Seminar - The importance of early relationships for health, behaviour and learning

WHEN: Friday 9 August from 11am to 1pm (lunch provided)   

WHERE: CDU Red Building 6.1.03 and 6.1.05


Chair: Prof Sven Silburn 

 Keynote Speaker: Dr Sarah Mares

 This talk will present evidence about the importance of the antenatal period, early relationships and experiences in the family for health and development in infancy, childhood and across the lifespan.  There will be a particular focus on the impact of early adversity on brain development and the developing capacity for emotional regulation and social relationships.  Approaches to engagement, prevention, and intervention will be introduced.  

Dr Sarah Mares is a child and family psychiatrist and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin.  Dr Mares has a particular interest in early relationships, parenting interventions and therapeutic work with high risk young children and their families.