Parenting Matters

Parenting Matters Conference

Bradley Hospital, the nation’s first psychiatric hospital for children, and Lifespan Community Health Institute present the 30th Parenting Matters conference, virtually, on Zoom. This half-day event offers parents, childcare providers, social workers and teachers a unique opportunity to learn from top child development and behavior professionals in a casual setting.

Keynote Presentations

There are two keynote presentations this year. The Vaccine and Your Family, by Michael Koster, MD, division director of pediatric infectious diseases at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Supporting Parents to Support Their Children's Mental Health, by Karyn Horowitz, MD, chief medical officer at Bradley Hospital and director of child outpatient psychiatry for Lifespan.  Find out more

Breakout Sessions

The Hidden Message: Understanding Challenging Behavior
Workshop Facilitator: Scott Sylvester, LMHC

The goal of this presentation is to help the caregiver develop a greater understand of the challenging behavior exhibited by the youth they support. We will explore the hidden message behind the behaviors such as, trauma, development, discomfort, and fear. We will then discuss various methods to help de-escalate the youth and help them move forward.

30 Minutes for You: A Self-Care Experiential
Workshop Facilitator: Susan Curria, MS, LMHC candidate, RYT 200

This workshop provides an overview of the benefits of self-care with hands on activities. Presenters lead participants through various exercises that will help raise self-awareness while at the same time helping to reduce the stress built up throughout the day.

Why Ask Why? Positive Behavior Supports

Workshop Facilitator: Ariana DeAngelis MEd, manager of adult training, The Autism Project

Participants are encouraged to view behavior from a therapeutic perspective by determining underlying cause and motivation of challenging behavior. This unique presentation shifts our thinking from “How do we fix or stop this behavior?” to “Why is this behavior occurring?” Determining the underlying cause and motivation of challenging behavior allows participants to learn how to provide therapeutic support and implement proactive strategies to prevent or reduce undesirable behaviors in the future. This presentation allows time to self-reflect on how our own behavior may impact the people we support.

Overview of the Day

9 – 9:10 a.m. Welcome
9:10 – 9:50 a.m. Keynote: The Vaccine and Your Family, by Michael Koster, MD 
(20-minute presentation and 20-minute Q&A)
9:50 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote: Supporting Parents to Support Their Children's Mental Health, by Karen Horowitz, MD.
10:30  – 10:45 a.m. Virtual fair
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Breakout sessions


Registration is $15 until Monday, March 14 and $20 thereafter. Professional development credits are available.

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More Information

Continuing education credit is pending for early learning professionals and social workers. To learn more about Parenting Matters, call 401-444-8009. For information about exhibiting in the Family Resource Center or advertising in the program book, please call 401-444-8009.