Friday, February 28, 2020
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Adelphi University
Garden City Campus
Angello Alumni House
154 Cambridge Ave, Garden City, NY 11530


9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.




Early Registration (on or before January 31, 2020): $105
Regular Registration (after January 31, 2020): $115

Integrating Infant Mental Health & Substance Use Treatment: Growing Together

About the Program

Mother and Child Holding HandsIn this workshop, the presenter will first describe current research relevant to parenting in the context of traumatic stress and substance misuse. Second, specific information about the impact of parental substance misuse on young children will be offered. Third, an observational measure of parents and young children will be reviewed and participants will “code” one mother-child dyad. Fourth, a rationale will be offered for a dyadic intervention with parents with SUDs and their young children which takes into account attachment and focuses on reflective functioning and emotion regulation. Finally, the intervention, which strives to promote developmental progress and resilience while supporting recovery from substance misuse will be described along with case vignettes and evaluation findings. 

Learning Objectives

Participants Will:

  1. Gain knowledge about the intersection of parenting, trauma and substance misuse
  2. Understand the effects of parental substance misuse on infants and young children
  3. Learn one observational assessment method for parents and young children
  4. Learn about dyadic evidence-informed intervention approaches currently being tested in a randomized controlled trial

Program Outline

  1. Information about parenting, substance misuse, and trauma
  2. Information about the effects of parental substance misuse on infants and young children
  3. Video of parent with SUD and young child
  4. Review PICOLLO assessment tool for observations of parents and young children
  5. Small group coding of parent-child interaction
  6. Presentation of the BRIGHT intervention
  7. Case vignettes

Presenter Biography

Ruth Paris, PhD, LICSWRuth Paris, PhD, LICSW is an Associate Professor of Clinical Practice at Boston University School of Social Work where she serves as the Chair of the Clinical Practice Department. At BUSSW, she teaches courses on clinical practice with families, trauma in early childhood and clinical research methods.  Her program of research focuses on attachment-based interventions for vulnerable families with young children. With support from SAMHSA, DOD, NIH, HRSA and private foundations, she has developed and evaluated multiple interventions implemented in a variety of community settings focused on families at-risk. These include mothers with substance use disorders and their children, immigrant/refugee mothers and young children with trauma histories, women with postpartum depression and their infants and post-deployment military families. Dr. Paris is a graduate of Smith College (MSW) and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD).


Registration will open Friday, January 10, 2020

Early Registration by Friday, January 31, 2020: $105

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Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact the Institute for Parenting Coordinator at 516.237.8513 to request such accommodations.

Credentialing Information and Continuing Education

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., in order to receive continuing education credits.

There is no accommodation in the State Regulation for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. At present, there is no procedure for granting partial credit for approved continuing education events.

If there are any changes in State Regulation, this policy will be updated accordingly.


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

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

For further information, please contact the Student Access Office at 516.877.3806 or

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