May 7, 2016 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Wilson Hall
234 Herrick Rd
Newton Centre
MA 02459
Lauren Lukason
6172660953 x107

24th Annual Child Care Conference

CHILD DEVELOPMENT: What Really Matters?


Jerome Kagan


On Temperament, Brain Development, Parenting and Culture


Alexandra Harrison


Putting This Knowledge to Work to Create Responsive Classrooms


Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Wilson Hall, 234 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Fee: ​Early ​Bird: ​$40 ​• ​Regular: ​$50 ​(effective ​April ​8th, ​2016)

Scholarships are available upon request.



Dr. Jerome Kagan (Presenter), a pioneer in the field of developmental psychology, will reflect on three important influences on the behavior and biology of children from infancy to adolescence:

  • cognitive and emotional maturational processes that accompany brain growth
  • biases of a child’s temperament
  • influences of parents, social class, and the culture-historical moment

Dr. Kagan is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. His career has been devoted to study of the cognitive, moral, and emotional development of children.


Alexandra Harrison (Discussion Leader) will facilitate a discussion of Kagan’s work with a focus on classroom applications of his theories. Dr. Harrison is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and teacher both at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Health Alliance and the University of Massachusetts Boston/Infant- Parent Mental Health Program. She writes a blog for caregivers and consults to area preschools.


Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the interaction between temperament and the environment and their influence on the developing child.
  2. Describe how brain maturation affects psychological development.
  3. Describe the characteristics of a “high reactive” temperament and discuss how this awareness might be used in their work with children.



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Child Care Conference Committee

Judith Yanof, MD, Chair; Sarah Bennett-Astesano, EdM; Darragh Callahan, EdD; Jane Lannak, PhD; Ellen Moore, MA; Maura Rizzuto, MBA; Kathy Simons, MS; Ann Stambler, MSW; Susan Twombly, MS


This conference is made possible by the generous support of BPSI Members and friends.

Your gift to BPSI helps us continue offering educational programming. To support BPSI, please visit www.bpsi.org.


This program will be of interest to non-practitioners and practitioners at all levels of training. Continuing Education credits are offered for psychologists, and social workers.



Kagan, Jerome, “The Human Spark,” Basic Books, 2013

Kagan, Jerome, “On Being Human,” Yale University Press, 2016

Kagan, Jerome & Nancy Sidman, “The Long Shadow of Temperament,” Harvard University Press, 2004


Continuing Education

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the American Psychoanalytic Association and the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. The American Psychoanalytic Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Psychoanalytic Association designates this Live Activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. IMPORTANT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION FOR ALL LEARNERS: None of the planners and presenters of this CME program have any relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Psychologists: The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program fulfills the requirements for four (4) hours of CE.

Social Workers: Please contact the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute’s Administrative Office at 617/266-0953 or office@bpsi.org for more information.

Early Childhood Education Credits: Certificates of attendance for four (4) hours for the professional development portfolios of early childhood educators will be awarded at the conclusion of the program.




Grievance Policy

Please address any questions or concerns about your experience at this or any program or event you have attended at the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute to the Program Chair, via the Senior Administrator/Continuing Education Administrator, BPSI, 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459; office@bpsi.org; 617.266.0953.

Event Cancellation Policies & Procedures

Any program participant requesting their individual program registration be canceled, must submit their request in writing via email to Drew Brydon at dbrydon@bpsi.org.

For fee-based events, a request for cancellation (and refund using the original form of payment) must be received no later than 48 hours in advance of the event. Requests received later than 48 hours prior to the event will not be processed or accepted.

All approved refunds are subject to a $10.00 administrative fee.

If BPSI cancels and event, all registrants will receive a full refund of fees paid (no administration charge) no later than two business days following the scheduled date of the event, using the original form of payment.

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Inc., 141 Herrick Road, Newton Centre, MA 02459, does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, sexual orientation, national origin or handicap in the admissions, administration of its educational programs, scholarship and loan programs or employment.