Conferences: Save the Date!

September 17, 2018

It is with great pleasure we bring you the following presenters!  Please save the following dates for our upcoming conferences. As we release information and open registration for our upcoming conferences, will will post information and links to register on the Conference page of the NFI Vermont Family Center website.

Kenneth V. Hardy, PhD, is an internationally recognized clinician, author, and trainer. He is a Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is also the Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in NYC where he maintains a private practice specializing in working with traumatized and oppressed children and families. Dr. Hardy is the former Director of the Center for Children, Families, and Trauma at the Ackerman Institute in New York City, and is the former Director of Clinical Training and Research, as well as Chairperson of the Department of Child and Family Studies at Syracuse University.

Dr. Hardy is the co-author of the following books: Promoting Culturally Sensitive Supervision; Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Gender; Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions for Breaking the Cycle of Violence; and Minorities and Family Therapy.

Towards the Psychology of the Oppressed:
Treating the Invisible Wounds of Socialcultural Trauma 
Wednesday November 7th, 2018
Butcher Block Restaurant, Plattsburgh, NY
$40 per person

Register for November 7th – Plattsburgh, NY 


Healing Racial Trauma
Thursday November 8th, 2018
Champlain Valley Expo, Essex Jct., VT 05452
$119 per person
Group Rates Available

Register For November 8th – Essex Jct., VT


Dr. Stuart Shanker & Dr. Brenda Smith-Chant
December 7th, 2018
Self-Regulation techniques and practical methods for educators, caregivers, mental health providers and professionals who work with youth
8:30am- 12:00pm (Dr. Shanker)
12:00 – 4:00pm (Dr. Smith-Chant)
Location: Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, VT 05452
5.5 CEU credits are anticipated to be offered for Social Workers, Psychologists, Mental Health Counselors, and MFTs.

Dr. Stuart Shanker is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The MEHRIT Centre.

Dr. Stuart Shanker (D.Phil) is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology, the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd., and founder and Science Director of the Self-Regulation Institute. His most recent book, Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage With Life (2016), has garnered enthusiastic reviews and media attention throughout North America and has also been published in the UK,  Poland, Germany, South Korea, The Netherlands, and The Czech Republic, with further translations and foreign editions in the works.

Over the past decade, Stuart Shanker has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the United States, and in countries around the world. During this period, he became increasingly interested in the impact of excessive stress on child development and behaviour.  Stuart Shanker’s five-step Self-Reg model — The Shanker MethodTM— is a powerful process for understanding and managing stress in children, youth and adults. In 2012 he founded The MEHRIT Centre as a Self-Reg learning and information centre. Stuart commits considerable time to bringing the research and science of Self-Reg to parents, early childhood educators, teachers, educational leaders, health practitioners and communities through presentations, master classes, online courses, webinars, publications, social media and a blog entitled, “The Self-Reg View”.

Dr. Brenda Smith-Chant

Dr Brenda Smith-Chant is the Director of Research for the Self-Regulation Institute, a partner organization to The MEHRIT Centre (TMC) that is devoted to Self-Reg research and knowledge sharing. Her research background is in learning and learning environments—particularly for children. As well Dr Smith-Chant is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Trent University, and a member of the Psychology, Education, and Applications in Modeling graduate programs there.

In addition to her research, Brenda was a foster parent. She began to see the damaging effects of trauma, stress, and anxiety on her foster children, and how feelings of safety allowed them to blossom. These two areas, research into early learning and foster parenting, have combined under Dr. Shanker’s guidance to inform Brenda’s self-regulation work.

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