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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.
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.
We will explore key topics including:
o Principles of Core Prevention and Intervention
o Early Brain Development
o Importance of Caregiving Relationships
o Attachment and Self-Regulation
o Temperament and “Goodness of Fit”
o Responding to Challenging Behaviours
o Infant Cues
o Understanding Developmental Milestones
o and Screening for Concerns
IMH Basics 2019 - Part 1 - Setting the Context
IMH Basics - Part 2 - IMH Under Construction
IMH Basics - Part 3 - Brain Development
IMH Basics - Part 4 - Vulnerability
IMH Basics - Part 5 - The Landscape of IMH in Canada
IMH Basics - Part 6 - IMH in Action