Athens, Ga. – A Cuban expert in the educational development of special needs children will lead University of Georgia faculty and students in an instructional conversation Jan. 17 at noon in room 137 of the Tate Student Center.
Guillermo Arias Beatón, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Havana, will deliver a presentation titled, “The Education and the Development of Persons with Special Educational Needs: The Family as the First Step in this Process.” He will also describe the difficulties that interfere with the family’s role in educating special needs children.
Beatón, who is also an adjunct professor at the Enrique Jose Varona Pedagogical University, holds a doctorate in pedagogical sciences and a master’s degree in psychodrama and group process. He has worked to refine the fields of educational psychology and special education in Cuba’s Ministry of Education and has done extensive research in the area of child development, care for children with special educational needs and counseling psychology.
Beatón organized and directed the Center for Counseling and Psychological Care of the School of Psychology at the University of Havana. He has participated in national and international events, academic exchanges and joint scientific research institutes of the former Academy of Pedagogical Sciences in the former Soviet Union. He has been a visiting professor, taught courses and lectured at universities and graduate centers in Mexico, Chile, the U.S., Brazil, Spain, Norway, Puerto Rico and Columbia.
The Brown Bag event is open to the public and is hosted by the UGA Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, which is based in the UGA College of Education.