The Power of PLAY

Building Dynamic Relationships: Promoting Capacities for a Meaningful Life and Unlocking Potential for Individuals with Autism and other Social and Mental Health Challenges Across the Lifespan

Play is a critical component of every intervention program targeting intensive physical, social, emotional, communicative and cognitive development. Play is not optional. In contrast, research reinforces the necessity of play for developmental growth throughout the lifespan, building functional capacities for thinking, relating, communicating and creativity as well as supporting competence, confidence and independence for ALL children. Play is the essence of childhood: motivating, fun, meaningful and spontaneous, filling hours of a child’s day and providing the vehicle (engagement) for relationship-based interactions that can be used to target any developmental capacity, self-help skill or academic concept.  Play is fundamental to the DIR-FCD Model where meaningful interactions tailored to a child’s individual needs are mobilized through the strength of relationships to enhance developmental growth and lifelong functioning.

Who should attend?

Professionals of all disciplines including education and parents concerned with the development of individuals with challenges in relating, communicating, learning, making transitions and developing competencies for independent living.

Presentations

Have You Played Today?
Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH
Medical Director of Profectum Foundation

Play: The Hidden Curriculum of the DIR Model
Serena Wieder, PhD
Clinical Director of Profectum Foundation

Repairing the Impact of Trauma in Early Childhood: The Use of Play in Child-Parent Psychotherapy
Alicia Lieberman, PhD
Irving B. Harris Endowed Chair in Infant Mental Health; Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Psychiatry; Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at San Francisco General Hospital

Parent-Child Interactions: The Experience and the Challenge
Alicia Lieberman, PhD & Serena Wieder, PhD

Relationships at Work – Case Illustrations and Panel Discussion

Connecting Movement and Sensation to Developmental Challenges in ASD
Elizabeth Osten, MS, OTR/L
Owner and Director; Beth Osten & Associates; ABD Fielding Graduate University; Profectum Sr. Faculty

The Healing Power of Procedural Enactments in Play – A Case Study
Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN
Affiliation, Profectum Sr. Faculty

Panel Discussion
Serena Wieder, PhD; Alicia Lieberman, PhD; Elizabeth Osten, MS, OTR/L; Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN; Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD

PLAY:  The Road to Developmental Integration
Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP
Professor, Department of Linguistics and Communication Disorders, Queens College, City University of New York; Profectum Sr. Faculty

Unconventional Communication and Play: A View Through a Developmental Lens
Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP
Owner Cawn/Krantz & Associates; Profectum Sr. Faculty

Following Passions that Lead to Meaningful and Purpose Filled Lives:  Reflections of a Young Man on his DIR® Journey
Rosemary White, OTR/L
Founder, Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services; Profectum Sr. Faculty

The Magical Neural Exercise
Mona Delahooke, PhD
Profectum Sr. Faculty

Engagement Based Learning: The 21st Century Secret
Barbara Kalmanson, PhD
Infant-Parent Program, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Faculty; Founder, Oak Hill School; California Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist Reflective Practice Mentor; Profectum Sr. Faculty

The NEWLY Published DIR-FCD IEP Goal Bank for Early Intervention, Home Programs, Private and Public School Students
Monica G. Osgood, Laura Baldwin, Karen McDowell, Traci Swink, MD, Lindsay Zimmerman, Celebrate the Children and Villa Esperanza School Staff

Playing with Peers in Natural Settings – Supporting Interactions and Documenting Progress: Introducing the  “Connection Coder”  Video App!
Josh Feder, MD 
Child and Family Psychiatrist, Private Practice; Profectum Sr. Faculty
Rosemary White, OTR/L
Founder, Pediatric Physical and Occupational Therapy Services; Profectum Sr. Faculty

Exploring how Sharing Imagination Fuels Play, Academics and Success as Adults
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP
Founder & CEO Social Thinking 

Raising Differently Wired Kids: SOS for Parents in the Trenches
Deborah Reber
New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of TiLT Parenting

Playfulness and Humor in Adulthood
Anie Knipping

8:30-9:00
Have you played today?
Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH
9:00-10:15
Play: The Hidden Curriculum of the DIR Model
Serena Wieder, PhD
10:15-10:45
BREAK | Coffee, Tea, Mini Scones & Muffins | Resource Partner Fair Bookstore & Book Signings
10:45-11:45
Repairing the Impact of Trauma in Early Childhood: The Use of Play in Child-Parent Psychotherapy
Alicia Lieberman, PhD
11:45-12:00
Parent-Child Interactions: The Experience and the Challenge
Alicia Lieberman, PhD & Serena Wieder, PhD
12:00-12:45
Special Celebration Honoring Serena Wieder, PhD
Dr. Wieder is the Clinical Director of Profectum Foundation, Co-founder of the DIR-FCD Model, Founder of the DIR® Institute, clinician, author, mentor, and friend to professionals and families worldwide.
12:45-2:00
LUNCH on Your Own
2:00-3:00
Relationships at Work – Case Illustrations and Panel Discussion
Connecting Movement and Sensation to Developmental Challenges in ASD
Elizabeth Osten, MS, OTR/L
The Healing Power of Procedural Enactments in Play – A Case Study
Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN
Panel Discussion
Serena Wieder, PhD; Alicia Lieberman, PhD; Elizabeth Osten, MS, OTR/L; Connie Lillas, PhD, MFT, RN; Ruby Salazar, LCSW, BCD
3:00 – 3:30
BREAK | Coffee & Tea | Resource Partner Fair | Bookstore & Book Signings
3:30-4:30
PLAY:  The Road to Developmental Integration
Sima Gerber, PhD, CCC-SLP
Unconventional Communication and Play: A View Through a Developmental Lens
Sherri Cawn, MA, CCC-SLP
4:30-5:00
Following Passions that Lead to Meaningful and Purpose Filled Lives:  Reflections of a Young Man on his DIR® Journey
Rosemary White, OTR/L
5:00-5:30
The Magical Neural Exercise
Mona Delahooke, PhD

8:30-9:00
Welcome & Introduction
Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH
Engagement Based Learning: The 21st Century Secret
Barbara Kalmanson, PhD
9:00-11:00
The NEWLY Published DIR-FCD IEP Goal Bank for Early Intervention, Home Programs, Private and Public School Students
Monica G. Osgood, Laura Baldwin, Karen McDowell, Traci Swink, MD, Lindsay Zimmerman, Celebrate the Children and Villa Esperanza School Staff
11:00-11:30
BREAK | Coffee, Tea, Mini Scones & Muffins | Bookstore & Book Signings
11:30-12:30
Playing with Peers in Natural Settings – Supporting Interactions and Documenting Progress: Introducing the  “Connection Coder”  Video App!
Josh Feder, MD  & Rosemary White, OTR/L
12:30-1:45
LUNCH on Your Own
1:45-3:45
Exploring how Sharing Imagination Fuels Play, Academics and Success as Adults
Michelle Garcia Winner, MA, CCC-SLP
3:45-4:15
BREAK | Coffee & Tea | Bookstore & Book Signings
4:15-5:15
Raising Differently Wired Kids: SOS for Parents in the Trenches
Deborah Reber
5:15-5:30
Playfulness and Humor in Adulthood
Anie Knipping

Registration Information

Registration Type Early Bird Rate
Expires 1-21-19
Regular Rate
1-22-19 to 3-9-19
Both Days $375 $405
Friday Only $190 $220
Saturday Only $190 $220
CE Fee $35 $35

Discounts

Do you qualify for a 15% discount?

  • Groups of 5+  For group registrations, at least 5 registrants must register at the same time.
  • Student w/ Current Id  You will need to provide a copy of your current student ID.
  • Profectum Academy Member Enrolled in a Course or a Profectum Certificate Holder

If you meet the discount criteria above, please contact emily.mohr@profectum.org for information and instructions on how to register with a discount code.

Discounts do not apply to CE fees.

Vendor Info

We are awaiting approval for vendorization from the Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center.

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registrations and payments must be received no later than Wednesday, February 27, 2019. Confirmations and receipts are furnished by email. Any registration received after Wednesday, February 27, 2019 will be considered, providing space is available.

We DO NOT invoice for our events. All attendees or groups must have a paid registration prior to the event.

Written cancellation or change notifications must be received no later than Wednesday, February 27, 2019 via email to emily.mohr@profectum.org. A cancellation/change processing fee of $25 will be charged.

After Wednesday, February 27, 2019, no refunds or credit for future events will be given. Substitute attendees are welcome but we must be notified with their name and contact information. Please understand that if you do not attend you are still liable for full payment.

In the unlikely event that this program is cancelled, you will be notified immediately via email and a credit will be issued toward a rescheduled conference, or the entire submitted registration fee will be refunded without further liability on the part of the organizer.

Additional Registration Information

Registration opens at 7:45 am. Please check-in at the registration desk to receive your name badge and day of schedule. Sessions will start promptly at 8:30 am.

Printed presentation handouts will NOT be provided. Presentation handouts will be available on our website approximately 1-week prior to the conference for you to download and/or print if desired.

As you prepare to attend this conference, remember that meeting room climates vary, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing to ensure your personal comfort. As a consideration to all participants, we ask that you turn all cellular phones and pagers to a non-audible mode during the presentations. Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

More detailed information will be emailed to you closer to the date of the conference.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities & Special Needs Request

If you require ADA accommodations or have a special needs request, please email emily.mohr@profectum.org at least 1-week prior to the conference date so that arrangements can be made.

Want to be a Conference Sponsor and/or Resource Partner?

Here’s how … view the Conference Sponsorship & Resource Partner Prospectus for all the details and the amenities available to you.

Made the decision to be a Sponsor and/or Resource Partner?

Contact beth.arena@profectum.org or emily.mohr@profectum.org if you have questions.

Continuing Education

A general certificate of attendance will be issued to all conference participants via email for each day of attendance.  Specific approved continuing education boards certificates of attendance will be sent to participants who are registered and complete the course requirements for continuing education credits. The certificate will note the number of instructional hours for the day in attendance.

Registration opens at 7:45 am. Check-in at the CE registration desk to receive your name badge and day of schedule. Sessions will start promptly at 8:30 am.

Profectum will be seeking for continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs & Psychologists, OTs, OTAs, SLPs. Please note at this time the Conference program is not yet approved by any Continuing Education boards. Please check back as this section will be updated with more information regarding credits for these disciplines.


Contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements. Download and save the Conference Brochure and keep your certificate of attendance.

Visit the Registration tab for our Cancellation Policy.

Accommodations

Hilton Pasadena

$188/night + fees

Guest block reservation link coming soon!

168 S Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Shuttle to The Huntington Available

Website Link

Other Nearby Hotels

The Westin Pasadena

$179/night + fees

191 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101

Courtesy Room Block – For reservations use the link below or call the Reservations Dept. directly at 866-837-4181 and identifying you are part of “Profectum Foundation courtesy room block 3/7/19.

Link to Courtesy Block to make online reservations

The “cut-off date” for accepting reservations into this block is 2/5/19.  All reservation requests received after 5:00 PM PDT on the cut-off date will be based on space availability and prevailing rate.

Shuttle to The Huntington Available

Sheraton Pasadena Hotel

$226/night + fees

303 Cordova St, Pasadena, CA 91101

Shuttle to The Huntington Available

Website Link

Howard Johnson by Wyndham Pasadena

$99/night + fees

1599 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91106

No Shuttle Available

Website Link

Directions

The Huntington is located near Pasadena in the city of San Marino, twelve miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles. The Huntington has two entrance gates: at Allen Ave., just south of California Blvd., and on Oxford Road.

LOCATED AT
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108
626.405.2100

Parking

Parking at The Huntington is free.

Link to More Information on Directions, Parking and Public Transportation

The Gardens

Entrance to The Huntington Gardens is free for conference registrants. Below is a map of the gardens.

https://www.huntington.org/map-of-grounds

Faculty and Academy Leadership Summit Day

Sunday, March 10, 2019

10:30 am to 2:30 pm

Villa Esperanza | 2060 E Villa St, Pasadena, CA 91107

No Fee | Sunday Brunch Included

Located 2 miles from the Huntington

Agenda

9:30-10:30
Presentations from International Affiliates

10:30 – 11:45
Brunch & Reminiscences with Serena

11:45 – 2:05
Clinical Challenges (35 minutes each – 20 min presentation w/ 15 min discussion)

  • 11:45 – 12:20 – Clinical Challenge #1
  • 12:20 – 12:55 – Clinical Challenge #2
  • 12:55 – 1:30 – Clinical Challenge #3
  • 1:30 – 2:05 Clinical Challenge – #4

2:05 – 2:30
Closing

Handouts will be available closer to the date of the conference. This will be password protected page available to conference registrants only. Conference registrants will receive an email with password approximately one week before the conference.

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