pitfalls that trap and lock patients and therapists in unending treatments.
  5. Demonstrate the use of the power of nonverbal communications as a therapeutic tool.

Conference Speakers

Frank M. Lachmann, Ph.D., ABPP, is a teacher, supervisor and a member of the founding faculty of the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity in New York City. He is also a clinical professor in the NYU postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He is the author or co-author of more than 150 journal articles. Dr. Lachmann and Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D., wrote Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions. They also co-authored Origins of Attachment. He is also the author of a paper titled “Infant Research and Adult Treatment: What Have We Learned? How Can We Apply It?” These works inform Dr. Lachmann’s presentation at this conference.

Conference Schedule

All events take place in the Ruth S. Harley University Center, Rooms 201 and 202.

8:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
Mary Beth Cresci, Ph.D., ABPP
Welcome and introductions

Frank Lachmann, Ph.D. ABPP
Video demonstration and discussion of research on infant-mother interactions
Early childhood development informs therapeutic interventions with adults.
10:30 a.m. Frank Lachmann, Ph.D. ABPP
Heightened affective moments, interpretations and transference
12:15 p.m. Audience Q and A
1:00 p.m. Conclusion

Registration Information

Early Registration Fees (on February 19, 2018)

  • General Public: $125
  • Derner Institute and Other Adelphi Alumni and Faculty: $90
  • Current Adelphi Students in other programs (With ID): $50
  • Graduate Students From Other Universities (With ID): $60

Regular Registration Fees (after February 19, 2018)

  • General Public: $150
  • Derner Institute and Other Adelphi Alumni and Faculty: $110
  • Current Derner Institute and Other Adelphi Students (With ID): $70
  • Graduate Students From Other Universities (With ID): $80

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Conference Committee

Mary Beth Cresci, Ph.D., ABPP
Stephen Hyman, Ph.D., chair
Elaine Seitz, Ph.D.

For further information about the program, please contact:

Kathleen Kannengeiser
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This conference provides 4 continuing education credits for psychologists and social workers. Attendance at the entire conference is required. No partial credit can be given. Adelphi is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. The Adelphi University School of Social Work is a co-sponsor of this event and is recognized by the New York State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032. Attendance at the entire conference is required to attain 4 CE credits.

For further information, please contact:

Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
p – 516.877.4800

Tagged: Derner School of Psychology, Continuing Education