North American Invitational Summit:

Bonding and Attachment in the Family

Addressing the Root Causes of Social Problems at the Earliest Stages of Life

March 27-30, 2003, Santa Barbara, California





Program Summary

Who Should Attend?



Speaker/Panelist Bios

Venue and Costs

Post-Summit Workshops


Who Should Attend

Participants sought for the Summit include those:

  1. Active in teaching, psychotherapy, health care (e.g., midwife, doula, counselor, nurse, physician), and are concerned about the impact of family bonding/attachment and desire to help prevent, assess and/or solve some of the problems that exist in North America (example: Alivio Clinic in Chicago, a collective of midwives who provide a full range of maternity care, who train birth educators and doulas from the local community to serve in their own community, and who use public money for low income, primarily Hispanic, families).
  2. Adept in a field that facilitates transforming the lives of children and families and is of interest to participants in the Summit (example: Marshall Rosenberg's Nonviolent Communication--books, tapes, and workshops, which teach highly effective communication skills to individuals and groups but are currently not known to many people or groups working in the area of family bonding and attachment).
  3. 3) Who have created a model focusing on parents/children/education that warrants national exposure; have done work that should be brought to a larger public concerned about the state of family bonding/attachment (example: Parents' Place, part of the Monterey, CA, public school district's adult education program, providing attachment parenting education and support to 600 families with children from birth to age three).
  4. Involved with the creation of organizational, economic and legal changes that impact children/parents within the:
    • Legislative system--local, state, or national,
    • Insurance industry,
    • Educational system.
  5. Involved in social change; an activist in the area of bonding and attachment and family wellbeing at any of various levels, for example:
    • Grassroots organizations
    • Community and parent activist groups
    • Educators of healthcare providers, psychologists, counselors, or teachers
    • Policy makers in healthcare facilities, employers, universities, or government
  6. Representing a culture where the continuum of parent-infant bonding remains intact.
  7. Representing a significant, yet currently under-served, population of parents, children, or families (ideally, already identified as a spokesperson for that population).
  8. Experienced in obtaining significant funding through corporate or governmental sponsorship, grants, or other methods; ability to work with funding agencies.
  9. Successful at accomplishing your goals with minimal funding and believe this can be used as a model for other groups, organizations, or communities, etc., to use on behalf of family bonding/attachment (Example: New Horizons School for homeless children in Santa Cruz, CA, founded by a woman who has turned a dream into reality).
  10. Skilled in the use or synthesis of clinical or research data.

Continuing Education (CE) Credits will be provided in these categories: RN, LM, LVN, LCSW, & MFT for a maximum of 30 hours.


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