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2017 Hershey Conference on Attachment and Clinical Practice

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At the end of this conference, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss how attachment behavior develops and evolves over time
  • Describe the mechanisms through which early attachment relationships impact social and emotional development
  • Recognize how attachment relationships impact mental health and mental illness
  • Identify evidence-based clinical approaches to assessment and treatment derived from attachment theory and research



Penn State College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Penn State College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 9.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • April 5: 3.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
  • April 6: 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)

Social Work

Penn State is an approved provider as defined by Pa. Code Sections 47.36(a)(3), 48.36(a)(3), and 49.36(a)(3). Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors licensed by the state of Pennsylvania can earn 9.75 clock hours of continuing education for completing this course.

  • April 5: 3.25 clock hours
  • April 6: 6.5 clock hours

ACT 48 Hours

The University is not offering Act 48 hours for this event; however, the program may be eligible for Act 48 hours pending the approval of your school district or intermediate unit. Following completion of the program you will be provided with a certificate indicating the number of hours and CEUs awarded. If you choose to seek Act 48 credit for the program, you will need to take the certificate to your school district or intermediate unit. The process for each school district or intermediate unit may vary, so check with your district or unit prior to registering for the program.

Keynote Speaker

Charles Zeanah, MD, is Mary Peters Sellars-Polchow Chair in Psychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Vice-Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. He also directs the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane.

Throughout his career, he has studied the effects of adverse early experiences on development, including trauma, abuse and neglect. He also has studied interventions designed to enhance recovery following exposure to adverse experience. He chairs a Zero to Three Task Force on the DC:0-5.

He is the editor of three editions of the Handbook of Infant Mental Health, and with Charles Nelson and Nathan Fox, the co-author of Romania’s Abandoned Children: Deprivation, Brain Development and the Struggle for Recovery. A distinguished fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association, he also serves as a Board Member of Zero to Three and is Visiting Professor at the University of Bucharest and the University of Glasgow.


12:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 5

  • Pre-meeting workshop | Integrating an Attachment Perspective into Evidence-Based Treatment with School-Aged Children
    Brian Allen, PsyD
    Bethany Arnold, LCSW

8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. April 6

  • 8 a.m. | Check-In
  • 8:30 a.m. | Introduction and Opening Remarks
  • 8:45 a.m. | Institutional Rearing
    Charles Zeanah, MD
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break
  • 10:30 a.m. | A Randomized Controlled Trial of Foster Care vs. Institutional Care
    Charles Zeanah, MD
  • Noon | Lunch (provided on-site)
  • 1 p.m. | Case Study: Treating Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED)/Reactive Attachment Disorder/Disinhibited with Parent/Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
    Cassie Dickmann, MEd, LPC
    Brian Allen, PsyD
  • 1:30 p.m. | Timing of Intervention Effects: The Question of Sensitive Periods
    Charles Zeanah, MD
  • 3 p.m. | Break
  • 3:15 | Psychopathology Following Institutional Rearing: Outcomes, Mediators, and Moderators
    Charles Zeanah, MD
  • 4:45 p.m. | Closing Comments/Adjournment


Brian Allen, PsyD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Director of Mental Health Services
Penn State College of Medicine
Penn State Center for the Protection of Children
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Bethany Arnold, LCSW
Outpatient Clinician
Penn State Center for the Protection of Children
Stine Foundation Transforming the Lives of Children Clinic
Penn State Children’s Hospital

Charles Zeanah, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Mary Peters Sellars Polchow Chair in Psychiatry
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, LA

Cassie Dickmann, MEd, LPC
Outpatient Clinician
Penn State Center for the Protection of Children
Stine Foundation Transforming the Lives of Children Clinic
Penn State Children’s Hospital

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Hershey is conveniently located in central Pennsylvania, just 90 minutes from Baltimore and Philadelphia, two hours from Washington, D.C., and three hours from New York City.


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