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

Fathers: The Unique Role and Power of the Paternal  Presence in the Lives of  Children
Friday, November 2, 2012
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Adelphi University
Ruth Harley University Center
Garden City Campus (Get Directions)

Pleae note: Registration is no longer available for this event.


About the Program

Through the last generation of parents, expectations regarding fathering in and out of marriage have changed. Fathers and mothers often share the physical and emotional care of infants and children as well as other responsibilities and decision making. Father care is now as common amongst American families as all other forms of daycare combined. The acceptance of paternity of unmarried men is up three fold since 1995.

Infants in the first few weeks of life can tell the difference between a mother’s and a father’s style of care. Neurobiological research confirms that fathers as well as mothers release oxytocin (the “relationship” hormone) that facilitates intimacy early in the lives of their newborns. Developmental research shows that children are born with a drive to connect with their fathers and fathers have the instinct to respond.

We now know that the role of infant-mother and infant-father relationships in development is not the same. When stressed, tired, sick, or in need of soothing, young babies reach for their mother more often. Yet, as babies grow older, father gains importance as a secure base himself while remaining the playmate of choice for both boys and girls.

In this day-long training, Dr. Pruett will present multiple observations, clinical frameworks and theoretical perspectives related to fathers and fathering, including developmental, attachment, neurobiological and trends in gender differences. He will review the developmental literature and research on what fathers bring to parenting that is unique to them, their relationship with their children, and their partner.

Dr. Pruett will also present the findings of his own award-winning research on the reduction of child abuse and neglect through positive paternal engagement. In addition, practical applications and strategies for father engagement will be examined in a variety of clinical venues. There will be an added emphasis on the implications of co-parenting for father involvement that will be useful across settings for work with families. Dr. Pruett will use lecture, discussion and video vignettes to invite and sustain discussion throughout the day.


About the Instructor

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a prominent author, international lecturer, media personality and pioneering researcher, conducting the country’s only long-term study of the impact on children of primary caretaking fathers. He hosted his own Lifetime Television series, Your Child Six to Twelve with Dr. Kyle Pruett, and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey to host her award-winning video, Begin with Love. Dr. Pruett appears frequently in the New York Times, on National Public Radio and Television, Good Morning America, CBS News and the Today Show. He has hosted award-winning DVDs for the National Fatherhood Initiative; Reading is Fundamental, I Am Your Child Foundation, and the Goddard Schools. An acclaimed speaker and teacher, he has addressed the National Press Club, educated judges, lawyers, business leaders and physicians in many states, and advised dozens of legislators at the state and federal level. He consulted with Vice President Al Gore on several of the White House ‘Family Reunions’, is past-president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and their Families, and a member of the Sesame Workshop Board of Trustees. Educated in public schools, Yale and Tufts Universities, he is an internationally known expert and forensic consultant on child, parental and family development, paternal involvement, children’s mental health, creativity, and the effects of media, trauma, and divorce on children. He maintains a practice in infant, child and family psychiatry.


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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