San Diego Course #1- Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018     8:00am-4:00pm

Course #1 –  The Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders: A Framework for Effective Interventions

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

About the Speaker

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Steven G. Feifer, DEd, ABSNP is an internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of learning disabilities, and has authored seven books on the neuropsychology of learning and emo- tional disorders in children. He is dually trained as both a licensed school psychologist, and also holds a diplomate in school neuropsychology. Dr. Feifer was voted the Maryland School Psycholo- gist 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 has conducted more than 600 professional workshops throughout North America, and frequently consults with numerous school districts across the country. He continues to evaluate children in private practice at the Monocacy Neurodevelopmental Center in Frederick, MD. Dr. Feifer has authored two tests on diagnosing learning disabilities in children; the FAR and the FAM, both published by PAR. Disclosure: Financial –Dr. Feifer 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 12th Grade

Course Description: This course will explore the neural architecture of emotional behavior by examining vari- ous 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. Particular focus will be on factors leading to emo- tional dysregulation and the neurobiological underpinnings of stress. Schools can enhance emotional wellness in chil- dren through early prevention efforts, appropriate assess- ment 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 relationship between emotional disorders and poor self regulation skills, bullying behavior, and limited academic success in school

•  Discuss the neural architecture of emotional functioning by examining six key brain regions responsible for behavioral self-regulation

•  Explore the neurobiological correlates and treatment options for psychopathy and emotional dysregulation, depression, and anxiety disorders in children

•  Present a treatment algorithm utilizing counseling, cognitive-behavioral therapy, parent training, and neurofeedback to promote emotional wellness in children

•  Explore effective classroom interventions, treatment options, and assessment strategies for children with emotional self-regulation and conduct disorders