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When: 09/13/2019
12:00 PM
Where: UT Campus, AT & T Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin 78705
United States

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CAPA September Monthly Meeting 


"Transformative Parenting: Vitalizing the parent-child connection"

Presented by:  Elizabeth Sylvester, PhD & Kat Scherer, PhD, MFT, RYT500


Friday, September 13, 2019 

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM 

1.5 Hours of Professional Development Offered 



About the Presentation:

When children and their families come to us burdened with psychological distress, emotional and behavioral disorders or attachment complications, they need assistance that is effective and immediate. Our experience suggests the work is most impactful and durable when our interventions simultaneously shift the family at behavioral, cognitive and relational levels. Over decades of psychological study, experience and teaching, we have found that we can create this paradigm shift within families most consistently when we conceptualize the family system and our interventions using an integrated approach. This presentation lays out our integration of three distinct areas of psychology: 1) Neurobiology, 2) Attachment Theory, and 3) Relationship-based Parenting (with a focus on the Nurtured Heart Approach®).  Each of these separate areas of theory and research can stand alone in the treatment of children and families, and combined they offer a broad, deep and powerful intervention that can directly enrich clinical practice.  The integration of these approaches presents a very specific set of clinical guidelines and intervention strategies for use in treatment. The integration of Interpersonal Neurobiology, Attachment Theory, and the Nurtured Heart Approach presents a clear point of entry for therapists to help struggling families with interventions that make sense, are doable, and found to be effective.


About the Presenters:

Kat Scherer, PhD, MFT, RYT500

Dr. Kat Scherer is a Psychologist, Yoga Therapist, and educator working in Austin for over 25 years. She is a psychotherapist in private practice and offers presentations on emotional development, interpersonal neurobiology, stress management, and the applications of yoga and meditation in psychotherapy. Her trainings have been offered in a variety of settings including professional organizations, schools, community centers, and at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a co-founder of Austin IN Connection and Family Matters, both multidisciplinary collaborations focused on emotional health and positive attachments. In addition, she is a co-founder of the Heart & Work on-line community, which hosts two mental health blogs: Therapy Matters and Heart & Work of Parenting.

Elizabeth Sylvester, PhD

Dr. Elizabeth Sylvester is a Psychologist and Educator working with children and their families in Austin Texas for over 30 years. She is an advanced practitioner of the Nurtured Heart Approach®.  She integrates this approach with her expertise in relational attachment and neurobiological development. Her specialty is providing parent training and child psychotherapy for children and teens who are highly behaviorally and emotionally intense.  In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Sylvester facilitates trainings for professionals and the public on parenting, and child and adolescent psychotherapy.   Her work has been presented in a variety of settings including universities, professional organizations, mental health agencies, and community organizations across the country. She is a cofounder of the Heart & Work series of writings and presentations. Also, she is a cofounder of the Austin Child Therapy, an organization whose mission is to support the work of pediatric mental health professionals. In this setting she provides ongoing training and supervision to child and adolescent psychotherapists.


$20/Member or $10/student

Meeting Location and Parking: 

The meeting will take place at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center (1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705). The CAPA meeting room will be on the second floor overlooking the restaurant and is glassed in. Go through the restaurant and take a right to the stairs to the second floor, to Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 or go to the end of the buffet line and then take the elevator to the second floor and the meeting room is right there. You can also access the new meeting rooms 1 and 2 via the "grand stairway” to the second floor and going past the length of the restaurant on the floor below.   

There is a parking garage in the hotel, or you can use metered street parking if you prefer. 

Cancellations: Cancellations must be received no later than 3 business days prior to the event in order for a refund to be processed. Cancellations received after that time will have a refund processed.

Please note online registration will close at 5pm on the Thursday prior to the meeting. In order to expedite certificate distribution following monthly meetings, we request that you pre-pay online no later than noon on the Thursday before the meeting. If you prefer to register by check, please mail your payment to CAPA @ PO Box 1448, Cedar Park, TX 78630 postmarked no later than the Monday prior to the meeting. Those who pre-register as noted will receive expedited PD certificate distribution. On-site registrants will be processed within 7 business days. All PD certificates will be emailed to signed in attendees. Thank you!  

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