Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center

Half-Day Workshop


Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.
Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.
Infant Research and Adult Treatment:

 Origins of disorganized attachment;

 and Videotaping the Face of the Therapist: Video feedback for a patient who cannot look

Speaker:  Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.


Video Conference on

 Saturday, February 3, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

 Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for registration. Continental breakfast included.


 Johnson County Community College,

Capitol Federal Conference Center, Room A-B.

The Greater Kansas City & Topeka Psychoanalytic Center will host a half-day workshop featuring Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D. who will present via interactive video conference her series and research on the origins of disorganized attachment, illustrated by films and frame-by-frame analyses. A question and answer session will follow Dr. Beebe's presentation.
Disorganized attachment poses the torturous paradox that an infant’s source of safety is also a source of threat and alarm.  The findings demonstrate that remarkable dysregulations of attention, affect, spatial orientation, and touch in mother-infant interaction at four months predict disorganized attachment at one year.  Since disorganized attachment at 12 months predicts dissociative difficulties in young adulthood, understanding these interactions offers insight into adult psychopathology and transference patterns.
The research on the origins of disorganized attachment is linked to theories of the origins of dissociation in adulthood: inescapable threat, failures of integration, and failures of recognition.
This lecture will inform clinicians about threatening/threatened, dysregulated and dissociated patterns of interaction in infancy that may have analogues in adult treatment.

Learning Objectives

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. See the subtlety, rapidity and complexity of early interactions, and how each partner influences the other, second-by-second.
  2. Be familiar with different patterns of four-month interaction associated with secure vs. disorganized infant attachment.
  3. Distinguish dysregulations of attention, affect, spatial orientation and touch.
  4. Conceptualize analogies between mother-infant interactions and split-second, out-of-awareness nonverbal communications between adult patients and therapists.

Participants can earn 3 CME/CEU credits for this activity.

The Presenter

Beatrice Beebe Ph.D. is a Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry), at the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University; Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is faculty at the Columbia Psychoanalytic Center, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity, and the N.Y.U. Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; and is a honorary member of the William Alanson White Institute, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the New York Freudian Society. She has authored or co-authored many works inlcuding Rhythms of Dialogue in Infancy; Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-Constructing Interactions; Forms of Intersubjectivity in Infant Research and Adult Treatment; The origins of 12-month attachment: A microanalysis of 4-month mother-infant interaction; The Origins of Attachment: Infant Research and Adult Treatment; and The mother-infant interaction picture book: Origins of attachment. Dr. Beebe directs a basic research lab on mother-infant communication. She also directs a primary prevention project for mothers who were pregnant and widowed on 9-11 and from that experience has co-authored Mothers, infants and young children of September 11, 2001: A primary prevention project. In 2016, she was featured in a documentary film, Mother-Infant Communication: The Research of Dr. Beatrice Beebe, by Karen Dougherty, which may be found on the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing (PEP) website.


Early Bird Registration

Before January 12:   Regular $95; Center Members $85; Candidates/Residents/Students $50

After January 12:  Regular $105; Center Members $95; Candidates/Residents/Students $60

Registration is required, register online:  Registration is closed.  Call the GKCTPC office at 816-512-7438 if you have questions.


Participants will receive a certificate of completion for CME or CEU credits

Continuing Medical Education Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Greater Kansas City-Topeka Psychoanalytic Center. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.