The 21st Annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference

July 13–14, 2017
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.

IQ, It’s Not Just a Number:  Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Possibilities and Challenges

This conference will help you and the families you work with address and manage many facets of intellectual and other developmental disabilities.  Topics include:  a medical update on Down Syndrome and other causes of ID, review of complications of an ID diagnosis for special populations such as deaf and hard of hearing, the change in emphasis on adaptive skills vs. IQ scores, and ways to foster self-determination and independence for individuals with ID and their families.  The topics are geared to providers of primary care, rehabilitation services, psychologists, social workers and care managers.

As a result of attending this conference, participants will:

  • understand the role of IQ scores and adaptive skills measures in diagnosis
  • be aware of policies and strategies that enhance independence in self care and self determination

  • understand how to access services for individuals whose level of intellectual and/or developmental disabilities require support

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

$60 per night

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
Waterville/Augusta, Maine

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


Keynote Presenters:

Nancy Suchman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine
Department of Psychology and Child Study Center

Dr. Suchman has been funded over the past 20 years by the National Institutes of Health to develop and evaluate attachment-based interventions for mothers with chronic substance use and psychiatric problems. In two randomized clinical trials, she has evaluated Mothering from the Inside Out (MIO), the first intervention for substance abusing parents that targets the capacity to recognize and regulate strong negative emotional states associated with relapse and maladaptive parenting. In a third ongoing randomized trial, Dr. Suchman is training addiction counselors to deliver MIO with fidelity in community-based settings in order to test MIO's efficacy in the real world. Dr. Suchman is also collaborating internationally with colleagues in South Africa and Finland to examine the benefits of MIO for at-risk parents in diverse cultures. Dr. Suchman is the Director of Addiction and Family Research at Yale University School of Medicine and is a Licensed Psychologist in Connecticut.

Patrick J. Brice, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Gallaudet University

Patrick J. Brice earned his Ph.D. in Developmental and Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1983. He has taught at Gallaudet University since 1984, first in the Department of Counseling, and for the past 21 years as professor in the Department of Psychology. His main area of research is parent-child relationships, particularly parent-child attachment and the factors affecting the development of secure attachment. He has also published an presented on learning disabilities in deaf children and adults, assessment of deaf children and adults, executive functioning, as well as attachment styles in deaf children and adults. He served as the director of clinical training for the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Gallaudet from 2000 to 2013. Most importantly, he and his wife have three phenomenal kids who continue to teach him the essence of human development.

Additional Faculty:

Yvette Blanchard, PT, ScD, PCS
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Sacred Heart University

Alexa Craig, M.D., M.Sc.
Neonatal and Pediatric Neurology
Maine Medical Center

Don Lynch
Navigator, Penquis Regional Linking Project
Families and Children Together

Deb McSweeney, PT, MSPT
Pediatric Physical Therapist
Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center

Dora Anne Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP
Vice President for Clinical Affairs
Director, Center for Health Innovation
University of New England

Wendy E. Smith, M.D.
Director, Division of Genetics
The Barbara Bush Childrens' Hospital
Maine Medical Center

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 Thayer Center for Health, 149 North Street, in Waterville and 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.


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

Thursday, July 21

7:30 am
Diamond Building lobby

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

8:30 am
Danger and Fear:  Attachment, Regulation and Marshmallows
Patrick J. Brice, Ph.D.

10 am

10:30 am
The Neuroscience of Attachment and Addiction:  Implications for the Development of New Parenting Interventions
Nancy Suchman, Ph.D.

12:00 pm

1:15 pm
Yes, No, Maybe: The Role of Genetic Testing in Assessing Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
Wendy E. Smith, M.D.

2:15 pm
Therapeutic Hypothermia: What you need to know to be cool
Alexa Craig, M.D.

3:15 pm

3:30 pm
Developmental Care and Early Intervention with High Risk Infants
Deb McSweeney, PT, MSPT

4:30 pm
Closing Remarks

Friday, July 22

8:15 am
Mothering from the Inside Out:  A mentalization-based approach to parent psychotherapy for mothers in addiction treatment.
Nancy Suchman, Ph.D.

9:45 am

10:00 am
Attachment in Families with Deaf Children:  Lessons about Parenting Relationships
Patrick J. Brice, Ph.D.

11:15 am
Penquis Regional Linking Project Navigator Services:  Reducing Barriers and Improving Child Outcomes
Don Lynch

12:00 pm

1:15 pm
Supporting Parent-Infant Relationships Through the Use of the Newborn Behavioral Observation (NBO) System in Early Intervention
Yvette Blanchard, PT, ScD, PCS

2:15 pm

2:30 pm
From Patients to Populations to Politics: A Necessary Collaboration
Dora Mills, M.D.


21st Annual Childhood Development and Behavior Conference