Practitioners working with infants and children under three are in a unique position to support and provide optimal responsiveness to a child’s needs during this incredibly sensitive period of growth and development, and to promote healthy social and emotional outcomes throughout that individual’s lifespan. The earlier we identify developmental concerns and the earlier we respond with appropriate supports and services the more likely we are to positively influence a child’s developmental – mental and physical – outcomes. In order to do this, every professional working with young children needs a strong understanding of infant mental health – what it is, how it develops, how it is influenced and implications for a child’s development when mental health is vulnerable in the early years.

This one day workshop will provide an overview of basic principles related to infant mental health and how this information is applicable to different professional settings and roles involved in caring for and serving this age group. Early learning and care practitioners (ECE’s), home visitors, and child welfare workers in particular need to understand the impact of a young child’s experiences on their mental health and emerging sense of self

This workshop is a first step in understanding the importance of social, emotional and cognitive development during the first three years, and the prevention of mental health issues later in life.

We will explore key topics including:
o Principles of Core Prevention and Intervention
o Early Brain Development
o Importance of Caregiving Relationships
o Attachment and Self Regulation
o Temperament and “Goodness of Fit”
o Responding to Challenging Behaviours
o Infant Cues
o Understanding Developmental Milestones
o and Screening for Concerns

Monday September 17, 2018, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave. Hollywood Theatre/ Auditorium, Toronto

FEES - Specially priced for Students!

In Person: $20 IMHP Members, $25 Non-Members

Webcast: $100 IMHP Members, $125 Non Members

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Screening with ASQ is a powerful first step to understanding how a child is progressing through his or her developmental milestones. Parents, educators, and professionals gain critical knowledge that helps them determine what to do next. With its parent-friendly design and flexibility in administration, ASQ works in the entire range of settings where young children are served—from child care centers to public health visits. For children on track, ASQ results offer reassurance and the opportunity to celebrate new milestones. For children who are not meeting milestones (or fall below the ASQ-3™ cutoff), the ASQ tools provide an indication where further intervention services are needed.

This training of trainer intensive provides capacity within agencies to effectively and consistently introduce and support the ongoing use of this validated screening tool.

The ASQ-3™ and ASQ:SE-2™ Training of Trainers (TOT) seminar is designed for intermediate to advanced participants who have experience using the screening tools and will be training staff within their organizations. Training considerations and tips are embedded throughout the TOT presentation such as things to consider when facilitating a scoring exercise with a group.

In addition to participating in all training activities, TOT participants will have opportunities to integrate and practice presenting ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 content. Participants will have opportunities to discuss specific considerations for audiences they will be training (childcare providers, pediatricians) and begin planning for their own future training for their organization.

Given the intensive nature of this training, participants will be required to provide a letter from their agency confirming that they have a working understanding of the ASQ tools in practice, i.e. to demonstrate that participants currently use the tool within the scope of their work within an agency or on a regular basis.

SickKids, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning,
686 Bay St, Toronto, ON Event Room 2 A & B

In-Person: Members $720
In-Person: Non-Members $900

The Participant Fee is a permission fee that allows the participant use of training materials received at the TOT seminar. Electronic materials for future training delivery will be provided on a thumb drive as well as in a master hardcopy binder for all participants.
This registration fee does not include ASQ Tools from Brookes. The ASQ Materials may be purchased at the time of registration if needed or thereafter through IMHP. They will NOT be required at the time of the training. Please allow 4 - 6 weeks for delivery.

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With Kim Barthel, OTR



IMHP is available to provide on site agency training on a range of topics including:

The Basics of Infant Mental Health 

Screening and Observation using the ASQ Tools


The Hand in Hand Developmental Support Planning Model

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