The Maine Association for Infant Mental Health is having a conference entitled Creating New, Healthy Links: Breaking the Generational Chain of Addiction featuring physician and author, Gabor Maté, M.D. From Dr. Maté’s book, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: “Brain development in the uterus and during childhood is the single most important biological factor in determining whether or not a person will be predisposed to substance dependence and to addictive behaviors.” MeAIMH Board Member Ellen Martzial commented, “It hardly matters which of his four publications I am reading, Dr. Maté’s deep understanding of attachment theory as a driving force in human behavior is a unifying concept.” This conference will support participants in learning about addiction and its connection with parenting. Dr. Maté will discuss how addiction arises in one generation and how it affects the next.
In addition there will be a presentation by a panel who are members of the Bridging Program of the Washington County Community Caring Collaborative and the Penquis District Linking Project. Both programs are involved with substance-affected families in Maine.
Dr. Maté ran a family practice in East Vancouver, Canada for two decades. For seven years he also served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital, caring for the terminally ill. More recently he worked for twelve years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood with patients suffering from hardcore drug addiction, mental illness and HIV.
Dr. Maté’s internationally published books include: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers (co-authored with developmental psychologist Gordon Neufeld), When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can do About It.
The conference will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 from 8:15 to 4:00 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn, Maine. For more information and/or registration, please go to www.infantmentalhealth.org or contact Debra Nugent Johnston at 207-375-8184 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no registration at the door. The deadline for registration for this conference is May 4, 2011