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Helping Parents Help Their Young Children Through Trauma

Friday November 9, 2007
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Adelphi University
Alumni House

Current research underscores the role of parents and loved-ones in children’s healing from trauma. As child therapists, protective service workers, victim advocates, and medical professionals it is essential that we fully grasp the immense potential of caretakers to foster a child’s positive recovery from trauma and extreme stress.

Towards this end, this training will focus on the impact that different psychological traumas have on young children (ages 0 to 8). The instructor will highlight the critical mediating role of parental care on a variety of outcomes. She will use examples from child treatment to illustrate ways that parents and caretakers can be invited into the process of their child’s treatment. The difference that parental contributions make to a child’s post-traumatic functioning will be identified and explained.

The workshop will review research regarding various exposures to trauma for young children, developmental differences in symptomatology, and factors associated with severity of traumatic impact. The instructor will examine the often startling differences between children with histories of complex trauma and those with a single exposure. The emphasis will be placed on describing very practical approaches to engaging and enlisting parents and caretakers to support and nurture a child’s recovery. The training will also explore common obstacles to forming and maintaining an alliance with key caretakers and aspects of the trauma and post-traumatic environment which complicate children’s recovery.

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Cynthia Monahon, Psy.D.
is a clinical psychologist and the founder and director of the Children’s Clinic of the Cutchins Programs in Northampton, MA. Dr. Monahon specializes in the treatment of pediatric psychological trauma. She lectures frequently on childhood trauma and child psychopathology and teaches in the Child and Adolescent Certificate Program at the Smith College School for Social Work. Dr. Monahon is the 2001 recipient of the Champion for Children award from the Northwestern Massachusetts District Attorney’s Office. She is also the author of Children and Trauma; A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Jossey Bass, 1993).

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

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



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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.

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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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