Parenting Matters

Parenting Matters Conference

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Saturday, March 26, 2022

9 - 11:30 a.m.
Virtual, on Zoom

Please note: Registration for this year's Parenting Matters Conference is now closed. Please contact Marly Holloway at or Robin Zaman at with any questions.

Bradley Hospital, the nation’s first psychiatric hospital for children, and Lifespan Community Health Institute present the 31st Parenting Matters conference, virtually, on Zoom. This half-day event offers parents, childcare providers, social workers and teachers a unique opportunity to learn from top child development and behavior professionals in a casual setting.

Keynote Presentation

Emily Oster, PhD will present "The Family Firm: A Data-Driven Guide to Better Decision Making in the Early School Years." Oster will talk about her book, The Family Firm, which approaches parental decision-making using structured tools and data analysis. 

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Breakout Sessions

Technology Use and Children: A Focus on the Family System
Workshop Facilitator: Justin Parent, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist at the Children’s Partial Hospital Program at Bradley Hospital and assistant professor (research) for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Today’s youth are engaging in unprecedented levels of screen media activity. This session will review emerging evidence of the mechanisms linking screen time with youth well-being, and for whom screen media activity has a detrimental impact on youth development. The webinar will also introduce a family-based single-session preventative intervention targeting youth screen time and family functioning. Evidence supporting this program’s promise will be reviewed, including a walk-through of treatment content and a discussion of recent adaptations for telehealth.

Gender: A Whole New World
Workshop Facilitator: Jason Rafferty, MD, MPH, EdM, pediatrician and child psychiatrist

This workshop will explore the world of gender diversity, including the growing list of terms, labels and concepts that common among gender diverse youth. Forces of marginalization, suppression and shame will be discussed as pathways by which health risks arise. However, the workshop will also review pathways to resiliency, including the ways that parents and families can build an affirming and nurturing environment at home. Common principles that guide gender affirming mental and mental health care will be introduced and resources available for gender diverse youth and their families in the state of Rhode Island will be reviewed.

Pediatric Anxiety Research Center: Helping Kids and Teens Struggling with Anxiety and OCD since 1999
Workshop Facilitators: 

Erin O’Connor, PhD, licensed clinical psychologist at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center at Bradley Hospital and assistant professor (clinician educator) at the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Bryana Killion, PhD, clinical postdoctoral fellow of the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center at Bradley Hospital and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

This workshop will discuss the clinical and research services at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC) located at Bradley Hospital. PARC is a nationally recognized, integrated research and clinical program encompassing outpatient services and a range of partial hospital programs. This presentation will provide an overview of diagnostic criteria for common pediatric anxiety and OC-spectrum disorders and how these disorders commonly present in pediatric populations. It will also review the behavioral model of anxiety and OCD and the use of exposure-based treatment, with an additional focus on different service delivery models for the treatment of youth anxiety and OCD. Lastly, it will highlight the ways in which research helps patients (and vice versa) and the importance of meaningful community engagement and advocacy efforts.


Registration is $15 until Saturday, March 19 and $20 thereafter. Professional development credits are available.

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More Information

Continuing education credit is pending for early learning professionals, social workers and mental health professionals. To learn more about Parenting Matters, call 401-444-8009. For information about exhibiting in the Family Resource Center or advertising in the program book, please call 401-444-8009.