Infant Mental Health Training Program

This 1iStock_000019166545Small5 part training program provided through the Infant Mental Health Community Training Center in Toronto, Canada 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. 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.

  • Classes run from Jan 11 2016 – May 9, 2016. You have the option of attending live sessions, webcast or viewing  the on-line course recording which is posted one week after live lecture.
  • The course length is 15 weeks and is held on Mondays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Eastern Time
  • On-line content will be available for 1 year

Objectives:
This training program aims to increase knowledge about infant mental health among all staff within community-based agencies in order to affect a culture shift, 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 that can be provided to a child who is experiencing poor mental health or at risk of experiencing poor mental health within the community.

Primary Audience:
May include all program staff who has contact with infants and families including those involved in:

  • Pre- and Post-natal Care
  • Home visiting
  • CAPC/CPNP sites
  • Head Start
  • Public health services
  • Child welfare
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early Intervention Services such as Infant Development
  • Family Support
  • Early Learning and Care Settings such as Early Years Centres and Family Literacy Centres
  • Baby Planning
  • Sleep Consulting
  • Maternity Coaching
  • Doulas
  • Nurses
  • Childbirth Educators
  • Childcare Providers
  • Any professional working with families from 0-3 years of age.
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 2016 to May 2016), 3 hours per session (approximately 30 hours total)
    • Options to view the live presentations in person, by LIVE Webcast or OTN Videoconferencing; or Archived Webcast recordings to access the training at your own pace, in team meetings or individually.
    • Access to session notes, slides, and applicable handouts

Certificate of Completion:

In order to obtain an individual certificate of completion, each participant must complete the requisite Feedback Survey and Session Quiz after viewing EACH session. All session surveys must be completed to obtain the certificate of participation.

If participants are not able to view the sessions LIVE or in person, they may view the Archived Webcasts at their convenience.  Archived Sessions are available approximately one- two weeks following the live events and will be posted for one year from the date of broadcast.

Topic Curriculum

Introduction to IMH & Early Development
Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed. D)
Mon. Jan 11
2:00 -4:00

2 Understanding Brain Development in the Early Years
Dr. Pat Levitt (Ph.D)
Mon. Jan. 18
2:00 -4:00

The Importance of Attachment to Development
Mary Rella (B.A., Dip. C.S.)
Mon. Jan. 25
2:00 -4:00

Temperament Greg Lubimiv
(M.S.W, CACPT Supervisor)
Mon Feb. 1
2:00 -4:00

5  Early Development Index(EDI): What Does the EDI Tell us About the Children in Our Community?
Dr Magdalana Janus (Ph.D , MSc)

Mon. Feb. 8
2:00 -4:00

The Development of Regulation In The Early Years
Dr Stuart G Shankar
Mon. Feb . 22
2:00 -4:00

7 The Impact of Early Trauma on Development
Nathan Fox (Ph.D Harvard University)

Mon. Feb. 29
2:00 -34:00

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

Mon. Mar. 7
2:00 -4:00

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

Mon. Mar. 21
10:00 -12:00

10 The Impact of Domestic Violence on Infants and Families
Dr. Angelique Jenny (M.S.W., PhD)
Mon. April. 4
2:00 -4:00

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

Mon. Apr. 11
2:00 -4:00

12 Common Disorders of Early Childhood
TBD

Mon. April. 18
2:00 -4:00

13 Administering and Interpreting the Ages and Stages Questionnaire Social Emotion (ASQ:SE)
Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed. D)
Mon. April. 25
2:00 -4:00

14 Creating Developmental Support Plans
Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed. D)
Mon. May. 2
2:00 -4:00

15 Best Practices for Embedding Infant Mental Health 
Dr. Chaya Kulkarni (BAA, M.Ed, Ed. D)
Mon. May. 9
2:00 -4:00

Registration Deadline January 5 2016

To enroll complete your purchase below. Instructions will be provided upon purchase.

Price $295




Certificate of Completion

In order to obtain an individual certificate of completion, each participant must complete the requisite Feedback Survey and Session Quiz after viewing EACH session. All session surveys must be completed to obtain the certificate of participation.

If participants are not able to view the sessions LIVE or in person, they may view the Archived Webcasts at their convenience. Archived Sessions are available approximately one week following the live events and will be posted for one year from the date of broadcast.

All Session details, Handouts and Links will be available upon registration through this site.

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