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Agency-wide training

Missed the Live Sessions? 
Registration will be open to view the Archived Webcast recordings until January 2018.

Each Agency (Host) License/ Registration allows unlimited access by all program staff (Guests) to benefit from this training opportunity.


All CAPC and CPNP sites are eligible to participate at NO cost.
Please register as a Guest and reference CAPC CPNP as the Host agency when registering. Funding provided by Public Health Agency of Canada.


The early years have a unique and formative impact on development, relationships, and functioning throughout life.  The literature on early childhood development overwhelmingly confirms that poor parenting, abuse and neglect in the first three years of life have profound and devastating effects on brain development and emotional functioning.  These infants soon become the children in our school system and may already lag behind their peers.  These children are also more vulnerable to a host of health and emotional problems throughout their lifespan including depression and addictions.  When there are identified risks and disorders in young children or in family functioning, well planned and evidence-informed intervention can promote optimal outcomes.  The science is clear – early experiences in the first three years impact the architecture of the brain – this impact can be life-long and profoundly positive or negative depending on the quality and consistency of the experiences.  



This 15 part training program aims to raise awareness and understanding of the unique needs of infants and toddlers in order to promote healthy social emotional development in the early years and reduce the likelihood of poor mental and physical health outcomes in the later years.  

This training is an effective and economical way to integrate Infant Mental Health learning and practice into continuing professional education and staff engagement events. 

Primary Audience may include those involved in:
  • Healthcare
  • Home visiting
  • CAPC/CPNP sites
  • Head Start
  • Public health services
  • Child welfare
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Intervention Services (e.g. Infant Development)
  • Early Learning and Care Settings (e.g. Early Years Centres or Family Literacy Centres)


This training program aims to increase knowledge about infant mental health among all staff within community-based agencies in order to affect a cultural shift among agency staff, to empower individuals to be agents of change in their roles and to ensure that every child served by their organization has access to the best mental health outcomes possible.


The inclusion of infant mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment as a key focus of practice within community based health and/or social service organizations will lead to enhanced:
  • Understanding of just how critical early mental health is for a child, a community, and society at large;
  • Understanding of risk and protective factors that contribute to early mental health and development;
  • Promotion of infant mental health practices within a community agency that can be shared with families and other community agencies;
  • Integration of practices that focus on the prevention of infant mental health trauma;
  • Embedding of screening practices to identify when a child may be experiencing poor mental health in the first three years of life; and
  • Integration of interventions, policies and practice that can be provided to a child who is experiencing poor mental health or at risk of experiencing poor mental health within the community.

Training Format:
Each participating organization would purchase a license which would allow all staff within their organization/ site to access the training which will include:
  • 15 training sessions, (January  - May 2016), 2 hours per session (approximately 30 hours total)
  • Archived Webcast recordings to access the training at your own pace, in team meetings or individually.
  • Access to session notes, slides, and applicable handouts


In order to obtain a certificate of participation, each participant will be required to complete:
  • Participant Profile
  • Pre-Training Knowledge Survey
  • Session Quizzes and Feedback
  • and Post-Training Knowledge Survey

After initial license purchase by the participating agency/ site, unlimited participants from that agency may register as a GUEST at no additional cost in order to gain access.


IMHP Member Agency License    CAD $ 1,600.00

Non-Member Agency License      CAD $ 2,000.00



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Register your group today!

One group license allows unlimited agency-wide access to the webcast recordings

until January 2018!


Training Topics and Dates

Session 1   
Introduction to IMH & Early Development    
Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed. D)    

Session 2  

Understanding Brain Development in the Early Years
Pat Levitt

Session 3   
The Importance of Attachment to Development    
Mary Rella (B.A., Dip. C.S.)    

Session 4  

Greg Lubimiv (M.S.W, CACPT Supervisor) 


Session 5   
The Development of Regulation in the Early Years
Stuart Shanker     

Session 6
The Impact of Early Trauma on Development    
Nathan Fox     

Session 7   
Parental Depression     
Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis(Ph.D)

Session 8   
The Impact of Poor Parental Mental Health on a Child    
Dr. Jean Wittenberg (MD, FRCPC)     

Session 9

Early Development Instrument (EDI): What Does the EDI Tell us?

Dr. Magdalena Janus (Ph.D , MSc)

Session 10   
Domestic Violence – A Trauma Experience for Young Children    
Dr. Angelique Jenny (M.S.W., PhD)     

Session 11
FASD and Impact of Substance Misuse on the Caregiving Relationship    
Margaret Leslie (Dip.C.S., C.Psych.Assoc.)    

Session 12
Common Disorders of Early Childhood    
Greg Lubimiv (M.S.W, CACPT Supervisor) 

Session 13  
Administering and Interpreting the Ages and Stages Developmental Screens (ASQ 3 & ASQ SE)   
Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed. D)    

Session 14
Creating Developmental Support Plans   
Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed. D)    

Session 15
Best Practices for IMH/ Embedding IMH into practice
Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed. D)