Voices in Education | Windows of Opportunity: How Child Development Can Help us to Present the Right Content at the Right Time
Is there a “right time” to discover particular faith concepts? Recent discoveries in brain science, paired with research in social, cognitive, and moral development, suggests that there are particular “windows of opportunity” – developmental periods when children and teens will be most engaged as they encounter specific material and concepts. Come and discover how this work applies to faith formation as we explore how the science of human development can help us prepare learners for a lifelong journey of faith.
About the speaker
Dr. Joseph White earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, a program recently named “Outstanding Clinical Child Psychology Program” by the American Psychological Association. At the Medical College of Virginia, Dr. White completed a program in the assessment and treatment of childhood neurodevelopmental disabilities.
Dr. White is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. He is recognized by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is board certified in sexual abuse by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
Dr. White has presented training workshops to other psychologists and therapists at the American Psychological Association, Texas Psychological Association and other conferences, and has served on Austin Mayor Will Wynn’s Mental Health Task Force.
Dr. White’s primary areas of focus include adjustment difficulties, coping with anxiety, phobias and traumatic experiences, sensory-behavioral issues, frequent toileting accidents, chronic pain, and concerns about cognitive, social or emotional development.
In addition, Dr. White has written on developmentally responsive catechesis and numerous books published by Our Sunday Visitor, including:
- Catechist’s Guide to the Directory for Catechesis
- Listening for God in Everyday Life
- Early Childhood Religious Education A to Z
- St. Thérèse of Lisieux: Meditations with the Little Flower
Dessert reception to follow.
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