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8:00 – 9:00

REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union - University of Massachusetts Amherst

9:00 – 9:15

WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS

9:15 – 10:45   

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
MARY DOZIER, PH.D., Amy E. DuPont Chair of Child Development, University of Delaware.

“Attachment And Biobehavioral Catch-Up: An Intervention For Parents Of Young Children Who Have Experienced Adversity”

Description: Children who have experienced early adversity, such as foster care, neglect, and institutional care, often have difficulties regulating behavior and physiology. We have designed an intervention that targets these issues. The intervention, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up, helps caregivers behave in nurturing ways to enhance children’s attachment organization, and provide a responsive, engaged interpersonal environment so as to enhance children’s attention and self-regulatory capabilities. Evidence regarding the effectiveness of the intervention will be presented along with description of the intervention, and videotaped vignettes.

10:45 – 11:00

BREAK

11:00 – 12:00

PANEL DISCUSSION
Panel and Audience Discussion of Clinical and Research Implications of Keynote Address.

Chair: Chris Overtree, Director, Psychological Services Center, UMass Amherst.

Panelists:

  • UnJa Hayes, Assistant Professor, Psychology, UMass Amherst.
  • Joyce Maguire Pavao, Founder & CEO of Center for Family Connections.
  • Jennifer McDermott, Assistant Professor, Psychology, UMass Amherst.
  • Sally Powers, Professor, Psychology, UMass & Director, Center for Research on Families at UMass Amherst.

12:15 – 1:00   

LUNCH
Amherst Room (Level 10), Campus Center - UMASS

1:00 - 1:30

POSTER SESSION, BOOK SALE, NETWORKING
Amherst Room (Level 10), Campus Center - UMASS

 

TOPICAL CONCURRENT SESSIONS

1:45 – 3:00    

SESSION 1 (choose 1 of the following 3)

a.  How Many Families Does It Take To Make An Adoption? with Joyce Maguire Pavao, Founder and CEO of Center for Family Connections, Cambridge, MA.

b.  Reactive Attachment Disorder with Anna Smyke, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Tulane University.

c.  Going To The Source: Adoptive Parents Discuss Attachment Trauma
Chair: Nancy Solow, Adoption Journeys.
Speakers: Debra Abel, Margo Chapski and Maura Lessard.

3:15 – 4:30

SESSION 2 (choose 1 of the following 3)

a.  Adoption-Specific Psychotherapy: A Manualized Approach For Children Adopted From Foster Care with Debbie Riley, Center for Adoption Support and Education, Baltimore and Jill Waterman, Department of Psychology, University of California Los Angeles.

b.  Adoption Mentoring Partnership with Jen Dolan, Program Manager, Rudd Adoption Research Program UMass Amherst; Quade French, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Student, UMass Amherst; Hal Grotevant, Rudd Family Foundation Chair of Psychology, UMass Amherst; Renee Moss, Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County and Jessica Robbins, Case Manager, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County.

c.  Attachment In Adoption And Foster Care: Current Research.

Chair: Ruth McRoy, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work

Speakers:

  • Family Stress And Functioning In Clients Of A Post-Adoptive Service Who Were Referred For Attachment, with Schilling, James, Aseltine, Powell, Benoit, and Gervais.

  • Attachment Stories: A Comparative Study Of The Attachment Experiences Of Special Needs Adoptive Families, with Duciaume-Wright, McRoy, and Ayers-Lopez.

  • Hoarding Behavior In Foster Care: A Series Of Case Studies, Curewitz, Plimpton, and Frost.

  • Becoming A Family: Parenting Stress And Internationally Adopted Infants, with Matthews, Kotake, Mullins, Aasland, Pinderhughes, and Easterbrooks.

 

4:30 – 5:30

POSTER SESSION, RECEPTION, AND CLOSING
Amherst Room (Level 10), Campus Center - UMASS