Child Development Conference 2019

“Reflect to Connect:

A Relationship Approach to Promoting Healthy Child Development”


Regina Pally, MD



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Date:  Monday, February 18, 2019 – Presidents’ Day

Location:  Ethical Society of St. Louis Auditorium, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis, MO 63117

Time:  8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (on-site check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Cost: $65  (Non refundable)  6.5 Credit Hours (non-psychologist)

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.

Pally, Regina 2018A full day devoted to child development, with facilitator Regina Pally, MD presenting

Reflect to Connect:

A Relationship Approach to Promoting Healthy Child Development

This workshop offers a new way to think about caring for children — which will be useful to anyone involved in the care of children or their families including clinicians, counselors, early childhood educators, daycare staff, parents, or other primary caretakers — called Reflective Parenting.

In this interactive conference you will learn (1) what a strong relationship contains and how it gives a child all the nutrients and skills they need to learn, to be resilient, and to be as successful as possible and (2) what the reflective concept means and how the capacity of a caregiver/parent to be reflective is the most important tool in your arsenal for building and maintaining a strong parent-child relationship. You’ll be learning not only from renowned expert Dr. Pally, but collaborating with other professionals working with children in the St. Louis area.

Additional tools include accepting that ‘there is no one right way,” tolerating uncertainty and not knowing, balancing empathy with limit setting, being flexible and open minded, and adjusting one’s approach to best fit the needs of the child.

True communication requires understanding another person and communicating that understanding in an effective way. In fact, when we try to understand another person it is one of the major ways we express how much we care.

What is important in relating to children is not what you DO. It is HOW you DO what you do that matters. The actions you take, the activities and lessons you provide are no where near as important as HOW you RELATE to your child.

The workshop’s concepts are about understanding what is in the mind, not just what is on the surface.  The teacher/caregiver/counselor/parent who can reflect will be better able to understand, respect and validate the child’s perspective.

This dynamic day-long event brings together mental health professionals, early childhood educators, and others who work with young children.  The opportunity to learn from each other as well as from the facilitator is invaluable.   Join us.

On-site registration/bagel breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.

Event begins at 8:00 a.m.

We provide the lunch! (if you have dietary restrictions, you are welcome to bring your own food – there is a refrigerator on site)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe ways in which strong relationships matter much for the healthy development of children
  2. Explain why the capacity to be reflective is essential for building and maintaining a strong parent-child relationship.
  3. Define Reflective Capacity
  4. List at least 3 of the 5 steps involved in the skill of Reflective Capacity
  5. Name at least 4 out of 10 of the Guiding Principles of Reflective Parenting
  6. Explain why misunderstanding and conflict are a normal and even a healthy aspect of the parent-child relationship.
  7. Describe at least 3 new skills for soothing children’s distress and enhancing of self-regulation in children,
  8. Explain the importance of empathy and validation for relationship repair when misunderstanding and conflict occur.

Regina Pally, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who has been in private practice for over 35 years, with a special interest in parents and couples. For 25 years she studied and wrote about neuroscience for mental health professionals. Most recently Dr. Pally has dedicated herself to working in the community to improve the lives of children and their families. In 2008 she founded the Center for Reflective Communities, whose mission is to ‘promote healthy child development, by strengthening the relationship bonds that children have with all those who care for them through an emphasis on reflective thinking.’  Learn more about Dr. Pally HERE.

Questions?  Contact Cathy Krane, or 314-446-3043

In order to receive CME/CE credit for this course you must

  1. Attend the program and sign in.
  2. Complete an online evaluation form after the conference. If the attendance requirement has been met, a link and instructions for completing the evaluation will be emailed to you at the end of the course.
  3. Upon completion of the online evaluation, you will be able to print or email your certificate.

As usual, MOPD credit for early childhood educators will be accessible through the MOPD Registry.

Further details on Credit Hours, click HERE.