Strategies and Interventions for Working with Families and Children with Special Needs: Professional and Parent Perspectives

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). A new feature this year is a discussion by parents about their emotional journey from sorrow to self-transformation and how professionals can support this process. 

Implementing family-centered treatment requires a multilayered perspective that includes child, parent and family functioning. The team will present cases and show videotape 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 a model of family resilience that informs clinical work.
  • Develop therapeutic interventions that promote parent-child attunement, co-regulation and executive function skills.
  • Use activities with young children to further therapeutic goals.
  • Appreciate parental strengths, challenges and desire for collaboration with professionals.


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.

Project Faculty will present case studies: Judi Aronowitz, RN, LCSW, Sara Goldsmith, NCSP; Elissa Kirtzman, LCSW; Tracy Ross, LCSW.

Date / Time:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
9:00 am–3:00 pm

Continuing Education:

5 CE Contact Hours

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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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