DMHAS and Child & Family Agency Present:
The Importance of Self-Regulation Development in Contexts of Early Adversity: Thinking about Prevention, Promotion, and the Workforce
Course Description: Many different terms have been used to describe one’s ability to control emotions, impulses, and behavior. These include “willpower”, “self-control”, “executive control”, “effortful control” and “self-management”. Self-regulation is the term used in this workshop because it implies a broad range of abilities beyond simply controlling impulses and suggests flexibility and adaptability in response to situational demands and social norms. The importance of self-regulation for long-term functioning across a wide range of domains, from psychological and social to academic and medical, has now been clearly established. Poor self-regulation is associated with major societal problems such as violence and substance use as well as mental health concerns and health problems such as excessive weight gain. Indeed, self-regulation has been identified as the foundation for lifelong physical and mental health . In this workshop attendees will learn the important role of self-regulation across development, from early childhood to young adulthood. They will learn how early adversity and chronic stress impact the development of self-regulation. Participants will be able to identify strategies to strengthen self-regulation across development, and they will consider issues related to workforce development and support for staff who work with children, youth, and families who experience early adversity.
Brenda Jones Harden, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Developmental Science Program, University of Maryland
Desiree Murray, Ph.D., Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina
Aleta Meyer, Ph.D., Division of Family Strengthening, Office of Planning Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families
A light breakfast and lunch are provided without charge.
There is no cost for attending this seminar.
Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Hilton Garden Inn – Glastonbury, CT
85 Glastonbury Blvd., Glastonbury, CT 06033 ph 860-659-1025
Social Work CEU’S have been applied for.
Funding for this seminar series is made possible by a grant from the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS).