Personal Best Summer Intensive: Adult Development and Sensitive Parenting for At-Risk Families with Young Children

This intensive short course prepares participants to implement Personal Best, a 16 session group curriculum and Home Visiting Guide for individual sessions. The training will focus on adult development as well as parent-child and family relationships.

Personal Best is a theory-driven prevention program that promotes parent mental health, social support, healthy coping and sense of self-efficacy in multiple roles. Sessions are divided into four modules that address different areas of role functioning: (1) role strain, (2) parenting, (3) relationships, and (4) work/productive activity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Enhance knowledge of the multiple influences on parent well-being and the parent-child relationship.
  • Understand the impact of stress on parenting behavior and the developing child.
  • Learn to help parents develop the social-emotional and executive function capacities to promote their child’s development.


Judy Grossman, DrPH, OTR, 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:

July 15-17
9:30 am–4:00 pm

Continuing Education:

15 CE Contact Hours

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