The 22nd Annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference

August 2–3, 2018
Location: Colby College, Waterville, Maine, Diamond Building
Costs: The all-inclusive registration fee includes tuition, two lunches, breaks, and handouts. $290 for MD's and $220 for PhD's and others. One-day tuition is $180
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 22nd 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.

Reclaiming Hope. Now and For the Future.
Strategies for Treating Families and Children with Complex Needs

The Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center's Child Development and Behavior Conference at Colby College is a program that brings a science and evidence based approach to understanding interventions that endeavor to improve the lives of children with complex needs.  We have national speakers join with our regional and local experts and policy makers to bring science to service and policy.  We are very excited about our program this year as it promotes a positive approach to care delivery.

As a result of attending this conference, participants will:
  • learn strategies to help families cope with grief and reclaim hope for their child's future
  • be able to locate resources for building resiliency

  • gain a sense of optimism regarding treatment of children with complex needs

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

$80 per night

Course Directors:

Stephen Meister, M.D.
Medical Director
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta, Maine

Shawn Rhine Kalback, Ph.D.
Child Psychologist
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta, Maine

Course Liaisons:

Patricia S. Engdahl, LCSW
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta, Maine

Jean Youde, MA
Programs Coordinator
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center
Waterville/Augusta, Maine

Keynote Presenters:

Carol Weitzman, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Child Study Center
Director, Yale Development Behavioral Pediatrics
Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Carol Weitzman is a Professor of Pediatrics and the Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine.She is the Director of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and the Program Director of the Fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics.  Nationally, she has served on the Executive Board of the Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, (SDBP) is the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, is the Journal Articles Reviews Editor for the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, chair of the steering committee for the DBP Research Network and just completed her role as the course director for DB: Prep, the largest Developmental behavioral pediatrics continuing medical education course. She is the program chair for the Society for Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics and the creator of and immediate past chair of the SDBP Research Scholars Symposium.She is the AAP District 1 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Regional Education and Awareness Liaisons (REAL) Champion.

Dr. Weitzman is the lead author of the AAP Clinical Report on Screening for Behavioral and Emotional problems.She is currently a site PI for an NIH study looking at improving the detection and treatment for under-served children with Autism through the use of a Family Navigator.   She is a governor appointed member of the CT Birth to Three Interagency Coordinating Counsel, which reviews policy for Early Intervention in the state.

Anne Uecker, Ph.D.
Child Neuropsychologist
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center
MaineGeneral Medical Center

Dr. Anne Uecker has been at the pediatric center since June 2000. Prior to beginning her practice in child neuropsychology she worked with a variety of populations including Native American, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Emotional Disabilities brain injured, and even Alzheimer's Disease from educational, research and neuroscience perspectives in northern and southern Arizona, California, Texas, and New York. At the University of Arizona Dr. Uecker was fortunate to work in a lab with individuals at the forefront of the hippocampus and learning and memory field with her advisor Lynn Nadel being coauthor of the seminal book The Hippocampus as a Cognitive Map. Hob-nobbing with hippocampologists is not a short term vocation, and fortunately at the end of the 20th century, the re-discovery of neurogenesis in the hippocampus overturned the long accepted dogma that the brain is hardwired and nonpliable. Instead, we now look at interventions from the neuroplastic perspective and have realized that what we do makes a difference. In other words, we can change our brains for the better. Through her years at MaineGeneral Medical Center, Dr. Uecker has attempted to apply emerging concepts in neuroplasticity to her clinical work. Mindfulness is a good example of a neuroplastic intervention that inspires hope across communities. Dr. Uecker completed a one year certification program through Mindful Schools and hopes to share what she learned in that and her earlier experiences to provide hope and strategies to the Colby Conference attendees. 

Additional Faculty:

Anne Banger
Follow up Coordinator
Working on behalf of the Maine CDC
Newborn Hearing Program

Diane Baras, OT
Head Race Coach
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

Nicole Duncan,Au.D., CCC-A, PASC
Pediatric Audiologist
Clinical Director of Medical Specialist
Penobscot Community Health Center

Jennifer Kesaris, FNP
Nurse Practitioner for MaineGeneral Palliative Care and
Maine General Hospice

Cate Parker, MS, RN, CEP
Director of Community Health and Wellness 
Mid Coast Parkview Health 
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, Parent & Member of Board of Directors

Liam Shaw, LCSW
Region 2 MEPP Coordinator
Edmund Ervin Pediatric Center, MaineGeneral Medical Center

Elizabeth S. Tilton, RN
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation Parent

Alissa Towle, DPT
Program Coordinator
Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation

Cora K. Welsh, MA, CCLS
Pediatric Palliative Care Support Specialist
Johns Hopkins Children's Center

Carrie Woodcock
Executive Director and Parent
Maine Parent Federation

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 the Ballard Center, 6 East Chestnut Street, in Augusta.

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.

Thursday, August 2

7:30 am
Registration: Diamond Building

8:15 am
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Stephen Meister, M.D. and Shawn Rhine Kalback, Ph.D.

8:30-10:00 am
Childhood Adversity: Can We Make a Difference?  We can!
Carol Weitzman, M.D.

10:00-10:30 am

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Developmental Applications of Mindfulness: Big Kids to Little Kids, We're all Special
Anne Uecker, Ph.D.

12:00-1:15 pm

1:15-2:15 pm
From Grief to Resilience:  Raising a child with complex developmental needs
Shawn Kalback, Ph.D.

Did You Come to Play with Me?  Nurturing Hope Through Sibling Play and Support
Cora Welsh, MS, CCLS


Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation: 
A Panel Presentation on the Value of Adaptive Sports & Recreation to Children and Families
Diane Baras, OT
Alissa Towle, DPT
Cate Parker MS, RN, CEP
Elizabeth S. Tilton, RN

Friday, August 3

8:15-9:45 am
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Screening, Diagnosis and How We Can Help
Carol Weitzman, M.D.

9:45-10:00 am

10:00-11:30 am
Strategy Central:  Mindfulness Impacts on the Brain, Executive Functions, and Emotions. Science, Activities and Resources
Anne Uecker, Ph.D.

11:30 am - 12:45 pm

12:45-1:45 pm
The Maine Enhanced Parenting Project (MEPP): A new approach to helping parents with Substance Use Disorders
Liam Shaw, LCSW

1:45-2:45 pm
Pediatric Hearing Detection and Testing
Jennifer Kesaris, FNP
Nicole Duncan, PCHC
Anne Banger

2:45-3:45 pm
Navigating the Lows and Highs of Care.  A Parent's Perspective.
Carrie Woodcock