31st Annual Virtual RIE® Conference

2020 Keynote Presentations

“Knowing Ourselves More; Growing our Babies Better,”  by Judyth O. Weaver, Ph.D.

In these unusual times even more than usual stresses are being put upon parents and caregivers of young children…especially infants.  It is easy to focus on the needs of the infants; but what about the adults?  Grownups need support and care so that we may pass it on to our infants in a healthy manner, in order to promote security and a safe environment to grow and learn.  This presentation will offer experiences for the adult and understandings of how to incorporate them into the life and care of the infant.

Judyth O. Weaver, Ph.D. in Reichian Psychology taught at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco, CA) for 25 years as well as being founding faculty at Naropa Institute, now Naropa University, (Boulder, CO) in the 1970’s, creating its T’ai Chi Ch’uan program.  She was also the Co-founder of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and is the creator and founding chair of  it’s Ph.D. Program in Somatic Psychology.

Judyth is certified in Reichian Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, massage, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Pre- and Perinatal Therapy and as a senior teacher of T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Rosen Method and Sensory Awareness, which she began studying in 1968. Judyth is honored to have been the Lifetime Achievement Awardee at the 2018 Conference of the U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapy.

“The Many Ways of Caring That Make a Difference, Here and Now” by Dr. Junlei Li

During extraordinary times, do you ever wonder if your efforts are making a difference for the children and families that you serve? Not just “down the road” or “in the future”, but in the sometimes difficult and unpredictable here and now. In my work, my colleagues and I met many children’s helpers who found ways to serve children and families under both ordinary and extraordinary circumstances. In this talk, I’d like to share three lessons we learned from them about what it means to strengthen human relationships and build communities wherever we are.


Junlei Li is the Saul Zaentz senior lecturer in early childhood education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research and practice focuses on understanding and supporting the work of helpers–those who serve children and families on the frontlines of education and social services. Li studied and learned from a wide range of developmental settings with low resources but high-quality practices, including orphanages, childcare, classrooms, and community youth programs. He developed the “Simple Interactions” approach to help identify what ordinary people do extraordinarily well with children in everyday moments and made that the basis for promoting positive system change.



Conference Details

Date: October 23 & 24, 2020
Time: 8:45am – 4:30pm Pacific Time (Oct 23)
8:45 am – 3:00 pm Pacific Time (Oct 24)

Conference Ticket Prices:
Non Member: $180
RIE® Member :$150
Full-Time Student: $120

All workshops will be delivered through Zoom and everything will be accessible via our online portal. Conference tickets provide access to live events and 30 days of access after the event.


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Can I Be a Sponsor?

We are so grateful for our sponsors! Please see our Sponsorship Form if you would like to support the 31st Annual RIE® Conference. For more information, please contact michelle.mapp@rie.org

Past RIE® Conference Keynote Speakers

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson
The Yes Brain
Sue Bredekamp
Magda Gerber: Poet and Prophet
Dr. Allan Schore
The Development of the Right Brain Across the Lifespan: What’s Love Got to Do with It?
Past Keynote Speakers

2016 – Lou Cozolino
2015- Stuart Brown
2014- Dimitri A. Christakis
2013- Deborah J. Leong
2012- Alison Gopnik
2011- Alicia F. Lieberman
2010- Sir Richard Bowlby
2009- J. Ronald Lally

Listen to an excerpt from our 2018 Conference Keynote
Sue Bredekamp and her talk titled “Magda: Poet and Prophet”