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Upcoming IMHP Workshops

IMHP Workshops hosted at the Hospital for Sick Children are available in-person, by webcast or OTN videoconferencing.

 

 

With Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed.D)
Director, Infant Mental Health Promotion, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto


Research has demonstrated that early identification and intervention is crucial to increasing the likelihood of positive outcomes for children identified as at risk for developmental delay. There are a variety of approaches for gathering information about a child and their environment. Understanding and being able to observe typical and atypical social and emotional development in infants and toddlers is imperative to formulating appropriate plans for referrals and interim strategies to support development. Likewise the use of validated screening and assessment tools to determine a child’s developmental status can then be used to clearly guide professionals and caregivers in identifying areas of concern, necessary supports, resources and services.

 

This workshop will provide an overview and introduction to a variety of methods and tools for observation and screening with the 0 - 5 population. The Ages and Stages Questionnaires (ASQ:3R and ASQ-Social-Emotional) will be highlighted as examples of effective screening tools. Participants will also learn about the advantages of involving parents in the assessment process including cost-effectiveness and improved accuracy of assessment due to their ability to observe their child across a variety of domains.


Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the importance of early developmental screening and observation for infants and young children.
2. Become familiar with a variety of observational frameworks and methods.
3. Understand the key components of an effective screening or assessment tool.
4. Learn how to effectively administer, score and interpret the results the ASQ Screening Tools.
5. Use screening and observation results in implementing effective programs for children and families.

*Please note the training costs do not include the costs of any ASQ materials (Toolkits, User Guide, Quick Start Guides, Material Kits, etc.). It is the responsibility of the agency or individual to have this tool available for staff.

Screening and Observation of Infants and Young Children: Using the Ages and Stages Questionnaires

DATE: Monday February 13, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm

LOCATION: SickKids, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning,
                      686 Bay St, Toronto ,ON,  Multimedia Room

REGISTRATION OPTIONS & FEES: 
In person: IMHP Members $120, Non-Members $150
WEBCAST/ OTN: Members $400, Non-Members $500

Space is limited to 50 in person participants

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To register offline download the PRINT FRIENDLY FLYER




 


Mary Rella,  B.A., Dip.C.S.,
Manager, Clinical Services, Skylark Children, Youth and Families


Some infants and children do not experience their caregiving relationship as supportive, nurturing, and protective, and instead may be exposed to a variety of traumatic relational experiences that interfere with their social, emotional and cognitive development. In many of these situations the parents themselves have experienced non-nurturing, abusive and emotionally dysregulating parenting, and the subsequent effects of their early and cumulative trauma has impaired their capacity for parental reflective function, and in some instances, the development of parenting skills. Hence, the parent’s capacity to be a responsive caregiver is negatively influenced. These compromised parenting capacities coupled with maladaptive caregiving behaviours, increase likelihood of Adverse Childhood Experiences for the infant, and are further likely to promote insecure attachments and dysregulated affect and behaviours.  Without learning adaptive skills to increase their protective parenting capacities and nurturing caregiving behaviours, they are at continued risk of providing poor, maladaptive parenting.

 

This workshop will focus on the implementation of a novel assessment and intervention framework intended to help workers in a variety of settings such as infant development, child protection, home visiting and childcare, to better understand parenting domains that can clarify protective and risk factors. Key infant mental health science and attachment research principles are integrated in order to guide the planning of corrective and reparative experiences for young children in prevention, treatment and child protection settings. Moreover, the framework helps to identify strategies for supporting parents in learning key caregiving capacities so as to enhance development and move from insecure to secure relationships.

 

Participants will consider their role in guiding parents to make necessary changes in their caregiving behaviours and will increase their knowledge and skills for assessing, planning and intervening purposefully and effectively.

Making Meaning of Relationships: Treatment Approaches for Young Children and Their Caregivers


DATE:
Monday February 27, 2017
, 9 am to 4 pm

 

LOCATION:  SickKids, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning,

                      686 Bay St, Toronto ,ON,  Multimedia Room

 

REGISTRATION OPTIONS & FEES: 

In person: IMHP Members $120, Non-Members $150

WEBCAST/ OTN: Members $400, Non-Members $500

 

Space is limited to 50 in person participants

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

To register offline download the PRINT FRIENDLY FLYER

 


 

 


EVENT CANCELLED

With Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed.D)

Director, Infant Mental Health Promotion, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto


Early developmental screening is essential in predicting and intervening in a child’s early life trajectory. However, simply conducting developmental screens and making referrals that result in lengthy wait times does not reflect current research showing that early detection must be followed by early response in order to effectively change a developmental trajectory. Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) has developed a framework for providing interim strategies through the creation of an individualized plan to monitor and support the growth of a child in key areas of development, namely: communication, problem-solving, personal-social, gross motor and fine motor.

This Developmental Support Planning (DSP) model which provides a caregiver friendly resource to support the unique developmental needs of every child. DSPs are informed by caregiver observations, interviews and any screenings or assessments and serve as an immediate response to any developmental vulnerabilities a child may show, and can be used throughout professional practice to enhance interactions between a parent and child. The presenter will discuss ways in which this plan could be shared and implemented with other professionals and the families with which they work.

Participants will learn:
• How to gather and synthesize the information they have about a child’s development from multiple sources;
• How to create developmental goals for each domain based on what is known about the child and family;
• How to create a plan of strategies which caregivers can use to support the child in achieving goals;
• How to use the DSP to support foster home visits and access visits;
• How to monitor and update plans based on updated information.

 

Hand in Hand - Growing Together Everyday: Developmental Support Planning for Young Children

 DATE:  Monday March 13, 2017, 9 am to 4 pm

 

LOCATION: SickKids, Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning,
                      686 Bay St, Toronto ,ON,  Multimedia Room

REGISTRATION OPTIONS & FEES: 
In person: IMHP Members $120, Non-Members $150
WEBCAST/ OTN: Members $400, Non-Members $500

 

Space is limited to 50 in person participants

 

REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

To register offline download the PRINT FRIENDLY FLYER

 


 

Missed the Live Event?

You can still register for access to the the Archived Webcast of the workshops!

 

 

 

 

Awareness of early childhood mental health is essential for any professional working with very young children (ages 0-3). 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 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.

 


This workshop is for newcomers to the field of infant mental health - 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 Brain development – How relationships build brains
     o Attachment and Self Regulation
     o Temperament and “Goodness of Fit”
     o Responding to Challenging Behaviours– Infant Cues
     o Understanding Developmental Milestones
     o and Screening for concerns

 

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

 

Webcast Archive Access to September 2017: $100 IMHP Members, $125 Non Members

For more details and/ or to register for access to the Archived Webcast Recordings, forward the completed the PRINT FRIENDLY FLYER



 

 

  

Presenters:  

Dr. Carrie Bourassa, PhD, Senior Scientist & Chair, Northern & Indigenous Health, Health Sciences North Research Institute 

Kathy St. Amant, CAP-C Coordinator, Georgian Bay Native Women's Association

Chaya Kulkarni, Co-author, Nurturing the Seed

 

 

Many people play a role in supporting Indigenous infants, children and families in their life journeys. Indigenous communities sometimes refer to these helpers as nurturing guides. In order for western oriented practitioners to engage with, and develop meaningful and effective infant mental health support, treatment plans and research, they must first understand Indigenous worldviews, and then incorporate Indigenous child rearing practices into their relationship building approaches to working with Indigenous families. Further, Indigenous peoples must continue to come together and share knowledge around child rearing and mental health and wellness practices.

 

Nurturing the Autumn Seed is a resource intended to recognize and honor these differing worldviews and create a platform to share valuable cultural knowledge specifically relating to promoting infant mental health. It can serve as a starting point for engaging with and working with Indigenous families towards developing respectful and effective Developmental Support Plans for Indigenous infants, children and families. This workshop is intended help nurturing guides—people who respectfully engage with and support Indigenous families—to use Indigenous ways of knowing and doing to promote infant and child wellness and development.

Key topics include:

 

  • Hunter-Gatherer Wisdom: Understanding Key Principles and Concepts for Effective Work and Research with Indigenous Peoples
  • Being a Nurturing Guide: Cultural Programming with Indigenous Children and Families
  • Nurturing the Autumn Seed

 

This presentation also provides practitioners with a first look at IMHP’s New Resource Nurturing the Seed: A Framework for Nurturing Guides


REGISTRATION OPTIONS & FEES:   WEBCAST/ OTN: Members $400, Non-Members $500

 


For more details and/ or to register for access to the Archived Webcast Recordings, forward the completed the
PRINT FRIENDLY FLYER.

 

 

Connect from a Distance

IMHP  Workshops are also available by WEBCAST or OTN Videoconferencing!

 

Participating by webcast is a cost effective way to bring this workshop to you and your colleagues. 

 

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Hand in Hand 3 Day Training

In addition to the one day Workshop offerings here...


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


and


The Hand in Hand Developmental Support Planning Model

 

Please see the flyer below for descriptions of available training. For more information contact imp.mail@sickkids.ca

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