Family-Centered Treatment: Working with Parents and Children with Special Needs

Parents who have children with developmental, learning and behavioral challenges experience cumulative stress and an urgency to help their child function optimally at home and in school.  They often feel depleted or inadequate as they attempt to sustain healthy family relationships and family routines. This course will explore the bi-directional impact of a child’s disability on parent and family well-being.  The Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs Project team will use case presentations to illustrate the structure, process and therapeutic goals of family work.  This course is appropriate for clinicians who work with children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder and other developmental disabilities.  Enrollment is limited!

Sessions will include the following: (1) videotapes and observation of live family therapy sessions, (2) participant case consultation and (3) discussions about therapeutic principles and practices. Lessons learned from parent discussion groups will also demonstrate positive outcomes and the challenges of clinical work with this population.

judy_grossmanJudy Grossman, DrPH, OTR,
is the Director of the Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs Project and Associate Director of the Center for the Developing Child and Family at the Ackerman Institute; previous academic appointments include NYU, Columbia, SUNY-Downstate Medical Center, Yale School of Medicine; health and education consultant; published and presented nationally in the areas of prevention, family resilience, parenting, early intervention and special education, program development and evaluation. Project Faculty: Judi Aronowitz, RN, LCSW; Sara Goldsmith, NCSP; Elissa Kirtzman, LCSW; and Tracy Ross, LCSW.

Date:  Wednesdays: March 7, 14, 21, 28 and April 4, 11, 2018 
Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Tuition: $600
CE Contact Hours: 12



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 are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111
training@ackerman.org