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IMHP is pleased to invite you to our 7th Bi-Annual National
Expanding Horizons for the Early Years Institute on Infant Mental Health.
There is a robust body of science underlying the importance of infant and early childhood mental health. Those implementing programs and services for families must have an understanding of scientific research in order to integrate evidence based knowledge and practices towards successful outcomes. The emerging research in the fields of neuroscience and epigenetics increasingly shapes our understanding of mental health and development in early childhood, but it is not always clear how this scientific inquiry can be integrated into everyday practice for frontline practitioners. How does the science of infant and early mental health change our knowledge, policy, and practice?
The field of infant mental health is built on foundations of interdisciplinary understanding. In the current landscape, practitioners come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and draw upon diverse facets of knowledge to inform their roles. Effective practice requires understanding of how brain development is scaffolded through the early years, the cumulative effect of experience on typical and atypical development, foundations of learning, and integration of therapeutic approaches into practice. Through community collaboration - the organic processes that build relationships across disciplines by exploring and maintaining partnerships - practitioners can benefit from the shared experience and expertise of others. This includes building a body of evaluation data to contribute to this understanding within scope of practice. However, knowing enough of the science to integrate and build evidence based practice also requires critical thinking. In application one must be cautious that ‘evidence’ may be unintentionally misused or misconstrued due to bias, systemic or individual perceptions.
This Institute presents a springboard for innovation and change across Canada – to better understand what works in prevention and early intervention practice, and how we can make systems of care and the services delivered more effective for families and young children. We hope that you will join our faculty of top experts in the field of infant mental health and early childhood development to share and discuss YOUR work with infants and families at this exciting National event.
The 2019 Expanding Horizons for the Early Years National Institute on Infant Mental Health will bring together practitioners from multiple perspectives to reflect on the values of scientific research & evaluation when considering the promotion of early mental health. We will examine how evidence and understanding of core theories such as attachment and developmental neuroscience, has informed practice, and how community based programs enhance the critical work they do to provide meaningful services for families.
This event is for multidisciplinary practitioners, supervisors, educators, researchers, administrators and policymakers concerned with the care of infants and young children and their families in settings such as:
- children’s mental health/ psychiatry
- infant and child development
- health care (nursing, family medicine, pediatrics)
- public health and policy
- early childhood education, learning and care
- pre- & post-natal programs
- early intervention
- child protection
- Aboriginal Head Start programs
- family resource centres
- post-secondary education
- social policy and advocacy
We invite all practitioners across Canada to join us and share our excitement about this forum, to build a stellar line-up of internationally recognized speakers. With over 25 different concurrent sessions to choose from there is something for everyone. We are sure you’ll find it a rewarding learning experience.