Continuing Education and Conference Center

1890 Buford Avenue

St. Paul, MN 55108

Room 42

Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Program: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

$70 for AFCC-MN Members
$140 for Non-Members

AFCC-MN is applying for 3 hours of continuing education credit for this event.

AFCC-MN is hosting a half-day continuing education seminar on overnights for young children. Featuring Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett, this presentation combines practical clinical experience and the latest empirical information to illuminate what we know and to distinguish it from what we wish we knew about young children and overnights. The talk will focus on young children’s developmental tasks and hallmarks, developmental risks relevant to separation and divorce, red flags for child stress, and tips for co-parenting. A grid, developed collaboratively by researcher-clinicians, offers a way of integrating what we know about young children and families into parenting plans that stimulate and protect early child growth and development.

Participants will learn:

*About how attachment and parenting involvement can co-exist as bases for making parenting plan decisions

*How to understand what we know about young children and overnights and how to distinguish it from what we wish we knew

*How to use a decision making grid based on child development research to ask relevant questions and make decisions about overnights for children under age 4


Featured Speaker:

Marsha Kline Pruett, Ph.D., M.S.L., is the Maconda Brown O’Connor Professor at Smith College School for Social Work. She has been in private practice for over 25 years, specializing in couples counseling and co-parenting consultation, legal case development for attorneys, mediation, and intervention design and evaluation. She has a national and international reputation for the development, implementation, and evaluation of preventive interventions in courts and family-focused community agencies and has published numerous articles, books, and curricula on topics pertaining to couple relationships before and after divorce, young children and overnights, and child outcomes. She has written extensively for academic and lay audiences, coauthoring Your Divorce Advisor (2001) and Partnership Parenting (2009). She is a member of the board of editors of the Family Court Review and she was awarded the AFCC Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award in 2004. The California Supporting Fatherhood Involvement (SFI) project is a major focus of her current intervention and research efforts, and she is currently the President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC).