Join foster parents*, social workers, child advocates, law enforcement, and their allies for a two-day symposium at the mountain resort of Zermatt!
A limited number of tickets (see above!) are on-sale now! Sales end March 23rd — or when all seats are filled, whichever comes first. If last year is any indication, we will sell-out in February — so don't delay!
Dr Laura Bennett-Murphy, PhD
"Healing Parents: Transforming Trauma Together"
Dr Daniel J Siegel, MD
"Brainstorm: the Power & Purpose of the Teenage Brain"
Between the ages of 12 and 24, the brain changes in important—ofttimes maddening—ways. It's no wonder that many parents approach their child's adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel J. Siegel, MD, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a deeper understanding of one another.
During the Symposium, Dr Siegel will illuminate how brain development impacts teenagers' behavior and relationships. Drawing on important new research in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, he will explore how the teenage brain functions and will discuss ways parents can make adolescence less lonely and distressing for both sides of the generational divide.
Dr Laura Bennett-Murphy will share her insight and methods regarding children who have faced tremendous odds in their lifetime and have been able to overcome them with the support and love of those caring for them. If you’ve experienced Dr Bennett-Murphy’s past presentations, you know that she believes support and love also require hard work, skills and desire. Her years of experience with children in chaotic and traumatic circumstances have led her to be one of the foremost advocates for children.
Mental health professionals in Utah will be happy to know that attendance at this year's symposium qualifies for up to 8 CEUs — licensed foster parents may count this as 8 hours of in-service training.
Daniel J Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative.
Dr Siegel is currently clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships.
Dr Siegel's unique ability to make complicated scientific concepts exciting has led him to be invited to address diverse local, national and international groups of mental health professionals, neuroscientists, corporate leaders, educators, parents, public administrators, healthcare providers, policy-makers, mediators, judges, and clergy. He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London's Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.
He lives in Southern California with his family.
Laura received her PhD in Pediatric Psychology from Duke University. She completed a residency and post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Columbus Children’s Hospital where she worked with children and families who were living with cancer, HIV disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.
Dr Bennett-Murphy’s research has addressed both risk and resilience factors in children’s adaptation to adversity. Since moving to the Salt Lake City area, Dr Bennett-Murphy has been part of the Westminster College faculty, teaching both undergraduate psychology and graduate courses in psychotherapy and assessment. Dr Bennett-Murphy works clinically at Utah Health and Human Rights, where she treats women and children who are refugees and have survived torture and severe war trauma. Dr Bennett-Murphy is an expert in childhood trauma, including medical, developmental, and sociopolitical trauma.
We're eager to have as many foster parents as possible attend this important learning opportunity — but who qualifies as a foster parent?
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