Who Should Attend
Participants sought for the Summit include those:
- 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).
- 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).
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Representing a culture where the continuum of parent-infant
bonding remains intact.
- Representing a significant, yet currently under-served,
population of parents, children, or families (ideally, already
identified as a spokesperson for that population).
- Experienced in obtaining significant funding through
corporate or governmental sponsorship, grants, or other methods;
ability to work with funding agencies.
- 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).
- Skilled in the use or synthesis of clinical or research
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