Fifth Annual Master Seminar: Early experience, child maltreatment: the impact of truama on development & neurisequential model of assessment and treatment

Master in the Field Training
Thursday, November 3, 2011
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Adelphi University
Ruth S. Harley University Center, 2nd Floor
Garden City Campus

Directions to Campus

About the Program

Recent research tells us that with positive nurturing caregiving experiences, the brain develops healthy capabilities. When an infant's cries lead to his being comforted, pathways develop in his brain that helps him learn how to get his needs met. Overtime, these pathways are strengthened by continued positive experiences. An infant who is not responded to, or whose cries are met with abuse develops different pathways in his brain and learns a very different lesson—that young child's ability to be calmed by being nurtured will be impaired. Without intervention these undesirable pathways and connections will cause developmental derailment, and as that young child grows older, the ongoing emotional and behavioral challenges that he struggles with, will have had their roots in how the pathways in his brain formed during this early critical period of development. The good news is that there are intervention approaches that can help.

In this training, Dr. Perry will help participants become acquainted with some basic, yet important principles of brain development, which are essential for understanding how to apply his user-friendly intervention model the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) in work with traumatized children. The basic tenets of NMT for assessment, diagnosis and treatment will be elucidated. The focus of the Neurosequential Approach is on therapeutic activities that can diminish the fearful nature of a child's experience by providing consistency, familiarity, nurturance, predictability and return a sense of control to the child. Illustrative case examples will be used to clarify concepts. Clinical situations appropriate for application of NMT will also be discussed.

About the Instructor

Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, a not-for-profit organization, based in Houston, Texas, working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. He has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children's mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions over the last thirty years; most recently at Northwestern University. He is an internationally recognized authority on brain development and children in crisis. Dr. Perry served as consultant on many high-profile incidents involving traumatized children, including the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado. His clinical research and practice focuses on examining the long-term effects of trauma on children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Perry's work has been instrumental in describing how traumatic events in childhood change the biology of the brain. Dr. Perry authored with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born for Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered, published in April of 2010.

Program Fees

Early Registration, before October 1, 2011. $125.00
Regular registration, October 1, 2011 or later. $145.00
Full-time faculty member at Adelphi University. $85.00
Registered full-time student at Adelphi University. $68.00

Who Should Attend

Early Childhood Educators, Child Care Providers, Pediatricians, Psychiatrists, Neonatologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Physician Assistants , Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Speech Pathologists,  Psychologists, Obstetricians, Family Therapists, School Counselors, Child Life Specialists, Educators, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Students and Others who professionally impact the lives of  adults, 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: 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.

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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