Maltreatment in Early Childhood: Clinical and Reflective Supervision

Date: Friday, September 5, 2014

Course #: W767

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Cost: $150

Credit Available: 0.5 CEUs; 5 SWCEUs; Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program for 1.0 - Intervention and 4.0 - Working with Families


Approved by Illinois Early Intervention Training Program

Contemporary child welfare practice places workers in contact with the most difficult cases of abuse and neglect. Children birth to age three represent 28% of DCFS indicated reports of maltreatment – more than any other age group DCFS records. This presentation provides a framework of clinical reflective supervision that supports workers, supervisors, and therapists in identifying, acknowledging, and thinking about maltreatment. We will explore the normal parent-child relationships in the earliest years of life, parent attunement and dissociation, and parallel process. In particular, we will explore supervisory strategies aimed to help early childhood professionals support family growth, rather than replicate patterns of maltreatment. This workshop is appropriate for any professionals working with families with children aged birth through three, as well as children birth through five.


James Grabowski, M.A., LCPC

Grabowski manages all business aspects of the Center, as well as assisting families with insurance or billing questions. Jim is also a psychotherapist with extensive experience with children and adolescents. He has worked as clinical supervisor for and consultant to the Cook County Juvenile Court and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. He is on the faculty of the Institute for Clinical Social Work, where he teaches a course in child development. He is the president of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, and is treasurer of the Illinois Association of Infant Mental Health. Jim earned his master's degree at the University of Chicago and received additional training at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

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