Thursday, February 22, 2018, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Recent research in neuroscience has confirmed what many clinicians have long known: Early relationships between caregivers and infants/young children matter and have lifelong implications for children. In order to help each child reach their potential, supportive and caring relationships are essential. This lecture will address the process of creating lasting attachments with adoptive children, some challenges to the process, and guidance and tips to overcome difficulties. Dr. Laura Brock, clinical psychologist, will address unique attachment issues for adoptive families including families that adopt toddlers and older children with difficult early experiences. Dr. Brock has provided clinical services to children and families since 2007, with a focus on early childhood assessment and treatment for issues such as ADHD, disruptive behavior, child and family trauma, anxiety, and childhood depression. At Erikson’s Center for Children and Families, Dr. Brock provides developmental, psycho-educational, and psychological evaluations and counseling services. This lecture is appropriate for prospective adoptive parents and adoptive parents seeking developmental guidance and insight into nurturing positive and growth-promoting relationships with their children.