2017 Professional Conference

Building Attachment Through Trust:

Brain-Based Interventions for Connecting with Mistrustful Children

Friday, May 5th | 9:00am-4:00pm
Silver Spring Civic Center | 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910
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Early Bird: Parents: $79 | Professionals: $129 *Early bird rate runs through March 31.
After March 31: Parents: $99 | Professionals (includes 6 CEUs): $149
Lunch will be provided


Children exposed to trauma, abuse and neglect often have trouble trusting adults, which can contribute to challenging family relationships. Join us as we explore the newest neuroscience-based research and interventions on enhancing attachment and connection in families. Come learn from Jon Baylin, a clinical psychologist, accomplished writer, and renowned expert in strengthening attachment and trust within families. At this year’s conference, Dr. Baylin will explore key concepts from his newest book, The Neurobiology of Attachment-Focused Therapy. Attendees will learn innovative brain-based strategies and interventions developed by Dr. Baylin to help families maintain trusting relationships.

Dr. Baylin will then teach the tangible, brain-based interventions to help create attachment with mistrustful children. He will focus on how adults can send “safety messages” into the defensive brains of these children to help them experience “relational safety” for the first time, beginning the journey from Blocked Trust to Trust. Professionals will learn strategies and interventions for adults, including therapists, child care workers, child welfare workers, substance use disorder practitioners and parents, to become “trust builders” with children and to strengthen connection within families.

  • About Dr. Jon Baylin:

    Dr. Baylin received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1981. He has been working in the mental health field for 35 years. For the past twenty years, while continuing his clinical practice, he has immersed himself in the study of neuroscience and in teaching mental health practitioners about the brain. He has given numerous workshops for mental health professionals on “Putting the Brain in Therapy” and has delivered keynote addresses internationally and nationally at conferences on childhood trauma and attachment. In 2016, Dr. Baylin received a lifetime achievement award from ATTACh, an international organization dedicated to education and training in the field of attachment disorders.

    Several years ago, Dr. Baylin began a collaborative relationship with Daniel Hughes, a leader in the field of attachment-focused therapy and the developer of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy or DDP, a highly regarded model of treatment for maltreated children and their caregivers. Their first book, Brain Based Parenting, was released by Norton Press in the spring of 2012 as part of the Norton series on Interpersonal Neurobiology edited by Daniel Siegel, MD. In August, 2016, their second book, The Neurobiology of Attachment-focused Therapy, was released by Norton. Dr. Sue Johnson, Director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, wrote “This eminently readable, practical, and profound book is required reading for anyone who works with distressed children and their caregivers.”

    In addition to the two books in the Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology Series, Dr. Baylin coauthored Working with Traumatic Memories to Heal Adults with Unresolved Childhood Trauma with Petra Winnette, published by Jessica Kingsley Press in 2016. In this book, Dr. Baylin contributed the material on the neurobiology of trauma and the neurobiology of therapeutic change in trauma-focused treatment with adults.

For inquiries about the Conference: Contact Alisha Wolf, MPH, LGSW: awolf@familyworkstogether.org or 410-402-1121