Implementing Parent Discussion Groups with Families Who Have Children with Special Needs


Ackerman Institute’s Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs Project team has designed an 8 session Parent Discussion Group based on our understanding of the persistent challenges parents face raising a child with developmental disabilities. Typically, support groups and parent workshops are child-focused, whereas Ackerman’s approach addresses family relationships, family life and the social-emotional needs of parents. The group experience honors the family’s voice and helps parents enhance their knowledge, skills and self-awareness. The presenter will first describe a model of family resilience and recurring themes that have emerged from the team’s clinical work. These themes are the foundation of the group protocol. The participants will then discuss these themes as they work in small groups to practice group observation and group facilitation skills. This workshop is appropriate for professionals who work with children with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder, or other developmental disabilities

Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR, is Director of the Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs Project and Associate Director, Center for the Developing Child and Family at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.  She is an early childhood, mental health and occupational therapy consultant; former faculty New York University, Downstate Medical School, Columbia University, and Yale School of Medicine. She has published and presented in the areas of prevention, family resilience, parenting, mental health consultation, early intervention/special education policy, program development and evaluation.

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuition: $135
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 6
CE Credits for NASW: 5

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.

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If you are an Ackerman alumni or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department directly to register.

Damaly Ferreira
Phone: 212-879-4900 ext. 111