Bright Beginnings Summer Intensive: Early Child Development and Parenting Processes


This intensive workshop prepares participants to implement Bright Beginnings, a parenting curriculum that consists of group sessions and individualized video review for parents and their infant or toddler.  This manualized intervention helps parents support their children’s social, emotional and cognitive development and develop school readiness. The Bright Beginnings manual includes: 1) detailed session guides for conducting pregnancy groups and parent-child groups for parents with children 2 to 36 months of age, and 2) guidelines for videotaping parent-child play interaction and reviewing with the parent to enhance the parent’s reflective capacities and parenting skills.

In the workshop, through a combination of lecture, discussion, videotape, role play and experiential exercises, participants will: (1) conceptualize parenting as a set of processes encompassing attachment, learning and exploration, and guidance; (2) understand the micro-processes of parent-child interactions and child outcomes; (3) hone skills in observing parent-child interaction; and (4) develop skills to facilitate groups.

Martha E. Edwards, PhD, Founder and Director of the Center for the Developing Child and Family and creator of the Bright Beginnings Parent-Child Program.  As a psychologist, family therapist, and researcher, she has focused on integrating theory and practice from the areas of family systems, developmental neurobiology, and psychoanalysis.  She also develops clinical and preventive interventions for children and their families.

Dates: Monday – Thursday, July 18-21, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $895
CE Credits: 22

The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

If you would like to apply online, click below.

For any questions, contact:
Brenda Nikelsberg
212-879-4900 ext. 108