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Behavioral Health Symposium

Mar 31, 2017
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Bethesda Marriott
Bethesda, MD

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8:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Bethesda, MD
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Our Behavioral Health Symposium will highlight key change mechanisms that improve developmental outcomes for children and caregivers.

Registration Details

Registration is closed or no longer available for this event.

Complimentary continental breakfast and lunch will be provided on-site.

Fees & Payment

Registration is $25 and space is limited.


Fostering Secure Relational Experiences for Educational and Lifelong Benefit

Attachment Goes to School: Fostering Secure Relational Experiences for Educational and Lifelong Benefit

School communities across the country are increasingly challenged to meet the complex learning and development of students and families coping with complex mental health complications and traumatic experiences. Attachment conceptualization and practice - both inside and outside of the classroom - hold great promise for improving educational settings and enhancing communities. This conference will highlight key research, best-practice approaches, and school-based interventions that support positive learning and healthy development for students and their families.


Learning Objectives

  • Explore the keys to classroom success for teachers and students utilizing attachment framework

  • Evaluating attachment-focused parent engagement activities that increase parent, child, and school connection

  • Investigate recent research findings in high-risk student populations for their significance to fostering transformational change

Keynote Speaker

Robert C. Pianta

Robert C. Pianta is Dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He also holds positions as the Novartis Professor of Education, Founding Director of the Curry School’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), Professor of Psychology at the UVa College of Arts & Sciences, and Director of the National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education. Pianta’s research and policy interests focus on teacher-student interactions and relationships and on the improvement of teachers’ contributions to students’ learning and development. He is the author of more than 250 articles, 50 book chapters, and 10 books, and has been a principal investigator on research and training grants totaling over $55 million. He served as the editor of the Journal of School Psychology from 1999 to 2007.

Among other research measures and instruments, Pianta is the creator of an observational assessment of teacher-student interactions known as the Classroom Assessment Scoring System™ or CLASS, with versions for use with infants through twelfth grade students, all of which have been shown to capture features of teacher-student interactions that contribute to learning and development. CLASS is used by every Head Start program in the country, affecting 50,000 teachers and over half a million students. Pianta has also developed a series of proven-effective professional development supports engineered to improve teachers’ effectiveness in the classroom. Called MyTeachingPartner™ or MTP, these supports include a web-mediated approach to individualized coaching on teacher-student interactions, a video library of effective interactions, and a college course. After receiving a B.S. and M.A. in Special Education from the University of Connecticut, Pianta began his career as a special education teacher. Upon completing a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, he joined the University of Virginia faculty in 1986. A nationally recognized expert in both early childhood education and k-12 teaching and learning, Pianta regularly consults with federal agencies, foundations, and universities.

Symposium Agenda

8:00 a.m.

Attendee Check-in & Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks
Marissa Leslie, M.D., Medical Director, Adventist HealthCare Behavioral Health & Wellness Services, Rockville

Jimmy Venza, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness

8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Robert C. Pianta, Ph.D., Novartis US Foundation Professor of Education, Dean, Curry School of Education.

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Morning Break
10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Inside the Classroom: Real-world scenes from the classroom

Sheila Cahill, Ed.D., Director, The Ridge School


12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m

Circle of Security: Parent Engagement in School Settings

Anna Crisologo, Ph.D.
Isabelle Rowe, LCSW-C
Diane King-Shaw, Ph.D., LCMFT
Betina Myers, MSW, LGSW
Lindsay Tiell, LCSW-C
Julia Wessel, LCSW-C


1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m

Improving Developmental and Educational Outcomes in Students Exposed to Trauma Experiences

Yair Ziv, Ph.D.
Kristen Capps, Ph.D.
Stephanie Olarte, Ph.D.
Jimmy Venza, Ph.D.


3:00 p.m.

Final remarks and dismissal

Continuing Education Units & Continuing Medical Education

This event is approved for 6.0 hours of Continuing Education Units for social workers, psychologists and counselors.

On-site Parking

On-site parking is available for $9 with validation. The Marriott Hotel also offers complimentary shuttle service from the Medical Center metro station every half hour beginning at 6:30 a.m.


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Schedule & Location


Date Time Location
1. Fri, March 31 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Bethesda Marriott

Location Details

  • Bethesda Marriott
    5151 Pooks Hill Road
    Bethesda, MD 20814

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