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Pathways to Child Flourishing Symposia

Pathways to Child Flourishing Symposia

Pathways to Child Flourishing

Presented by Attachment Parenting International and University of Notre Dame

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Joint Symposia on

Cherishing Families, Flourishing Children

Saturday, September 27-28 - Schedule

A day focused on practice and targeted at families and practitioners

Contexts for Development and Child Flourishing

September 28-30

A symposium targeted at those interested in research and theory

University of Notre Dame

Conference Center

115 McKenna Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556


On-line advance registration is now closed for the Pathways to Child Flourishing Event. From this point forward, registration is on-site upon arrival. Hope to see you there!


API Thanks these 2014 Cherishing Families, Flourishing Children sponsors:

Image removed. Image removed. Dr. Peter E. Haiman

Parent-Child Psychologist






Friday, September 26

7:00 pm    Gathering and refreshments, as well as registration, at the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall). We will also be sharing an entertaining  stand-up comedy viewing of Jim Gaffigan’s “Mr. Universe.”

8:30 pm    Special showing of "The Milky Way" and discussion.

Saturday, September 27

Book Sales, Exhibits

7:00 am          McKenna Auditorium lobby to register, receive folder, name tag, and connect and expanded continental breakfast

7:45 am          Welcome and Introductions  Janet Jendron, API Board President

Cherishing Families, Flourishing Children Series on API Principles Hosted by Lu Hanessian, Author, Educator, Founder WYSH

8:00-10:00    Life Giving: Mindful Beginnings (Preparation, Birth, Breastfeeding, Touch)

Lu Hanessian, Author, Educator, Founder WYSH - Moderator

Peggy O’ Mara, Author, Publisher, Founder &

Kathy Kendall-Tackett, PhD, Psychologist, IBCLC, Founder Praeclarus Press

Darcia Narvaez, PhD, Psychology, Notre Dame, Moral Landscapes blog

Lysa Parker, Author, API Cofounder


10:00 am -12:00 pm    Daily Life: Caregiving with Attachment in Mind (Responsiveness, Consistent Care, Sleep)

Lu Hanessian, Author, Educator, Founder WYSH - Moderator

James McKenna, PhD, Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory, Notre Dame, Author

Isabelle Fox, PhD, Psychotherapist, Author Being There

Wendy Middlemiss, PhD, Educational Psychologist, University of North Texas

Janet Jendron, API Board President, former LLLI Board Member


12:00-1:00 pm  Luncheon


1:00-2:30 pm    Changing Lives: Cherishing Parents, Flourishing Children, 20 Years of Attachment Parenting International

Tribute Presentation

Sir Richard Bowlby Bt, API Advisory Board Member

Attachment Parenting: 20 Years

William Sears, MD, Pediatrician, Parenting Author

Special Presentation

Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker, API Co-Founders

Janet Jendron, API Board President


3:00-5:00 pm    Life Support: Family Love, Discipline, and Balance (Positive Discipline, Balance)

Lu Hanessian, Author, Educator, Founder WYSH - Moderator

Martha Sears, RN, Parenting Author

William Sears, MD, Parenting Authors

Gabore Mate, MD, Author

Mark Cummings, PhD, Psychology Notre Dame

Barbara Nicholson, Author, API Cofounder


5:00-6:00 pm    Peer Orientation: Why Children Are Stressed, Why Parents and Teachers Are Disempowered and How To Restore a Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships

Gabor Maté, M.D., co-Author Hold On to Your Kids


6:15 pm    Dinner break – on own

8:00 pm    Children’s Story Time featuring The Empathy Way reading

8:30 pm     Entertainment, Dancing, and Celebration of API’s 20th Anniversary, McKenna Hall featuring Kennedy’s Kitchen


Sunday, September 28, 2014

8:00 am          Coffee, McKenna Hall

8:30-10:00 am    Educating Parents for Attachment

Barbara Nicholson and Lysa Parker with

Lu Hanessian, Author, Educator, Founder WYSH

Michael Mendizza, Filmmaker, Author, Magical Parent-Magical Child

Rebecca Thompson, Author, Founder Consciously Parenting Project Community


10:15-12:00 pm    Research and Advocacy: Community Discussion of Hot Topics and Action Plan

Lu Hanessian, Author, Educator, Founder WYSH

Wendy Middlemiss, PhD, Researcher, API Research Group

Art Yuen, API Knowledgebase Coordinator

Cherishing Families, Flourishing Children Panelists


Sunday afternoon moves into academic presentations by Bruce Perry, Riane Eisler, Mary McMullen, Joshua Sparrow, Stuart Shanker, James Swain, Riane Eisler, continuing into Monday and Tuesday’s presentations , that we hope you stay (register separately) and enjoy.

API extends a special thank you to

The University of Notre Dame

Learn more:

  • Objectives and Need
  • Target Audience
  • Topics and Speaker Biographies
  • Organizing Committee
  • Poster Presentations
  • Symposium Schedule
  • Celebration event of the 20th Anniversary of Attachment Parenting International
  • Edited Volume Accompanying the Symposia by Oxford University Press
  • Travel information and directions to the University of Notre Dame
  • Information about lodging options near the University of Notre Dame