ESTD Conference Berne, Switzerland: November (8) 9 - 11, 2017

Wednesday, November 8 2017, 9.30 - 17.30h

Room: Bellavista 2+4


Prof. Dr. Karl Heinz Brisch, M.D.,University of Munich, Germany:

Adverse traumatic childhood experiences and Attachment: SAFE ® - Secure Attachment Family Education. A preventive program to promote secure attachment between parents and child. 
Special focus on parents with PTSD and dissociation


SAFE® is an attachment-based preventative program to promote secure parent-infant attachment relationships. The program starts during pregnancy and continues til the end of the infant’s first year of life. It is composed of group sessions with parents and individual video-feedback to improve the parents‘ sensitivity for the infant’s signals and their mentaliziation abiltities. With every parent we apply an Adult Attachment Interview prenatally with focus on attachment resources and unresoved traumatic experiences. The aim is to help traumatized parents to recognize potential trigger points and to minimize transgenerational transmission of trauma into the next generation. Our research results of an RCT study show positive effects with mothers and fathers in the SAFE®-groups. In the workshop the components of the SAFE-program will be presented as well as research results, and case examples with video-demonstrations how to work with traumatized parents in this preventive program.  

PD Karl Heinz Brisch, M.D., is a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy, adult psychiatry and neurology, a specialist in psychosomatic medicine, psychoanalysis and group psychoanalysis. He is head of the Department of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at the Dr. von Hauner Children’s Hospital Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany. He is a lecturer at the university and also lecturer at the Psychoanalytic Institute in Stuttgart, Germany. His main research topic is early childhood development with special impact on attachment processes and disorders. His publications are about attachment development in high-risk infants and clinical attachment research. He wrote a monograph about the application of attachment-oriented psychotherapy in work with those who have troubled attachment histories. He was German Chair of the German Speaking Association for Infant Mental Health (GAIMH).

Additional information:

Workshop sponsors:

Official Sponsor: Swiss Child Protection

Swiss Foundation for the Protection of Children (ISPCAN Country Partner)

International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Registration fee: CHF 200.- 

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