Stress, Risk & Resilience: The Interplay of Parenting, Child Development and Social Context
Breakout sessions include:
Suzi Tortora / Jessica Anenberg / Jennifer Whitley
Shall We Dance? Collaboration Across Disciplines Including Integrative Medicine And Child Life To Support Medically ill Babies And Their Families In A Cancer Hospital
This presentation will discuss an innovative collaboration across disciplines including Dance/Movement Therapy and Child Life at a major NYC cancer hospital to provide integrative services that support long-term in-patient medically ill infants and their families. How key principles of infant mental health are used to support each infant’s social and emotional development to address complex family issues that challenge the baby’s medical treatment -- including socio-economic stressors and the lack of consistent caregivers at bedside -- will be discussed. This collaborative model will highlight the use of the creative arts therapies, including music and dance as an instrumental tool for coping and healing for both the baby and their parents.