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Session Number Session Title Abstract of Session Audience Level Core Competency

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018—8:00 AM–3:30 PM

Forum 1 Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Parenting and Caregiving This interactive session will address why mindfulness is critical for parents and early childhood professionals, and how mindful awareness practices support caregiver wellbeing and adult-child interactions. Presenters will share about the research literature on mindful parenting and teaching. In addition, participants will learn from programs using mindfulness and engage in participatory discovery to explore integration of these practices in their own work. Mindful awareness practices will be introduced along with opportunities to practice.

Speakers: Larissa Duncan, PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, WI; Peg Oliveira, PhD, Gesell Institute of Child Development, New Haven, CT; Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok, PhD, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York, NY; Robyn Long, MA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; and Sona Dimidjian, PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

All Levels Relationship-Based Practice
Forum 2 Infant and Perinatal Mental Health: Interventions for Healthy Development Infant mental health issues are not recognized often during pregnancy and the perinatal period. Anxiety and stress are common in relationships, while risks may include substance use or dysfunction in families. Presentations focus on research during pregnancy, interventions for postpartum depression, and others to support the parent-infant relationship. Goals include helping parents become better attuned to the unique needs of fetus and baby and increasing parent capacity to facilitate healthy development.

Speakers: Alicia Lieberman, PhD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Angela Narayan, PhD, University of Denver, Denver, CO; Arietta Slade, PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Catherine Monk, PhD, Columbia University, New York, NY; Gloria Castro, PhD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; and Joy Osofsky, PhD, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA

All Levels Health and Developmental Protective and Risk Factors
Forum 3 Building Authentic Connections: Critical Success Factors for Effective Parent Engagement Programs Parent engagement is critical to the success of early childhood programs, but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Learn more about best practices that have fueled the success of programs serving fathers, young families, and parents experiencing incarceration, and how to bring these strategies to life in your own program.

Speakers: Ann Adalist-Estrin, MS, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ; Arnold Chandler, MS, Forward Change, San Francisco, CA; Bethany Ashby, PsyD, Colorado Adolescent Maternity Program, Aurora, CO; Carlos Guerrero, LCSW, Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland, Oakland, CA; Gary Thompson, MSW, Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda, CA; Kara Ahmed, EdD, LYFE Program, New York, NY; Kevin Bremond, MSW, Fathers Corps – First 5 Alameda, Alameda, CA; and Rebecca Parlakian, MS, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

All Levels Family-Centered Practice
Forum 4 Screening for SDoH and ACEs in Primary Care Pediatrics: Not Just Why but HOW? Pediatricians and their care teams are working on the front line to address families’ struggles with poverty and toxic stress. Clinical staff require concrete tools both for assessing patients’ strengths and challenges and for providing individualized responses to their often-overwhelming needs. Join us in exploring evidence-based strategies for screening and referrals through interactive presentations and activities addressing staff training and buy-in, screening fatigue, managing data, responding thoughtfully to screening results, and making culturally sensitive referrals.

Speakers: Ayelet Talmi, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO; Brandi Freedman, MD, Colorado Children’s Hospital, Denver, CO; Bridgett Burnett, PsyD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO; Dana Crawford, PhD, and Miguelina German, PhD, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY; and Rahil D. Briggs, PsyD, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

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Forum 5 Transforming The Infant-Toddler Care Workforce Through Equity-Focused and Outcomes-Based Professional Learning This session will focus on supporting the infant and toddler care workforce through relationship-based professional learning, with emphasis on coaching and consultation. We will consider the extent to which workforce development systems practice standards and competencies, address implicit bias, and reflect equity principles. We will examine how early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC), and ECMHC competencies, can advance an equity orientation in the profession. Speakers will illustrate relationship-based coaching that puts equity at the center of the coaching relationship.

Speakers: Abby Thorman, PhD, Thorman Strategy Group, Miami, FL; Eva Marie Shivers, JD, PhD, Indigo Cultural Center, Phoenix, AZ; Peter Mangione, PhD, Wested, Sausalito, CA; and Valerie Mendez Farinas, PhD, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

All Levels Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
Forum 6 What About the Baby? Effects of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) and the Opioid Crisis on Infants, Young Children, Their Families, and Caregivers; and What We Can Do About It A baby is born addicted to opioids, on average, every 25 minutes. Yet, in the face of the opioid crisis and other SUDs, we often lose sight of the baby. A relationship-focused infant and early childhood mental health-informed approach, starting prenatally, to address needs of families is applicable across sectors. By building coordinated professional relationships across the system of care, that focus on the parent/caregiver-infant/young child relationship, we can effectively respond to the epidemic, and we can minimize harmful learning and behavioral and health problems across the lifespan.

Speakers: Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, University of Maryland, College Park, MD; Deborah Harris, LISW, IMH-E®IV, New Mexico Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation and Training, Sante Fe, NM; Joy Browne, PhD, IMH-E®, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO; Kalpana Miriyala, MD, Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, WV; Mimi Graham, EdD, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL; Nancy Suchman, PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT; and Nichole Paradis, LMSW, IMH-E®, Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, Denver, CO

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2018 —4:00 PM–5:00 PM

Opening Plenary Promoting Resiliency to Overcome Childhood Adversity Dr. Krugman will address ways to improve the care and well-being of all children by strengthening families, communities, and the systems that serve them. Ms. Jackson, a mentee of Krugman, will share her story of child neglect and successfully overcoming adversity. In addition to highlighting methods to prevent abuse, they will present evidence to show that children are resilient and that supportive care can bring health and hope.

Speakers: Lori Jackson, MS, and Richard Krugman, MD, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO

All Levels Early Childhood Development

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2018—8:15 AM–9:30 AM

Policy Plenary The Role of Public Policy in Improving Life Chances for Children Dr. Duncan will discuss findings from his innovative longitudinal study that focuses on the efficacy of providing an income supplement to low income families to determine its biological and behavior impacts on children.

Speaker: Greg Duncan, PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

All Levels Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems

BREAKOUT SESSIONS – Section A—Thursday, October 4—10:00 AM–11:30 AM

A01 Birth to 3 Neurodevelopment: Understanding Challenging Behaviors, Building Social-Emotional Capacities, and Strengthening Relationships Through a Neuropsychological Lens The brain is a beautiful, complex system, which guides a child’s thoughts, feelings, and actions. This session will increase understanding of brain development, and help guide birth to 3 professionals to use the best interventions to increase brain development and competency in the areas self-regulation and social-emotional growth, while reducing challenging behaviors.

Speakers: Jessica S. Bernal, LMFT, MA, Foothill Family Services, Pasadena, CA

Intermediate Early Childhood Development
A02 Reflective Supervision Group With Healthy Development Service Providers This session focuses on the reflective supervision process and its implementation with healthy development service providers using various multisensory prompts and reflective journaling. Highlights benefits of reflective supervision to professional growth, quality of services, and the sense of cohesiveness and support experienced by the providers.

Speakers: Shulamit Ritblatt, PhD, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Advanced Relationship-Based Practice
A03 “Construyendo el puente”: Bridging the Training Divide Between IECMH and Latino Mental Health This presentation will describe two programs training infant and early childhood mental heatlh (IECMH) professionals, emphasizing culturally and linguistically responsive services to meet the needs of Latino families. Discussion will include how this training impacts practice-based strategies, child and family development, access to services, and reflective practice.

Speakers: Henrietta Pazos, PsyD, University of Denver, Denver, CO; Janina Farinas, PhD, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO; and Jennifer Paz, PsyD, and Tracy Moran Vozar, PhD, Univeristy of Denver, Denver, CO

Advanced Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
A04 Parent-Mediated Intervention: Building Confidence in Practitioners, Parents, and Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder Parent-mediated intervention is a teaching approach that provides systematic support to parents as they work with their child on parent-prioritized goals. The approach recognizes and supports parent learning styles, strengths, and interests. Hands-on activities and video examples will help participants implement the techniques within an interdisciplinary team.

Speakers: Cathy Hyslop, MS, Jo Ellyn Peterson, PhD, and Susan Desmond, CCC-SLP, MA, MS, Early Childhood CARES, Eugene, OR

Intermediate Family-Centered Practice
A05 Growing Family and Community Commitments to Health Through Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Farm to early care and education (ECE) initiatives; including local food procurement, gardening, and food and nutrition education, offer unique opportunity for meaningful family engagement and for relationship development across sectors and among diverse stakeholders. These initiatives contributes to healthier ECE environments and prioritization of nutrition for families, providers, and communities.

Speakers: Lacy Stephens, MS, RD, National Farm to School Network, Chicago, IL; and Tanya O’Connor, MS, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Denver, CO

Intermediate Health and Developmental Protective and Risk Factors
A06 Advocacy Lessons From the Wizard of Oz: Educating Decision Makers and Telling Our Story Advocacy can be intimidating, but it is crucial that policymakers hear from people who care about children. Using a fun approach based on the Wizard of Oz, this session features strategies to build grassroots support and effectively advocate for policies. The session also includes tips to excel at media interviews.

Speakers: Jim McKay, TEAM for West Virginia Children, Huntington, WV

Intermediate Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
A07 The Mindful Caregiver: How the Science of Mindfulness Can Inform and Transform Child Care Practice Bringing mindfulness to interactions with children sets the stage for objective observation and non-judgmental responses. This session will offer immersion into research-based practices for cultivating mindfulness and compassion as tools for supporting caregivers. Interactive learning will unpack the science of mindfulness and assist caregivers in designing best personal practice.

Speakers: Peg Oliveira, Gesell Institute of Child Development, New Haven, CT

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
A08 Supporting Refugee and Immigrant Mental Health Through Home Visiting A panel of home visitors, clinicians, and researchers come together to discuss practice and research findings that showed the positive impact of home visiting on child development, adult and early childhood mental health, and the overall adjustment of trauma-exposed refugee and immigrant families.

Speakers: Aimee Hilado, LCSW, PhD, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL; and Shauna Ejeh, MA, Baby TALK Inc., Decatur, IL

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
A09 Creating a Holistic Birth-3 Quality Improvement System in Illinois: From Monitoring to Technical Assistance This session will explore how monitoring provides information about home visiting program compliance and quality, how we can use this insight to reflect and construct a Continuous Quality Improvement Plan (CQIP), and how the Illinois professional learning system provides opportunities to implement positive change.

Speakers: Kelly Woodlock, MS, Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago, IL; Penelope Kathleen Smith, Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield, IL; and Saima Gowani, EdM, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL

Intermediate Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration
A10 Together We Go Far! How Various Stakeholders in Ontario, Canada, Have Worked Together to Affect Major System Change for Young Children and Their Families An evidence-informed legislative, policy, and pedagogical framework for new investments in child care and early years is being implemented in Ontario, Canada. Three key stakeholders—an infant-child psychiatrist and government advisor, the senior bureaucrat responsible for these initiatives, and the executive director of a Toronto nongovernmental organization—share their experiences.

Speakers: Jean Clinton, MD, McMaster Children’s Hospital, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada; Michele Lupa, Canadian Mothercraft Society, Toronto, ON, Canada; and Shannon Fuller, Early Years & Child Care Division, Ministry of Education, Government of Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada

Intermediate Early Childhood Development
A11 Their Baby Is Deaf, Now What? Approximately 3 of every 1,000 infants are born with hearing anomalies yearly. These infants are frequently born to caregivers who have no prior exposure to deaf individuals. Some families struggle to build secure relationships with their infants. This presentation will provide awareness for working with families of deaf and hard-of-hearing infants.

Speakers: LaTrice L. Dowtin, NCSP, PhD, Gallaudet University, Washington, DC

Introductory/Awareness Family-Centered Practice
A12 ZERO TO THREE Certified Trainer Learning Community Session Interactive session for ZERO TO THREE Certified Trainers and those interested. Gain updates for ZERO TO THREE Critical Competencies for Infant-Toddler Educators™ and The Growing Brain; engage with ZERO TO THREE faculty. Learn about the Power to Profession and share feedback. Come with wonderings, leave with enhanced networking and resources.

Speakers: Aidan Bohlander, PhD, Jodi Whiteman, MEd, Kathy Reschke, PhD, Kristen Greene, PhD, Nikki Darling-Kuria, MA, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC; Peggy Kemp, Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, Washington, DC; and Sarah Lemoine, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

Kathryn Barnard Master Lecture Minding the Baby®: Thinking About Parents, ACEs, and Developmental Trauma Minding the Baby® is an evidence-based, intensive, interdisciplinary home visiting program that successfully enhances parental reflective functioning, supports secure infant attachment, and promotes a range of health outcomes beginning in pregnancy through to the child’s second birthday. This presentation will focus on the complexities of assessing early parental adversity and complex developmental trauma, and of addressing their impact on parenting and the parent-child relationship.

Speakers: Arietta Slade, PhD, Yale University, New Haven, CT

All Levels Family-Centered Practice
Member Exclusive Special event with Lori Jackson, MS, and Richard Krugman, MD, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO All Levels Health and Developmental Protective and Risk Factors


Science Plenary Translating Scientific Knowledge Regarding Healthy Development Under Conditions of Adversity The plenary will focus on developing and evaluating early childhood interventions in socially and economically marginalized communities and on translating scientific knowledge regarding healthy development under conditions of adversity for use in programs.

Speakers: Philip A. Fisher, PhD, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS—Section B—Thursday, October 4—2:30 PM–4:00 PM

B01 Welcome to Denver! Suspensions and Expulsions are Happening Here. Come Find Out What We’re Doing About It! Denver has an innovative grant focused on reducing suspensions by building a system of supports around the social-emotional development of young children. Come learn more about how our Early Childhood Council, along with partners from health, early education, home visitation, and mental health, are coming together to support Southwest Denver.

Speakers: Jenna Bannon, MA, Denver Early Childhood Council, Denver, CO; and Margaret Tomcho, MBA, MD, MPH, Denver Health and Hospitals, Denver, CO

Intermediate Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
B02 Flipping the Professional Development Classroom: Using Progressive Case Studies to Promote Empathy, Evidence-Based Practice, and Clinical Reasoning Professional development often relies on traditional lecture to convey content. While lecture meets pragmatic challenges, it rarely meets the differentiated instructional needs of the audience. Moreover, traditional pedagogy does not typically facilitate productive empathy nor clinical reasoning. This presentation will illustrate elements and advantages of the Flipped Classroom Model.

Speakers: Kathleen C. Schlenz, MS, OTR/L, Salem State University, Salem, MA

Advanced Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
B03 Improving Child Development Through Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (ECCS CoIIN) The Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (ECCS CoIIN) aims to achieve a 25% increase in the developmental outcomes of 3-year-olds by 2021 using quality improvement, data, and collective impact. In this session, representatives from the ECCS CoIIN Coordinating Center provide a project overview, and states share examples of their efforts to transform policy and practice.

Speakers: Barbara Leavitt, United Way of Utah County, Provo, UT; Erica Figueroa, University of Kansas – Center for Public Partnerships & Research, Lawrence, KS; Kirsten Klatka, MSW, National Institute for Children’s Health Quality, Boston, MA; and Sheila Anderson, PhD, Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Advanced Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
B04 Engaging American Indian Families by Understanding Our Narrative: Strengths, Trauma, and Healing This session highlights the unique impact historical trauma has had on American Indian families and how historical trauma can play a role in family engagement. This session aims to provide information and strategies to promote strengths-based services that contribute to the positive engagement of American Indian families.

Speakers: Jessica Begay, MSW, Salt River Schools, Scottsdale, AZ

Intermediate Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration
B05 A Sacred Dance: Meaningful Community Engagement With Infant and Toddler Child Care Providers With growing recognition that the first 3 years are foundational to children’s ongoing academic and social success, attention is shifting to the education of infant and toddler caregivers. This session describes a community engagement strategy as part of a unique professional development intervention for infant and toddler child care providers.

Speakers: Robin Hancock, EdD, MA, The Guttman Center for Early Care and Education, New York, NY; and Sharon Ryan, EdD, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Intermediate Professional and Ethical Practices
B06 Nursing Research, Practice Applications, and Training in Birth to 3: The 2nd Annual Kathryn Barnard Legacy Session This session convenes nurses involved in birth to 3 research, practice applications, and training. Panelists will describe current work in the areas of neonatal intensive care and transition, public health and home visiting, and maternal mental health; and how this work has been influenced by nursing leader Dr. Kathryn Barnard.

Speakers: Cindy Oser, MS, RN, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC; Denise Findlay, BSN, RN, University of Washington, Seattle, WA; Joy Browne, PhD, Fielding Graduate University, Albuquerque, NM; Linda S. Beeber, PhD, RN, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC; Mariarosa Gasbarro, MA, Prevention Research Center for Family and Child Health, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO; and Paula Zeanah, MSN, PhD, RN, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
B07 Our Best Selves: Applying a Trauma-Informed Lens to Supporting Early Childhood Educators A growing body of literature indicates high rates of burnout syndrome among early childhood educators, likely contributing to high rates of staff turnover. This session will present trauma-informed practices intended to mitigate symptoms of burnout syndrome, walking participants through application of such practices using the PEDALS program as an example.

Speakers: Jaimee Celano-Ferraro, MA, and Meghan A. Guinnee, MS, PhD, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York, Buffalo, NY; Mickey Sperlich, MA, MSW, PhD, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; and Whitney E. Mendel, MSW, PhD, Daemen College, Amherst, NY

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
B08 Dual Language for Infants and Toddlers: Community Development of a Responsive Bilingual Program Current research supports infants as dual language learners. In moving research to practice, this session engages participants in examining what professionals need to consider—such as community involvement, a strengths-based view of culture and language, and a relationship based philosophy—when planning and/or implementing a center-based approach to serving infant-toddler emerging bilinguals.

Speakers: Luisiana Melendez, PhD, and Sharon Syc, PhD, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL

Intermediate Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration
B09 Is This Just a Phase? Picky Eating and Beyond—An Interdisciplinary Perspective Picky eating and feeding disorders are common. This session will describe typical feeding milestones, when picky eating behaviors would benefit from professional intervention, strategies to promote positive family interactions during mealtime, and recommendations around when to make referrals.

Speakers: Amanda E. Tyree, SLP, University of Southern California-University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; and Olivia Hsin, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Introductory/Awareness Early Childhood Development
B10 “Bad Baby”: Use of a Young Child’s Play in the Clinical Decision-Making Process This presentation will use a single case study of a young child with a history of trauma to highlight the multiple uses of play when making clinical decisions. Attendees will learn how play can be used during assessment, for collaboration, and to inform treatment.

Speakers: Anna Kelley, PsyD, Tulane Parenting Education Program, New Orleans, LA; Claire F. Noonan, MS, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; Danielle Nicholls, LMSW, and Jennifer P. Jonika, LLP, Starfish Family Services, Livonia, MI; and Maria Muzik, MD, MSc, and Nicole Miller, LMSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Intermediate Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness

ISSUE INTENSIVES—Thursday, October 4—2:30 PM–6:00 PM

IIA The Refugee Crisis and Very Young Children on the Move and in Distress: How Has the World Responded? News reports show the largest forced migration in history, but little about the socio-emotional impact displacement has on young refugees. How to support a “lost generation” whose lives are shaped by toxic stress? A global overview of the refugee crisis and the impact on young children and families will be presented, including innovative ways to support them around the globe. We will discuss how such efforts can inform support to refugees in the US.

Speakers: Kai von Klitzing, MD, University of Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany; Rojeena Tatour, Refugee Trauma Initiative, Athens, Greece; Jennifer Kotler Clarke, PhD, Sesame Street, New York, NY; Jon Korfmacher, PhD, Erickson Institute, Chicago, IL; Katie Maeve Murphy, MEd, MPH, International Rescue Committee, New York, NY; and Zarlasht Halaimzai, Refugee Trauma Initiative, Athens, Greece

All Levels Early Childhood Development
IIB Transformational Philanthropy in Early Childhood: Colorado’s Journey Early childhood funders in Colorado have been actively involved in innovation and systems building for many years. Their investments have made a significant impact on direct services to children, families, and providers; have fueled policy change; and inspired community transformation. This session will provide insights into successful, authentic partnerships between funders, organizations, and state government. Key leaders and major funders will share stories of the journey from grantor/grantee to thought partner and trusted colleague.

Speakers: Abby Waldbaum, MA, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO; Ayelet Talmi, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO; Colleen Church, MPA, Caring for Colorado, Denver, CO; Danielle Varda, PhD, Visible Network Labs, Denver, CO; Hillary Fulton, Colorado Health Foundation, Denver, CO; Jordana Ash, MSW, Office of Early Childhood, Denver, CO; Lisa Montagu, MURP, Gary Community Investments, Denver, CO; Melissa Buchholtz, PSyD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO; Morgan Janke, MPA, Early Milestones Colorado, Denver, CO; Noah Antencio, MPA, Community First Foundation, Arvada, CO; Phyllis Glink, Irving Harris Foundation, Chicago, IL; and Whitney Gustin Connor, MPA, Rose Community Foundation, Denver, CO

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IIC Supporting Young Children and Families When Terrible Things Happen Disasters, critical incidents, terrorism, and deportation take an enormous toll on young children and families whose needs are rarely considered. Separations and other traumatic experiences contribute to greatest risk. Caregivers, who are also traumatized, may find it difficult to support children in helping them understand and regulate behaviors and emotions. Presenters will discuss mental health impacts of disasters, terrorism, and critical incidents on young children; ways to respond to support recovery; and prevention and intervention methods.

Speakers: Hisako Watanabe, MD, PhD, Watanabe Clinic, Yokohama, Japan; Joy Osofsky, PhD, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA; and Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok, PhD, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York, NY

All Levels Health and Developmental Protective and Factors
IID Identification of Early Risk for Autism: Sensory and Motor Symptoms as Precursors to Social, Affect, and Relationship Features Impairments in motor abilities and sensory processing are amongst the earliest symptoms preceding a diagnosis of autism. Yet, they have been considered co-morbid or secondary to assumed primary social difficulties. Empirically informed measures of sensory and motion provide new dynamic criteria for neurotypical development. This new perspective offers standardized ways to measure departures from the normative regimes amenable to develop personalized interventions and outcome measures of treatments. They point to physiological underpinnings of social relationships and affect.

Speakers: Elizabeth B. Torres, PhD, Rutgers University, Rutgers, NJ; Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder, Denver, CO; and Serena Wieder, PhD, Profectum Foundation, Needham, NJ

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS—Section C—Thursday, October 4—4:30 PM–6:00 PM

C01 Building a Statewide, Trauma-Informed System of Care for Young Children and Their Caregivers This session describes an innovative approach to building statewide, cross-sector capacity for addressing the needs of traumatized young children and their caregivers. In addition to conducting two subsequent Learning Communities in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), a cross-sector collaboration in one high-risk community provides a model pathway from identification to intervention.

Speakers: Cassie R. Yackley, PsyD, Antioch University New England, Bradford, NH

Advanced Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
C02 Facilitating Interactive Development: Use of the DIAPER Observational Tool in New Mexico The pathology of relationship disturbances between a parent and child is manifested in developmental pathways and affects the cyclic nature of interactions. The DIAPER is designed for infant mental health practitioners in NM to observe-decode how bidirectional parent-child interactions shape the developmental process in real time, and used in conjunction with Child-Parent Psychotherapy treatment.

Speakers: Jane Clarke, PhD, UNM-CDD/New Mexico Infant Teams, Santa Fe, NM; Marina Rabinowitz, PhD, NM CYFD-Behavioral Health Division/IMH Section, Santa FE, NM; and Soledad Martinez, MSW, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Santa Fe, NM

Advanced Relationship-Based Practice
C03 Reflect on This! Reflective Supervision via the Diversity-Informed Tenets Supervision can help or hurt at profound levels depending on how diversity is addressed – or not. Supervisors often lack tools for addressing systems of oppression. The Diversity-Informed Tenets promote social justice in the infant-family field. This workshop equips supervisory dyads to use the Tenets to guide reflective work.

Speakers: Ayannakai Nalo, LCSW, UCSF Benioff Childrens Hospital Oakland, Oakland, CA; Carmen Rosa Noroña, LCSW, MSEd, Boston Medical Center-Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, Boston, MA; and Maria St. John, MFT, PhD, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Intermediate Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
C04 Integrated Behavioral Health in Private Pediatric Primary Care Practice; A Business Case Our Behavioral Health Services have become invaluable to the youngest patients and families we see in our private primary care practice. Now, we need to pay for it! A business case outlining sustainability plans is presented to ensure continued comprehensive integrated care for our youngest patients and their families.

Speakers: Kathryn Ginder, MBA, and Natalie Gart, PsyD, Rocky Mountain Health Centers Pediatrics, Aurora, CO

Intermediate Family-Centered Practice
C05 New Research on Toxic Stress and Early Adversity: How to Build Multidisciplinary Clinical Model for Adopted Children Research demonstrates that toxic stress occurring early in childhood can have serious, long-term effects on children’s health and well-being. This session focuses on how to create a successful, multidisciplinary clinical model to treat adopted children while integrating current research on toxic stress and evidence-based medical and mental health interventions.

Speakers: Dana E. Johnson, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN; Judith K. Eckerle, MD, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN; Maria G. Kroupina, PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN; and Meghan Bresnahan, OTR/L, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Intermediate Health and Development Risk and Protective Factors
C06 Teasing Out the Medicaid Tangles: A National Look Across the States Medicaid financing for infant mental health services is complicated! This session will take a deep look at, up-to-the-minute, data on states’ use of Medicaid for services for children and families. Efforts made by national partners will be discussed, including a review of successes and challenges. Participants will identify action steps.

Speakers: Jordana Ash, LCSW, MSW, Colorado Office of Early Childhood, Denver, CO; Lindsay Usry, MPH, ZERO TO THREE, Washington DC; and Rhoda Raiden-Nelson, MSW, Iowa Department of Public Health, Des Moines, IA

Intermediate Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
C07 Being IN Conflict: Adult Conflict Engagement and Resolution for Early Childhood Education Professionals In this session, participants will explore components of, and personal feelings about, conflict; practice recognizing what is happening in a conflict; and develop strategies to engage in productive conflict resolution. Developing both tolerance and skills for engaging in conflict, participants will expand their professional conflict resolution skill set.

Speakers: Chris Amirault, PhD, Tulsa Educare, Tulsa, OK; and Christine Snyder, MA, HighScope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, MI

Intermediate Professional and Ethical Practices
C08 Supporting Collaboration and Empowering Families to “Tell Their Story” Through Photo Elicitation This session highlights a new and innovative strategy for engaging families caring for young children with disabilities in the planning and implementation of individualized, family-centered interventions. We will discuss how photo elicitation can be used as a tool for empowering families caring for young children with disabilities to “tell their stories.”

Speakers: Jami Swindell, MS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL; Kimberly Hile, PhD, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL; and Loretta Hayslip, EdM, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
C09 Assuring a Competent Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce: A Collaborative, Competency-Based Approach The Infant Mental Health Association has provided opportunities for planning workforce development since 2014. This session will provide information about the Association’s multidisciplinary, public health approach to promote integration of competencies into higher education; and in-service, and on-going assessment of needs through focus groups, surveys, and continuing communication among stakeholders.

Speakers: Chris Payne, PhD, University of North Carolina Greensboro Office of Research and Engagement, Greensboro, NC; and Gene Perrota, MEd, MSW, Region A Partnership for Children, Tuckasegee, NC

Intermediate Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration
C10 SING. PLAY. LOVE. Supporting Early Learning the Young Child’s Way, Through Music and Play The session describes the role of music as a powerful facilitator of self-regulation, communication, and literacy. The presenter identifies key musical strategies for supporting learner goals and shares a wealth of songs incorporating signs and motor motions, play, and picture book literature. New learning, interaction, and FUN are guaranteed.

Speakers: Anne Meeker Watson, MT-BC, PhD, Meeker Creative LLC, Kansas City, MO

Introductory/Awareness Early Childhood Development

Friday, October 5—8:15 am–9:30 am

Keynote Plenary The Transformative Power of Early Education to Close Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Focusing on the youngest learners, the former U. S. Secretary of Education will address the belief in the transformative power of education to close the opportunity and achievement gaps that separate low-income children and children of color from other children. He will engage the audience in a conversation about the importance of early learning and share his personal story of resilience in the face of great challenges.

Speaker: John B. King, PhD, Education Trust, Washington, DC

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BREAKOUT SESSIONS—Section D—Friday, October 5—10:00 AM–11:30 AM

D01 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Programs: What’s Needed Now and Into the Future? Heterogeneity exists among infant and early child care mental health (IECMH) training programs across a variety of characteristics including: intended audience, training depth and content, and resulting degree/certification. We will describe our various programs’ attempts to design IECMH training specific to the needs of our respective communities and will discuss what the future holds for each.

Speaker: Beth Troutman, PhD, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Dhara Meghani, PhD, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Julie Larrieu, PhD, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA; and Tracy Moran Vozar, PhD, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Advanced Professional and Ethical Practices
D02 Advancing Racial Equity in Early Childhood Education Through Mental Health Consultation What role does early childhood mental health consultation (ECMHC) play in closing racial disparities and reducing implicit bias? Join us in an important conversation about racial equity and how personal, mindful transformation translates into effective practice and policy. We will discuss research, effective professional development strategies, policy/systems, and practice.

Speakers: Allison Lowe-Fotos, LCSW, MSW, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago, IL; Dawn A. Yazzie, MA, Southwest Human Development, Fort Defiance, AZ; Denise Michelle Lopez, MC, Southwest Human Development, Phoenix, AZ; and Eva Marie Shivers, JD, PhD, Indigo Cultural Center, Phoenix, AZ

Intermediate Cultural and Linguistic Responsiveness
D03 Describing Supports, Approaches, and Needs of Dual Language Learners in Early Care and Education We will present landscape study findings that describe the range of supports, approaches, and needs of dual language learners (DLLs) in early care settings in one state. The presentation will include a case study of one county to describe how they use professional development to support care providers of DLLs.

Speakers: Linda Espinosa, PhD, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO; Lupe Jaime, Fresno County Office of Education, Fresno, CA; and Raquel Gonzalez, PhD, and Rebecca Bergey, EdD, American Institutes for Research, San Mateo, CA

Intermediate Early Childhood Development
D04 Abuse by Pediatric Condition Falsification/Medical Child Abuse (aka Munchausen by Proxy) Some parents fabricate illness and/or disability in their young children, who are subjected to unneeded medical/behavioral health or early intervention services. These parents lie to early childhood providers, insisting the children suffer from coinditions such as autism, feeding disorders. Participants will learn how to identify fabricating parents and intervene to safeguard children.

Speakers: Suzanne M. Schunk, MSW, Southwest Human Development, Inc., Phoenix, AZ

Intermediate Health and Developmental Protective and Risk Factors
D05 A Shared Communications Strategy for Young Children: Colorado’s Shared Message Bank Learn about Colorado’s shared communication strategy to shift public will to support children, families, and communities. The Shared Message Bank was developed in partnership with Frameworks Institute to prevent and mitigate adversity and toxic stress. Hear how this bank is being leveraged and how your community might benefit.

Speakers: Hanna Nichols, MPA, The Civic Canopy, Denver, CO; Kendra Dunn, BA, Colorado Office of Early Childhood, Denver, CO; and Lisa Jansen Thompson, LPC, MA, Early Childhood Partnership of Adams County (ECPAC), Thornton, CO

Intermediate Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
D06 Mom Power: Changing Relationships Through a Community-Based Relational Intervention Mom Power is a 10-week, research-supported, community-based relational intervention for at-risk mothers with young children. This interactive session introduces attachment-informed curriculum and activities to promote reflective capacity in caregivers. Clinical research, agency/community engagement, and sustainable implementation efforts will also be discussed.

Speakers: Diana Morelen, IMH-E, PhD, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN; Katherine L. Rosenblum, IMH-E, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Maria Muzik, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; and Robyn Dolson, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
D07 Integrating a Trauma-Informed Approach Into Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of a trauma-informed approach to early childhood mental health consultation. Participants will become familiar with a model of multilevel consultation, emphasizing specific trauma-informed supports, that allows for systematic integration of early childhood education and mental health services.

Speakers: Erica D. Johnson, IMH-E, LMSW, Starfish Family Services, Livonia, MI; Laura “Catie” Bilz, IMH-E, LPC, MEd, Starfish Family Services, Livonia, MI; and Lindsey D. Fanning, IMH-E, LMSW, and Rebecca L. Feinstein, IMH-E, LMSW, Starfish Family Services, Livonia, MI

Intermediate Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration
D08 Why Babies (and Policymakers) Need Your Big Voice for Little Kids Capitol Hill and state houses seem distant from the work of early childhood practitioners, researchers, and administrators. But daily, elected officials make decisions for America’s children. Babies need your expertise! Join us for an interactive session on why public policy matters to you, and how you matter to public policy.

Speakers: Amanda Perez, MSW, and Jennifer Jennings-Shaffer, MPA, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

Intermediate Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
D09 Overcoming Latino Immigrant’s Fear and Isolation With 2-Gen Stress Reduction Strategies in Rural Colorado Explore a culturally appropriate 2-generation stress reduction approach in low-wage, Latino immigrant families under chronic stress with children birth to 3. The Theory of Change and evaluation measures developed in partnership with Frontiers of Innovation will be shared and discussed. Program participants will share their stories about impacts on the family

Speakers: Amanda Tamburro, MEd, and Elaine Grossman, MEd, Valley Settlement, Carbondale, CO; and Sara Anne Tompkins, PhD, Madipen Consulting, Carbondale, CO

Intermediate Early Childhood Development
D10 Using Picture Books to Support Early Development: A Conversation With an Author and a Clinician This presentation consists of a conversation centered on how picture books created for young children can help parents, caregivers, teachers, and health professionals support the emotional and cognitive development of the youngest children—infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Speakers: Robie Harris, New York, NY; and Alicia Lieberman, PhD, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Intermediate Early Childhood Development
D11 Best Practices for Using Multimedia Tools to Engage Millennial Parents Using multi-media tools, this session will share resources developed specifically for millennial parents, and demonstrates methods of turning everyday entertainment into teachable moments. We will focus especially on tools developed to engage fathers, including ZERO TO THREE’S Daddy Matters series and the app Babies on the Homefront.

Speakers: Claire Lerner, LCSW, Julia Yeary, LCSW, and Kathy Kinsner, MEd, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

Introductory/Awareness Relationship-Based Practice
D12 Multi-Regional Court Teams: A Collaborative Approach Judicial-Leadership and staff will share their experience in building cross-regional Court Teams and share the history of the La Paz/Mohave Court Team and Colorado River Indian Tribes Court Team.

Speakers: Kimberly Chappelear, IMH-E, MA, Mohave County Superior Court, Kingman, AZ; and Lawrence C. King, JD, Colorado River Indian Tribes, Parker, AZ

Introductory/Awareness Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration
D13 Addressing the Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure in the Child Welfare System Families involved with child welfare have a high likelihood of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). PAE causes intellectual disabilities in parents and children. Understanding these disabilities will empower child welfare professionals to support parents in learning to safely care for their children. This session will offer strategies for identifying and addressing PAE.

Speakers: Lucy Hudson, MS, and Darneshia Bell, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC; Larry Burd, PhD, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND; Judge Joyce Warren, 6th Judicial District, Little Rock, AR

Intermediate Early Childhood Development
Member Exclusive Special event with Philip A. Fisher, PhD, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR All Levels Early Childhood Development

Friday, October 5—1:00 PM–2:00 PM

Practice Plenary Positive Parenting: Supporting Healthy Development and Building Strong Relationships This plenary will explore the quest to be perfect, the effect of judgement, and other dilemmas with which parents struggle. Dr. Galinksy will expound on her 7 Essential Life Skills and how parents can nurture children through everyday moments and daily routines, giving them what they need to grow and thrive. Presenters will illustrate what parents can do to support healthy development and build strong relationships with children.

Speakers: Annie Pleshette-Murphy, former Parenting Contributor ABC’s Good Morning America, United Kingdom; Ellen Galinksy, PhD, Bezos Family Foundation, Seattle, WA; and Rebecca Parlakian, MS, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

All Levels

BREAKOUT SESSIONS—Section E—Friday, October 5—2:30 PM–4:00 PM

E01 Systems Change Through Workforce Development for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health-Informed Professionals We will explore strategies that are building systems’ capacity to provide infant and early childhood mental health competency-based and -informed professional development that aligns with state priorities. Learn about and discuss competencies that define best practice for infant and early childhood professionals from all sectors, the synergies between these criteria state leaders are leveraging, and their successes.

Speakers: Brandy Fox, LCSW, Pennsylvania Keys to Quality, Harrisburg, PA; Nichole Paradis, LMSW, Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, Southgate, MI; and Sarah LeMoine, MS, ZERO TO THREE, Washington, DC

Advanced Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
E02 Innovation in Uncharted Territory: Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Services in WIC Integrating mental health services into non-medical settings represents uncharted territory for many early childhood providers. This session reviews the opportunities and challenges of establishing a model of integrated mental health care in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which serves thousands of families each year.

Speakers: Ashley Sward, PsyD, Karen Frankel, PhD, and Kelly E. Glaze, PsyD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO; and Susanne Klawetter, PhD, Portland State University School of Social Work, Portland, OR

Advanced Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration
E03 Building a Partnership: Collective Impact in Early Childhood Developmental Screening and Referral Studies show significant time lags between the identification of concern(s) and the receipt of early intervention services for children, which indicates a need for improving screening and referral coordination. Presenters will orient participants on how the screening and referral process was improved through cross-agency collaboration.

Speakers: Xiaoshen Jin, PhD, Boulder County Public Health, Boulder, CO

Intermediate Early Childhood Development
E04 Tailoring Behavioral Interventions in Working With Children With Social Communication Concerns Children with social communication challenges often evidence co-occurring behavioral challenges. In this case-presentation, we demonstrate how a brief behavioral intervention was tailored to target specific social interaction behaviors, as well as disruptive behaviors, of a 2-year-old child with social communication deficits.

Speakers: Amy E. Weir, PsyD, UC Davis Children’s Hospital: CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Sacramento, CA; and Brandi Hawk, PhD, UC Davis Children’s Hospital: CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Sacramento, CA

Intermediate Family-Centered Practice
E05 Amigo Baby–Meeting Latino Immigrant’s Needs in Early Intervention Amigo Baby is an early intervention program that successfully addresses barriers to early intervention that Latino immigrants to the US face. Amigo Baby’s unique model of service delivery uses a transdisciplinary approach with embedded systems to address both developmental issues as well as cultural and social barriers.

Speakers: Pablo Velez, MBA, MD, and Sara Torten, OTD, Amigo Baby Inc., Oxnard, CA

Intermediate Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
E06 Integrating Early Stimulation and Responsive Caregiving Into Health Systems Globally, the field of early childhood development is moving toward greater integration across sectors to better support holistic child development. This session will focus on the experience of integrating early stimulation and responsive caregiving messages into existing maternal, newborn, and child health systems.

Speakers: Lauren Pisani, MA, Save the Children, Washington, DC

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
E07 Home Visiting as an Extension of Primary Care Integration of maternal child health home visiting and primary care impacts implementation, care coordination, recruitment and retention of participants and staff, and programmatic resources. The presentation aims to allow planners, policymakers, and program administrators to imagine where and how home visiting fits in the continuum of health care in their communities.

Speakers: Kelly Murphy, IBCLC, MSN, Letisha Secret, MSN, RN, and Marisa D. Wang, MPA, Southcentral Foundation, Anchorage, AK

Intermediate Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration
E08 Mindfulness-Based Interventions in the Perinatal Period: Clinical Practice and Current Research This workshop will offer participants an opportunity to gain knowledge of mindfulness interventions in perinatal populations. Presenters will discuss current research, intervention strategies, and practical tips to use mindfulness in clinician self-care. Through the use of experiential activities, information-sharing, and case-examples; participants will gain insight into mindfulness relevance in practice.

Speakers: Laurel M. Hicks, MSW, PhD, University of Denver, Denver, CO

Intermediate Health and Developmental Protective and Risk Factors
E09 Secondary Traumatic Stress: Recognizing the Signs and Doing Something About Them Early childhood professionals need to be able to recognize and cope when caring for others who have experienced trauma. Supporting children and families who have experienced trauma can result in secondary trauma and impede caregiving. There is a need to identify, prevent, and provide interventions for secondary stress.

Speakers: Anders K. Wennerstrom, MBA, and Erin Kinavey Wennerstrom, MEd, Raviant LLC, Eugene, OR; and Sondra Stegenga, MEd, MS, OTR/L, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Introductory/Awareness Professional and Ethical Practices
E10 An Examination of the Prevalence of ACEs and PACEs in a Rural Parenting Sample This session provides findings from a study examining the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Protective and Compensatory Experiences (PACEs) in a sample of parenting adults in a large, rural pediatrics clinic. Implications for services and service delivery will be discussed.

Speakers: Ginger Welch, PhD, and Jennifer Hays-Grudo, PhD, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK; and Laura Shellhammer, MS, Payne County Early Childhood Coalition/Healthy Steps, Stillwater, OK

Advanced Health and Developmental Protective and Risk Factors

ISSUE INTENSIVES—Friday, October 5—2:30 PM–5:45 PM

IIE Making Children Count: Children in the 2020 Census Young children—defined as children under 5 years old—have been undercounted for decades, disadvantaging their families, communities, and neighborhoods. In the 2010 Census, the net undercount rate for young children was 4.6%, and more than 2.2 million in this age group were not included in the census results. Presenters in this session will examine the problem, discuss why this issue is especially important to children of color, and provide solutions to prevent undercounting in 2020.

Speakers: Bill O’Hare, O’Hare Data and Demographic Services, LLC, Boston, MA; Debbie Stein, Coalition on Human Needs, Washington, DC; Rosalind Gold, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, Los Angeles, CA; Randi Schmidt, Children’s Leadership Council, Washington, DC; and Whitney Tucker, MPH, North Carolina Child, Raleigh, NC

All Levels Service Planning, Coordination, and Collaboration
IIF Mindfulness: A Diversity-Informed Tenets Perspective Similar to, and enhanced by, the practice of mindfulness, it takes personal commitment, conscious effort, self- and conjoined regulation, as well as intentional resource allocation, to implement diversity, inclusion, and equity principles in organizations. This presentation will integrate the two ways of being, introducing participants to the Tenets via mindfulness practice grounded in self-regulation and compassion, while addressing historical and structural racism, classism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other systems of oppression.

Speakers: Kandace Thomas, MPH, Irving Harris Foundation, Chicago, IL; and Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok, PhD, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, New York, NY

All Levels Professional and Ethical Practices
IIG Holding Big Feelings: Responding to Emotional Intensity in Home Visiting Strong emotions can be scary. Home visitors worry that focusing on parents’ feelings will make the emotion bigger.  Participants will learn how parents’ relational histories may affect how they express feelings. Using the FAN, we will practice mindful self-regulation and ways of responding, including holding parents’ feelings without acting on them. We will explore the impact of trauma and offer tools to help parents who get “hijacked” by a nervous system tuned to perceive danger.

Speakers: Linda Gilkerson, PhD, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL; Lisa Mennet, PhD, Cooper House, Seattle, WA; and Nucha Isarowong, PhD, Erikson Institute, Chicago, IL

All Levels Family-Centered Practice
IIH Demystifying Reflective Practice: Tools for Measuring Reflective Supervision and Capacity This session will serve as an opportunity to introduce innovative new instruments that are poised to move the needle on reflective research within the field of infant and early childhood mental health. Video and/or audio recordings will be shared as an opportunity for participants to actively engage in reflective coding.

Speakers: Alyssa Meuwissen, PhD, Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN; Christopher L. Watson, PhD, PITC, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN; Deborah Perry, PhD, and Dorinda Silver Williams, LICSW, PhD, Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, Washington, DC; Sarah Kaye, PhD, Kaye Implementation & Evaluation, LLC, Riverdale Park, MD; and Sherryl Scott Heller, PhD, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice

BREAKOUT SESSIONS—Section F—Friday, October 5—4:15 PM–5:45 PM

F01 Evidence-Based Play Group Strategies for Trauma-Sensitive Early Childhood Classrooms This presentation will provide an overview of Sunshine Circles, a therapeutic play model that can be led by teachers in the classroom as an instructional strategy to support children who have experienced trauma. Discussion will address practical methods for organizing playgroups, video demonstrations of activities, and information about research findings.

Speakers: Catherine Tucker, LMHC, PhD, The Theraplay Institute, Terre Haute, IN; and Kay Schieffer, MEd, Grant Wood Area Education Association, Coralville, IA

Introductory/Awareness Relationship-Based Practice
F02 When It’s Not Autism: Differential Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder for Young Children With Complex Symptom Presentations In young children, other mental health disorders (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder, mood/anxiety disorders) can masquerade as autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We will present case examples of children whose developmental history and assessment results initially suggested ASD, but who were not diagnosed with ASD following multidisciplinary assessment. We will summarize clinical recommendations from case examples and research.

Speakers: Christine Rivera, PsyD, and Lauren D. Berkovits, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; Marian Williams, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; and Robin Kissinger, PhD, USC’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Advanced Professional and Ethical Practices
F03 Immigration and Intergenerational Trauma and Its Impact on Young Children This session focuses on the direct trauma and intergenerational trauma that comes from immigration and its impact on children. This session will also focus on addressing trauma layers; identifying how trauma is manifested in children; interventions to use, and studies showing the emotional, psychological, and social impact.

Speakers: Graciela Rodriguez Garcia, LCSW, Napa County Mental Health, Napa, CA; and Lidia Bueno, LMFT, County of Santa Clara, San Jose, CA

Intermediate Early Childhood Development
F04 Early Childhood Health Matters: Building Perinatal, Infant, and Early Childhood Mental Health Infrastructure in Health Care Settings and Systems This session focuses on building an integrated perinatal, infant, and early childhood mental health (PIECMH) infrastructure into health care settings and systems. The presentation details strategies for helping providers, clinics, and systems implement PIECMH activities by using exemplars of community- and systems-level efforts to transform health care practice.

Speakers: Ayelet Talmi, PhD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO; Kate Margolis, PhD, UCSF at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA; Melissa Buchholz, PsyD, University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO; and Rachel Herbst, PhD, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH

Intermediate Health and Developmental Protective and Risk Factors
F05 The ZERO TO THREE Advocacy Toolkit: Preparing Early Educators as Social Change Agents This session will highlight a research project completed with graduate students in Early Childhood Education who used the Zero to Three Advocacy Toolkit to build their knowledge, skills and dispositions as leaders and advocates for young children and their families. Graduate student experiences, results of the study, and recommendations will be shared.

Speakers: Alissa L Rausch, EdD, CU Denver, Littleton, CO

Intermediate Leadership to Meet Family Needs and Improve Services and Systems
F06 Strengthening Relationships and Reflective Capacity: Findings From a Mixed-Methods Evaluation of Relationship-Based Practice Model Relationships and reflective capacity are central to home visiting, but are difficult to measure. Using a mix-methods design and innovative measures, an evaluation of a training to enhance engagement and reflective practice found greater collaboration and reflective capacity in providers and supervisors, strengthening providers’ ability to connect with families.

Speakers: Carolyn Winje, MSW, Elissa Gitlow, MSW, Julie Spielberger, PhD, and Tiffany Burkhardt, PhD, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
F07 The Journey Home: Client and Clinician in Home-Based Child-Parent Psychotherapy With Children in Custody The use of Child-Parent Psychotherapy in the home with parents and their children who are in state custody can amplify self-awareness for therapist and supervisor alike. Meeting parents “where they are,” literally at home or in transition, at once expands engagement and treatment possibilities while challenging containment and safety.

Speakers: Breanna Hart, LICSW, and S. Auguste Elliott, LP, PhD, Easter Seals Vermont, Berlin, VT

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
F08 Providing Parental Mental Health Therapy in Primary Care Pediatrics as Part of HealthySteps: Taking the Two Generational Model to the Next Level To successfully treat the most vulnerable young children, practitioners must focus on parents’ well-being. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders can promote insecure attachment and abuse, leading to developmental delays and psychopathology. Identifying at-risk dyads and providing parental mental health treatment within primary care pediatrics, shows promise for supporting vulnerable families.

Speakers: Aliza Grodko, PsyD, Christina Fiorvanti, PhD, and Kahlila Robinson, PhD, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY; Miguelina Germán, PhD, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY; and Polina Umylny, PhD, and Rahil D. Briggs, PsyD, Montefiore Health System, Yonkers, NY

Intermediate Relationship-Based Practice
F09 Family-Focused Treatment in Response to the National Opiate Epidemic Learn about building family-focused treatment services that improve the lives of young substance-exposed children and their parents struggling with substance use disorders; including core components of family treatment, solutions to common challenges, and lessons learned.

Speakers: Sarah Long, LSCSW, Helen Ross McNabb Center, Knoxville, TN

Intermediate Heath and Developmental Protective and Risk Factors
F10 Maternal Mental Health Disorders Negatively Impact Infant and Child Development This session will focus on maternal mental health disorders (such as postpartum depression and anxiety) which is the number one complication of childbirth, and can negatively impact infant and child development. Although treatable, many women are never diagnosed nor receive treatment.

Speakers: Joy Burkhard, MBA, 2020 Mom, Valencia, CA

Introductory/Awareness Family-Centered Practice