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What Fathers and Mothers Bring to Babies and Young Children

May 12, 2012 9:00 am -
May 12, 2012 1:00 pm

Event Description

Arnold M. Kerzner, MD and Kyle D. Pruett, MD, instructors

This will be a special conference in honor of Arnold Kerzner, MD, founder of BIDIP, who has dedicated himself to nurturing early relationships and those who work to support young children and families. Joining Dr. Kerzner will be Dr. Kyle Pruett, an internationally known expert on child, parental and family development, paternal involvement, children’s mental health, creativity, and the effects of media, trauma and divorce on children. Together Drs. Kerzner and Pruett will take a multi-faceted look at the dynamics of nurturing parent-child relationships. They will blend multiple points of observation and theory, including developmental, attachment, neurobiological, gender differences, and clinical frameworks. Drs. Kerzner and Pruett will use a lively format of presentation as they share their many years of understanding and work within the child-parent dyad. Audience participation will be welcome.

The participant will:

1) review the science highlighting paternal contributions to child development
2) apply the understanding of these contributions to interventions in the clinical processes of co-parenting
3) examine barriers to engaging parents as clinical partners in early intervention efforts

Program Code: AK40
4 CE Credits
Location: at MSPP, West Roxbury/Boston

Arnold M. Kerzner, MD, a child psychiatrist, graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine in 1963, and completed residencies in Pediatrics (Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston) and Adult Psychiatry (Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY), and a fellowship in Child Psychiatry (Boston Children’s Hospital-Judge Baker Guidance Center at Harvard Medical School). He is board certified by both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Kerzner founded the Boston Institute for the Development of Infants and Parents in 1973 and was named President Emeritus after serving 17 years as president. This multidisciplinary institute explores the interactional world of the infant and parent. He received their Achievement Award for Excellence and an award for “Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Infant-Parent Care.” His interest in mothers and infants led to his consultation and on-screen participation in the award-winning video, “Baby Basics,” presently used by childbirth programs and hospitals across the United States. For the past 41 years, Dr. Kerzner has been a psychotherapist for children, adolescents and their parents, and served as Medical Director of the Human Relations Service, Inc., in Wellesley, MA until his retirement from that agency in June 2011. In 2006, HRS established the Arnold M. Kerzner, MD Annual Community Service Award in his honor. In addition to practicing psychotherapy, he has consulted to numerous public school systems. From 2005 to 2007, as a Clinical Instructor in Child Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, he taught psychiatric residents. In 2007-2008, he served as psychiatric consultant to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell Health Services, and in January 2011 became the Clinical Director of Youth Behavioral Services at the Lowell Community Health Center. He was the senior psychiatric consultant to the Perkins School for the Blind from 1982-2009, and received the first President’s Award from that institution in 2007. As a sought after lecturer on child and family issues, he has spoken before numerous professional, parent and television audiences and is frequently interviewed by local media for his opinion on issues affecting children and parents. Dr. Kerzner was featured in The Boston Globe Magazine on February 4, 1996, in a special issue about suburban and rural youth. He served on the Board of Directors of Bridge Over Troubled Waters for many years and, since 1973, has held various positions on the board of the New England Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, including the presidency in June 2005. In 2001, Dr. Kerzner received an alumni award from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine for “Service to Medicine and Community.”


Kyle D. Pruett, MD, is a Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. He is a prominent author, international lecturer, media personality and pioneering researcher, conducting the country’s only long-term study of the impact on children of primary caretaking fathers. Author of several award-winning books, he has also been a columnist for Good Housekeeping and Child magazines. He hosted his own Lifetime Television series, Your Child Six to Twelve with Dr. Kyle Pruett, and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey to host her award-winning video, Begin With Love., and by Peter Jennings to appear with him on the Children’s Town Meetings after 9-11.  Dr. Pruett appears frequently in the New York Times, on National Public Radio and Television, Good Morning America, CBS News. and the Today Show. He has hosted award-winning DVDs for the National Fatherhood Initiative, Reading is Fundamental, I Am Your Child Foundation, and the Goddard Schools. An acclaimed speaker and teacher, he has addressed the National Press Club, educated judges, lawyers, business leaders and physicians in many states, and advised dozens of legislators at the state and federal level. He consulted with Vice President Al Gore on several of the White House ‘Family Reunions’, is past-president of Zero to Three: The National Center for Infants, Toddlers and their Families, and a member of the Sesame Workshop Board of Trustees. Educated in public schools, Yale and Tufts Universities, he is an internationally known expert and forensic consultant on child, parental and family development, paternal involvement, children’s mental health, creativity, and the effects of media, trauma, and divorce on children. He maintains a practice in infant, child and family psychiatry. 

Event Type:Continuing Education Program
Category:Early Childhood Professionals
Early registration ends on Jan 16, 2012.
Regular registration starts on Jan 17, 2012 and ends on May 01, 2012.
Late registration starts on May 02, 2012.



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