Join TTAC for our upcoming webinar: Clinical Work with Young Children in Foster Care
Children in foster care comprise a significant proportion of children who are referred for mental health services in the earliest years. The attachment disruptions and traumatic experiences that are common in the histories of these children often underlie behavior problems and other symptoms that are confusing to the adults who care for them.
This webinar will address psychotherapeutic work with young children in foster care. It will describe the characteristics and adverse life experiences that are common for these children, as well as characteristics of the adults in their caregiving network and their relationships with one another. It will cover the behavioral symptoms that the children often present, as well as the clinical disorders that are frequently diagnosed. The webinar will describe the many clinical and therapeutic dilemmas that occur for a therapist as well as the feelings that this work often triggers. It will discuss the legal and child welfare system context in which therapeutic work is embedded and the many different practitioners that are involved when a child is in foster care. The webinar will review the therapeutic modalities that have been found to have efficacy for young children in foster care and will offer a variety of therapeutic resources for the children, their parents and caregivers.
September 18th, 2019
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Susan Chinitz, Psy.D.
About the Presenter:
Susan Chinitz, Psy.D. is a psychologist with specialties in the areas of infant mental health and developmental disabilities in early childhood. She is the Clinical Co-Director of the Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) at the New York Center for Child Development, and is also spearheading the Strong Starts Court Initiative, a project of the Center for Court Innovation that integrates developmental science into Family Court practice for infants and toddlers with child protection cases. She is the former Director of the Early Childhood Center, the Center for Babies, Toddlers and Families, and the Parent Infant Family Court project, all therapeutic programs for children birth to five years of age at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she was a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and the Patricia T. and Charles S. Raizen Distinguished Scholar in Pediatrics.
Dr. Chinitz is on the Board of the New York Zero to Three Network, the Community Advisory Board of the NYC Nurse Family Partnership, the faculty of the Parent Infant Psychotherapy Program at the Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, and was previously on the Local Coordinating Council for the NYC Early Intervention Program. She has developed models of infant mental health service provision and developmental support for children in primary pediatrics, preschool and childcare programs, and within the child welfare system, and has provided consultation and technical assistance to practitioners from other disciplines and to other child serving organizations and government agencies. She has received the ACS Commissioner’s Child Advocacy Award, Women of Achievement Award from the Bronx Women’s Bar Association, and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University.