Master Series in the Field of Early Childhood & Infant Mental Health

The Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Preschool Mood Disorders: Developmental and Parental Considerations oan Luby M.D.
Friday, February 8, 2013
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Adelphi University
Alumni House
Garden City Campus (Get Directions)

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast of the U.S. and severely impacted the lives of millions of people on Long Island and in the tri-state area. Many of those affected are very young children who have lost their belongings, daily structure, and a sense of security and safety. These young children have been displaced from their homes, preschools and daycare. Many of their important relationships have been disrupted. The stress of such sudden, overwhelming and unexpected loss can be traumatizing. Very young children must make sense of the loss as well as adjust to their “new normal”. Preschool children who already live with mood disorders will have compounded challenges and be more complicated for their parents, teachers and clinicians to understand and help.

As a result of the hurricane, in addition to her planned training, The Clinical Assessment and Treatment of Preschool Mood Disorders: Developmental and Parental Considerations, Dr. Joan Luby will incorporate into her training discussion about the impact of this life-changing event on children who have been diagnosed with mood disorders as well as those presenting with symptoms post Hurricane Sandy. 


About the Program

Recent research has estimated that as many as 1-2 percent of all preschoolers in the United States are clinically depressed. It is difficult to admit that a toddler can suffer from a mood disorder, let alone have the knowledge to recognize and treat it. Symptoms for very young children do not fit neatly into a well-defined disorder category as they do for teens and adults.

While there is a developing body of empirical data validating depression in the preschool period, there remains a great deal of confusion and uncertainty amongst experts on whether bipolar disorder may arise in a young child and if so how to differentiate it from depression, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, or simply a difficult home or school environment.

In this workshop, the instructor will present developmentally appropriate clinical techniques used for the mental health assessment of mood disorders in preschool children. She will also review up-to-date research on these techniques. This will be discussed in the context of the developmental theory about depression in young children.

In addition, the instructor will address the clinical characteristics of preschool onset depression and how to differentiate it from normative extremes of mood and other early onset disorders. Participants will learn how to appropriately assess and identify symptoms of depression in preschool children (aged 3-6). Finally, the instructor will present a novel conceptual model that may be used in dyadic psychotherapeutic approaches for the treatment of preschool depression.

About the Instructor

Joan Luby, M.D., is a Professor of Child Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and founder and director of the Washington University School of Medicine Early Emotional Development Program (EEDP). The EEDP is a clinical research program that focuses on the study and treatment of affective disorders in preschool age children. Her clinical work and research focuses more specifically on infant/preschool mood disorders, particularly depression, clinical characteristics, biological markers and alterations in the emotional development of young children associated with early onset mood disorders. More recently, these studies have extended into investigations of alterations in brain development in children with early onset depression. Dr. Luby’s research include the first large scale empirical studies that have established the criteria for identification, validation and clinical characteristics as well as longitudinal course of depressive syndromes in the preschool age group. Dr. Luby chairs the infancy committee of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has published extensively on the issue of preschool mood disorders and young child psychopathology.


Who Should Attend

Infant Mental Health Specialists, Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Providers, Pediatricians, Neonatologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Midwifes, Speech Pathologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Obstetricians, Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, School Counselors, Child Life Specialists, Educators, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, students and others who professionally impact the lives of families and children.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Marcy Safyer
Director Institute for Parenting
p - 516.877.3060
e - theinstituteforparenting@adelphi.edu

Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information visit tsg.suny.edu. You may also contact EIP at eip@tsg.suny.edu or 800.295.9616.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • ASHA
  • Psychology
  • NBCC
  • OCFS (Office of Children and Family Services)

This program has been submitted for approval for a total of 6 continuing education/training/contact hours or .6 ASHA Credits

Social work CEU’s are given through the New York State Chapter of the NASW.

CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted for approval to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for credits toward recredentialing.

Education Hours/credits: May be received at the discretion of your school. We are happy to provide any information you may need to help towards your approval.

NBCCNBCC Credits/Hours:
Adelphi University Institute for Parenting is an approved provider of the National Board for Certified Counselors- Approved Education Providers (NBCC-ACEP).


Continuing Education Certificates: Certificate of Attendance will be issued at the end of the conference.

Psychology CE credits: Adelphi University is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education credits for psychologists through the Adelphi University School of Social Work. Adelphi University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Attendance to the entire conference is required. No partial credit is given. To apply for CE credits, contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.237.8513.

Nursing Contact Hours: This activity has been submitted to the Arizona Nurses' Association for approval to award contact hours. The Arizona Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Confirmations: No confirmations will be issued due to the high volume of registrations.

Cancellation Policy: No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.


Should you require disability accommodations, please email the Office of Disability Support Services at dss@adelphi.edu, giving notice of 72 hours before the event. Should you require ASL interpreting, 7 days notice is required.

For additional information about this program, please contact:

Marcy Safyer, LCSW-R
Linen Hall, Room 11
p - 516.877.3060
e - msafyer@adelphi.edu

The Institute for Parenting
Adelphi University
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701

f - 516.237.8512

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