John Knight Colloquium Focuses on Young Children

Parents, educators, and individuals who work with young children attended the John Knight Colloquium in the community room at Antioch University New England, October 16. The John Knight Colloquium was organized to honor the memory of a valued faculty member in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and is in its 9th year. It is sponsored by the Department of Applied Psychology and supported by contributions from Applied Psychology Alums. It also has been a recipient of the Kingsbury Foundation grant for programs of community importance. The event was coordinated by Diane Kurinsky, EdD, Associate Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

The subject of the colloquium was “Young Children and their Care.” Susan Loman, MA, ADTR, NCC and director of ANE’s Program in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling served as moderator. Other panelists included David Caruso, PhD, President of Antioch University New England; Claire LeMessurier, MA, LCMHC, ADTR, Coordinator of the Springfield and White River Area Children’s Upstream Services; and Susan Weber, MEd, Executive Director of Sophia’s Hearth. The panelists presented research on early childhood development and shared ideas with parents and caregivers to help them understand the unspoken language of young children.

Melanie Johnson, a first year DMT and Counseling student presented a song she had written as a class project about the movement rhythms of young children.