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

The Spirited Child: Helping Parents Learn the Secrets to Effective Discipline Mary Kurcinka, Ed.D.

Thursday, April 11, 2013
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Adelphi University
Alumni House
Garden City Campus (Get Directions)

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About the Program

The word that distinguishes spirited children from other children is more. They are normal children who are more intense, persistent, sensitive, perceptive, and uncomfortable with change than other children. All children possess these characteristics, but spirited children possess them with a depth and range not available to other children. Spirited children are the Super Ball in a room full of rubber balls. Other kids bounce three feet off the ground. Every bounce for a spirited child hits the ceiling. It’s difficult to describe what it is like to be the parent of a spirited child. The answer keeps changing; it depends on the day, even the moment. How does one describe the experience of sliding from joy to exasperation in seconds, ten times a day? How does one explain the “sense” at eight in the morning that this will be a good day or a dreadful one?

In this workshop, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka will help parent educators, teachers and clinicians become better equipped to help parents understand what makes a child spirited as well as develop techniques to help a parent identify and focus on his/her child’s strengths. Participants will learn approaches to helping parents develop effective discipline strategies for stopping challenging behaviors.

The instructor will also discuss tools to help a parent teach a child essential life skills, such as managing intensity, coping with change, and working with others. How to plan for success and create an environment where the spirited child thrives will also be addressed in this training. Facilitating a parent’s development of an appreciation for the joy and excitement of life with the spirited child is an important aspect of this training.

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About the Instructor

Mary Kurcinka, Ed.D., also earned a Master’s degree from the University of Minnesota in Family Social Science and a Bachelor's degree from Iowa State University in Early Childhood Education. She is the former director of one of Minnesota's largest early childhood family education programs, and the founder of the Spirited Child and Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles workshops. As director of Parentchildhelp.com she provides training nationally and internationally for families and professionals, including medical personnel, educators, and social service providers who serve families. Licensed as a parent educator and early childhood teacher, she has pioneered efforts to bring topics such as temperament, neurobiology, the importance of sleep, and emotion coaching into homes, schools, medical practices, and businesses. Dr. Kurcinka is a best-selling author and internationally recognized lecturer and parent educator. Her books Raising Your Spirited Child, Raising Your Spirited Child Workbook; Kids, Parents, and Power Struggles; and Sleepless in America: Is Your Child Misbehaving or Missing Sleep have been translated into ten languages. Books will be available throughout the day and a book signing will follow the program.

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Program Fees

Regular registration, March 21, 2013 or later. $115.00

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Registration

Register and pay your program fee online.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • CASAC
  • 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).

ASHA

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.

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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.

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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 (5) business days.

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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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