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2017 Summer Institute Intensive Session

Minnesota Early Intervention Summer Institute

Session 1

Using Developmental Repair in Early Childhood Settings


“This was a great session and the presenter did a wonderful job of taking the research and putting it into real life situations and also our own situations that we have experienced with young children. Great session!”

“This was one of the best sessions I have ever attended. The information would be useful for regular ed staff, too. Very knowledgeable facilitator.”

Developmental Repair is a framework for interventions that help children access new learning and positive community support so they can heal and grow. It changes our understanding about why children struggle with emotion and behavior regulation, and how adults can provide support to repair necessary capacities that are foundational for subsequent learning. In this training, participants will learn about the basics of this model, explore how it can fit into educational approaches and build confidence and competence in using these ideas with children, and sharing these ideas with parents and with colleagues.

Session Objectives

In this session, participants will:

  • Understand the underpinnings of Developmental Repair from contemporary research
  • Learn the essential components of Developmental Repair, and how these can be applied to early educational settings, including the classroom and childcare
  • Apply these ideas to participants' case examples and practice Developmental Repair
  • Examine how to better support at-risk and challenged young children who need this help to learn and succeed in school

Intended Audience

Anyone working with young children

Intended Skill Level

Experience with working with young children in educational/child care settings.

Participants will be asked to be active in this workshop by bringing examples of students with whom they have worked. Participants must also be willing to think creatively about new ideas and possibilities.


Anne Gearity, Ph.D.Anne Gearity, Ph.D., LICSW, has a mental health practice in Minneapolis and is associated with Washburn Center for Children and authored Developmental Repair, which is now used by many community mental health programs. In addition, she is on community faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and clinical faculty in Child Psychiatry. Applications of Developmental Repair are now her preoccupation, using these ideas for schools, for early childhood, for child welfare, and for broader mental health applications.

Lauren Nietz, LICSW, is currently involved with training and consultation at Washburn Center for Children, especially about developmental repair, after using and supervising the model in day treatment for many years. She is community faculty at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work and a graduate of the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate program. She also consults to numerous community settings about developmental repair and therapeutic language.

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