Helping Children Develop: Innovative Interventions for the Cradle, the Classroom and the Clinic


Presenting Sponsor: Florence H. Lerman Mintz Charitable Trust

The William James College Annual Forum convenes thought leaders to address societal issues that impact mental health.


Conference Director: Nicholas A. Covino, PsyD
Conference Faculty: Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD; Ronald F. Ferguson, PhD; Marc Brackett, PhD; Andria Amador, CAGS, NCSP; Julie L. Ryan, PhD; Jana Karp, MEd; Robert Franks, PhD; Barry Sarvet, MD; & Bruce Ecker, PhD
Conference Moderators: Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD; Margaret Hannah, MEd, GCEC; Nadja Reilly, PhD; Arlene Silva, PhD, NCSP; & Gemima St. Louis, PhD

This conference will orient educators, psychologists and other mental health professionals to research on Adverse Childhood Experiences and cognitive, emotional and social development. The scientific basis for understanding the impact of trauma and its sequelae on children’s ability to perform in school, form healthy relationships and manage their emotions will be presented in an accessible fashion.

Participants will become familiar with the literature on Social Emotional Learning and, in particular, the role that emotions play in school success. Brief presentations will demonstrate the manner in which these principles are successfully addressed in family settings, schools, therapeutic after school programs, hospitals and clinical practice. Sessions will update professionals on the research literature on trauma and its extended impacts in child development, education and clinical care as well as introduce several creative models that can inform referral making and program development efforts.

A strong effort has been made to include presenters from diverse backgrounds and interventions that are relevant to urban, racial and ethnically diverse populations. Additionally, the work of The Boston Basics, The Boston Public School’s Behavioral Health Initiative and Boston Youth Sanctuary, all of which are informed by regular reviews of programs and professional literature and serve culturally and linguistically diverse populations of urban, young people, will be presented.

Specific learning objectives:

  1. Discuss the current research on neurodevelopmental, and environmental aspects of risk and resilience among children exposed to adversities including child maltreatment.
  2. Examine the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationship quality, and mental health; (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence; and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on children’s and adults’ health, performance, and workplace performance and climate.
  3. Explore several models of psychosocial support and intervention on behalf of children, including interventions for new parents, school personnel, community health workers, educators and clinicians.

For more information, you can go to our forum landing page.

Program Code: HCD5
Credits: 5
Fees: $45 for no CE credits; $90 for CE credits


Registration will begin at 8am and go until the program begins at 830am.

  • When

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019
    8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
    Columbia Point
    Boston, Massachusetts 02125

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