Zero to Six: Understanding the Inner World of Young Children from Infancy through Kindergarten

Coursemaster:  Edmund Sprunger, MSW

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Dates: Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, 8, 2018

Time:  7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: At the Institute 8820 Ladue Rd., 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO 63124

Course Level:  Introductory

Fee: $195

This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for: 9.0 Credit Hours

Attention Early Childhood Educators:  This course has been approved for clock hours by the Missouri Professional Development Registry. To receive these clock hours, you must include your MOPD ID number when registering.

This course explores the powerful emotions behind behaviors. The practical and useful classes feature topics such as the developmental accomplishments during the early years of life, and the crucial roles that early feelings and relationships play during these years. Additional topics include understanding traumatic issues in the life of a child–such as divorce, loss of a parent, and loss of a sibling. We will also explore the consequences of untreated anxiety as well as the inner experiences of children who are adopted or in foster care. A particular focus of the course will be applying an understanding of childhood development to the participants’ work experiences.

OBJECTIVES:

1st Class 10/4/18: The First, Second, and Third Years of Life

Edmund Sprunger, MSW

The students will be able to list the salient developmental accomplishments during the first, second and third years of life.

The students will be able to describe some of the crucial roles that early feelings and relationships play in the first, second, and third years of life.

The students will be able to describe some of the crucial roles that early feelings and relationships play in the in the first, second, and third years of life.

 

2nd  Class 10/11/18: The Fourth, Fifth, & Sixth Years of Life

Edmund Sprunger, MSW

The students will be able to list the salient developmental accomplishments during the fourth, fifth, and sixth years of life.

The students will be able to describe some of the crucial roles that early feelings and relationships play in the fourth, fifth, and sixth years of life.

 

3rd  Class 10/18/18 – Special Guest Lecture, location tba

Leon Hoffman, MD

The students will be able to describe how all behavior has meaning.

The students will be able to describe how disruptive behaviors serve as defenses against painful emotions.

Participants will be able to describe the meaning of a child’s behavior which will allow the adult to approach the child more effectively.

 

4th class 10/25/18: Relationships: 

Moisy Shopper, MD

Participants will be able to describe the basic tenets of attachment theory.

Participants will be able to describe the immediate and lasting impact of siblings, with special attention to twins, age differences, sexual differences as well as neo-natal deaths and miscarriages (unborn siblings).

Participants will be able to describe the role of the father infant-toddler relationship in the development of the infant.

Participants will be able to describe the literature on father loss and explain how this phenomenon affects both boys and girls.

Participants will be able to explain the multi faceted effect of the varying degrees of parental loss and different degrees of parental involvement (legal and actual).

 

5th class 11/1/18: Rocky Developmental Paths

Chester Smith, MEd, LPC

Participants will be able to describe the typical responses children have to trauma and loss.

Participants will be able to assess the inner experiences and turmoil of adopted children and children in foster care.

Participants will be able to delineate the challenges which face parents of children with special needs.

 

6th class 11/8/18: Day-to-Day Applications

Michael Deal, MA

The students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of childhood development and apply it to their work experience.

 

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