A Common Goal: Fostering Empathetic Relationships Within a Child’s Care Team

Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 8:00a.m. - 10:15a.m.

In order to deliver impactful care, a child’s treatment team must work as a cohesive, trusting, and therapeutic network. Distrust, bias, frustration, miscommunication, cultural norms, opposing expectations, and trauma can all influence one’s approach to members of the child’s care team. These influences often lead to breakdowns in communication and can negatively impact the child as a result. This presentation addresses, from both the family and professional perspective, causes of these communication breakdowns, and strategies for repairing and preventing them. Through an empathetic understanding of each person’s experience, a therapeutic and effective team will emerge.

This event is part of the Bradley Conference Spring 2021 series.

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults.  Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care.  We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.

All sessions in this series will be held via Zoom.


Arianna DeAngelis is the M.Ed. training manager at The Autism Project. DeAngelis has an bachelors degree in developmental psychology from Emmanuel College and a masters in special education from Bridgewater University. She served as a special education teacher at The League School of Greater Boston in Walpole, MA, the International School of Florence in Florence, Italy, and Malden High School in Malden, MA. She now serves as the training manager for The Autism Project.

Susan Jewel, BA is the manager of family supports at The Autism Project. Jewel is the manager of family support and the first family support specialist hired many moons ago. She guides an amazing team of family support specialists, supporting parents, educators, and professionals who are raising or supporting an individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She continues to teach parenting classes as a parent coach and works one-on-one with families as they navigate their journey.  She is the Respite Coordinator for The Autism Project (TAP), helping families access a much-needed break from caretaking. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Analyze the ways in which their own preconceptions may influence their approach to other members of a child’s care team (teachers, doctors, therapists, parents, etc).
  2. Recognize ways of improving and repairing communication breakdowns.
  3. Develop an action plan for building trusting, empathetic, and therapeutic relationships among a child’s care team.


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals
  • Instructional level: Intermediate
  • 2.0 CE hours/credits (see below)
  • To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.  


  • Program fee: $39
  • Online registration closes on Wednesday, May 5
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5753
  • For refund/cancellation information please email [email protected] or call Alyssa Alba at 401-606-5753.

Register online  

Continuing Education Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.            

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Psychologists: Rhode Island Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists.

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