Trauma in Infancy and Early Childhood: Developmental Risk and Intervention Strategies

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Thursday, April 7, 2011
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Alumni House
Garden City Campus

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Supporting Healthy Social and Emotional Development Across the Lifespan

About the Program
A fundamental capacity unique to human beings is the ability to reflect upon or “think about” their own or another’s internal experience. This essential ability, referred to as “reflective functioning,” enables a person to understand thoughts, feelings, needs, intentions, and desires, that cannot directly be observed, yet underlie all human behavior. It is this ability that allows a parent to “hold their baby in mind” and effectively respond to the subtle, often nonverbal cues that are essential to that relationship. Healthy parent-child relationships are characterized by the caregiver’s ability to remain reflective in the context of the confusing, emotionally charged interactions that regularly occur within every family. Without reflective capacities, it is challenging to interact in a manner that is sensitive and emotionally responsive. When these capacities are limited or disrupted, a child’s development and the parent-child relationship suffer.

This workshop will focus on how to help parents of young children develop their capacity to keep their baby in mind. Drawing on perspectives from attachment and mentalization theories, the instructor will define parental reflective functioning, establish its relevance for emotional and social development and outline ways to identify these processes in the clinical situation. In addition, during the second half of the workshop, strategies and techniques will be presented for enhancing parental reflective capacities, using the Minding the Baby program as a model reflective parenting intervention.

About the Instructor
Arietta Slade, Ph.D.,
is a Professor of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the City University of New York, and Visiting Research Scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. A clinician, researcher, and teacher, she has published widely in a number of areas, including the clinical implications of attachment theory and research, the interface between psychoanalysis and attachment theory, the development of parental reflective functioning, and the relational contexts of play and early symbolization. Most recently she has been involved in developing reflective parenting programs for parents and infants in community settings. She is co-editor, of Children at Play: Developmental and Clinical Approaches to Meaning and Representation, (Oxford University Press, 1994) and, of Mind to Mind: Infant Research, Neuroscience, and Psychoanalysis (Other Press, 2008). She has also been in private practice for nearly thirty years, working with children and adults.

Program Fees
Please Call for Group Rates.

  • Early Registration, before March 21, 2011. $105.00
  • Regular registration, March 21, 2011 or later. $115.00
  • Full-time faculty member at Adelphi University. $85.00
  • Registered full-time student at Adelphi University. $55.00

Please note: If your employer is paying the fee and you cannot send the payment with your registration form, please include a letter from your employer guaranteeing payment. Payment must be received by day of the Conference.

Register and pay your program fee online.

Download the registration form (PDF 672KB) and mail along with appropriate registration fee. Please make your check payable to Adelphi University.


Who Should Attend
Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Providers, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, 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.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

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

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

Social work CEUs 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.

Nursing Contact Hours: Adelphi University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the New York State Nurses Association, an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on accreditation.
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.


This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Related area).

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.
*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.

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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