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Brain Based Parenting

The Five Domains of Caregiving
This events offers 6 CEU Credits

A workshop for parents & professionals presented by Dr. Daniel Hughes, author of Building the Bonds of Attachment and co-Author of Brain Based Parenting. 

“In this groundbreaking exploration of the brain mechanisms behind healthy caregiving, attachment specialist Daniel A. Hughes and veteran clinical psychologist Jonathan Baylin guide readers through the intricate web of neuronal processes, hormones, and chemicals that drive—and sometimes thwart—our caregiving impulses, uncovering the mysteries of the parental brain.”

 Dates: February 25, 2017
   9:00am – 4:00pm
 Birch Family Services, 104 W 29th Street, New York, NY 10011
 Cost: $150, 
              $175 At the Door
$75 for Graduate Students
Organized by: Adoption/Foster Care Therapist Network, NY (AFCTN)

Website: Registration

January 9th, 2017

Director’s Message

Dear R&A Community,

There is so much to say, there is a litany of things to do and to protest and yet…I feel no clarity or integration of the bigger picture, do you?

Our group has talked a lot about the impact of this election on our lives and on the lives of our R&A community and decided that we wanted to walk the walk of our work and focus on creating more safety by slowing down, feeling our feelings, and being more transparent with all of you. We wanted you all to know where we stand politically so you wouldn’t have to guess – that we are steadfast for the rights of all people and are deeply troubled by the threats to the rights of women and the LGBTQ, immigrant, Muslim, African-American, and Latino communities, as well as protections for our planet, as I know many of you are too.

We are still reverberating with the confusion and pain of feeling so alien and unknown to one another within our extended families and within our country at large. We wanted to let you know that we are at turns hurting, confused, inspired and moving into action: signing petitions, donating our time and money, calling local and national elected officials to voice our concerns, and attending protests.
As we are all sitting with the mix of end of summer feelings and turn towards the fall, I have been thinking a lot about how this year will unfold for our group and our incredible community of clients and colleagues. I sense that there is always a bit of shoring up and gathering of resources at this time of year to steel ourselves against the energetic drain of the fall grind. In quiet, coffee drinking Sunday morning moments, I have been wondering lately what it might look like for all of us to resist the freneticism of the autumnal vortex and instead stay summer slow and open to say what’s really on our minds and what’s weighing on our hearts.

To the extent that each of you at this time of year are processing your own gestalts of setbacks and triumphs, determining what is figure and ground, my great wish for all of us is to have a safe place far above it all to wonder, reflect, and refuel and a person/people who tether us to earth and help us through the grit of life with love and compassion.

Warmly…and somberly, and tiredly and gratefully,


June, 7th, 2016

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