Course #10 Emotional Disorders


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Course #10 –  The Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders: A Framework for Effective Interventions

by Steven G. Feifer, DEd, ABSNP, Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center

About the Speaker

Feifer photoSteven G. Feifer, DEd, ABSNP is an internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities, and has authored six books on learning and emotional disorders in children. He has 19 years of experience as a school psychologist, and was voted the Maryland School Psychologist of the Year in 2008, and awarded the 2009 National School Psychologist of the Year.  He was also honored as the Distinguished Alumni Scholar by Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Dr. Feifer is a diplomate in school neuropsychology, and currently works as a faculty instructor in the ABSNP school neuropsychology training.  He continues to evaluate children in private practice at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, MD, and regularly consults with numerous school districts throughout the country. Dr. Feifer has authored two tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children. Disclosure: Financial-Steven is in private practice and receives royalties from his publisher, PAR. Nonfinancial- There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend): General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, School Psychologists, School Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Behavior Specialists, Principals/Administrators, and Professional Support Staff

Target Age Range: Pre-Kindergarten through 21 Years of Age

Course Description: This course will explore the neural architecture of emotional behavior by examining various brain structures laying the foundation for higher level social skill functioning.  Specific biological factors related to the development of social competence and emotional self-regulation will be explored.   There will be a detailed discussion on behavioral self-regulation, anxiety disorders, and depression from a brain-based educational perspective, including cutting edge interventions such as neurofeedback.  Schools can enhance emotional wellness in children through early prevention
efforts, appropriate assessment strategies, and an improved school climate to foster emotional growth for all children.  

What You Will Learn

Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the neural architecture of emotion by detailing key brain regions responsible for the development of empathy
  • Discuss the neural architecture of emotion by detailing key brain regions responsible for the development of emotional regulation
  • Discuss the relationship  between emotional disorders and poor self regulation  skills, bullying  behavior, and limited academic success in school
  • Describe the neurobiological  correlates and treatment options for psychopathy and emotional dysregulation,  depression, and anxiety disorders in children
  • Present a treatment algorithm utilizing multiple intervention methods designed to de-escalate behavior and promote social-emotional learning
  • Describe effective classroom interventions and treatment options for children with behavioral self-regulation issues and emotional disorders


8:00-9:00 Neural architecture of emotions and empathy

9:00-10:00 Neural architecture of emotional regulation

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-12:00 Emotional disorders, behavior and academic success

12:00-1:00 Lunch- On your own

1:00-2:00 Treatment options

2:00-2:45 De-escalating behavior and promoting social-emotional learning

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:00 Classroom interventions

4:00 Complete program evaluations