The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center: A Training Site for Graduate Students
The Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center serves as a training site for Ph.D. clinical psychology practicum students, psychology interns and MFT interns. Under the supervision of Marsha McKeon, Ph.D. (psychologist and clinical director at NTNC), graduate students spend one to two years at NTNC studying early relationships, providing long-term individual, couple, and family psychotherapy, training and supporting volunteers in our ParentCare program, leading support groups and doing research.
The internship at NTNC focuses on early attachment, pre- and perinatal wellness, and the study of the healing components of psychotherapy. Of particular interest is intervention and support at the earliest stages of development through parent-infant/child therapy.
A unique aspect of our training site is the opportunity to closely observe (weekly and long-term, over the span of nine months) healthy mothers and fathers and their newborns. These observations serve as the foundation for understanding the self in relationship, brain development, early attachment, emotional regulation and psychotherapy.
Our theoretical roots are relational and psychodynamic, with a bio-psycho- social perspective. Our training program is built with an emphasis on supervision, observation and the study of current literature.
We provide brief and long-term psychotherapy at affordable costs to parents and their children, while at the same time providing long-term supervision and clinical experience to early professionals.
If you are interested in our graduate clinical training program or learning more about the services we provide, please call Dr. Marsha McKeon at 805. 646.7559, ext 106.