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F23 Promoting Child Development Through Attachment-Based Home Visiting: Lessons from Low-Income Latina Mothers and Their Infants

Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 Category I CE

100 Children & Adolescents |  Special Offers
Lisa Berlin, PhD
1 Hour 30 Minutes



This presentation will begin with a description of the current landscape and context for programs that support early caregiver-child attachments. It will then highlight one such program, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), and the results of Professor Berlin’s studies evaluating ABC with low-income Latine families with infants. It will conclude with next steps for research and practice. Audience participation and discussion will be welcome.


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Lisa Berlin is the Alison L. Richman Professor of Children and Families at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Professor Berlin’s research focuses on early child-caregiver attachment as well as programs and policies to support early parenting and child development. Dr. Berlin has been conducting attachment and intervention research for over 20 years across multiple disciplines including human development, psychology, social work, and public health. A major thrust of Dr. Berlin’s research agenda concerns the extent to which attachment-based programs can add value to publicly funded services designed to support early parenting and child development. 

Currently, Dr. Berlin directs Compañeros en la Salud de los Niños/Partners in Children's Health (CSN) in collaboration with Drs. Natalie Slopen of the Harvard School of Public Health and Tania Caballero of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Centro SOL (Salud/Health and Opportunity for Latinos). Funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, the CSN study is a 5-year randomized trial testing the effects of an attachment-based parenting program on toddler’s emerging health outcomes in low-income Latino families in Baltimore. 

Dr. Berlin is the also editor of the Society for Research in Child Development Social Policy Report, a journal dedicated to leveraging child and family research to support evidence-based policy development. 

Dr. Berlin earned her MS and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from the Pennsylvania State University, and her BA in Psychology from Barnard College. 

Lisa Berlin, PhD

Alison L. Richman Professor of Children and Families

University of Maryland School of Social Work

Agenda & Learning Objectives


Upon the completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. To understand the current landscape and context for programs that support early caregiver-child attachments
  2. To become familiar with the ABC program and its effects with low-income Latine families with infants

Bibliography & References


Berlin, L.J., West, A., & Jones Harden, B. (2021). Attachment and early home visiting: Toward a more perfect union. In R. A. Thompson, J. A. Simpson, & L. J. Berlin (Eds.) Attachment: The fundamental questions (pp. 381-388). Guilford Press.

Berlin, L.J. (2021). The value added of attachment theory, research, and intervention for US child care and early childhood education:  Reflecting and carrying forward the legacy of Edward Zigler. Development and Psychopathology, 33(2), 545-553Special issue honoring the contributions and legacy of Edward Zigler.

Berlin, L.J., Martoccio, T.L., & Jones Harden, B. (2018). Improving Early Head Start’s impacts on parenting through attachment-based intervention: A randomized controlled trial. Developmental Psychology, 54, 2316-2327.

Aparicio, E.M., Denmark, N., Berlin, L. J., & Jones Harden, B. (2016). First-generation Latina mothers’ experiences of supplementing home-based Early Head Start with the Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) program. Infant Mental Health Journal, 37(5), 537-548DOI: 10.1002/imhj.21586

Late Fees and Refunds

Fee & Registration:

Cost is $30 and includes CE credit. 

*Refunds and transfers are not offered for this workshop. 

Course Completion & CE Information

Category I Maryland BSWE Requirement

The Office of Continuing Professional Education at the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs. This workshop qualifies for 1.5 Category I Continuing Education Units. The Office of Continuing Professional Education is also authorized by the Maryland Board of Psychologists and the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors to sponsor Category A continuing professional education.

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Target Audience

Social Workers, LCPCs, and Psychologists

We welcome anyone interested in the topic!


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