MTB Introductory Training Institute

Enhancing Reflective Parenting in Home Visiting: Lessons Learned from Minding the Baby®

Minding the Baby® (MTB) National Office faculty and staff offer an annual three-day Introductory Training Institute on the Yale University Campus. This training is typically held the third week of July, and registration opens in March. Dates for the 2019 training have not yet been set. To be notified of future training dates and details, please join our mailing list and follow us on FaceBook

This training institute is focused on the clinical strategies and approaches applied within the innovative MTB clinical practice. MTB National Office faculty and staff provide an introduction to the basic constructs and techniques of the MTB reflective parenting model. The Institute can serve as a stand-alone training, lead to a full-scale replication of MTB, or provide the basis for ongoing consultation and supervision to organizations with similar reflective parenting programs.   

This training is aimed at preparing clinicians and other program staff to develop and implement interdisciplinary reflective parenting programs in their own unique communities. The Institute introduces a range of clinical approaches that are key for successful reflective home visiting programs. These approaches, which are theoretically grounded, are derived from MTB clinician experiences in the field.

MTB is based in attachment theory and places a particular emphasis on enhancing maternal reflective capacities. The training provides a thorough introduction to the program model, including overviews of the following:

  • The conceptual frameworks that guide MTB: attachment theory and mentalization theory
  • The concept of parental reflective functioning
  • Methods for identifying parental reflective functioning 
  • MTB clinical model
  • Clinical strategies for enhancing health, mental health, and life course outcomes
  • Strategies for enhancing parental reflective functioning
  • Particular issues involved in working with adolescent parents
  • The importance and role of reflective supervision

Small group and role-play activities are interspersed throughout for hands-on learning. Opportunities for consultation with MTB faculty are sometimes available at various times throughout the three days.

Who Should Attend

The Institute is designed for clinicians including registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, social workers, psychologists, or other mental health clinicians; as well as program directors and evaluators interested in developing interdisciplinary reflective parenting programs. Additional professional fields of interest include early childhood education, public health, child welfare, and more. 

Continuing Education Hours

Contact hours are currently available for social workers and nurses, as indicated below. CEU credits for additional disciplines may be offered in the future. General certificates of participation are offered to all participants. 

  • This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886565458-0718) for 18.5 continuing education contact hours.
  • Minding the Baby at Yale Child Study Center and Yale School of Nursing is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0461.
  • Yale University School of Nursing is an Approved Provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multistate Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. 

Registration & Payment

Registration typically opens in March and is accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Payment is required prior to registration confirmation. Registrations and payments will be processed in the order in which they are received. The early bird registration fee for the 3-day training institute is $900. After June 1, 2018, this rate increases to $1,000. The registration fee includes training materials, a tote bag, and continental breakfast and refreshments throughout the three days.   

Travel & Accommodation

The training is typically held on the Yale campus, at the Child Study Center in New Haven, Connecticut. If traveling by car, please be aware that parking is extremely limited. Daily paid parking is available in the Air Rights Parking Garage, located between North and South Frontage Roads. 

If traveling by air into Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Windsor Locks/Hartford, Connecticut, you will land approximately 40 minutes north of Yale. There are car and shuttle services available to the New Haven/Long Wharf area, and rental cars are also an option, though parking costs in New Haven can be high.

New Haven is also accessible from any of the major New York Airports: John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), LaGuardia Airport (LGA), or Newark International Airport (EWR). From there, you may book a commuter flight to Tweed New Haven Regional Airport (HVN); obtain Connecticut Limousine Service from JFK or LaGuardia to New Haven, connect to an Amtrak or Commuter Rail train from NYC (below), or rent a car to travel to your hotel. From Tweed-New Haven and Long Wharf, you will need to take a taxi to Yale or to your hotel.

Amtrak trains may be taken directly into New Haven’s Union Station (NHV), approximately 10 minutes from the Child Study Center, and taxi cabs are available at the station. Commuter Rail trains are available into New Haven from NYC and several other New York and Connecticut commuter rail locations. Visit or for more information, fares, and schedules.

If you are staying at a hotel during your visit to New Haven, call the concierge for information regarding hotel shuttle service. Our recommended hotels are the Omni New Haven Hotel and the New Haven Hotel, both of which are within walking distance of the Child Study Center.