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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:
- Principles of Core Prevention and Intervention
- Early Brain Development
- Importance of Caregiving Relationships
- Attachment and Self Regulation
- Temperament and "Goodness of Fit"
- Responding to Challenging Behaviours
- Infant Cues
- Understanding Developmental Milestones
- and Screening for Concerns
Location: The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave., Toronto, Hollywood Theatre
In Person Fees: IMHP Member $20 Non-Member $25
Webcast Fees: IMHP Member $100 Non-Member $125
* Webcast fees are per connection for the LIVE broadcast, but may be viewed as a group.
This event is specially priced for students and newcomers to the field of infant and early childhood mental health. Webcast recordings can be easily integrated into curricula and professional development activities.
Sessions will be archived/ recorded for 1 full year for access at your convenience.
Confirmations, login details etc. will be forwarded to primary registrant.