The Ripple Effect of Early Separation

October 23, 2009
8:45AM - 1:30PM

an interactive and informative conference 
featuring keynote speaker

Yvonne Bohr, Ph.D., 
Associate Professor, York University

and including presentations by

Wayne Ho, MPP
Executive Director, Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)

Kenny Kwong, Ph.D., LMSW
Assistant Professor, Hunter College
Katie MacIntyre, LCAT and Eva Wong, MA
Butterflies Program, University Settlement

Registration is $30
Registration fee is non-refundable.
Breakfast and lunch will be served.
Please indicate when you register whether or not you will be staying for lunch.


conference schedule

  • 8:45 - 9:30AM - Breakfast and registration
  • 9:30AM - 12:30PM - Keynote speaker and presentations
  • 12:30 - 1:30PM - Lunch 

who should attend

  • Social workers
  • Play and art therapists
  • Mental health professionals
  • Pediatricians
  • Family workers
  • Child welfare workers
  • Policy makers
  • Early childhood education staff
  • Community service providers
  • Community stakeholders

what participants will learn

  • Attachment theory and the impact of early separation
  • The reasons behind this practice and the personal situations that contribute to it
  • Typical reactions to separation and reunification
  • The effectiveness of play and art therapy for children & parents upon return
  • Available community services
  • Policy implications of this phenomenon

conference objectives

  • Initiate a public dialog about this issue
  • Identify gaps in services
  • Promote networking among service providers and stakeholders
  • Start to frame the issue in terms of policy influence

about the presenters

Andrea Bennett, LMSW -- Andrea Bennett is the Director of Early Childhood Mental Health Services at University Settlement.  During her tenure at the Settlement, she started the Butterflies program, a mental health program for children under five and their families.  Andrea has over 10 years of experience in direct service, program development, and early childhood mental health. Andrea's previous employers include the Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, Project Liberty Unit, and the NYC Administration for Children's Services. In addition to her MSW from NYU School of Social Work, she has completed a Post-Master's Certificate in Social Work Administration from Hunter College School of Social Work and the Middle Management Program at Columbia Business School.

Yvonne Bohr, Ph.D. -- Dr. Bohr is an associate professor of clinical developmental psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada (which has been termed the most multi-cultural city in the world). She heads up a multi-disciplinary infant mental health team in a child treatment center in a high-need area of Toronto. Before joining York University, Dr. Bohr was a community-based psychologist for over 15 years, and her current clinical research is very much rooted in clinical community psychology. She specializes in child and family mental health in a multi-cultural context. Her current projects center around:

  • The study of cultural factors in parenting, in particular in the context of parent-infant separation
  • Infant mental health generally: attachment difficulties and cognitive correlates
  • Parental attributions in families at risk
  • Cognitive behavioral interventions for children and families
  • Evidence-based practices and knowledge exchange in community mental health

Wayne Ho, MPP -- Wayne Ho is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF).  He is responsible for leading the nation's only pan-Asian children's advocacy organization by overseeing agency administration, program oversight, board relations, staff supervision, community partnerships and fundraising to improve the health and well-being of Asian Pacific American children and families.  He serves on the board of directors of Coro New York Leadership Center, Human Services Council, New York Foundation and Partnership for After School Education (PASE). To ensure that Asian Pacific American needs are being represented, Wayne is a member of the NYS Governor's Children's Cabinet Advisory Board, NYS Office of Children and Family Services' Internal Review Board, NYC Citizen Review Panel, Immigration Advisory Board of the NYC Administration for Children's Services (ACS), and Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Multicultural Audience Development Initiative.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business of New York University.  

Kenny Kwong, Ph.D., LMSW -- Kenny Kwong received his Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York and is the Assistant Professor at Hunter College School of Social Work, the City University of New York. Dr. Kwong previously led the development of Chinese-American Healthy Heart Coalition and New York's Asian Tobacco Control Network with the goal to improve the overall health status of Asian immigrants. Dr. Kwong was the study team leader at the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center for a 3-year randomized study on depression collaborative care and a mental health study assessing attitude, perception and barriers towards mental health treatment among Chinese immigrants in New York City.   Between 2002 and 2005 he served as the Project Director to evaluate a culturally appropriate smoking cessation intervention program for adult smokers. Since 1995, Dr. Kwong has conducted numerous workshops and presentations in local and national conferences on the topics of immigrant health, cultural sensitivity, diabetes, tobacco control, cancer education and screening, mental health issues of Chinese-American families, teenage depression and suicide, health literacy and coalition development and capacity building. 

Katie MacIntyre, LCAT, ATR-BC -- Katie MacIntyre is an art therapist whose educational background includes a B.S. and an M.A. in clinical art therapy. Most of her ten years' experience has focused on work in a variety of childhood settings, including inpatient psychiatric facilities, therapeutic camps, alternative schools and special needs programs. Currently, Katie provides individual, group and dyadic art therapy to children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, as well as workshops for parents and professionals at University Settlement in the diverse Lower East Side community of Manhattan.

Eva Wong, M.A. -- Eva Wong is an early childhood clinician whose educational background includes a B.M. in Actuarial Science and an M.A. in mental health counseling. She has advocated for and worked with the Chinese community in Manhattan and Queens for the past five years through her involvement and leadership in various non-profit organizations. At the Butterflies Program at University Settlement, Eva provides individual, dyadic and group play therapy to children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, as well as workshops for parents and staff in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.


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