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801 Dixon Rd., Toronto, Ontario M9W 1J5



This Institute presents a springboard for innovation and change across Canada – to better understand what works in existing prevention and early intervention practice, and how we can work to integrate best practices to make systems of care more effective.

 

Expanding Horizons for the Early Years brings together practitioners and service providers, physicians, academics and researchers from across Canada and internationally to share innovative and effective practice to enhance mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, and families. Integral topics of promoting mental health, understanding brain development, self regulation, attachment, parent/ child attunement, observation, assessment, intervention and support for infants and families, will be woven throughout.

Join us for this Exciting National Event


IMHP is pleased to invite you to our 6th Bi-Annual National
Expanding Horizons for the Early Years Institute on Infant Mental Health. 

IMHP is pleased to invite you to our 6th National Training Institute: Expanding Horizons for the Early Years - You Help Me Soar. Practitioners of all disciplines have become increasingly aware of the social, emotional and cognitive development of infants and toddlers and the impact of the caregiving relationship on this development. Through increased knowledge and scientific evidence many disciplines have learned to use screening and assessment approaches that support this caregiving relationship. At the professional-to-professional level, our increased communication and joint learning opportunities have contributed to our ability to support each other and hence increase our capacity to help families. The significant and rapid development occurring for infants in the first years compels professionals to understand their role in working with infants and families.

Professionals in all fields can have a positive impact on an infant’s development trajectory and improve outcomes through prevention and early intervention. This year’s theme - You Help Me Soar - will allow us to explore the impact of caregiving relationships on the lifespan through integral topics for promoting mental health, and equally importantly, how we work together and build pathways to improve our joint learning and collaboration.

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:

• early learning and care                           • public health                                    • physicians
• early intervention                                      • child welfare                                     • children’s mental health
• hospitals and clinics                               • pre & post natal programs            • family resource centres
• CAPC/CPNP/AHSUNC programs        • community health                            • infant and child development


We invite all practitioners across Canada to join us and share our excitement about this conference with 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.


 

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Sponsorship and Exhibit Opportunities

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Expanding Horizons for the Early Years brings together practitioners and service providers, physicians, academics and researchers from across Canada and internationally to share innovative and effective practice to enhance mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, and families. Integral topics of promoting mental health, understanding brain development, self regulation, attachment, parent/ child attunement, observation, assessment, intervention and support for infants and families, will be woven throughout.

 

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. We encourage you to make use of this ideal opportunity to educate participants about your products and services and/ or to sell your products and resources.

 

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus

Pre-Institute Workshops at SickKids

The Following Pre-Institute Workshops are also available by WEBCAST.


Workshop A
Facilitating Attuned Interactions:

Implementing the FAN Approach in Infant/Parent Programs
Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D.,
Professor, Executive Director, Fussy Baby Network


Workshop B
Child’s Developing Brain and the Impact of Trauma Across the Lifespan: An Introduction to the NeuroRelational Framework (NRF)

Connie Lillas, PH.D.,MFT, RN
Director, Interdisciplinary Training Institute; National Graduate Zero to Three Fellow; Co-author, The NRF


See the BROCHURE for details and registration.

Past Institutes

We have been very pleased to host many wonderful presenters including a wide range of colleagues from across Canada and internationally. Each installation of this event has brought together more than 450 delegates each over three days, to share their work, new research and practices related to socio-emotional development of infants and toddlers.

Some comments from past institutes:

“All of the speakers gave 200 per cent in presenting and the IMHP did 200 per cent to make us feel welcome and send us home with new ideas and resources to try with families. ”

“As always, IMHP training opportunities offer the best of the best.”

“I am leaving here feeling validated in the work I’m already doing and inspired in pursuing further study to expand my practice. Thanks.”

“An informative, inspiring conference. It’s also so reflective of collaboration on behalf of children.”

“Overall level of presentations – Exceptional!”

 

Click the links below to view the event brochures from past institutes.

Expanding Horizons for the Early Years: Looking Back to Transform the Future, 2015

with keynote presenters  Judy L. Cameron,Jean Clinton, Nathan Fox, and Harriet MacMillan

 

Expanding Horizons for the Early Years: Promoting Mental Health from Conception and Beyond, 2013

with keynote presenters Cindy-Lee Dennis,Deborah Weatherston,Dr. Allan Schore, Lee Ford-Jones, Paula Tyler, and Michael Trout

 

Expanding Horizons for the Early Years: Making Relationships Work for Infants and Toddlers, 2011

with keynote presenters Richard Tremblay, J.Douglas Willms, Nicole Letourneau, Jean Wittenberg and Mathew Melmed


Expanding Horizons for the Early Years: Practice, Research and Promoting Change
, 2008

with keynote presenters Charles Zeanah, Roseanne Clark, Diane Benoit and Susan Bradley.

 

The Inaugural Expanding Horizons for the Early Years, 2005

keynotes included Janet Dean, Peter Rosenbaum, James McHale, and Sarah Landy.