Telling Their Stories: How Young Children Communicate Trauma

Thursday, April 10, 2014
9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

UJA- Federation of New York
130 East 59th St, New York, NY
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About the Program

Recent neurobiological research has broadened our understanding of trauma and early memory. Clinicians and other professionals who work with young children can now be better equipped to understand the impact of both traumatic events and early relational trauma. This workshop will examine trauma and memory from a developmental perspective. Dr. Gaensbauer will explain the preverbal memory capacities of infants under the age of 18 months and how their traumatic memories become manifested. He will also discuss how trauma is remembered and revealed in children who have developed language and the capacity for symbolic play. Up-to-date neurobiological research that will shed light on the mechanisms underlying traumatic reenactment behavior will also be presented.  In addition, Dr. Gaensbauer will discuss therapeutic techniques that have been proven to be effective in the treatment of young traumatized children. Through the use of four distinct lectures that include illustrative video vignettes and clinical examples, participants will increase their knowledge of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying traumatic memory in young children, traumatic reenactment, and the implications of this new understanding for treatment.

About the Instructor

Theodore Gaensbauer, M.D. has been actively involved in research and clinical work with young children for over 40 years.  Currently in full-time private practice in adult and child psychiatry, he is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and is also on the faculty of the Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health within the Division of Child Psychiatry.  He is board certified in Child and General Psychiatry and a fellow of both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association.;  He is the co-author of the book Emotional Expression in Infancy: A bio-behavioral study and has published over 50 articles and book chapters on various aspects of young children’s social and emotional development.  His particular areas of interest have been emotional regulation and attachment in infancy and early childhood and the impact of early trauma on children’s social/emotional development.

Program Fees

Early registration before March 22, 2014: $105
Regular registration: $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student: $65
Faculty: $90

Group rates: 
3 or 4 individuals: $100 per person
5 or more individuals: $90 per person

In order to receive a group rate, please contact Nicole Trotter at 516.237.8513 or ntrotter@adelphi.edu 


Register and pay your program fee online.

Register by Mail Download the registration form (PDF 672KB) and mail along with appropriate registration fee. Please make your check payable to Adelphi University. If your employer is paying the fee and you cannot send the payment with your registration form, please include a letter guaranteeing payment. Payment must be received by day of the Conference.

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
  • Psychology
  • NBCC

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

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 NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

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 an accommodation based on a disability, or need to request an ASL interpreter, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services by phone at 516.877.3145 or email at DSS@adelphi.edu. Please allow for a reasonable time frame prior to the event; we suggest a minimum of five business days.

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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