Parenting Young Children Whose Lives Intersect with the Child Welfare System: What Children Need

Thursday, February 5, 2009
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Alumni House, Cambridge Avenue

When the early experiences of children include neglect, abuse, or exposure to violence they experience a multitude of biological, developmental and social-emotional vulnerabilities. The adversities inadvertently imposed upon children by the child welfare, foster care and judicial systems exacerbate their challenges. These children have complicated and distinctive “parenting” needs regardless of whether they are being parented by their biological parents or foster parents. This training will describe the ways in which children with complex histories are at risk for having socio-emotional, mental health and affect regulation problems. In addition, the ways in which multiple moves in care, changes in child welfare personnel and delays in attaining permanence can contribute to attachment disruptions will be explored. Through the use of lecture, DVDs and case discussion, Dr. Chinitz will articulate the compensatory and therapeutic potential that caregivers bring to children with difficult pasts. She will review evidence-supported intervention programs for caregivers that facilitate relationship repair and improve outcomes for children by promoting attachment security; designed for both biological parents and foster parents.  Also, approaches for promoting better communication and co-parenting between biological and foster parents will be examined. Overall, this training will provide practitioners with the knowledge and information they need to develop service plans and/or design interventions for these children, their families, and foster parents that are geared to reduce risk and enhance protective factors.

About the Instructor

Susan Chinitz, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with specialties in the areas of infant mental health and developmental disabilities in infancy and early childhood. She has worked extensively in therapeutic intervention with children in foster care. She is the Director of the Early Childhood Center, a therapeutic program for infants, toddlers and preschool age children at the Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Chinitz is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and the Charles S. and Patricia T. Raizen Distinguished Scholar in Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Chinitz is on the faculty of the Parent-Infant Psychotherapy Program at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.

Who Should Attend
Early childhood educators, child care providers, pediatricians, psychiatrists, neonatologists, social workers, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, midwifes, psychologists, speech pathologists, obstetricians, family therapists, school counselors, child life specialists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, educators and students, and others who professionally impact the lives of families and children.

Program Fee
Regular program fee: $115.00
Early registration fee (if postmarked by  January 20 , 2009): $105
Registered full-time student at Adelphi University: $55.00
Full-time faculty at Adelphi University: $80.00

Please note: You will be required to show proof of faculty or student status when checking in at the event if you register under either of those options.


Advance registration has ended, however walk-in registrations are welcomed on the day of the event.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education
This program will offer 6 units of Continuing Education Credits or the equivalent. Click here for more information.

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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