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“Parenting and Treating the Challenging Child”

Two Day Training Seminar
March 24 - 25 2010

Seminar  1 : “The Infant Brain: Effects of trauma and neglect on neurological development”
 1.5 hours
Understanding how the brain develops and is impacted by the environment can radically alter parenting, educational and clinical practices. In this seminar we will focus on infant brain development when the brain is at its most malleable and vulnerable, and specifically on the short and long term impact of abuse and neglect on the brain.

Learner Objectives

1.   3 unique characteristics of the infant brain
2.   Difference between trauma events and complex trauma
3.   The impact of early exposure to trauma vs. later exposure to trauma.
4.   At least 9 brain capacities affected by trauma

Seminar 2: “Attunement, Attachment, and the Self: Effect of trauma on social/emotional development”
1.5 hours
Becoming securely attached is our first and most important social achievement. Many co-occurring and subsequent developmental processes are predicated upon a secure attachment but can be compromised by early exposure to abuse and neglect. In this seminar we will define these developmental processes and identify their associated dysfunctions.

Learner Objectives

1.   The process of becoming securely attached
2.   The reciprocal nature of attachment  
3.   Caveats to acquiring attachment skills outside of the developmental window  
4.   The sequencing of developmental tasks
5.   Internalization process of self-love and ego integrity
6.   How and why mal-attachment manifests as low levels of social and emotional functioning


Seminar 3:  Working Towards Relationship: Interdependence Theory and Exchange Theories
1.5 hours

Working towards relationship entails mutual needs satisfaction and an exchange of control. When these are out of balance no one is happy. In this seminar, Dr. Leslie will outline the structure and function of parent-child relationships, pinpoint faulty interactions and explain why interventions must  focus on the interactions rather than on the dispositions of the parent or the child.

Learner Objectives

1.   Relationship facts
2.   List 5 functions of the parent-child relationship that some children never learned.
3.   Seven qualities healthy children maintain in a parent-child relationship.
4.   Use Interdependence and Exchange theories to explain parents’ and children’s correspondent and complimentary needs.
5.   Recognize how parents and children control each other’s outcomes
6.   Rules of engagement: considering the needs of the parent and the child at the same time.

Seminar 4: “Living with the Attachment Challenged Child”
1.5 hours
Do you have a child who lies, steals, sneaks, stalks, hordes, chatters non-stop, or urinates in places other than the potty, etc?  In this webinar Dr. Leslie will teach you essential, sensible, safe and effective solutions to your child’s behavior problems that can also increase positive behaviors in your child, create an attachment friendly environment, simplify daily life, reduce family conflict, and even get some of your parental needs met.  

Learner Objectives

1.       Transform irrational beliefs into accepting truths of brain dysfunction.
2.      “Basic” vs. “Luxury” accommodations
3.        Control “stop” behaviors and activate “start” behaviors
4.        Punishment vs consequences.
5.        Coaching your child to wellness
6.        Survival skills

Meet Your Instructor

Katharine P. Leslie, Ph.D., CFLE, has a doctorate in developmental psychology, and national certifications as a family life educator, parent educator, trauma and loss in children specialist, and family mediator.  Her areas of expertise include child development, parenting education, parent-child relationships, and abnormal socio-emotional development of abused/neglected children. In addition, Dr. Leslie is a wife of 24 years and the adoptive mother of four special needs children.

As owner of Brand New Day Consulting, Dr. Leslie provides workshops and seminars, curricula and program development, and research and technical assistance to a variety of agencies and organizations throughout the United States and Canada.  As an expert witness on attachment she has assisted the courts with many child placement issues. Her mode of in-home parent coaching has helped hundreds of stressed and in-crisis families.

Dr. Leslie is a highly sought after international speaker who presents at over 30 conferences and training venues yearly. Her publications include "When a Stranger Calls You Mom," a child development and relationship perspective on why traumatized children think, act, and feel the way they do;” “Coming to Grips With Attachment: The Guidebook for Building Mutual Well-Being in Parent-Child Relationships;”  "What I Love About You: A child's storybook photo album;” "Parent Tip Strips: comic bookmarks.”

7924 Eastland Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76135
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WORKSHOP:   Parenting and Treating the Challenging Child  By; Katharine Leslie Ph.D.

DATE AND TIME:   3-25-2010/3-26-2010          9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
WORKSHOP LOCATION:   Location: Mercado Event Center
1500 N Main St. Suite 300
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
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The registration will not be confirmed until payment has been received. Incomplete registration forms will not be processed and a confirmation will not be issued. Do not mail/fax/email a duplicate registration as a follow-up to an already submitted registration. Confirmations of registration will be e-mailed to the address provided. Conference materials will be available for pick up at the registration desk.  No refunds will be issued for individual cancellations.

For general inquiries, please contact:
Phone:  817-219-5459
Fax:  817-237-6505

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