San Francisco Area Spring Reflective Practice Group

January 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm Leave a comment


Submitted by Bank Street alumnus Chad Kordt-Thomas

Interdisciplinary   Reflective    Practice    Consultation    Group    

    Purposof  thConsultation Group    

Working closely with young children and their families brings professionals into intimate relationships.  Pediatric occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other practitioners caring for families of young children call on a wide range of skills to make enduring positive change in children’s development.  Working with young children almost always includes working with parents, whether that is our focus or not.  However, supporting families through the child-­‐parent relationship helps us get the most out of our interventions.

This consultation group will give providers an opportunity to step back from the day-­‐to-­‐day work with families and reflect on their interactions.  Reflection and discussion often leads to more clarity about the reasons we interact with families in particular ways and the ways families interact with us.  Moreover, attention to the child-­‐parent relationship can make our interventions more powerful and effective.  We will also look at some of the challenges that come up in doing relationship-­‐based work with families, such as:

•      When parents’ desires seems at odds with what you think the child needs

•      Helping parents balance worry with hope

•      Parents’ frustration at child and/or at you

•      When parents bring up dilemmas outside your professional scope of work

•      The pressures that arise when paying attention to multiple perspectives

Who  should  participate  in  this  group?    

•      Occupational therapists

•      Speech language pathologists

•      Physical therapists

•      Family nurse practitioners and pediatric nurses

•      Home visitors

•      Educational therapists

•      Early childhood educators, site supervisors, and directors

•      Early childhood special educators

•      Child and family therapists

•      Others working directly with young children and families

Dates  and  Times              

Group will meet for 8  Tuesdays,  March    4th    April    29th  [no    group    on    April  15th], from 6:00 pm-­‐ 7:30 pm. (group can be extended if participants would like).


3514 Geary Boulevard (Inner Richmond Neighborhood of San Francisco)



To  Sign  Up

Please call Chad Kordt-­‐Thomas at 415-­‐596-­‐0293 or email chad@kordt-­‐

Group  FacilitatorChad  Kordt-­‐Thomas,  LCSW,  MSW,  MS.Ed.  I am a child and family psychotherapist who works with children of all ages and with a range of challenges.  I specialize in working with very young children and their families and children with developmental and learning disabilities, sensory-­‐motor processing difficulties, and speech/language challenges.  I provide infant-­‐parent and child-­‐parent psychotherapy, as well as individual child therapy.  In this capacity, I work closely with other early childhood and family professionals. I worked previously as an early childhood mental health consultant, facilitator of developmental-­‐therapeutic playgroups, therapeutic shadow, and preschool teacher. Endorsed as  an  Infant-­‐Familand EarlChildhood Mental Health Specialist   by the California Center for Infant-­‐Family and Early Childhood Mental Health

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