Ph. D. | Attachment in Infant Mental Health

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Attachment in Infant Mental Health

Attachment is the emotional bond between infant and his/her parents. Research consistently showed that attachment plays an essential role in human psychology, particularly in the development of social relationships. In this talk, secure and insecure attachment patterns and the importance of good enough parenting will be explained.


Elif Gocek, Ph. D. 

Clinical child psychologist Dr. Gocek is Director of the Child and Adolescent track in the Clinical Psychology Master Program in Istanbul Bilgi University. She has received her Ph. D. (2007) in School and Child Clinical Psychology from University of Toronto (OISE/UT) and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Bogazici University. She was an assistant professor at Yeditepe University, Psychology Department between 2007-2012. She also worked as a clinical child psychologist in the Child Psychiatry Department of Istanbul Medical Faculty Hospital (1992-1998). She served as an Honorary Consultants in the Clinical Infant and Family Program (in conjunction with Toronto Psychoanalytic Society & Institute in 2016-2018. She is currently the president of the Association for Infant Mental Health in Turkey. Her research interests include parent-child relationships, psychotherapy with traumatized children, mentalization and parenting skills.