Trauma in Infancy and Early Childhood: Developmental Risk and Intervention Strategies

Friday, May 14, 2010
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Alumni House
Garden City Campus

Some children have always been more challenging for parents to raise than others. The groundbreaking work of Drs. Alexander Thomas and Stella Chess explained why this phenomenon exists. These researchers defined temperament as "inborn individual differences in behavior that appear very early in a child's life, are biologically based and stay relatively stable over time." If misunderstood, a child's temperament can be a decisive factor in contributing to challenges that children have with emotional and behavioral regulation; making him/her at risk for developing of a variety of problems like depression, oppositional defiant disorder, anxiety, and other behavioral disorders. A child that is considered to have a difficult or "spirited" temperament is at heightened risk for eliciting parenting that is negative, angry, coercive, and highly controlling.

Research suggests that effective temperament-based intervention can prevent and/or treat these disorders and problems. This workshop will focus on understanding temperament and self-regulation, implications for parenting, and the role of each in child development. The instructor will describe the 10 most common behavioral issues in children. Participants will learn to identify and understand the relevant dimensions and impact that inborn temperament has on their client's emotional development and behavior. Dr. McDevitt will present assessment techniques that facilitate the development of temperament profiles, as well as procedures for determining the effect of these characteristics on client functioning. A framework for distinguishing temperament from ADHD, emotional and behavioral disorders will be described. Using a "Goodness of Fit" model, the instructor will discuss the potential positive or negative impact that certain parenting techniques may have on family interactions including both formal and informal approaches to parenting a "spirited child." Strategies for helping parents to accommodate to their child's temperament in order to reduce conflict and maintain and develop constructive interactions between family members will be identified. Illustrative case examples will be used to teach and describe intervention techniques.

About the Instructor
Sean C. McDevitt
Ph.D., is a child and adolescent psychologist who has been a practitioner and temperament researcher for the last 30 years. He has collaborated with William Carey, M.D., and other colleagues on the development of instruments for measuring temperament in infants, children, and adults. In 1995, Dr. McDevitt started Behavioral-Developmental Initiatives (B-DI) as a clearinghouse for information about temperament to assist parents and professionals in dealing with behavioral individuality. B-DI publishes temperament-related materials including books, questionnaires and software for measuring temperament. B-DI is located on the Web at b-di.com. Dr. McDevitt has coauthored three books with William Carey, including Coping with Children’s Temperament: A Guide for Professionals, published in 1995. Dr. McDevitt is currently in full-time private practice in the Phoenix metro area, in addition to editing, writing, and consulting about temperament through B-DI.

Program Fees
Program Fee: $115.00
Early Registration Fee (before April 15, 2010): $105


Online registration is closed for this event. For more information, please contact the Institute for Parenting at 516.877.3060.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Education
  • 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.

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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