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April 27, 2009

Ph.D. Student Profile: Heeran Kim

Heeran KimHeeran Kim is completing her first year as a doctoral student in the family, youth, and community track with a focus in family education. Born and raised in South Korea, she received her B.A. in educational psychology and her M.A. in counseling psychology from Sookmyung Women's University. She has worked with children and their families with diverse backgrounds including low income families and people living in suburban areas of Korea. She is interested in family and parent education for minority people such as families and parents with ethnic diversity, lower socioeconomic status, and single parents. Her research interests include family resilience and multicultural education. After completing her Ph.D., she intends to return to Korea to pursue professional goals. One of her goals is to teach students in academic settings and the other is to work as a practitioner (or an activist) in educational organizations serving families and parents.

April 22, 2009

Summer topic: Parenting after an unexpected outcome of pregnancy

This course provides an interdisciplinary model of understanding the parent-infant relationship, beginning in pregnancy, from a developmental perspective.

Content examines the prenatal parent-infant relationship using attachment based theory, with special emphasis on how the developmental tasks of pregnancy and parenting are changed when there is an unexpected outcome such as premature birth, special needs, infant loss and the pregnancy that follows and adoption.

The role of fathers and their involvement will be addressed and emphasized. Additionally, how unexpected outcomes impact siblings, often forgotten in the trauma of an unexpected outcome, will be covered. Interventions useful in a variety of settings (health care, preschool program, church, social agency) will be explored.

Students should be prepared to explore their own belief systems around grief and loss.

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Instructor: Joann O'Leary, Ph.D.
Class will be held 9:00 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday, May 26
Wednesday, May 27
Wednesday, June 3
Monday, June 8
Room 215 Peik Hall

Joann O'Leary, Ph.D., is a consultant and researcher on prenatal parenting, with a specialty in the pregnancy that follows a perinatal loss and serves on the board of Pregnancy Loss and Infant Death Alliance (PLIDA). Her research and 23 published articles focus on ways infant loss changes families, parents and children. She has developed a guided imagery CD the Parenting Experience of Pregnancy, two videos and a booklet on pregnancy following perinatal loss. In 2005 she was awarded the Lamaze International Marjorie Karmel Award for her work with families pregnant after the loss of a previous baby.
Joanne has a Ph.D. in work, community and family education and a masters in maternal-child health from the University of Minnesota. She also holds a masters in psychology through research from Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has been a licensed practical nurse, a preschool special education teacher, and a parent-infant specialist in a high risk perinatal center.

April 17, 2009

Deb Roberts receives advanced study scholarship

RobertsD.jpgFamily Education M.Ed. professional studies and parent and family education licensure student Deborah S. Roberts has been awarded an advanced study student scholarship from the College's alumni society in recognition of her academic performance and potential for making a significant contribution to the field of education and human development. The award was presented to Roberts on Friday, April 17 at the CEHD Alumni Society awards celebration. A reception followed the ceremony.

April 5, 2009

Dissertation leads to work with local Hmong community members

Melissa Shamblott, Ph.D., is a Family Education alumna whose doctoral dissertation was of interest to Hmong leaders and researchers at the University of Minnesota working to increase school readiness of children in "family, friend, and neighbor care" [video length: 4 minutes 11 seconds].

April 3, 2009

CI 5900—Using Reflective Dialogue in Parent Education

Graduate student Heather Cline introduces a new 1-credit special topic course offered Summer Session 2009, "Using Reflective Dialogue Videos and Teaching Methods in Parent Education."

Dates: Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30, 2009.
Location: Room 28, Peik Hall.
Register now for Summer Session