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Overcoming Children’s Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders, Part 4: Brain systems, social learning and the Inner Triangle

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Brain systems, social learning, and using the Inner Triangle to immunize children against externalizing disorders

About this course

In Part 4 of this webinar course, Overcoming Genetic Risk for Externalizing Disorders, you’ll learn a comprehensive model derived from the developmental literature. Dr. Liane Leedom describes a parenting education program aimed at mitigating risk for externalizing disorders. It focuses on developing a child’s ability to love, impulse control and moral reasoning.

Highlights of Part 4

  • Brain systems that are related to pro-social behavior.
  • Best parenting strategies to counteract genetic traits children may have inherited that predispose them to developing externalizing disorders.
  • Three core concepts of child development, and how to strengthen them so children can grow into healthy, productive adults.

 About the instructor

Liane J. Leedom, M.D., is a psychiatrist and an associate professor of counseling and psychology at the University of Bridgeport. She is author of Just Like His Father? A Guide to Overcoming Your Child’s Genetic Connection to Antisocial Behavior, Addiction and ADHD, and Women Who Love Psychopaths: Investigating the Relationships of Inevitable Harm. She is also author of multiple peer-reviewed studies, including The Problem of Parental Psychopathy, and Did He Ever Love Me? A Qualitative Study of Life with a Psychopathic Husband.

In addition to her university research and teaching, Dr. Leedom is currently in private practice as a psychiatrist. She trained in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She previously served on the medical staff of several Connecticut facilities, including St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Hall-Brooke Behavioral Health Services, the Hospital of St. Raphael and the Center for Optimum Care.

Cost and credits

The cost for this course is only $25 for 60 minutes of instruction. Once you purchase the course, you can access it online for six months.

This four-part series offers 4 hours of continuing education credit for mental health professionals. All 4 parts must be completed to receive credit. For more information on credits, click here.

Mental health professionals who complete 8 Lovefraud CE credits are eligible for a free 12-month listing in the Lovefraud Professional Resources Guide.

No commercial support was provided to Lovefraud Continuing Education or the instructor for this program.

Learning objectives

This workshop will enable mental health professionals to:

  1. Explain the two brain systems that mediate behavior.
  2. Discuss three methods that children use to learn from adults.
  3. Use three core child development concepts to explain the interaction between genetic and environmental risks for externalizing disorders.
  4. Describe how teen substance use enhances risk for future substance dependence.
  5. Summarize how to teach parents to mitigate the risk of a child developing an externalizing disorder.

Program Agenda

 Instruction — 55 minutes

  • Parenting education in 2016
  • Brain systems that mediate behavior
    • Attachment
    • Caregiving
    • Dominance
    • Sexual system
  • Why is the behavioral systems perspective important?
  • How does social learning happen?
  • The Inner Triangle
    • Ability to love
      • Power focus impairs ability to love
      • What parents can do to enhance ability to love
      • Experiences that impair a child’s ability to love
    • Impulse control
      • Importance of parents in development of impulse control
      • Fearlessness
      • Experiences that help a child’s impulse control
      • Experiences that hamper life balance
      • Sexuality and impulse control
      • Substance use and at-risk teens
    • Moral reasoning
      • Moral reasoning to immunize against externalizing disorders
  • Positive parenting is proactive

 Questions and answers —5 minutes

Specific strategies may help children at risk for developing disorders such as ADHD and conduct disorder, and as adults, antisocial personality and psychopathy. This final part teaches how you can help children develop the ability to love, impulse control and moral reasoning.

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