Friday, October 26, 2018
9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530

The Psychobiology of Trauma and Resilience in Families: Strengths in Immigrant and Refugee Communities

With Sarah Enos Watamura, Ph.D.

About the Program

We often wish we knew how some families and children develop resiliency and are able to triumph in spite of adversity, while others seem unable to rise above their challenges. In examining these important questions, Dr. Watamura is researching the neurobiological and psychological developments in families with young children–in both the children and the parents. She will help us understand the biological and psychological impacts of trauma for both children and adults, with a focus on the biological embedding of resilience. Her research encompasses newcomer families (immigrant and refugee families) in the United States, and guides us to consider the implications for infant and family mental health. This is a timely and important topic for the many disciplines that touch the lives of young children and families, and will increase our awareness of the physiology of resilience.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the neurobiological changes that occur during parenting and as part of normal early development (prenatal, infancy, early childhood).
  2. Describe how stress can impact the body, and health and well-being.
  3. Identify opportunities to share targeted knowledge with clients.
  4. Portray how trauma may manifest in biology and behavior.
  5. Communicate current understanding of resilience among newcomer immigrant and refugee families, as well as their needs.
  6. Understand and practice stress management techniques for children, caregivers and everyone.

About the Instructor

Dr. Sarah Enos Watamura is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver where she directs the Child Health & Development Lab and co-directs the Stress, Early Experience and Development (SEED) Research Center. After training with Megan Gunnar, PhD, at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, she received her PhD from the Department of Human Development at Cornell University in 2005. She has longstanding interests in children¹s physiologic regulation, their development within caregiving contexts, and in understanding mechanisms and trajectories from early life experiences to later physical health, mental health, cognitive/educational, and socio-emotional outcomes. Her work focuses on the role of adverse, protective and promotive factors in families experiencing poverty and among newly immigrated and refugee families. Research approaches include psychological (interview, clinical assessment), biological (brain imaging, epigenetics, hormone assessment), cognitive (standardized testing), and basic biometric (BMI, resting heart rate) measurement.


Online registration for this event is now closed. Please call 516.237.8513 if you wish to be a walk-in.

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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)
  • LMHC (6 hours)
  • LMFT (6 hours)
  • CASAC Renewal (5.5 hours)
  • Psychology (At school discretion – 6 hours)
  • Education (At school discretion – 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
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