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What Family, Criminal, & Immigration Attorneys Need to Know About Parent-Child Separation

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Produced on August 19, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

It is well-established that parent-child separation can have a lifelong impact. Government officials separate children from their parents for many reasons, including but not limited to foster care and incarceration. Sometimes separations happen without governmental action, such as parental illness, military deployments, and work responsibilities. Unaccompanied children migrating to the United States are at increasing risk on this front as well. Current laws and policies regarding the care and treatment of children separated from their parents often land these families in the legal system as they struggle with alternative parenting plans, the termination of parental rights, and immigration issues. The science regarding attachment spotlights the lasting influence of these children’s experiences. In this program, Jody Todd Manly, Mt. Hope Family Center’s Clinical Director, and Catherine Cerulli, an attorney and current Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the University of Rochester’s Susan B. Anthony Center and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization, will share and translate evidence-based information regarding the consequences of parent-child separation into practical tools for lawyers. They will also share interviewing techniques and basic principles of trauma-informed lawyering skills needed when dealing with children and parents who have experienced separation.

This program is relevant to practitioners dealing with children separated from their parents due to foster care, divorce, and/or abandonment, as well as those representing unaccompanied children at the border. The course blends best practices in law and science as Drs. Manly and Cerulli share their expertise through easy to understand vignettes of practical trauma-informed practices when representing or dealing with children impacted by parent-child separation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Grasp the relationship between parent-child separation and trauma, and understand its impact
  2. Learn cutting edge research regarding childhood trauma and how that science can inform your practice
  3. Review the science on how trauma affects children’s brains and development
  4. Discuss trauma-informed lawyering and how to best represent child clients who have experienced trauma
  5. Apply practical lawyering skills to hypotheticals
  6. Identify available resources

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Catherine Cerulli

Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization

Since 1983, Dr. Cerulli has worked with survivors of violence in a variety of capacities including as a counselor, advocate, prosecutor, defense attorney, and researcher. Following a post doctorial fellowship, she completed randomized control trial in Family Court funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, and a number of other studies with victims of intimate partner violence. She has also focused research and intervention studies on suicide, homicide, and recruitment and retention methods among high-risk vulnerable populations using Community-Based Participatory Research principles.

Jody Todd Manly

Mt. Hope Family Center

Dr. Manly is the Clinical Director of Mt. Hope Family Center and a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State. She has been involved with the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions for high-risk children and families since 1991. Dr. Manly has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on several federally-funded research projects on the linkages among trauma, depression, child maltreatment, poverty, domestic violence, and community violence from infancy through adolescence. She is interested in translating research evidence into effective clinical practice.

Clinical & Research Interests

Dr. Manly’s clinical and research interests are guided by a developmental psychopathology perspective that examines risks and protective factors associated with promoting resilience and healing. She is particularly interested in processes impacting children’s adaptation in the face of trauma and other adversity. Specifically, much of her emphasis has been in the area of child maltreatment and exposure to violence. In conjunction with Drs. Dante Cicchetti and Douglas Barnett, Dr. Manly developed a maltreatment classification system that is now being used by research laboratories around the world to operationally define dimensions of child maltreatment. Dr. Manly has a number of publications in the area of child maltreatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect through preventive intervention. She is the Administrative Core Co-Director for the TRANSFORM National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Co-PI of a TRANSFORM treatment evaluation study designed to prevent child maltreatment.

In addition, Dr. Manly is investigating prevention of depression in adolescent girls, with and without histories of maltreatment. Through a federally-funded preventive intervention with a multiple-levels-of-analysis evaluation, she is examining factors associated with the development of depressive disorder and response to treatment, including genetic, neuroendocrine, cognitive, and interpersonal domains. Another project involves integrating multiple evidence-based models in a preventive intervention for adolescent mothers and their children. This home visitation approach is conducted in partnership with their medical homes.

Mt. Hope Family Center is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, where Dr. Manly works with national trauma experts on provision of evidence-based trauma treatments. She is a member of the national faculty providing training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Dr. Manly is committed to training professionals, and she has supervised graduate students in psychology, counseling, and social work, as well as provided workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. She was honored to be appointed as Executive-at-Large for the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) and continues to be inspired by the dedicated people around the world who are working on behalf of young children and their families.


Charles T.

Ms. Manly's presentation was the best I've seen on Lawline so far, a truly masterful overview of the consequences and considerations regarding trauma.

Maria A.


Tenika H.

Loads of wonderful information that will be very useful in my Abuse & Neglect Defense practice. Thank you!

Ewa N.

Very informative program and very knowledgeable faculties.

Beth S.

I advocate for foster children. This course was extremely useful to help better understand how to support their emotional needs.

Steve S.

It was interesting

Paula C.

great program, thanks

John D.

this was very informative; the faculty was engaging and provided good information.

Jason P.

Very relevant and important program. Thank you for the informative discussion.

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