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CE Workshop: After the NICU: Addressing Challenges Faced by the Premature Child
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11/3/2017
When: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Where: GPA Office
13 Corporate Blvd. NE
Suite 220
Atlanta, Georgia  30329
United States
Presenter: Traci S. Williams, PsyD and Sheena Carter, PhD
Contact: Staci Bratcher, Director of Communications & Professional Development
404-634-6272, ext. 208


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In the United States, preterm birth occurs in approximately 1 in every 10 births. Children who are born prematurely are at increased risk for long-term neurological and psychosocial disorders, with effects possibly extending over the lifespan. This workshop will provide an overview of the premature birth experience, developmental trajectories of the premature child, as well as recommendations for supporting development from infancy to adulthood. Topics, supported by case studies, will include addressing issues related to attachment, screening for developmental delays, the academic needs of the former preemie, as well as consideration of psychosocial needs across the lifespan.

Learning Objectives:

      1. Discuss the impact of the NICU experience on the child, the caregiver and its implications for early attachment patterns.
      2. Describe at least four risk factors for developmental disabilities/psychological disorders seen in the premature population over the lifespan.
      3. Explain the need for long-term follow-up and support for premature children and their families.
      4. Apply research findings when assessing and treating children, adolescents, and adults who were born prematurely.

      Level: Intermediate

      About the Presenter:

      Dr. Traci Williams and Dr. Sheena Carter are both licensed psychologists who work at Emory University’s Developmental Progress Clinic. In existence for over thirty years, the DPC provides follow-up services to high-risk graduates of the Emory Regional Perinatal Center’s neonatal intensive care units. Working within a multidisciplinary team, they provide follow-up assessment and consultation services to children and their caregivers from NICU discharge to six years of age.

      Registration Costs (per workshop):

      Early Bird Registration (Must be postmarked on or before October 20, 2017 to receive this rate.)

      • $70: GPA Members
      • $105: Non-members
      • $20: GPA Student Members  (Does not include CE Certificate)

      Registration (After October 20, 2017)

      • $80: GPA Members
      • $115: Non-members
      • $30: GPA Student Members  (Does not include CE Certificate)

      Must be logged into member profile to receive member rate.

      Cancellation Policy:
      All cancellations must be submitted in writing to Staci Bratcher via email (stacibratcher@gapsychology.org). A $35 cancellation fee will be charged for any cancellations prior to October 20, 2017. No refunds will be given after October 20, 2017.

      The Georgia Psychological Association is proud to sponsor and support a wide variety of workshops throughout the year as an APA approved sponsor of Continuing Education.