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.

Teaching Methods:

  • Video and observation of live family therapy sessions
  • Participant case consultation
  • Discussions about therapeutic principles and practices


Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR (Project Director); with Project Faculty: Judi Aronowitz, RN, LCSW; Sara Goldsmith, NCSP; Elissa Kirtzman, LCSW; Tracy Ross, LCSW

Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR is Associate Director of Ackerman’s Center for the Developing Child and Family and Director of Ackerman’s Resilient Families: Children with Special Needs Project. In addition to her family therapy practice, Dr. Grossman is adjunct faculty at NYU’s Department of Occupational Therapy; public health and special education consultant and policy analyst; and creator of the Personal Best prevention program for parents.

Date / Time:

October 10, 17, 24, 31 and November 7, 14

9:00 am–11:00 am

Continuing Education:

12 CE Contact Hours

Register Online:

To register by phone or fax, click here.

Alumni of the Ackerman Externship Program and all current Ackerman trainees are eligible for discounted workshop tuition. Please contact the Training Department to register:

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