The 20th Annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference

July 21–22, 2016
Location: Colby College, Waterville, Maine
Costs: The all-inclusive registration fee includes tuition, two lunches, breaks, and handouts. $270 for MD's and $198 for PhD's and others. One-day tuition for MDs is $157 and for others $131.
Who Should Attend: Psychologists, physicians, social workers, counselors, therapists.

Best practices and current concepts in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics.

Colby College presents the twentieth annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference, a two-day program for professionals working with children and teens with emotional, behavioral, developmental, and mental health problems. The program will be particularly useful for primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, teachers and counselors. Strategies that work in the home, school and community to help children and families experience their world as a better place will be provided.

The theme for the 2016 course will be added soon.  Please check back with us.  Thank you!

2015 Course:

Change is constant in delivering care to children and families with developmental and behavioral problems.  In this conference, Dr. Cooley and our other invited experts will share their experience in delivering evidence-based best practices in client/family centered, integrated care.  The format will include keynote speakers followed by fast-paced presentations regarding topics that are most challenging for providers and parents.

The Power of Family: Collaborative Decision Making  in Everyday Practice

Child centered and family driven interventions have the best outcomes. This approach requires that providers are culturally competent, responsive and successfully involve children/teens in developing a treatment plan. This is easier said than done. Implementing care developed by specialists and sub-specialists can also be a challenge because the whole treatment team, including the family, needs to be committed to the plan. This conference will provide practical solutions to address challenges in aligning the goals and intentions of families and caregivers.

As a result of attending this course participants will:

  • Develop and implement a child and family centered plan of care for all types of services
  • Include parents as partners in your practice
  • Improve communication and collaboration with specialists and sub specialists providing care to your patients/clients
  • Understand barriers to transition of care to adult services and identify resources available in Maine to help with transition

Contact Information
Colby College Special Programs
4730 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8847
phone: 207-859-4730
fax: 207-859-4734
Room and Board

$51 per night

We will update the faculty for 2016 in the next few months. Please check back with us!

Course Directors

Stephen Meister, M.D.

Medical Director
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta Maine

Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer, Ph.D.
Psychology Director
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta Maine

Course Liaisons

Patricia S. Engdahl, LCSW
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center
MaineGeneral Medical Center

Jean Youde, MA

Programs Coordinator
Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center
MaineGeneral Medical Center


Keynote Presenters

W. Carl Cooley, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer, Crotched Mountain Foundation
Medical Director, Center for Medical Home Improvement;
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Dr. Cooley was formerly the director of the Dartmouth Center for Genetics and Child Development and the Hood Center for Children and Families. Prior to his fellowship training in developmental pediatrics, he spent 11 years in community-based pediatric primary care. Dr. Cooley is co-author of “Preventive Healthcare for Children with Genetic Conditions – Providing a Primary Care Medical Home,”now in its second edition. In 2006, The New Hampshire Pediatrics Society named him Pediatrician of the Year, and in 2006 he was the recipient of the Directors Award from the United States Maternal and Child Health Bureau and the Calvin Sia Leadership Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Cooley has been active in the development of state and national policy related to children on the autism spectrum and to health care reform. In 2010, he co-founded and now co-directs Got Transition – the National Health Care Transition Center to improve the transition from pediatric to adult health care for youth with special health care needs.

Hannah Rosenberg, MSc

Program Coordinator, Integrated Care, Boston Children's Hospital

Manager, National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance

Hannah Rosenberg, MSc., is a Program Coordinator at Boston Children’s Hospital and Manager for National Center for Care Coordination Technical Assistance, funded by U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau and  with support from National Center for Medical Home Implementation at the American Academy of Pediatrics. She focuses on research and quality improvement work regarding pediatric integrated care and care coordination for CYSHCN, including work on the development of a measurement tool that assesses family-reported perceptions of pediatric integrated care, the development of care coordination workforce capacity using the US Maternal and Child Health Bureau funded Pediatric Care Coordination Curriculum and development and utilization of the Care Coordination Measurement Tool to capture the value of care coordination. 

Additional Faculty

Amy Belisle, M.D.
Director, Child Health Quality Improvement
Maine Quality Counts

Barbara Davis
Office of Aging and Disability Services

Mark Harris
Office of Aging and Disability Services

Kathleen Kelleher, PT, MA, PCS
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center/MaineGeneral Medical Center

Rochelle Harriman, RN, M.Ed
Care Coordinator
Husson Pediatrics

Melissa Burch, M.D.
Husson Pediatrics

Teresa Barrows, LCSW
Behavioral Health Director
Maine Department of Health & Human Services

Lora Perry

Libby Stone-Sterling, MA, MHRT-C
Assistant Director
Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

The Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center
The Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center at MaineGeneral Medical Center provides a wide array of top-quality evaluation and treatment services for children and families. The center is committed to an interdisciplinary model of care, and services are comprehensive and trauma-informed. Patients are seen at Seton in Waterville, and in Augusta at 271 Water Street and 15 Enterprise Drive.

Colby College designates this educational activity for a maximum of 12 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Colby College is approved by the Maine Board of Examiners of Psychologists as a sponsor of continuing professional education activities for licensed psychologists and psychological examiners.  Psychologists and psychological examiners who attend this program may earn up to 12 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For non-physician health professionals, 1.2 C.E.U. credits will be awarded. (One continuing education unit is ten contact hours.)

CME and ME Psychology credit is issued with certificates on the last day of the program. C.E.U. credit will be awarded through Colby's office of the Registrar as an official transcript and will be mailed to the registrant. Please allow 8-10 weeks to process.

We will update the 2016 program schedule in the next few months.  Please check back with us!


Program Schedule

Classes will be held in the air-conditioned Diamond Building on the Colby campus.

Thursday, July 16

7:30 am
Diamond Building lobby

8:15 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Stephen Meister, M.D., Nancy Ponzetti-Dyer, Ph.D. and Jacques Moore

8:30 am
Achieving the Triple Aim for the 1% - Integrating Care for Children with the Most Complex Health Care Needs
Carl Cooley, M.D.

10 am

10:30 am
Overview of the Care Coordination Curriculum /Medical Home Care Coordination Measurement Tool©
Hannah Rosenberg, MSc

12:00 pm

1:15 pm
Care Coordination for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
Rochelle Harriman, RN, M.Ed and Melissa Burch, M.D.

2:55 pm

3:15 pm
Moving to Learn . . .Learning to Move . . .beginning early to support motor skill development and independent function across the lifespan
Kathy Kelleher, PT, MA, PCS

4:05 pm
Closing Remarks

Friday, July 17

8:15 am
Opening the Door to a Healthy Future - Managing the Transition from Pediatrics to Adult Health Care for Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Carl Cooley, M.D.

9:45 am

10:00 am
Care Mapping/Care Coordination Implementation
Hannah Rosenberg, MSc
11:35 am

12:45 pm
Why Work Matters:  Promoting Collaboration Between Families and Vocational Rehabilitation
Libby Stone-Sterling, MA, MHRT-C

1:35 pm
Transition to Adulthood, a Parent's Perspective
Lora Perry, MS, BCBA 2:20 pm

2:40 pm
Children's Services in Maine and Transitioning from Childrens Services to Adult Services
Teresa Barrows, LCSW, Barbara Davis and Mark Harris

3:40 pm
Closing remarks

20th Annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference