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Tuesday, November 28 Session LevelSpeakers
8:00 am - 3:30 pm Official DC:0-5™ 2-Day Training

This two-day comprehensive training on DC:0-5 is designed for clinicians from fields of mental health, health and early intervention who are responsible for diagnostic formulation. Learn about the multi-axial approach to diagnosis; an approach which is developmentally informed, relationship-based, contextually and culturally grounded.

AdvancedAlice Carter, PhD, Kathy Mulrooney, MA, LPC, ACS, IMH-E, Miri Keren, MD, Sherryl Scott-Heller, PhD
Wednesday, November 29 Session LevelSpeakers
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Forum 1—The Growing Brain: Understanding How Babies Think

The early years are a time of great opportunity and vulnerability for brain development, affecting children’s potential for exploration and learning. Join us as we delve into current early brain development research from birth to 5 years old; how genes, environmental factors, and relational factors can influence this development; and how to apply this knowledge to practice.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessAidan Bohlander, PhD, Amelia R. Bachleda, PhD, Andrew Meltzoff, PhD, Ross Thompson, PhD
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Forum 2—Young Children With Different Needs: Effective Mental Health Interventions and Treatments

This preconference forum will address infant and early childhood mental health interventions and treatment related to problems with emotional and behavioral dysregulation, learning difficulties, and exposure to trauma from various theoretical perspectives in different settings.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessCarmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, CEIS, MsEd, D'Lisa Ramsey Worthy, MEd, Darcy Lowell, MD, Joy Osofsky, PhD, Serena Wieder, PhD
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Forum 3—Key Relational Health Principles and Practices: Engaging Individuals and Organizations Across Systems to Effect Change

Speakers will introduce and discuss relational health, its meaning, and its importance to the infant and family field. We will explore what a relational health approach looks like; how to define it; and why it is important to consider when working with or on behalf of infants, toddlers, and their families.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessDavid Willis, MD, Deborah Weatherston, PhD, Kandace Thomas, MPP, Katherine Rosenblum, PhD, Lana Nenide, LMSW
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Forum 4—Young Children in Foster Care: Innovations in Improving Permanency and Well-Being

Maltreated infants and toddlers are more likely to be placed in foster care than any other age group of maltreated children. They also have a longer duration in foster care and are less likely to be reunified with their birth families. Given their unique child welfare trajectories, it is important that child welfare, mental health, and other practitioners use the best strategies in the early childhood arena to ensure young children’s expeditious placement into permanent homes and to promote their well-being.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessBarbara Ivins, PhD, Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, Carmen Salaiz, Carole Shauffer, JD, Charley Zeanah, MD, Judge Hope Bristol, Mimi Graham, EdD, Shannon Peake, PhD
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Forum 5—Making Family Wellness a Pediatric Priority: Nurturing Families From Screening to Referral

Pediatricians are being called upon to respond to broader needs of children and their families, including social determinants of health, trauma, and other complex issues. Primary care is also facing major changes—a push toward enhanced care coordination, implementation of the medical home model, and the opioid crisis' impact on young families.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessAyelet Talmi, PhD, Christina Bethell, MD, Claudia M. Gold, MD, Dina Lieser, MD, Eileen Costello, MD, Eric Flake, MD, FAAP, Kay Connors, MSW, Maria Trozzi, MD, Susan Briner, MD, Tamara Schane, JD
8:30 am - 3:30 pm Forum 6—It Sounds Good in Theory—But Is Challenging in Practice!: Implementing and Sustaining Reflective, Relationship-Based Practices Within Agencies and Systems

This workshop draws on implementation and organizational science, attachment theory, reflective practice research, and incrementalist approaches to change and innovation. We offer practical tools and strategies for program directors, managers, supervisors, and consultants to help them successfully carry out and integrate their many clinical and administrative responsibilities in organizations, networks, and systems.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessBarbara Stroud, PhD, Jodi Whiteman, MEd, Kadija Johnston, PhD, Mary Claire Heffron, PhD, Trudi Norman Murch, CCC-SLP, PhD, SLP
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm OPENING PLENARY—The Still-Face and Infants’ Meaning Making Without Language or Symbols

Infants lack language, abstract thought, and symbols. Nonetheless they face the task of making sense of their self in relation to people, the inanimate world, and their own self. Because not making sense of the world would be a development catastrophe, I will argue that they possess psychobiological systems from molecules to the brain that allow them to accomplish this task.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessEd Tronick, MD
Thursday, November 30 Session LevelSpeakers
8:15 am - 10:00 am POLICY PLENARY—Dreaming, Designing, and Doing: Increasing Mobility From Poverty

Addressing a complex challenge such as substantially increasing mobility from poverty in the US requires dreaming, designing, and then doing. One strategy that works incredibly well is to bring people together from diverse sectors and different points of view to address questions that increase mobility from poverty and transform child support systems into a family-building institution.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessMSW, Nisha Patel, MSW
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A1—Blending Parent Implemented Interventions: Building Capacity of Parents of Children With ASD

Parent and professional partnership is essential to successful intervention for young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The PLAY Project—an intensive, strength- and relationship-based parent-mediated intervention—builds family capacity using the key principles of early intervention.

IntermediateDiane Fox, MA, Lisa Welsh, MEd, Maggie Gons, CCC-SLP, MA
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A2 – Mix and Match Messaging: Tailoring Content for Families, Providers, and Policy Makers in Early Intervention and Early Childhood Education

Creating engaging and clear materials makes information accessible to diverse families, caregivers, and professionals. Explore free sample materials from state projects in the early intervention and early care and education systems. Learn strategies for enhancing the collaborative process for publication of evidence-based, high-quality media for the web, print, and social media.

IntermediateJill S. Tompkins, EdM, Rebecca Anne Swartz, PhD, Sarah Isaacs, MLS
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A3—Including Father in “Family”

This workshop introduces Project Fatherhood, an evidence-informed model of practice to reduce risks to children by engaging fathers. Participants learn: (a) to identify and overcome individual and systemic barriers that prevent father-child engagement; (b) case studies of the model in diverse communities; and (c) strategies to replicate the program in their jurisdictions.

IntermediateAlan-Michael S. Graves, MPA, Anthony Young, PhD
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A4—CAPTA From Policy to Practice: A Relationship-Based Approach in a Policy-Based World

This presentation will chronicle the efforts of a statewide program developed in response to the mandate of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. This program uses relationship-based, reflective practice to join with child welfare professionals in seeking enhanced relational and developmental well-being for young children and families.

AdvancedAndria Goss, MS, MSW, Jill Barbre, LCSW, MSEd, Pfeffer Elsin, LCPC
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A5—Supporting Dual Language Learners: Bringing Together Research, Practice, and Community

This session explores the benefits of learning more than one language, practices that support children who are dual language learners, and challenges and rewards of implementing high quality DLL programs. Participants will leave with an action plan of individualized next steps they can take to support the children they serve.

IntermediateAmelia R. Bachleda, PhD, Mario Koran, MA, Sarah Garrity, EdD, Sarah Lytle, PhD
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A6—Overcoming Barriers: Using Prenatal to Age 5 Workforce Development Project Findings to Strengthen Cross-Sector Collaboration

This session examines the preliminary evaluation findings of the Prenatal to Age 5 Workforce Development Project. Approaches to strengthening collaborative efforts and to overcome barriers to cross-sector work will also be identified during the third installment of the popular sessions that were presented at the 2015 and 2016 ZERO TO THREE Annual Conferences.

IntermediateChristina Nigrelli, EdS, Jenifer Chacon, MSW
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A7—When Behavior Plans Fail: Biopsychosocial Considerations That Impede Implimentation

Behavioral assessment and intervention are useful to a variety of early intervention disciplines, no matter the theoretical background. Behavior plans that do not respect the biopsychosocial needs of the child and family often fail. Explore common problems and interactively find solutions to incorporate the needs of the whole child and family.

IntermediateSandra Van Nest, LCSW
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A8—Implementación de un modelo para el tamizaje de autismo en niños latinos dentro del contexto de intervención temprana

Esta sesión describe un modelo de tamizaje de autismo implementado en tres agencias de intervención temprana en Massachusetts con el fin de eliminar disparidades en la detección de autismo en las comunidades latinas. Se presentará el marco conceptual, lecciones aprendidas durante la implementación e implicaciones para la capacitación y diseminación del modelo.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateAlice S. Carter, PhD, Frances Martinez-Pedraza, PhD
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A8—Autism Screening Implementation Model for Latino Children in Early Intervention

This workshop describes an autism screening model implemented in three Early Intervention agencies in Massachusetts to reduce disparities in the detection of autism among Latino communities. We discuss the model's conceptual framework, lessons learned during the implementation process, and implications for training and dissemination.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateAlice S. Carter, PhD, Frances Martinez-Pedraza, PhD
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A9—Ensuring Follow-Up to Developmental Screening: Community-Based Approaches With Primary Care, Early Intervention, and Early Learning

Pathways from developmental screening to services are complicated for providers to identify and for families to navigate, with most children not receiving follow-up services. This session will provide practical strategies and best practices for follow-up, based on a community-wide improvement project involving primary care, early intervention, early learning, and others.

IntermediateCollen P. Reuland, MS, Jennifer Richter, Lisa Harnisch
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A10—Building Protective Factors to Address Challenging Issues in Middle Eastern Immigrant and Refugee Community

Many family support programs serve families who struggle with challenges related to mental health, developmental delays in children, and adverse childhood experiences. Immigrant and refugee families are at an increased risk for these and other challenges. Presenters will share their experiences to support immigrant/refugee families in a home visiting program.

IntermediateAllison Sutherland, MS, Kim Thomas, MA, AAP-CA3, Nifin Poules
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A11—Excellence and Accountability: Using Data-Driven Strategies With Reflective Practice to Build a Culture of Quality

How do you promote camaraderie, compassion, accountability, and excellence? This is a question that most administrators and managers face as they focus on achieving outcomes and developing teams. This session will describe strategies to pair data-driven processes with reflective practice to build team culture and execute quality improvement projects.

IntermediateMarissa Daley, MPA, Sarita Rogers, MPP
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A12—Lessons Learned From Applications of Child Parent-Psychotherapy With Substance-Dependent Mothers and Their Young Children

Substance-dependent parents often have histories of trauma that can affect their relationships with their children, who may have developmental challenges. This workshop will explore treatment approaches for strengthening these relationships through Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Considerations for intervening with these families will be discussed and illustrated through case examples and videotape.

IntermediateAmy Sommer, LICSW, Jody Todd Manly, PhD, Ruth Paris, LICSW, PhD, Una Majmudar, LCSW, MSW
10:30 am - 12:00 pm A13—Co-creating Optimal Emotional Communication in High-Risk Families With Preschoolers

Through video clips with an actual high-risk family, a somatic- and emotions-based approach to co-creating optimal emotional communication will be demonstrated. The principles behind this attachment-based interactive therapy will be delineated and outcomes presented. Includes a reflective, interactive exercise.

IntermediateMyrna L. Martin, MN
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm PRACTICE PLENARY—How Immigration Enforcement Harms the Health and Development of Citizen-Children and Refugee Children

Aggressive immigration enforcement is an adverse childhood experience that affects the long-term health and mental health of refugee and US citizen-children. Traumatized refugee children are harmed by the deprivation and fear of being held in detention centers with mothers. Citizen-children whose undocumented immigrant parents are deported become exiles or orphans.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessLuis Zayas, PhD
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B1—Reflective Strength-Based Coaching: Enhancing Language, Literacy, and Social-Emotional Development in Infant-Toddler Classrooms

This presenter will share strategies for implementing a reflective strength-based coaching model through video clips and reflective activities. Participants will learn ways to enhance language, literacy and social emotional development outcomes in infant-toddler classrooms. The impact of effective teacher-child interactions will be shared.

IntermediateTeresa A. Byington, PhD
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B2—Promoting Coparenting via Home Visiting: Family Foundations

Family Foundations enhances new parents’ coparenting relationship quality; two trials demonstrate impacts on birth outcomes, parent mental health, family violence, and child development. After providing an overview, the presenter will describe FF@Home (curriculum features, research, case examples with video)—a home-visiting adaptation for parents in poverty designed to supplement traditional home visiting.

IntermediateMark E. Feinberg, PhD
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B3—Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Within an Early Childhood Education Framework

Policies and practices are needed to reduce expulsion and suspension of toddlers from child care. This workshop will focus on child care policy recommendations; survey findings on expulsion practices in a city; and a pilot child care program using PBIS which was a collaboration of early childhood education, mental health, and health care.

IntermediateJulia Slater, Marsha Gerdes, PhD, Natalie Renew, MPA
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B4—When Hospital Becomes Home: Implementation of Home Visiting in NICU Settings

Families with infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) do not transition home directly after birth, instead spending weeks or months in the hospital. This session highlights three programs that provide support to families while in the NICU, as they transition home, and as they settle into their new life as a family.

AdvancedPeggy C. MacLean, PhD, PhD, Sherryl Scott-Heller, PhD, Tracy E. Moran, PhD, Trudi Norman Murch, CCC-SLP, PhD, SLP
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B5—Safe, Secure, and Loved: Strengthening Resilience in Families

Safe, Secure and Loved: Resilient Families is a community-led program designed to strengthen resilience in families. The program is based on the science of resilience, and families learn about habits of resilience as a way to promote attachment, thinking, and problem-solving skills and parental management of stress and emotions during family routines.

IntermediateBarbara M. Burns, PhD, Maria Gallardo, Roberto Gil, MA
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B6—Collaborating to Co-Design a Reliable, Curriculum-Neutral Parenting Program Observation Tool in Support of Continuous Learning and Quality Improvement

The presenters describe a funder’s effort to monitor and support high-quality group and individual parenting programs in Miami-Dade County through the development of observation tools that measure facilitator adherence to an evidence-based curriculum as well as skillful and competent delivery of program content.

Introductory/AwarenessAparajita Kuriyan, PhD, Grettel Suarez, MEd, K. Lori Hanson, PhD, Maria-Paula Garcia, MA
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B7—An Innovative Professional Development Model for Family Child Care Providers in New York City

The importance of professional development for child care providers is well-recognized. However, opportunities for family child care providers remain limited, despite the large numbers of children cared for in these settings. This session will introduce a training and consultation model for family child care providers. Successes, challenges, and lessons learned will be discussed.

IntermediateAna M. Rodriguez, PhD, Evelyn Blanck, LCSW, Katherine A. Lingras, PhD
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B8—Toddler Learning Environments: Strengths, Needs, Examples of Excellence, and Implications for Professional Development

We describe the results of more than 1,000 toddler Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) observations conducted in a statewide quality rating system. Discussion will focus on the strengths and needs of classrooms for very young children, and video examples of excellent practice will be presented. Audience participation will consider implications for practice and professional development.

IntermediateKaren Burstein, PhD, Paula D. Zeanah, PhD, PhD
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B9—No tengo ganas: Explorar diversas descripciones de la depresión perinatal entre las mujeres latinas

Gran parte de la literatura relacionada con la prevalencia de la depresión perinatal entre las mujeres latinas indica que este grupo étnico experimenta tasas más altas de depresión en comparación con mujeres blancas no hispanas. Esta presentación explorará el uso de métodos cualitativos de investigación para identificar los conceptos utilizados por latinas para describir los síntomas depresivos durante y después del embarazo y mejorar la detección de la depresión perinatal.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateIrma Torres-Catanach, LPCC
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B9—Exploring Varied Descriptions of Perinatal Depression Among Latina Women

Much of the literature relating to prevalence of perinatal depression (PPD) among Latina women indicates that this racial/ethnic group experiences higher rates of PPD compared to non-Hispanic white women. This presentation will explore the use of qualitative research methods to identify constructs used to describe depressive symptoms to enhance PPD detection.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateIrma Torres-Catanach, LPCC
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B10—Mirrors in Pediatric Medicine: The Reflective Medical Practitioner

This presentation will focus on application of reflective practice in pediatric medical settings with physicians and nurses. Information regarding the benefits and challenges from the perspective of the practitioner receiving reflective practice will be shared. In addition, the reflective process as a component of patient-centered care will be highlighted.

IntermediateKristie Brandt, CNM, DNP, MS, Mary Beth Steinfeld, MD, Rachel Talamantez, EdD, MFT
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B11—Vision Screening: Seven Critical Vision Development Milestones to Monitor in Year 1

Learn the seven critical vision development milestones from birth to baby's 1st birthday, including the relationship between the first social smile and vision. Receive a check-off monitoring tool describing each milestone, questions to ask and behaviors to observe, and next steps to take when a milestone is not met.

AdvancedKira Baldonado, P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin, EdD
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm B12—Partnering to Create Father-Friendly Services in High-Risk Communities

Fathers in inner city communities plagued by violence, transgenerational experiences of oppression, and disruption of relationships, face insurmountable challenges parenting their young children. This workshop will describe community collaborations, including a group program for fathers, designed to support their parenting. Program design and father-friendly principles will be discussed.

IntermediateBarbara Ivins, PhD, Carlos A. Guerrero, LICSW, Daniel R. Vasquez
2:50 pm - 3:50 pm Member Exclusive—Meet the ZERO TO THREE Board President

Ross Thompson, PhD, University of California Davis, leads an open question and answer session with members.  

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessRoss Thompson, PhD
2:50 pm - 6:20 pm IIA—Parent-Mediated Intervention: Changing Approaches and Targets of Early Intervention With Infants and Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

Parent-mediated intervention has increasing support from research, neuroscience, and clinical practice suggesting changes to traditional targets and methods of early intervention with autism. This session will integrate three perspectives: outcomes of working with parents to strengthen relationships that bridge the gap between infant mental health and autism treatment; the potential for improved early identification through parent concerns; and how recent research using brain imaging and biomarkers impacts intervention.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessAnnette Estes, PhD, Mona Delahooke, PhD, Sally Rogers, PhD, Serena Wieder, PhD
2:50 pm - 6:20 pm IIB—Supporting Immigrant, Undocumented, and Refugee Families: Fear, Anxiety, and Hope

The immigration experience can be very different for immigrants, refugees, and long-term undocumented families. This issue intensive session will address health issues, legal concerns, the status of citizen children of undocumented families, parental fears, and anxieties as they pertain to deportation and separation from family members.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessJose Ortiz-Rosales, MSW, Lisseth Rojas-Flores, PhD, Lucero Chavez, JD, Mayra Alvarez, MHA, Wendy D. Cervantes
2:50 pm - 6:20 pm IIC—Exploring Comprehensive Approaches to Reduce Suspensions and Expulsions of Young Children

This session will explore the problem of suspension and expulsion in early childhood along with examples of comprehensive approaches to reduce these practices. We will highlight lessons learned from two states and provide ideas, resources, and tools to address disparities and reduce suspension and expulsion of young children.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessCarey McCann, PhD, Eva Marie Shivers, PhD, Jordana Ash, LCSW, Nicola A. Edge, PhD, Walter Gilliam, PhD
2:50 pm - 6:20 pm IID—Innovative State Strategies to Advance an Early Childhood Agenda

A blue-ribbon commission on early childhood education was created during the 2016–17 budget to strategically plan improvements to the underfunded and struggling California early learning system. The goal is to provide more services to families and children in need through a sustainable system.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessAllison Lowe-Fotos, MSW, LCSW, Jacquelyn McCroskey, PhD, Jennifer Sedron, PhD, Michael Olenick, PhD, Michelle Katona, Nina Buthee, MA
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C1—The Brain Architecture Game

This hands-on game, developed by Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child, builds understanding of the role of experiences on early brain development. Small groups work to build a model of a brain representing functionality and the ability to withstand stresses in the first 8 years of life.

Introductory/AwarenessDarcie A. Donegan, MA
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C2—The Feasibility of Using the Protective Factors Framework to Inform Workforce Development and Measure Improvement in Promoting Children’s Healthy Development

This session will discuss a workforce development strategy designed to use quality improvement methodology and peer learning collaboratives to enhance the ability of telephone care coordinators to enhance the protective factors of families with young children through their routine interactions.

Introductory/AwarenessCailin O'Connor, MS, Eminet Gurganus, MPH, Jane M. Witowski, MA, Kimberly Martini-Carvell, Rebecca Hernandez, MSEd, Von F. Jessee, MA
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C3—Memories of My Father: Exploring the Challenges of a Latina Clinician Working With a Latino Father/Son Dyad

This case presentation will explore unique challenges of a Latina therapist working with a Latino father/son dyad providing Child Parent Psychotherapy. Clinical and personal challenges arose through the work. The therapist’s process of using reflective supervision to support her professionally and the work with the family will be shared.

This session will be presented in English with Spanish interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateNina Mendez, MS, PMC, Una Majmudar, LCSW, MSW
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C3—Recuerdos de mi padre: Un análisis de los propios retos de una terapeuta latina en una díada padre/hijo latino

En esta sesión se analizará un caso específico y los retos únicos de una terapeuta latina con una díada padre-hijo latino mediante la psicoterapia padre/madre-hijo/a (CPP, por sus siglas en inglés). Retos clínicos y personales surgieron a través del trabajo.

This session will be presented in English with Spanish interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateNina Mendez, MS, PMC, Una Majmudar, LCSW, MSW
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C4—Training and Technical Assistance to Help Early Head Start, Head Start, and Child Care Programs Support Children Who Are Dual Language Learners

Supporting the inclusion of children from diverse languages in early childhood care and education requires enhanced knowledge and resources. This session will inform training/TA providers about research-based resources from National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning (NCECDTL) on teaching children who are dual language learners. Discussion and demonstration will involve participants in evaluating resources and planning ways to include them in their work.

AdvancedKaren Nemeth, EdM
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C5—Integrating ECMHC Principles and Parallel Process Into the Supervisory Relationship

First 5 Alameda County has identified eight key principles of early childhood mental health consultation. We will be applying these guiding principles to the parallel process between consultation and clinical supervision using illustrative case material.

IntermediateBrooke Barnett, PsyD, Ellen Kinoy, MFT
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C6—Therapeutic Interventions for Sleep Difficulties in Children With Early Trauma and Relational Losses

This workshop will demonstrate relationships between early trauma, implicit memories, and sleep issues. Environmental adaptation in early brain development prepares children for the perceived risks involved with sleep resulting in behavioural patterns that are hard to shift.

IntermediateAndrea L. Chatwin, MA
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C7—Creating a Culture of Parent Engagement: Getting to the Core Through a Human-Centered Design Lens

Parent engagement improves child outcomes. It just makes good sense. Yet, barriers often persist to attracting and sustaining parent involvement. This session details the integration of a human-centered design framework into the work of the New Mexico Act Early Partnership to increase parent engagement in child development monitoring.

IntermediateMichael Weinberg, EdD, Nancy P. Lewis, CCC-SLP, MPA, T.J. Cook
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C8—The intersection Between Systems Coordination and Care Coordination to Promote Children’s Optimal Development

Changing a child’s developmental trajectory cannot be successfully accomplished by any one organization. Presenters will share proven coordination strategies in a large system of care that increase engagement among service providers and parents, positively affecting the outcomes for at-risk children with development and behavior concerns and their families.

AdvancedLillian L. Valmidiano, CHES, MPH, Pradeep Gidwani, MD, MPH
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C9—Building an Early Intervention Credential: One State’s Journey

The presenters will highlight implementation of a progressive, multilayered approach to ensuring early intervention providers had a foundational understanding of recommended practices, joint position statements, and state-specific practices.

IntermediateMitzi M. Myers, EdS
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C10—Humanizing Assessment: Learning Stories, Narrative Approach, and Relationship-Based Work in Data-Driven Worlds

Learning Stories (LS), developed in conjunction with the New Zealand Te Whariki curriculum, are strength-based formative narrative assessments inclusive of teacher, child, and family voice.

IntermediateAnnette Muse, MA, Annie White, EdD, Leslie Bird Voss, MA
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C11—Parents Have the Power: Engaging Families Through a Group Model

Parents have the power to support their child’s early language and brain development and to close the 30-million-word gap. Using a parenting group model, a diverse range of community agencies across the U.S. are helping families develop skills to increase interactive talk at home and support school readiness.

IntermediateJessica Simmons, Kara Van de Grift, MPH, MSW
4:50 pm - 6:20 pm C12—Enhancing Self-Regulation in Children

Self-regulation/executive functions (SR/EF) skills are brain processes that help maintain attention, plan actions, prioritise tasks, manage behavior, and control feelings. This session will help participants undertand SR/EF skills and how to enhance them in children.

IntermediateSahar Daoud, DrPH
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Hot Topic—Integrating Infant and Young Child Mental Health into Developmental Assessment

Extend your learning experience with our bonus Hot Topic sessions. No session registration is required.

Each area of infant and young child development is influenced by, and interacts continuously and dynamically with every other domain of development. With growing attention on increasing numbers of children identified with mental health and behavioral concerns, integrating psychosocial and child development skills is more essential than ever to strengths- based, family- centered, developmental assessment.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessKyle Pruett, MD, Susan Vater, EdM
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Hot Topic—Delivering Quality of Life Services to Families in Communities without Infrastructure

Sponsored by Global Volunteers

Extend your learning experience with our bonus Hot Topic sessions. No session registration is required.

In this open discussion, we will delve deeply into the complex issues raised in addressing healthy child development within communities with little or no basic infrastructure. How can we be effective when food security makes it difficult to get nutrition to pregnant and nursing women and small children or where infection control is complicated by lack of access to clean water and insufficient (sometimes culturally enforced) hygiene practices?

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessRuth Curran, MS
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Hot Topic—Power to the Profession

Extend your learning experience with our bonus Hot Topic sessions. No session registration is required.

Power to the Profession is a national collaboration to define and elevate the early childhood education profession. We need your input in establishing a unified framework for career pathways, required knowledge and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation for all early childhood educators who work with children birth through age eight across early learning settings. Hear about this initiative’s latest activities and decision cycles. Share and discuss your perspective with the initiative’s task force members and your peers.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessKatherine Kempe, MPA, Sarah LeMoine, MS
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Hot Topic—Embedding Early Home Visiting in Systems of Care: Partnerships, Lessons Learned and Innovations in Los Angeles County

Extend your learning experience with our bonus Hot Topic sessions. No session registration is required.

Join leaders from Los Angeles County to discuss exciting efforts to better support families by embedding early home visiting into county-level system. Hear how the provider community, local government, philanthropy and child advocacy are creating new partnerships and innovating to ensure families have access to a continuum of high quality home visiting services.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessBarbara Dubransky, Parker Blackman
Friday, December 1 Session LevelSpeakers
8:15 am - 9:30 am SCIENCE PLENARY—How High-Quality Language Environments Create High-Quality Learning Environments

Researchers have learned much in the past 30 years about how young children learn and process language. Distilling from the language literature, I present six principles of language learning that build a strong foundation for language learning. What can we do to bridge the gap between what we know from our science and what we do in our homes and classrooms?

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessKathryn Hirsh-Pasek, PhD
10:00 am - 11:30 am D1—Let’s Talk About Math: Early Math Resources for Parents of Children Birth to 5

This session highlights the importance of engaging infants and toddlers in early math experiences and shares new parenting resources that provide examples of fun, everyday activities to support young children’s math learning. This presenters also describe an approach for examining the benefits of these resources for parents and their children.

Introductory/AwarenessHeather Quick, PhD, Rebecca Parlakian, MA Ed, Virginia Buysse, PhD
10:00 am - 11:30 am D2—Child Care and Child Welfare: An Innovative Service Collaboration for Vulnerable Children

Child care and child welfare organizations are concerned about the well-being/safety of infants and toddlers and yet rarely collaborate. These well-established systems present a unique collaborative model based on their research for providing child care services to infants and toddlers placed in foster care. This proposed model has implications for statewide child care policies.

IntermediateAdrienne Olson, LCSW, Ellen Cervantes, MSW, Jacquelyn McCroskey, MSW, PhD
10:00 am - 11:30 am D3 – Nurturing the Seed: A Resource for Non-Aboriginal Practitioners working with Aboriginal Families

Infant Mental Health Promotion will share their experiences of working with the Indigenous communities of Canada to support infant mental health practices. The development and implementation of the Nurturing the Seed resource will be discussed for those who wish to engage in work with this population.

IntermediateChaya Kulkarni, EdD, MEd, Donna Hill, Karine Collette, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.), Kathy St. Amant
10:00 am - 11:30 am D4—The Missing Piece of the Developmental Profile: Transdisciplinary Identification of Sensory Concerns in Young Children

Sensory concerns are increasing among young children. A lack of clear diagnostic criteria, especially for young children, makes it challenging to address these concerns. This presentation will highlight a transdisciplinary approach, which incorporates a significant role for parents to identify and treat mild to moderate sensory concerns.

AdvancedLillian L. Valmidiano, CHES, MPH, Miriah DeMatos, MA, MPH, Veronica Toliver, MEd
10:00 am - 11:30 am D5—Tribal Home Visiting Evaluations: Moving the Field Forward

Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Program (MIECHV) grantees are assessing the impact of home visiting models with unique populations, and they are examining the implementation and effectiveness of adaptations and enhancements to strengthen cultural relevance. Presenters will discuss integration of community priorities and tribal approval processes which engender the use of innovative evaluation methods and engagement practices.

IntermediateBrandie Buckless, MPH, Catherine C. Ayoub, EdD, Pamela Gutman, MS
10:00 am - 11:30 am D6—Pensar en lo impensable: Plan de preparación familiar para familias indocumentadas con niños ciudadanos estadounidenses

Familias de indocumentados y familias de múltiples estatus migratorios que viven los EE. UU. se esfuerzan por permanecer juntos debido a su condición migratoria. El Plan de preparación familiar está diseñado para ayudar a los padres, posibles cuidadores y proveedores a pensar en maneras de prepararse en caso de una fractura familiar y recuperar algún grado de normalidad.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateCarmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, CEIS, MsEd, Ivys Fernandez-Pastrana, JD
10:00 am - 11:30 am D6—Thinking About the Unthinkable: Family Preparedness Plan for Undocumented Families With US Citizen Children

Undocumented and mixed status families living in the US struggle to remain together. The Family Preparedness Plan is designed to help parents, potential caregivers, and providers to think about ways to plan for family fracture and regain some sense of control.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateCarmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, CEIS, MsEd, Ivys Fernandez-Pastrana, JD
10:00 am - 11:30 am D7—The Emotional Life of the Toddler: New Challenges and Old Truths

Toddlers' sometimes inexplicable behavior can be a source of frustration for adults. This presentation describes toddler's struggles to balance their need for protective closeness with their urge to assert themselves as they explore their world. The joys and anxieties of toddlerhood will be illustrated using vignettes from normative and clinical situations, including adult responses that can simultaneously support and socialize the young child.

IntermediateAlicia Lieberman, PhD, PhD
10:00 am - 11:30 am D8—Exploring the Role of Nurses in Birth to 3: The Kathryn Barnard Legacy Session

This session will convene nurses whose work is focused on promoting healthy development in the first 3 years of life. Panelists representing nursing research, practice, education and policy will describe their areas of practice, current research and how their work was influenced by internationally recognized nursing leader Dr. Kathryn Barnard.

IntermediateCindy Oser, RN, MS, Debbie Cheatham, DNP, RN, Joy Browne, PhD, Paula Zeanah, MSN, PhD, RN
10:00 am - 11:30 am D9—Using Family Strengths and Perceptions of Child Learning to Plan Meaningful Interventions: The FamSCL Approach

Recommended early intervention practices endorse strengths-based interventions meaningful to the family. Participants will explore an assessment-to-intervention approach, the FamSCL, that delves into the ways families help their child learn and why those strategies were chosen to then collaboratively build interventions based on what families already do and underlying parenting goals.

IntermediateBonnie Keilty, EdD
10:00 am - 11:30 am D10—Building and Sustaining a State-Wide, Evidenced-Based, Clinical Early Childhood Mental Health System

The early childhood mental health field has seen an expansion of evidenced-based diagnostic assessments and clinical interventions. This session will demonstrate one state’s attempt to support its early childhood mental health workforce in providing evidenced-based assessments and treatments of young children through regular training, clinical consultation, and policy alignment.

AdvancedCatherine Wright, PsyD, Jane Ellison, LMFT, Judy Woods, PhD, Pat Pulice, MA
10:00 am - 11:30 am D11—Lessons Learned From Working With Incarcerated Fathers in Scotland, UK

The presenters will facilitate and share experiences of working with incarcerated fathers to highlight the importance of working with families affected by imprisonment and share findings of a pilot attachment-based intervention used in UK prison. The session will be interactive and aims to reflect on the audiences’ experience of working with fathers.

IntermediateChristine Puckering, PhD, Raquib Ibrahim, MSc(FAM)
10:00 am - 11:30 am D12—Best Practice Principles for Treating Autism and Other Developmental Differences in Toddlers

Toddlers are being diagnosed with autism and other developmental differences in increasingly large numbers in our systems of care. This session will present an integrated approach relevant to early interventionists and mental health providers for best practice in supporting toddlers with developmental differences and their families.

IntermediateMona Delahooke, PhD
10:00 am - 11:30 am D13—Parents Hold the Key: Unlocking a Child’s Potential Through Talk

Research has shown the spoken language babies experience, especially in the first 3 years of life, helps their brains develop; parents have the key to unlocking their children’s potential. By leveraging the power of technology in home visiting, families develop skills to close the word gap and support academic success. Van de Grift Kara, MPH,…

IntermediateKara Van de Grift, MPH, MSW
10:00 am - 11:30 am D14—Multicultural Considerations and Best Practices in the Assessment of Young Immigrant Children

Research shows that immigrant children hold lower achievement assessment scores; however, this may reflect language barriers, stigma, and socioeconomic status, and not true achievement. As a result, immigrant students are overrepresentated in special education and face declining academic performance. To remedy this, assessors must consider cultural backgrounds when conducting assessments.

IntermediateJessie Lowell, PsyD, Melony Cohen
10:00 am - 11:30 am D15—The Universal Needs of Infants and Their Caregivers: Viewing Our Work Through a World Perspective

Discussions among panelists and with the audience will highlight universality of infant, parent, and staff needs despite unique values and beliefs of families from different cultural backgrounds. Key questions can highlight infants’ needs, identify risks for children’s socio-emotional health and parent-child relationships, and inform intervention approaches.

IntermediateAnna Huber, PhD, Astrid Berg, Jody Todd Manly, PhD
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Certified Trainers Luncheon and Networking

An informal gathering for the inaugural class of ZERO TO THREE certified trainers and other interested parties, who would like to share updates, ask questions, and network.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessKristen Greene, Sarah LeMoine
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm KEYNOTE PLENARY—The Crisis Facing Youth: What Adults and Communities Can Do to Save Our Children

American youth face problems that many of us never imagined. The issues of violence, gangs, drugs, and failing schools are not confined to one city or community. Strategies that address the needs of our infants and toddlers are essential steps to saving all our children. An educator and advocate, Canada offers a vision that with hard work, dedication, and a prioritizing of our resources, we can create a safe, caring, and stimulating environment for all children, from the cradle onward.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessGeoffrey Canada, MEd
2:20 pm - 5:35 pm IIE—Opening the Space for Change: Infusing the FAN Approach Into the Work of Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation

The presenters will provide an overview of the FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interaction) approach to supporting the consultative stance in a statewide system of early childhood mental health consultation. Participants will learn to use the FAN for brief and extended consultations, identifying attuned and misattuned interactions and creating relational repair.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessAlison Steier, PhD, Linda Gilkerson, PhD, Nicola A. Edge, PhD, Sherryl Scott-Heller, PhD
2:20 pm - 5:35 pm IIF—Supporting Indigenous Early Childhood Development Through Revitalization of Language and Culture

Native American children experience disparities in virtually all social determinants of health and well-being. An important way to make a difference is using children’s native language and culture in early learning experiences. This session offers an opportunity for practitioners to understand more about the significance of language and culture on early learning and learn about both policy and practical applications for infusing indigenous language and culture in early learning services.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessLana Garcia, Maria Gehl, MSW, Mary Eunice Romero-Little, PhD, Tleena Ives
2:20 pm - 5:35 pm IIG—The Global Context of Family Support for Infant-Toddler Development: Universal and Culturally Specific Intervention Features

This intensive will demonstrate family support initiatives in different international contexts. Although the US is often seen as a leader in evidence-based practices to promote positive development in infants and toddlers, family support is a global concern, and there are lessons that can be learned from approaches taken in other countries. Parenting contains aspects both universal and culturally specific

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessJon Korfmacher, PhD, Marcela Aracena Alvarez, MHA, Maria Caridad Araujo, Mark Innocenti, PhD, Martha Vibbert
2:20 pm - 5:35 pm IIH—Invisible No More? Responding to the Needs of Young Children With Justice-Involved Families?

Incarceration has reached near epidemic proportions in this country, increasingly dismantling families and affecting the lives of young children. This session will explore a framework for meeting the needs of the children and their families from multiple perspectives.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessAnn Adalist-Estrin, PhD, Darryl Wilson, Mary Jayne Sims, PhD, Mikah Owen, MD, MPH, Naomi Wilson, Rashawnda M. Lee-Hackett
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E1—Doulas as Home Visitors: A Community-Based Doula Model That Effectively Fosters Health, Racial Equity, and Early Learning

Open Arms Perinatal Services’unique community-based doula home visiting model achieves measurable, positive health and early learning outcomes for low-income families of color. Culturally matched Latina/o, Somali, Native, and African American doulas promote health and racial equity, maintain high retention, and provide quality care. Presenters will discuss strategies to integrate a client-centered, culturally responsive approach.

Introductory/AwarenessAnnie Moffat, Dila Perera, MPH, MSW, Kate Silvette, MSW
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E2—Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Transdisciplinary Early Childhood Mental Health Practice

This workshop focuses on early childhood mental health as a unifying framework for transdisciplinary practice. An occupational therapist, a speech-lLanguage pathologist, and a mental health clinician will highlight the importance of looking at the sensory, motor, communication, and social-emotional aspects of a young child through clinical examples.

Introductory/AwarenessLaura Seidel, MS, OTR/L, Rachel Talamantez, EdD, MFT, Stephanie Tran, CCC-SLP, MS
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E3—Integrating Infant Mental Health in Pediatrics Medical Education and Training

The successful and sustainable integration of behavioral health in primary care pediatrics requires not only the provision of behavioral health services to children and their families but the training and education of primary care providers and staff.

IntermediateKate Cuno, PsyD, Laura Krug, LCSW, Polina Umylny, PhD, Rahil D. Briggs, PsyD
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E4—Speaking for the Baby: How Dyadic Interventions in Infancy Support Secure Attachment

It is now well established that emotional regulation is associated with subcortical-to-cortical brain circuitry that develops within the primary attachment relationship during the first year of life. This lecture presents a brain-based scaffolding for parent-infant dyadic interventions that improves parent sensitivity, attunement, and synchrony to the infant's nonverbal communications.

AdvancedRuth P. Newton, PhD
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E5—Evidence-Based Play Group Strategies for Trauma-Sensitive Early Childhood Classrooms

This presentation provides an overview of Sunshine Circles, a teacher-led therapeutic play group designed as an instructional strategy to support children who have experienced trauma. Discussion will address practical methods for organizing playgroups, videos and demonstrations of activities, and evidence of effectiveness from two rounds of research findings.

IntermediateCatherine Tucker, LMHC, PhD, Kay Schieffer, MEd
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E6—La creación de una cultura reflexiva que prestan servicios a familias latinoamericanas en los programas de cuidado infantil y visitas al hogar

Servir a las familias inmigrantes latinoamericanas que hacen frente a múltiples factores estresantes puede ser emocionalmente arduo para los visitadores al hogar y proveedores de cuidado infantil. Utilizando principios receptivos a la diversidad y herramientas, esta sesión analizará la promoción de la práctica reflexiva para apoyar a la fuerza laboral y prevenir trauma indirecto y estrés traumático secundario.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

Introductory/AwarenessAna R. Arbel, MSEd, Carmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, CEIS, MsEd, Patricia Lakatos, PhD
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E6—Building a Reflective Culture in Child Care and Home Visiting Programs Serving Latin American Families

Serving Latin American immigrant families who face multiple stressors can be gratifying and emotionally taxing for home visitors and early care providers. Using diversity-attuned principles and tools, the presenters will discuss the promotion of reflective practice to support the workforce and prevent vicarious trauma and secondary traumatic stress.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

Introductory/AwarenessAna R. Arbel, MSEd, Carmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, CEIS, MsEd, Patricia Lakatos, PhD
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E7—Fostering Secure Transitions With PC-CARE

Adjusting to foster care can be difficult for young children. In this presentation, we describe how PC-CARE, a 6-week parenting intervention can promote warm, sensitive foster parent-child interactions and help foster parents identify behavior management strategies that are most effective with their child to promote positive adjustment.

IntermediateBrandi N. Hawk, PhD, Deanna Boys, MA, Lindsay A. Forte, MS, Susan G. Timmer, PhD
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E8—Family and Professional Perspectives: Essentials for Establishing a Prenatal EI Curriculum

Stakeholder input is essential to developing interventions such as a Part C Early Intervention (EI) curriculum supporting families prenatally who know they will be eligible for EI. Research on family and professional perspectives will be presented and discussed to illustrate how this input informs the establishment of a new evidence base.

IntermediateBonnie Keilty, EdD, Jane Diane Smith, PhD
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E9—Innovative Intervention Strategies to Improve Children’s Language-Learning Opportunities in Homes and Child Care

The use of evidence-based naturalistic communication intervention to increase infant-toddler language-learning across two randomized studies conducted in home- and center-based Early Head Start programs is described. Lessons learned about research-to-practice partnerships to promote intervention engagement by parents and teachers through sharing data and use of cellphone technology will be shared.

IntermediateDale Walker, PhD, Jessica Haremza, MA, Kathryn Bigelow, PhD, Shelli Walrod
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E10—Gender in the Playroom: Clinical Considerations for Young Gender-Nonconforming Children

Gender variant behavior is a controversial and evolving topic in the early childhood mental health field and in mainstream culture. This session will provide evidence-based knowledge and understanding of gender variance in early childhood using a case presentation to illustrate best practices for working with this population and their caregivers.

IntermediateAnna Kelley, PsyD, Kathryn Hanson, PsyD
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E11—Using Online Developmental-Mental Health Measures for Home Visits: Engaging Families, Monitoring Progress, and Evaluating Program Success

Home visits often include screening/evaluation for developmental, social, and emotional delays. Screening/evaluation tools should be chosen carefully and in the context of several sensitivities. This session will orient participants to online developmental-mental health measures for home visits to screen and test for developmental-mental health issues in young developing children.

IntermediatePatricia A. Gellasch, PhD, RN
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm E12—Early Childhood Policy and Advocacy: Why It Is important, and How to Engage Successfully

The session will introduce the participants to how and why it is important for them to use their voice to speak on behalf of children who do not have a voice and do not vote. The session will focus on local, state, and federal advocacy techniques and strategies.

IntermediateDiane Onken, MPA, Edward Stierli, MPP, Judith Jerald, MSW, Kimberly Robson
2:20 pm - 3:50 pm Member Exclusive—Up Close with Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, New York Times Best Selling Author

Spend time with Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, PhD, Temple University, New York Times Best Selling Author of Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells us About Raising Successful Children as she delves deeper into cognition and language learning from the morning Science Plenary.

Advanced, Intermediate, Introductory/AwarenessKathryn Hirsh-Pasek, PhD
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F1—Building Emotional Resilience: A Novel Communication-Based Approach to Boost Toddler Patience, Cooperation, and Impulse Control (8 Months–5 Years Old)

Toddlers are challenging! Tantrums and uncooperative behavior erode parent confidence, provoke frustration, and trigger abuse. An innovative approach to toddler communication is offered, using a language style tailored to the young child's relative immaturity of the left versus right hemispheres of the brain. These techniques help reduce tantrums and boost patience and cooperation.

Introductory/AwarenessHarvey Karp, MD
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F2—Exploring the Caring Conversations Café Model: Discovering a New Way to Engage Families and Providers in Meaningful Conversations to Improve Quality

Come engage and learn about how to enhance family engagement through the Caring Conversations Café Model. This session will explore how cafés can create the types of experiences to increase quality and support parent and professional relationships, share unique resources, and develop new skills for caring for young children.

Introductory/AwarenessJamie Morrison-Ward, MS, Jodi Whiteman, MEd, Wendolly Lemus, MS
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F3—Integrating Infant Mental Health With Primary Care: A Paradigm Shift Founded in Contemporary Developmental Neuroscience

In this session, the Innovating Infancy network, a diverse group of pediatricians, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, nurse practitioners, and social workers, will describe their different approaches to a common goal: fostering birth to 3 emotional development based on the newest research underscoring the social construction of the human brain.

IntermediateCatherine Birndorf, MD, Catherine Monk, PhD, Claudia M. Gold, MD
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F4—Using Reflection and Emotional Intelligence to Build and Maintain Positive Communication With Colleagues and Parents

Research demonstrates the importance of emotional intelligence in navigating interpersonal relationships. Being reflective and using the tools of emotional intelligence in one's communications with colleagues and parents results in positive outcomes. This workshop provides strategies and examples of how to use these principles, enhancing relationships professionally and personally.

AdvancedNancy Bruski, LCSW
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F5—From Rancor and Discord to Bagels and Building Community: The BRIDGE Collaborative for Early Intervention

The BRIDGE Collaborative is comprised of providers, parents, funders, and researchers who aim to build capacity to serve young children at-risk for autism and their families. This session presents results from the community academic partnership on development, dissemination and testing of a parent-implemented intervention that blends Applied Behavior Analysis and developmental principles.

IntermediateJoshua D. Feder, MD, Karyn Lewis Searcy, CCC-SLP, MA, Marilee Burnett Burgeson, CCC-SLP, MA, Sarah R. Rieth, BCBA, PhD, Sherry Casper, BCBA, PhD
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F6—¿Que está pensando en el niño? El impacto de las políticas de inmigración en el bienestar de las familias

Esta sesión explorará el posible impacto que significa para los niños pequeños y el bienestar de sus padres ser una familia indocumentada o vivir en estado migratorio “mixto.” Se discutirán los posibles efectos que tienen las políticas de inmigración y las prácticas de su aplicación en el proceso de apego y desarrollo de los niños. Se presentarán intervenciones en casos de trauma e intervenciones social y culturalmente informadas.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateCarmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, CEIS, MsEd, Karen Garber, María Carolina Velasco-Hodgson, MSW
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F6—Who Is Thinking About the Young Child? Impact of Immigration Policies on Families’ Well-Being

This session will explore the potential impact that being undocumented or living in a “mixed-status” family might have on young children’s and their parents’ well-being. Possible effects of immigration enforcement policies on the attachment system and young children’s development will be discussed; trauma and socio-culturally informed interventions will be presented.

This session will be presented in Spanish with English interpretation provided simultaneously.

IntermediateCarmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, CEIS, MsEd, Karen Garber, María Carolina Velasco-Hodgson, MSW
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F7—The Warmest Handoff: Using Child Parent Psychotherapy to Ease Placement Transitions

Young children in the child welfare system are inherently vulnerable to disruptions in early attachment; and abrupt changes of placement can function as trauma triggers. In this presentation, we present a protocol for using Child Parent Psychotherapy to ease the stress for children through these delicate and critical transitions.

IntermediateBarbara Jessing, MFT, MS, Jennie Cole-Mossman, LIMHP
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F8—A New Frontier in Criminal Justice: A Trauma-Informed Collaborative Pilot Project for Non-Violent Offending Parents and Their Prenatal-5 Year Olds

Closer to the Crib (CTTC) is a collaboration between the Nassau County District Attorney and the Adelphi University Institute for Parenting. It is a 12–18 month intervention/prevention program designed to reduce recidivism of non-violent criminal offenders and support positive developmental outcomes in their pre-natal to 5-year-old children.

IntermediateMarcy Safyer, LCSW-R, PhD, Sheryl Anania, Stacy Kurtz, PsyD
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F9—Pregnant Women With Multiple Stressors and Their Babies: What Do They Need, What Can We Do?

This presenters will discuss the findings of a clinical study of 101 pregnant women seeking prenatal care at a large urban general hospital, who were interviewed during pregnancy and followed up when their babies were 3 months old to find out about their life history, current circumstances, concrete needs, emotional health, reproductive health decisions, and perceptions and attitudes toward their babies and the baby's father.

IntermediateAlicia Lieberman, PhD, William A. Harris
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F10—Improving Social Emotional Development Through Partnerships for Mental Health Consultation in Part C Early Intervention

Promoting social and emotional well-being provides a foundation for lifelong success for all children including those with disabilities. Achieving positive outcomes requires collaboration across state and community partners, providers, and families. This session will describe partnerships in two southern states to provide mental health consultation in Part C Early Intervention.

IntermediateJane Duer, MEd, ECSE, Jody S. West, LCSW, Sarintha Buras Stricklin, PhD, Stacey Snead, PhD
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F11—Strategic Intervention Model With Insecurely Attached Parent-Child Dyads

The field of attachment has expanded into interventive and preventive programming focusing on caregiver attachment style and subsequent effect on infants. This session will inform participants about specific research and related programming along with the development and implementation of the program model. A live recording of the model will be discussed.

IntermediateAnita Kiessling-Caver, LCSW, MSW, PhD, Tara Lusby, LPC, MEd
4:05 pm - 5:35 pm F12—Building the Bank: Strategies for Improving Quality Interactions Through Rich Language Exposure

This session will encourage purposeful language and learning opportunities to be used in the classroom and home environments. Participants will learn the importance of embedding rich language into play and everyday routines. The presenter will share strategies to improve quality and use of language during guided learning and purposeful play.

Introductory/AwarenessJamie M. Williams
5:45 pm - 7:00 pm ZERO TO THREE 40th Anniversary Celebration

Make sure to stay as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary with entertainment, cake and a toast! (Free for registered conference participants.)