Translating Advances in Attachment Research into Useful Tools for Assessment and Treatment in Infancy and Early Childhood

Friday, March 5, 2010
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Alumni House
Garden City Campus

Research findings may be informative, yet often a gap in training leaves clinicians figuring out how to actually use this important information to work more effectively with clients. This training closes that gap. Clinicians and researchers alike know that the quality of the attachment that a parent forms with their infant and/or young child is critical to that child's social and emotional development. The instructors will translate the newest advances in attachment research into practical guidelines for assessment and treatment of parents with young children. By the time a child reaches 18 months of age, the development of a secure attachment is strongly correlated with a high level of parental sensitivity. Current research has identified the important facets of "parental sensitivity" as parental reflective functioning, insightfulness, and a parent's representation of their child. The ability to accurately understand and assess these qualities, as well as their impact on the developing parentchild relationship, is key for clinicians in order to intervene in the most effective ways when needed. Clinical vignettes, videotapes, and interview transcripts will be used to illustrate a case study of this work with a young family. This material will be woven throughout the presentation to highlight the usefulness of attachment-based assessments for working with young and developing families. Participants will find this training to be refreshing, informative, and user-friendly.

About the Instructors
Kate Rosenblum
Ph.D., is a clinical and developmental psychologist with expertise in early emotional development and interventions for at-risk parent-child relationships. Her research and clinical work focus on parent-child attachment relationships and supportive relationship-focused interventions to promote early emotional security that include infants and young children in the foster care. Dr. Rosenblum also codirects the Strengths-Based Adoptive Family Initiative, which focuses on both researching the experiences of adoptive families with young children and evaluating interventions designed to enhance adoptive family adjustment during the preschool years.

Ann M. Stacks Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of psychology and the Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Infant Mental Health at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute at Wayne State University. Dr. Stacks teaches classes on infant and toddler development, assessment, and supervises the IMH certificate students’ clinical placements. Her research interests are the social-emotional development of children under five years of age in high risk environments, nonparental caregivers, and social-emotional development. She is also interested in the effectiveness of parent-infant programs. Dr. Stacks serves on the State Board for the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health and worked in the field for 10 years before beginning her research career.

Lisa Garcia M.S.W., LMSW, IMH-E (III), is a senior clinician and infant mental health specialist in the Special Beginnings Program at The Children’s Center. She has many years of clinical experience with home-based infant mental health and special education support to children with severe and multiple disabilities. She has worked with diverse families, including those impacted by extreme poverty, families with premature infants, children with special needs, foster and adoptive families, and Native American children and families living in remote villages of rural Alaska. Ms. Garcia, an MI-AIMH Diversity Fellow, also facilitates monthly parent-toddler play groups and parent support groups to support parenting for the LGBT community.

Program Fees
Program Fee: $115.00

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • CME
  • ASHA
  • 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.

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.

Category 1 CME Credits
Winthrop-University Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians.

Winthrop-University Hospital designates this Continuing Medical Education activity for up to 6 credit hours in Category 1 credit toward the AMA Physicians' Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the education event.

Winthrop-University Hospital relies upon planners and instructors in its CME programs to provide education information that is objective and as free of bias as possible. In this spirit, and in accordance with the guidelines of the program sponsor, participants are expected to indicate any commercial relationship that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest.

Winthrop University Category 1 CME's sponsored by Winthrop-University Hospital

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level; Related area).

*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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