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CEDP Q Professional Development Presentations

Event number: 19135
1.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Linda Gilmore, Professor, Education and Developmental Psychology: The Developmental Consequences of Rare Chromosome Disorders and Ms Ellen Anderson, QUT Master of Education and Developmental Psychology student: Priming Parents for Secure Attachment

Linda Gilmore Presentation Title:  The developmental consequences of rare chromosome disorders 


As genetic testing techniques become increasingly sophisticated, more individuals are being diagnosed with very rare chromosome disorders. Understanding the complexities of genetics can be both daunting and challenging for psychologists. In addition, the sparseness of knowledge about the developmental consequences of most rare chromosome abnormalities means that there is only a very limited evidence base to inform prognosis and intervention. This presentation begins by reviewing basic information about chromosomes that will assist psychologists to understand diagnoses such as 46,XX,del(8)(p23.1pter) or partial trisomy 16p11.2-1q12.1 in ring formation. Several case studies will be presented to illustrate the range of outcomes that are possible, and the experiences of families whose child is diagnosed with an extremely rare or unique chromosome disorder will be highlighted. 


Learning outcomes

On completion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • explain basic facts about chromosomes;
  • understand the various numerical and structural chromosome abnormalities that occur;
  • interpret some of the karyotypes associated with chromosome disorders;
  • describe the range of developmental outcomes that are associated with rare chromosome disorders;
  • discuss the common experiences of families whose child is affected by an extremely rare chromosome anomaly; and
  • apply this understanding to their professional practice with individuals with rare chromosome disorders and their families.




Ellen Anderson   Presentation title: Priming parents for secure attachment relationships



The availability of brief, universal, evidence-based parenting education and support programs is limited, and those that do exist do not consider the findings of attachment research.  The objective of the current study was to assess the efficacy of a single two-hour seminar in communicating basic concepts of Circle of Security (COS; an intervention based on attachment research) to parents of pre-school students. Thirty-four parents of children in prep, pre-prep or kindergarten (ages 3-6) were asked to watch a difficult interaction between a parent and child before and after participating in the seminar.  Participants were asked to describe and recommend changes for the parent-child relationship shown in the video clip after each viewing. Results showed that participants used a lower percentage of punitive words, and a higher percentage of empathic, attachment-related and COS-specific words after the seminar to describe the parent-child relationship.  More participants stated that the parent-child relationship needed to change in ways consistent with the COS model after the seminar.  It was concluded that the seminar was effective in communicating basic concepts of the COS Intervention to parents of pre-school children.


This presentation provides a brief overview of a study conducted as part of a master's thesis. The study was designed to assess the efficacy of a single two-hour seminar in communicating basic concepts of the Circle of Security (COS) Intervention to parents of pre-school students.


Learning Outcomes:

After this presentation attendees should be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of secure attachment to children about to enter formal schooling
  2. Understand that brief parenting seminars can be effective
  3. Describe the finding sof the study presented

About the presenter(s)

Linda Gilmore is a Professor of Educational and Developmental Psychology at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2005 she developed the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) program at QUT, and continues to teach in this course across the areas of psycho-educational assessment, learning difficulties and developmental disorders. Her interest in disability began with Down syndrome 25 years ago, and then expanded to include other genetic syndromes. Much of her research with both typically and atypically developing individuals has focused on mastery motivation and self-regulation. Within the disability area, she has investigated topics such as resilience, sexuality, loneliness and community attitudes. Linda’s most passionate interest is the developmental consequences of rare chromosome disorders, and she has published and presented on this topic in numerous forums.

Ellen Anderson has recently graduated from the Master of Psychology (Educational and Developmental) program at QUT. As part of this program she did a Circle of Security (COS) placement, facilitating the COS-Intensive protocol in both group and individual settings. She also focussed her thesis on COS, developing and evaluating a brief seminar designed to communicate the basic concepts of COS to parents of pre-school students.


5:45pm for 6:15pm start. Concluding 8:15pm

Online registration

South Brisbane

The Greek Club
29 Edmonstone St
South Brisbane, QLD 4101
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 1/12/2017
End date: 1/12/2017
Time: 5.45pm - 8.15pm


CEDP member $50
CEDP student member $45
APS member: $55
APS student member: $45
Non APS member: $65


APS - College of Educational and Developmental Psychologists - QLD
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