Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


UJA -Federation of NY
130 E 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast included.

Perceiving is Believing: How Video Replay Guides Clinicians’ Insights and Influences Parental Behaviors and Beliefs

For several decades clinical researchers have videotaped infants, young children, and their caregivers interacting together in play, teaching, and assessment situations. This videotaping of parent-child dyads took place in child development labs, clinics, and during home visits. As the field of infant-early childhood mental health expands, many clinical practitioners are adopting elements of video replay into their programs and family service plans. While there exists empirically validated video replay intervention programs in the Infant Mental Health and Early Childhood Mental Health field, many practitioners wish to incorporate aspects of this therapeutic technique to enhance the clinical work they do with at-risk and troubled families with young children without implementing complete programs.

This workshop has been specifically designed to address this interest of experienced clinicians by exposing participants to a variety of video replay treatment approaches and therapeutic options. Practitioners will enhance their own clinical insights for treatment planning and implementation. The instructor will teach IMH/ECMH clinical practitioners techniques for using video replay of child-caregiver interactions and provide practitioners with explicit examples of how parental perceptions evolve into parental beliefs that positively or negatively impact treatment progress. Several of the most widely used video replay treatments will be presented and discussed. Each participant will receive readings and additional training information for those approaches that are reviewed.

Participants will be able to: 
1. Discuss and review contemporary video replay assessment and treatment models used in IMH/ECMH, health, and child welfare settings, specifying what models are most beneficial for target populations. 
2. Observe, discuss, and critique multiple examples of empirically validated video replay treatments as used to treat specific parent-child relationship difficulties and disturbances.
3.  Specify how reviewing video replay segments assists the clinician in guiding the parental observations of their own and their child’s behavior, allows the parent to listen more carefully to what they say and the manner in what they say it, reflect upon how each person influences the other.
4.  Practice integrating video clips into various aspects of the assessment and clinical treatment process through individual clinical case presentations. 
5.  Evaluate the usefulness of video replay in the family home, mental health center, health facility, and in private practice offices.
6.  Generate guidelines for incorporating video replay techniques into family service plans.

About the Instructor

Susan C. McDonough, Ph.D., M.S.W., IMH-E® (IV), is a clinician, Infant Mental Health Specialist and an Emeritus Associate Research Scientist in the School of Social Work and in the Center for Human Growth and Development at the University of Michigan. She enjoys a distinguished career involved in research, teaching, and clinical work with families of young children. She has led a research program funded through NIMH that followed 260 infants and their parents throughout the first four years of the children’s lives. Her studies have explored how environmental risk factors and parent-infant relationship problems mediate the connection between early behavior problems and later emotional, social, and cognitive functioning. Her publications address overburdened families, parent-infant relationship problems, adolescent parents, and families caring for special-needs babies. Dr. McDonough is a key leader in the field of infant mental health and attachment, being the first to articulate and operationalize the “Strength-based Perspective” training national and international audiences in the effective use of Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and championing the needs young children and their families in the Military.


Early registration (on or before March 13, 2017): $105
Regular registration (after March 13, 2017): $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student:  $65.00
Adelphi Full-Time Faculty:  $90.00

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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.

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

  • Social work (6 hours)
  • Education (6 hours)
  • Psychology (6 hours)
  • NBCC (6 hours)
  • CASAC renewal (5.5 hours)

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

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows. Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund less a $15.00 cancellation fee. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

All registered participants will be notified via email if there is a training/workshop cancellation. Registered participants will be offered a full refund or registration in another offered training/workshop.


For further information, please contact:

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