Posted by: Peggy Kaufman

created at: 2013-07-01Recently, faculty, family, and friends gathered to celebrate the graduation of ten participants from the JF&CS Infant-Parent Training Institute two-year Fellowship. I am pleased to share an excerpt from the speech delivered by one of the graduates, Dahlia Khankan.

I’d like pay tribute to what I call “the magic” of the lived experience of these past two years. But of course, herein lays the challenge, because how does one put into words what was actually felt and experienced on a non-verbal level? How do we talk about a felt-knowing, about that in between space that we create – one with the other – when we are in connection, in relationship?

This magic has left us feeling transformed, both professionally and personally. Many of us began to feel its effects almost immediately, starting with our first year. We shared and we held, and we continued to sit together, diving deep into attachment and then deeper still, into trauma. The faculty skillfully set the tone and modeled a way of being that not only put us at ease but also gave us a safe place, a secure base from which we were allowed to safely journey deep within ourselves and out again, ready to explore once more.

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