Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

March 12 Program Agenda

"Happiest Toddler on the Block"

Harvey Karp, MD, Pediatrician, child developmentalist and assistant professor at the
University of Southern California, School of Medicine


Thursday, March 12, 2015


8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:45 - 10:45 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Auditorium
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB will provide 2 CEUs to MFTs/LCSWs in attendance (free to EALB members, $20 for non-members).
Approval No. PCE 4131

Contact info: (310) 476-4440

Dr. Harvey Karp, MD Harvey Karp, MD, FAAP is a pediatrician, child developmentalist and assistant professor at the University of Southern California, School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1976, completed residency at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, and performed fellowships in Ambulatory Pediatrics and Child Development at UCLA. Afterwards, Dr. Karp practiced pediatrics in Los Angeles, for 25 years. Dr. Karp's ideas on infant calming/sleep and toddler emotional development are frequently featured in the national and international press. His landmark DVDs/books, The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Happiest Toddler on the Block and The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep: Birth to 5, have made him America's most read pediatrician.

Thousands of professionals are certified to teach Dr. Karp’s baby calming/sleep program in hospitals, clinics, military bases, etc. across America and in dozens of other nations. Over 1000 of these educators work for departments of health throughout the US using this approach to strengthen young families and prevent child abuse, postpartum depression, SIDS/Suffocation and breast feeding failure.
Dr. Karp is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, serves on several advisory boards and has received numerous honors for his work. He is also a nationally recognized advocate for children's environmental health and serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Working Group. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nina. Their daughter lives in New York City.

A key part of an adult’s job is to help young children (8 mo - 5 yr) deal with upset feelings. Toddler emotional health is a key ingredient to resilience. Additionally, tantrums are a strain on families and a common trigger of verbal and physical abuse. The presenter will highlight two important misunderstandings about how best to nurture emotional health: First, the popular “respectful listening” approach is very effective in helping upset older kids deal with upsets, but it often fails to calm distraught toddlers...and may even accidentally increase distress. Second, a delay in left brain (versus right brain) development leads to poor attention, poor impulse control and difficulty with communicating verbally (i.e. reduced executive functioning). Getting upset even reduces an adult’s left brain ability (we get less patient, logical and reasonable). And, since toddlers start out with poor left brain executive function when they're upset they can get exceedingly wild and primitive.
This immaturity of the left brain underlies a tot's difficulty with emotional regulation and being "well" behaved and can lead to parental frustration and even abuse. Yet, the greater maturity of the right brain (which specializes in nonverbal cues, e.g. gesture, tone of voice) offers the key to successful toddler communication. The speaker outlines a new paradigm using a respectful right-brain (non-verbal) based style of language. It centers on three steps: 1) speaking in short phrases, 2) using lots of repetition (5-10 times) and 3) using increased non-verbal cues. These techniques often lead to a rapid resolution of outbursts and a rise in patience and cooperation.
Additionally, it's an adult's job to teach young children how to cooperate with others (manners, sharing, etc). Attendees will learn three innovative respect-based techniques to quickly boost patience and cooperation. This information will help attendees immediately be more successful with all toddlers (from easy children to those with developmental or emotional problems).

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Jaylene Westfall, Kim Wee, Harvey Karp Jaylene Westfall - Certified Parent Educator
Harvey Karp - MD - Founder
Kimberly Wee - Director, and President

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