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.

Completion of Part I (Family-Centered Treatment) is highly recommended but not required.

Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR, 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 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 Associates: Judi Aronowitz, RN, LCSW; Sara Goldsmith, MA ; Elissa Kirtzman, LCSW; Tracy Ross, LCSW; Etienne Scott, PhD

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuition: $135
Contact Hours (CEU’s) for NYS: 5
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.

This program has been approved for Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal.

Under the New Jersey Administrative Code Title 13, Chapter 44G, subchapter 13:44G-6.4, New Jersey accepts New York State approved courses for CEU’s.

If you would like to apply online, click below.

If you would like to mail or fax in your application form, download a printable application here.

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

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111

For more information about this workshop, contact:
Brenda Nikelsberg, MSW
212 879-4900, ext 108