Designed to support the unique role of foster parents, customary caregivers and kin caring for young children from infancy to age 6, this video series will share information about:
This video series was created specifically for foster parents or other care providers who are supporting infants and young children in the care of child protection services. The sessions are presented by leading experts Dr. Susan Dundas, Mary Rella, and Dr. Chaya Kulkarni. The 3-part video series includes:
Video 1: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Infants and Young Children in Care (Foster/Kin/Customary)
Description: Dr. Chaya Kulkarni, Director of Infant and Early Mental Health Promotion at the Hospital for Sick Children provides an overview of infant and early mental health and how trauma in the first years of life can have a life-long impact. Chaya sets the stage in this introduction to the video series designed specifically for caregivers working with infants and young children involved with child welfare services.
Description: Dr. Chaya Kulkarni, Director of Infant and Early Mental Health Promotion, Mary Rella, Registered Psychotherapist, and Dr. Susan Dundas, Child Psychiatrist discuss what trauma looks like in young children and how it is often misunderstood as behaviour challenges. This video looks at how relational trauma can be a significant factor for infants and children in care and the impacts on a young child who has experienced trauma in the absence of a secure attachment relationship. Experts discuss the connection between attachment and trauma, and how a safe and supportive caregiving relationship and environment can provide invaluable support for the child today and into the future.
Description: Dr. Chaya Kulkarni, Director of Infant and Early Mental Health Promotion, Mary Rella, Registered Psychotherapist, and Dr. Susan Dundas, Child Psychiatrist discuss the needs of young children who have experienced trauma and how to best support them. This video builds upon the content of the previous two videos in the series with a focus on how care providers can be “mitigators” of a child’s trauma. Experts discuss what is happening for the child as they adjust to a new environment, and how past relationships influence their behaviours and responses to caregivers. This session reinforces the critical importance of the caregiving role and the absolute benefits for a child through consistent and compassionate care, especially during times when they are expressing big emotions.
Dr. Susan Dundas, FRCP is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist with 35 years of experience working in the field of developmental trauma at Gary Hurvitz Centre for Community Mental Health. Dr. Dundas has worked in early intervention with the 0-6 population in community programs in Toronto. She has also worked in community consultation and teaching in Northern Ontario and Nunavut for over 20 years through Telepsychiatry at The Hospital for Sick Children where she continues to consult.
Mary Rella, B.A.,Dip.C.S. is a Registered Psychotherapist involved in developing, supporting and managing a range of services for vulnerable infants, children, youth, young adults and their families for over 30 years. Mary maintains a private clinical practice and delivers training and consulting throughout the province with specialized expertise in trauma and attachment.
Dr. Chaya Kulkarni, EdD is the Director of Infant and Early Mental Health Promotion (IEMHP) at The Hospital for Sick Children, a national organization which improves outcomes across the lifespan through translating and promoting the science of early mental health into practice with families during pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood. Dr. Kulkarni has over 25 years of experience in a number of leadership roles including frontline service delivery, policy analysis, and curriculum and resource development.