Clinical Interventions Working with Families and Children with Special Needs: The Family Narrative

This workshop will focus on therapeutic interventions that promote meaningful outcomes for families who have children with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism, ADHD, learning disabilities). An important feature of the workshop is hearing a panel of parents describe the family narrative and the importance of partnerships with professionals.

Implementing family-centered treatment requires a multilayered perspective that includes child, parent and family functioning. The team will present cases and show videotapes that illustrate therapeutic choices and specific interventions that address family life, family relationships and child well-being. When therapists embrace family-centered principles, they respect parents as partners as they engage in active problem solving and the seamless integration of therapeutic strategies into everyday life.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe family-centered principles and practices that inform clinical work
  • Develop therapeutic interventions that support the co-parenting relationship and promote parent-child attunement, co-regulation and executive function skills
  • Apply therapeutic strategies and activities to engage young children


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; public health and special education consultant and policy analyst; and creator of the Personal Best prevention program for parents with young children.

Date / Time:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
9:00 am–3:00 pm

Continuing Education:

5 CE Contact Hours

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