International Society on Early Intervention Regional Conference
"Early Intervention to Promote Child Development
Location: St. Petersburg State University
Research has now clearly established the value and benefits of providing early intervention services for young children at risk for and those with established disabilities. In addition, recent analyses have revealed an urgent need to support the development and mental health of infants and young children in state run residential care in Central and Eastern Europe, Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS). Despite 20 years of social reforms, early childhood intervention and protection of these vulnerable children has not properly developed. The number of children placed in institutional care in these countries remains extraordinarily high.
It is well established that early environments can have lifelong effects on children's development and mental health. Developmental science has demonstrated the value of predictable and stable settings, respectful and stimulating care, the formation of sensitive and responsive relationships, and other important supportive factors in promoting young children's development and well-being. This is the case independent of children's living location, biological status, or medical condition.
Accordingly, the International Society on Early Intervention, in conjunction with St. Petersburg State University, is planning an international conference organized in the city of St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. Our major goal is to integrate and share the experience and information accumulated with respect to early intervention to promote the development and mental health of infants and young children in families and in institutions. Knowledge of optimal family systems of support can be especially valuable in informing strategies designed to promote child development in a range of care settings. We also plan to provide sessions that consider the complexity surrounding the implementation of early childhood programs during a period of major political, economic, and social transitions in this part of the world.
The City of St. Petersburg
The city of St. Petersburg is famous throughout the world for the majestic elegance of its architecture, for its artistic exhibitions, as well as for its cultural, social, and scientific events. At the beginning of the 1990s the newly elected democratic City Council supported the development of social programs for vulnerable children, and the first early intervention program in the Russian Federation for children in families and institutions was established. The tradition of social and scientific initiatives and deep level discussions confirms that St. Petersburg is an outstanding place to meet. Early childhood intervention and mental health experts from all over the world will be welcomed to exchange ideas and experiences about research, clinical interventions, organizational matters, and social-political issues. We have every reason to expect that the international conference in St. Petersburg will meet the high expectations of participants and help to improve the early childhood protection and intervention systems in our region.
St. Petersburg State University
Although the conference has not arranged for special rates, St. Petersburg offers a variety of accommodations within easy walking or commuting utilitzing the Metro (subway) stations. Several options are listed from 5 star hotels to hostels and mini-hotels. Click here to view pdf.
The Registration fee for ISEI Regional Conference presenters and attendees is $300 (USD). A reduced fee of $100 (USD) will be available for presenters and attendees coming from designated countries (click here for list). Registration fees will be waived for full time students. English and Russian registration sites are available now. Click here for English or Click here for Russian.
Requirements for video in your presentation
If you plan to use video in your presentation, it must be in one of the following formats: "wmv", "avi", "mpeg", "flv".
Most individuals outside of the Russian Federation will need a Visa to enter Russia. Each country has different rules, so please check carefully with the appropriate officials in your country. Also note that this process may take up to 2 months, so early planning is critical. Of importance, you must make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months beyond the time you plan to leave Russia. To find out more about the Visa Process, please - click here.