Treatment Approach - Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities

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Learn strategies on working with families of children with developmental disabilities

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JSSA Training Institute is pleased to announce training on treating families of children with developmental disabilities- 3 Category I CE'a provided for this training

DATE: Nov 12, 2019

TIME: 9am-12:15pm

3 Category I CE's available for this training

Nearly 10 million U.S. children (15% of children ages 3-17) have some type of developmental disability. Bringing a child with developmental disabilities into the world has life-changing implications and lasting effects not only for the child, but also for his or her family. This workshop will prepare participants to better serve families of children with severe developmental disabilities by understanding common stressors these families tend to face and using ambiguous loss as a treatment framework. The content of this workshop is based on research Dr. Jackson has conducted with parents of children with developmental disabilities. This workshop will address common situations of ambivalence parents of children with developmental disabilities face, including uncertainties about the nature and diagnosis of the disability, utilizing support services, and out-of-home placement. These types of ambivalence frequently lead to family members of children with developmental disabilities experiencing ambiguous loss through raising a child who is psychologically absent but physically present as well as through placement (the child is physically absent but psychologically present in the minds of the family members). Boss’(2006) objectives for clinicians working with families struggling with ambiguous loss (i.e., finding meaning, tempering mastery, reconstructing identity, normalizing ambivalence, revising attachment, and discovering hope) are applied to assisting families of children with developmental disabilities. A model for describing the process of parental adaptation after voluntarily placing a child with severe or profound developmental disabilities in out-of-home care will also be presented.

Learning Objectives: Participants will:

1. understand common ambiguous losses faced by family members of children with severe developmental disabilities.

2. learn common stressors faced by family members of children with severe developmental disabilities.

3. learn about a model for describing the process of parental adaptation after voluntarily placing a child with severe or profound developmental disabilities in out-of-home care.

4. learn treatment recommendations for assisting family members of children with severe developmental disabilities in managing ambiguous losses.

About the Trainer: Jeff Jackson, Ph.D

Dr. Jeff Jackson is an Assistant Professor in the Virginia Tech Department of Human Development at the Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Virginia, California, and Utah, and an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor. He has experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups from all life stages and backgrounds in a wide range of areas. He has worked in inpatient and residential settings providing services to families coping with eating disorders and depression. He has also provided clinical services in a variety of outpatient settings and maintains a private practice. His clinical specializations include marital distress, premarital counseling, adolescents and parent-child relationships, reactive attachment, abuse, ambiguous loss, disability, eating disorders, and depression. Dr. Jackson is frequently invited to present on using Dialectical Behavior Therapy with couples and families, treating adolescents with reactive attachments, evidence informed premarital counseling, relationship enrichment, premarital counseling, and ambiguous loss.

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