Greater Kansas City and Topeka Psychoanalytic Center

Rescheduled for March 16

Half-Day Videoconference 


Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.
Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.

The Power of Early Parenting

Infant Research and Adult Treatment:

Origins of Attachment


Video Feedback Therapy

for an Adult Patient Who Cannot Look


 by Beatrice Beebe, Ph.D.


 Saturday, March 16, 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

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


KU Edwards Campus, BEST Room 120

12604 Quivira, Overland Park, KS 66214


We live in a culture that celebrates individualism and self-reliance, and yet we humans are an exquisitely social species, we thrive in good company and suffer in isolation.  Our intimate relationships, or lack thereof, shape and define our lives. By the end of our first year, each human has stamped on their baby brains a pretty indelible template of how we think relationships work, based on how our parents or other primary caregivers treat us.  From an evolutionary standpoint, this makes sense, because we need to figure out early on how to survive in our immediate environment.


Dr. Beebe will explore via interactive video the face-to-face interactive process that informs both mother-infant communication and adult treatment. Three bodies of information will be brought together. First, a dyadic systems view of face-to-face communication will set the stage for an understanding of nonverbal communication across the lifespan.


Second, this dyadic systems view will be illustrated through research on the origins of attachment in infancy. Films and frame-by-frame analyses will illustrate different patterns of self-and interactive regulation at four months that predict secure and insecure attachment at twelve months with implications for the adult the child will become. The basic principles of interaction which include vocal rhythm coordination, attention regulation, facial mirroring, touch, and spatial orientation, as well as modes of entering the state of the other, and modes of distress regulation will be illuminated.


Third, this dyadic systems view will be used to explore processes of nonverbal communication in adult treatment through video feedback sessions with a traumatized adult patient who cannot look. Implicit and explicit dimensions of the communication will be examined. We explore nuances of the analyst’s facial expression, vocal tone, self touch, as well as postural orientation as avenues of understanding the co-construction of the dialogue. The analyst’s own nonverbal communication is a pivotal feature of therapeutic action. An integrated verbal and nonverbal theory of interactive process will enhance our understanding of therapeutic action in psychoanalysis.  

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, participants should be able to:

1.  Identify the subtlety, rapidity and complexity of these early interactions, and how each partner influences the other, second-by-second;

2.  Describe different patterns of 4-month interaction associated with secure vs. insecure infant attachment;

3.  Distinguish facial mirroring, vocal rhythm coordination, the coordination of looking and looking away, distress regulation, and nonverbal modes of entering the state of the other;

4.  Discuss video feedback in adult treatment, and its role as an adjunct to ongoing adult treatment. 


Participants will 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. 

Online registration has ended.  Email or call for late registration: or 816-512-7483.

Regular $105; Center Members $95; Candidates/Residents/Students $60


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


Refund Policy:  Cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to the event to receive a refund.

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.