Perceiving is Believing: How Video Replay Guides Clinicians’ Insights and Influences Parental Behaviors and Beliefs

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Date(s) - March 31
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Dates, Times, and Topics:
March 31st, 2017 from 9am- 4pm

For several decades clinical researchers have videotaped infants, young children, and their caregivers interacting together in play, teaching, and assessment situations. This videotaping of parent-child dyads took place in child development labs, clinics, and during home visits. As the field of infant-early childhood mental health expands, many clinical practitioners are adopting elements of video replay into their programs and family service plans. While there exists empirically validated video replay intervention programs in the Infant Mental Health and Early Childhood Mental Health field, many practitioners wish to incorporate aspects of this therapeutic technique to enhance the clinical work they do with at-risk and troubled families with young children without implementing complete programs.

This workshop has been specifically designed to address this interest of experienced clinicians by exposing participants to a variety of video replay treatment approaches and therapeutic options. Practitioners will enhance their own clinical insights for treatment planning and implementation. The instructor will teach IMH/ECMH clinical practitioners techniques for using video replay of child-caregiver interactions and provide practitioners with explicit examples of how parental perceptions evolve into parental beliefs that positively or negatively impact treatment progress. Several of the most widely used video replay treatments will be presented and discussed. Each participant will receive readings and additional training information for those approaches that are reviewed.

About the Instructor

Susan C. McDonough, Ph.D., M.S.W., IMH-E® (IV), is a clinician, Infant Mental Health Specialist and an Emeritus Associate Research Scientist in the School of Social Work and in the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. She enjoys a distinguished career involved in research, teaching, and clinical work with families of young children. She has led a research program funded through NIMH that followed 260 infants and their parents throughout the first four years of the children’s lives. Her studies have explored how environmental risk factors and parent-infant relationship problems mediate the connection between early behavior problems and later emotional, social, and cognitive functioning. Her publications address overburdened families, parent-infant relationship problems, adolescent parents, and families caring for special-needs babies. Dr. McDonough is a key leader in the field of infant mental health and attachment, being the first to articulate and operationalize the “Strength-based Perspective” training national and international audiences in the effective use of Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and championing the needs young children and their families in the Military.

Adelphi University

Early registration (on or before March 1, 2017): $105
Regular registration (after March 1, 2017): $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student:  $65.00
Adelphi Full-Time Faculty:  $90.00

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  •  Social work (6 hours)
  •  Education (6 hours)
  •  Psychology (6 hours)
  • NBCC (6 hours)

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