Parenting Matters Conference Workshops

Saturday, March 23, 2019

8 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.
Barrington High School
220 Lincoln Ave, Barrington, RI 02806
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Session I: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.    

1. Effective Parenting Skills. Learn about one of psychiatry’s most effective treatments at combating oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder: parent management training (PMT). Research demonstrates a 50-to-70 percent decrease in the frequency and intensity of these behaviors for those children whose parents receive PMT. Geared to children ages 2 to 12 years, PMT is designed to help parents to increase the behaviors they like and decrease the behaviors they dislike. This treatment involves educating and coaching parents to change their child's problem behaviors using principles of learning theory and behavior modification. Jess P Shatkin, MD, MPH, Parenting Matters 2019 keynote speaker

2. Helping Children Develop Resilience. Learn skills and techniques to help children and teens develop resilience and combat the challenges they face. Vareen O’Keefe-Domaleski, MSN, Ed D, NFA, BC, Bradley Hospital

3. Child and Teen Grief: What it Looks Like and How to Help. Parents and teachers will learn how children and adolescents grieve, and how to help and support youngsters who are going through the mourning process. Kelly Taber Chasse, MSW, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

4. Fostering Social Skill Development in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Parent Strategies. Discover strategies and activities to help enhance social interactions. Gina Marini, MA, LCSW, Bradley Hospital; Shivali Sarawgi, PhD, Bradley Hospital

5. De-Escalating Challenging Behavior at Home or at School. Discuss the functionality of an elementary or middle-school-age child’s behavior and review basic techniques that parents and caregivers can use to help a child decrease the intensity of their behavior. Scott Sylvester, MA, LMHC, Bradley Hospital  

6. Sensory Processing Disorder: Ways to Help at Home, School or in the Community. Learn how to identify symptoms of sensory processing disorder, and gain strategies to try in any environment. Sarah Brais, MSOT, OTR/L, Bradley Hospital

7. Communication Skills that Enhance Parent Child Relationships. The practice of helping your child identify and manage feelings makes it easier to engage in cooperative, open communication. Learn to identify the underlying root cause(s) of the power struggles and ways to engage in effective communication to strengthen your relationship. Jennifer Brown, LMHC, Bradley Hospital

Session II: 11:40 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

8. Advanced Work for Parents on Their Children’s Anxiety. This workshop is for parents who know about exposure therapy and may have tried it, but who want something past a typical introduction of the basics and are ready to explore ways to handle the problems anxiety brings. Joseph Berryhill, PhD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

9. Lessons From the Cutting-Edge: An Update About Youth Suicide and Self-Cutting. Did you know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among kids and teens? Did you know 25% to 40% of kids seen for behavioral issues engage in non-suicidal self-injury (i.e., cutting themselves)? Come get the latest update about youth suicide and cutting, including information about why kids attempt suicide versus cut themselves, and how you can be part of unlocking the brain-basis of both self-harm behaviors. Daniel Dickstein, MD, FAAP, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University

10. Disruptive Behaviors in Children. Learn how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), and conduct disorder (CD) differ, and what treatments work and don’t work. Peter Gillen, PsyD, Bradley Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

11. Why Ask Why? Strategies for Positive Behavior. (This workshop will apply to children in the spectrum and outside of the spectrum.) Learn to view challenging behavior through a different lens and discuss skill deficits, coexisting conditions and possible motivation to help create positive behavior supports to build healthier interactions. The Autism Project

12. Managing Difficult Behavior in Teens. Develop an understanding as to some root causes to adolescent behaviors, discover strategies to effectively handle difficult behavior and ways to promote more cooperation with adolescents – for parents and teachers. Gary Regan, LICSW, Bradley Hospital

13.  Building Social and Emotional Skills in Children. Learn more about social and emotional skills and discover how to build these skills in children of ages and abilities – at home, in school, and in the community. David Lichtenstein, PhD, Bradley Hospital/the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

14. Supporting LGBTQ Youth. Understand popular terms and core concepts related to gender development and sexual orientation, and strategies to help families support, affirm and learn from their LGBTQ children. Jason Rafferty, MD, MPH, Hasbro Children’s Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Thundermist Health Center

15. Teen Substance Use and Abuse: Information and Resources. Discover what substances your teens are being exposed to that are used and abused by teens in Rhode Island. Learn the signs and symptoms of teen substance abuse, along with communication suggestions and local resources. Selby Conrad, PhD, RI Hospital/The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Amy Cousineau, LICSW, Bradley Hospital

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