Workshop: Play as Regulation

Event details

  • January 30, 2018
  • 6:00 PM
  • Ackerman Institute For The Family 936 Broadway New York, NY 10010

his workshop will address the important role of play in the development of regulatory capacities in young children. Clinical vignettes from each stage of play (sensorimotor, functional and symbolic) will illustrate how play serves a regulatory function during the first five years of life. Factors contributing to the development of self- regulation, such as temperament, executive function, positive parenting, attachment, internal representation and the capacity for symbolization, will be reviewed and contrasted with the primary sources of dysregulation including excessive psycho-sensory stimulation, states of intense emotional arousal, anxiety and toxic stress. Dr. Foley will explain the specific regulatory functions of play including play as regulatory practice, novelty and investigation, and roles and rules. He will also summarize current empirical evidence regarding play and self-regulation.

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About Our Presenter: Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D., IMH-E

Gilbert M. Foley, Ed.D., IMH-E- serves as Co- Clinical Director of the Training and Technical Assistance Center at the New York Center for Child Development in New York City and Co-Director and adjunct professor of the graduate program in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Practice at the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting, Garden City, NY. He is a retired tenured faculty member of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology where he taught for 20 years in the Department of School-Clinical Child Psychology and coordinated the infancy-early childhood track. As Senior Clinical Supervisor in the Department of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine-Bellevue Hospital Center, he was an innovator in the technique of reflective supervision. While serving as the Chief Psychologist in the Pediatric Department of the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Dr. Foley trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and also completed a fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center with the late, Sally Provence M. D. For eleven years Dr. Foley served as the Director and Principle Investigator of the Family Centered Resource Project, a Federally Funded model/demonstration, outreach and technical assistance agency providing training to the infant/early childhood intervention community nationally. Dr. Foley‘s clinical and teaching career has been devoted in large part to working with infants and young children with special needs and their families. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. His most current book with Dr. Jane Hochman, “Mental Health in Early Intervention” is published by Brookes. The Loss-Grief Model developed by Dr. Foley, is the official approach of the Colorado Department of Education parent program. He lectures and consults widely, nationally and internationally, having recently returned from South Africa, China, Prague and Cyprus He was an invited presenter at the First International Conference on Preschool Education in China sponsored by UNICEF and Nanjing University. Dr. Foley began his career as the psychologist for the Berks County Childcare and Preschool Education Programs of the Berks County Intermediate Unit.