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Language and Social-Emotional Consequences of Early Childhood Trauma

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

Presented by Jacquelyn Doran Cunningham, PhD, IMH-E of New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health (NJ-AIMH) and Mahchid Namazi, PhD, CCC-SLP of New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA)

Jacquelyn Doran Cunningham, PhD, IMH-E is a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and New York. She is a Supervising Psychologist at the Metro Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and oversees the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) program. Dr. Doran Cunningham completed a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House at Hackensack University Medical Center and holds postgraduate certificates in Family/Civil Forensic Psychology and Criminal Forensic Psychology from Montclair State University. She earned a doctorate in psychology and a master’s degree in preschool psychology from Fordham University. Dr. Doran Cunningham currently serves as a Board Member on the New Jersey Association for Infant Mental Health (NJ-AIMH) and is endorsed as an infant family specialist (IMH-E). Her areas of specialization include treating trauma within the parent-child context and early childhood development. Additionally, Dr. Doran Cunningham maintains a private practice in Westfield, New Jersey.

Mahchid Namazi, PhD, CCC-SLP is a licensed multilingual speech-language pathologist with 21 years of experience in early intervention and is also an Assistant Professor at Kean University. Dr. Namazi completed her PhD at McGill University with a specialization in developmental language disorders in multilingual children. Dr. Namazi is a Hanen certified speech-language pathologist who has provided parent and early childhood educator workshops in Canada and the United States. As a pediatric SLP, Dr. Namazi worked at the BC Centre for Ability, the largest interdisciplinary pediatric rehabilitation centre in British Columbia serving children birth to 5, with multiple disabilities. During the last two years of her stay at the BC Centre for Ability, Dr. Namazi served as the Director of the Speech-Language Pathology department and saw her team through accreditation. Dr. Namazi is currently an Assistant Professor at Kean University and continues to provide early intervention services in New Jersey. As an SLP who has worked primarily in large, urban settings, she has much experience with children who have been exposed to various kinds of trauma. She also developed and conducted workshops on assessment and treatment issues in multilingual children for early childhood educators. Dr. Namazi provided consultative services to preschools throughout the Montreal area to assist early childhood educators in working with and teaching multilingual children with language disorders. Dr. Namazi’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals and she has presented her work at national and international conferences.

Exposure to trauma in early childhood, either through direct experience or through the intergenerational transmission of trauma, can have profound effects on young children in multiple areas of development. Research has identified the importance of the caregiver-child relationship in altering negative trajectories and enhancing positive outcomes for young children. This presentation will examine the impact of trauma on social-emotional and language development in early childhood, focusing on individual child effects as well as relational implications. Specific strategies for early childhood professionals to promote social-emotional and linguistic development within the caregiver-child relationship will be discussed.

Learner Outcomes
After completing this course, participants will be able to identify the impact of trauma on young children’s social relationships and emotional development, identify the impact of trauma on young children’s language and communication development and describe strategies to promote young children’s social-emotional and language development within the caregiver-child relationship.

Webinar fee is $30.

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Continuing Education

This program is offered for .2 CEUs (intermediate level, professional area)

Relevant Financial Disclosure: Jacquelyn Doran Cunningham is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for this presentation. She will also be referencing her place of employment, Metro RDTC.
Relevant Non-Financial Disclosure: Jacquelyn Doran Cunningham is a board member of the New Jersey Association of Infant Mental Health. She does not receive financial compensation for this role.

Relevant Financial Disclosure: Mahchid Namazi is receiving an honorarium from NJSHA for this presentation.
Relevant Non-Financial Disclosure: Mahchid Namazi has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.






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