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Trauma and attachment in infancy.

Professor Bryanne Barnett

In this presentation Professor Barnett will review basic attachment principles: organised secure and insecure, as well as disorganised and unresolved patterns, and the implications of distorted or disrupted patterns in parents and infants. Everyone experiences loss, disruptions and other traumatic events, but the crucial factor is whether these are resolved or not. The Adult Attachment Interview material reveals loss and other traumatic events, and considers the question of resolution or lack of it for the individual. What is trauma for an infant? What does an infant or parent have to do to survive trauma? What are the impacts? How do we help both parent and infant to survive?

Recorded at the NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
28 September 2011, New South Wales, Australia.
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Professor Bryanne Barnett

Bryanne is a child and family psychiatrist with a particular interest in the field of perinatal and early childhood mental health. Her doctoral thesis concerned anxiety and its effects on mothers and their infants. This research included the first attachment study in Australia. Currently she holds a conjoint professorial appointment with the School of Psychiatry at the UNSW, where she previously held a full academic position as the first Chair of Perinatal and Infant Psychiatry. She currently works at Karitane. Bryanne has published extensively on anxiety and depressive disorders and their effects on parenting, advocating evidence-based antenatal, as well as postpartum programs to recognise and address both illness and vulnerability factors. Bryanne is a foundation member and past President of the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health, the Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and both the International and Australiasian Marce Societies. In 2007 she was awarded the Membership in the Order of Australia in recognition of her service to families and the profession.

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