Friday, July 28, 2017
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


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

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Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.

Continental breakfast included.

Perinatal Grief and Loss: Helping Families Heal

Statistics indicate that as many as one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage, not taking into account mothers affected by early infant death. Perinatal grief and loss can have a significant impact on women and families and can endure without treatment. Yet- few professionals have the know how to support parents when there is an unexpected outcome of pregnancy. The conference will explore how perinatal grief and loss are different from perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) as well as treatment options to help women and families who have experienced a loss. The instructor will explore how prenatal attachment alters the parent-unborn baby relationship when there is an unexpected outcome in pregnancy and identify interventions that might be helpful to parents in a range of circumstances where loss occurs. The differences between treating people with PMAD versus treating people with a perinatal loss will be identified and discussed. The instructor will also teach self-care strategies that we can teach our clients to use during times of significant stress (and can be used by practitioners as well).

Participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the concept of prenatal attachment from a historical perspective.
  2. Describe a theoretical framework of the reciprocal relationship between parent and the fetus and specific interventions to nurture prenatal attachment at each stage of pregnancy.
  3. Recognize how prenatal attachment alters the parent-unborn baby relationship when there is an unexpected outcome in pregnancy and identify interventions that might be helpful to parents in the following circumstances:
    – Infant loss
    – Loss in multi-fetal pregnancy
    – Adoption
    – Babies with genetic abnormalities
  4. Gain an understanding of how birth trauma can impact both the parent and behaviors of the baby.
  5. Identify children’s grief behaviors and strategies to assist families.
  6. Differentiate between support/education, therapeutic intervention and psychotherapy to understand ones boundaries in working with families.

About the Instructor

Joann O’Leary, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., IMH-E® (IV), Joann has a Ph.D. in Family Education, a Masters in Maternal Child Health from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and a Masters in Psychology from Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she was a Rotary Scholar. She is a Fulbright Specialist in the area of prenatal loss and the pregnancy that follows. She worked for 8 years as an Infant teacher/Parent Coordinator in a Birth to Five Early Intervention program, 18 years as a Parent-Infant Specialist in a high risk perinatal center, teaches at the University level, is a Level IV Infant Mental Health specialist and has published over 42 articles, chapters and recent book  “Meeting the Needs of Parents Pregnant and Parenting after Perinatal Loss.”


Early registration (on or before June 30, 2017): $105
Regular registration (after June 30, 2017): $115
Adelphi Full-Time Student:  $65.00
Adelphi Full-Time Faculty:  $90.00

Registration is now closed.

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)
  • CASAC renewal (5.5 hours)
  • Education (6 hours)
  • Psychology (6 hours)
  • NBCC (6 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:

The Institute for Parenting
Linen Hall, Lower Level Room 8
p - 516.237.8513
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