Trauma in Infancy and Early Childhood: Developmental Risk and Intervention Strategies
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Science Building, Room 215N
Garden City Campus

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Supporting Healthy Social and Emotional Development Across the Lifespan


About the Program
The statement “The self can claim its origins in the soil of language”, speaks to the inextricably intertwined relationship between the development of self and the development of language. The concept of self is central to our identity. The psychological “self” is comprised of many facets including body scheme and image, personality, and self- attributes, to name only a few, which are experienced subjectively and projectively as a relatively integrated whole. The interdisciplinary instructors (a Speech-Language Pathologist and a Psychologist) will explain how language serves as an important developmental organizer and a force, forming and binding the components of self into a cohesive representation. In this workshop, the instructors will use theory, illustrative case examples and video vignettes to examine the forming construct of “self “and its interface with the unfolding of typically developing language. The focus will be on the first three years of life with an emphasis on the spawning of self in the context of prelinguisitic features such as attunement and intersubjectivity, intent and meaning, gesture and affect within a relational system. Some divergences from typical development will be discussed and described relative to the ongoing cross-pollinating impact of language and self- self and language. The practical implications of this conceptual model for intervening with very young children and their caregivers will be explained specifically with a focus on cross-disciplinary work.

About the Instructors
Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D., is an Associate Professor of School Clinical-Child Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University and Coordinator of its Infancy and Early Childhood Track. He also serves as Consulting Clinical Director of the Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Treatment Program of The New York Center for Child Development (NYCCD) and coordinator of psychology internship training. Dr. Foley has focused his entire career as a psychologist and educator primarily in the field of infancy and early childhood.

Sima Gerber Ph.D., C.C.C. is an Associate Professor of Speech-Language Pathology in the Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders of Queens College, City University of New York. For almost 40 years she has specialized in the treatment of young children with autistic spectrum disorders. Dr. Gerber the Board of Directors of the New York Zero-to-Three Network and has presented nationally and abroad on the topics of language acquisition and developmental approaches to intervention for children with challenges in language development. In April, 2010, Dr.Gerber received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the New York State Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Program Fees
Please Call for Group Rates.

  • Early Registration, before May 2, 2011. $105.00
  • Regular registration, May 2, 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.

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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