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Somerset Hunterdon Warren Psychological Association

The Parenting Moment, Trauma-Informed Parent/Caregiver-Child Interaction Therapy

  • Friday, October 18, 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Courtyard by Marriott Lebanon - 300 Corporate Drive Lebanon, NJ 08833



Somerset, Hunterdon, & Warren Psychological Association (SHWPA)

***NEW DATE***

Robert Miller II, Ph.D. 


“The Parenting Moment, 

Trauma-Informed Parent/Caregiver-Child Interaction Therapy 

***FRIDAY OCTOBER 18, 2024***

                   Courtyard by Marriott Lebanon - 300 Corporate Drive Lebanon, NJ 08833 

           Light Breakfast & Lunch Included in the NEW IMPROVED SHWPA Registration Fee         

 Registration & Light Breakfast 9:15 – 9:45, Welcome & Introduction 9:45 – 10, Program 10-1:15 - Break 12:00 12:15  - Lunch 1:15-2:30                                                     

    3 Continuing Education Credits 

Program  The Sanskrit word Lila whentranslatedmeans something like play/improvisation; play of creation, delight, and enjoyment of the moment. Trauma-Informed Parent Child Interaction Therapy is a targeted therapeutic approach to improve the pattern of interactions between caregivers with their own history of trauma related childhood experience and their children. Distortions of cognition, emotion, behavior, and interpersonal relations from unresolved trauma/avoidance can negatively impact pattern of parent/child interactions resulting in mis-attunements, escalations, and ‘sealing over’ of family conflicts. This presentation will provide participants with a review of 1) the relevant empirical literature for working with child and parent/caregiver interactions, 2) define the ‘parenting moment’ 3) identify eight principles for engaging children in moments of dysregulation, and 4) will be provided with a model for the integration of other relevant therapeutic interventions to enhance positive outcomes for the ‘parenting moment.’ 


Robert Miller II, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Princeton, New Jersey. Dr Miller is past president of the Somerset Hunterdon Warren County Psychological Association (SHWPA). He provides child, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy, including trauma informed psychotherapies, student counseling, and parenting consultation. Dr. Miller completed postdoctoral training in forensic psychology at the Audrey Hepburn Children’s House, Northern Regional Diagnostic Center for Child Abuse and Neglect at the Hackensack University Medical Center. He has taught courses in trauma and child development at Montclair State University, Lesley University Extension campus in Netanya Israel, in China at Apollo Education (Beijing), and at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. Dr Miller currently serves as a board member for the child abuse prevention program in schools (‘Miss Kendra Program’) and has published several articles on the use of improvisational/arts process in trauma treatment for children and adults. 

Learning Objectives:

Define (4) empirically derived domains of functioning for enhancing the multidimensional parental response to improve parent/caregiver and child interactions in the context of family relationships and during moments of dysregulation. 

Learning Objectives Continued:

Define the ‘parenting moment’ and culturally competent trauma assessment with consideration beyond the DSM system including assessment of intergenerational and racial trauma. Particular attention will be given to diversity and equity issues as they relate to assessment and therapeutic process.  

Identify eight principles of parental/caregiver strategy for engaging with children during moments of dysregulation and for the purpose of increasing pattern of positive interactions, promotion of secure attachment, resilience, and to disrupt potential intergenerational transmission of trauma. 

Identify a developmental continuum for representational/expressive modes to enhance the therapeutic use of exposure methods for addressing trauma schemas that are relevant to the parent/caregiver/child interactions and provide case examples. 

Commercial Support: Dr. Miller does not have any commercial support and/or conflict of interest.

Instruction Level:Intermediate

ADA Octoberavailable upon written request by emailing, no later than Friday October 11, 2024

SHWPA Program Fee:SHWPA Member $60, Non SHWPA Member $70, Students $15. Online registration and payment can be made at, OR by mailing a check payable to SHWPA and mailed to Tracy Menzie P.O. Box 644 Lebanon, NJ 08833. Please note – registration for this program will close on Tuesday October 15, 2024.

NJPA Continuing Education Credits/Administrative Feefor 3 credits (a separate fee paid to NJPA),paid online after the completion of the program. NJPA Administrative Fees: Sustaining Member – Free, NJPA Member $15, Non-NJPA Member - $25. The NJPA LINK will be provided to registrants during the program. 

Contact: Virginia Walters, Psy.D., Program Chair of SHWPA – 908-438-3456-X8 /

This workshop is co-sponsored by NJPA and SHWPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for the program and its content. 


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