Conference Forums

Add to your learning and skill development. Comprehensive, two-day sessions allow you to take a deep dive into a specific topic relevant to your interests and professional needs.

Programming for each Conference Forum is split across two days. Each day will cover 3.5 hours of presentation time and will include breaks, pre-session materials, and intra- and post-session Community of Learners.

Forum Pricing

$179* Registration Add-On

$199* Forum Only

*includes single 2-day forum event, 30-day access to recorded session, and CEU for the selected Forum.

Preventing and Addressing Challenging Behaviors With Your Youngest Patients and Their Families

Behavior concerns are among the most common presenting problems in pediatric primary care. Caregivers often report their own frustration managing behavior and the additional frustration of navigating unmet expectations from early childhood education settings. The pediatric primary care team plays a critical role in providing support, information, and effective strategies to proactively prevent and address these common yet often complex concerns. Caregivers’ ability to parent in a way that promotes healthy social-emotional and behavioral development in their children is impacted by their own parenting, their ability to self- and co-regulate, their ability to understand the meaning behind their child’s behavior, and their ability to respond effectively to challenging behaviors. Join this Forum to gain skills and knowledge about how to support families and promote these critical skills.

This forum is free for HealthySteps affiliates.

Presenters: Mary Claire Heffron, PhD, Private Practice; Hilda Loria, MD, UT Southwestern Medical Center; Kenya T. Malcolm, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center; J. Kevin Nugent, PhD, Harvard Medical Center; and Lise Carolyn Johnson, MD, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Wednesday, October 13 & Thursday, October 14

Expanding Intentional and Proactive Family Support and Engagement

Family partnerships represent a shared relationship in which infant-family professionals commit to meaningfully engaging parents as they explore their approach to parenting and the unique relationship they share with their child. This forum will present strategies for discussing sensitive parenting issues as well as guidance on framing positive parenting practices so that they are both relevant and actionable for families. Voices from the field—including findings from ZERO TO THREE’s new Early Connections parent café curriculum and a spotlight on specific strategies for engaging fathers—will provide a variety of approaches for building authentic, powerful relationships with all parents.

Presenters: Rebecca Parlakian, MA Ed, ZERO TO THREE; Claire Lerner, MSW, Lerner Child Development; Alan-Michael Graves, EdD, Good+ Foundation; Andre Dukes, MA, Northside Achievement Zone; and Amy Fa'atoafe, Native American Fatherhood and Families Association 

Tuesday, November 16 & Thursday, November 18

Bias and Discrimination: Research, Reflection, and Opportunities to Advance Equity

Like a virus, racism—and the hate, intolerance, and indifference it breeds—is highly contagious, spreading from person to person. And the trauma of hate, intolerance, and indifference also spread, from generation to generation. Each one of us can and needs to take steps to help dismantle racism. Deepen your knowledge, extend your thinking, reflect on your practice, and formulate intentions to advance equity. Hear from and engage in a question and answer session with three expert members of the ZERO TO THREE Board of Directors who have studied the impact of racial bias and inequity on young children: Andy Meltzoff concerning the ways that young children pick up bias from everyday experiences; Walter Gilliam on racial bias experienced and exhibited by early childhood educators; and Brenda Jones Harden on maternal experience of racial discrimination and its impact on mothers' functioning and parenting of their young children.

Presenters: Andrew Meltzloff, PhD, University of Washington, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS); Walter Gilliam, PhD, Yale University Child Study Center and The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Policy; Brenda Jones Harden, PhD, University of Maryland, School of Social Work; and Lisa Wilson, MEd, National Center on Early Childhood Development, Teaching, and Learning, ZERO TO THREE.

Tuesday, December 14 & Thursday, December 16

DC:0–5: A Contextual Approach to Diagnostic Assessment, Diagnostic Classification, and Case Conceptualization

This forum is intended for advanced audiences interested in learning about the DC:0–5TM: Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:0–5)’s approach to diagnosis, including diagnostic assessment and formulating cultural context and case conceptualization. Several case examples will be presented and discussed to demonstrate the use of DC:0–5. Participants will learn from developers of DC:0–5 as well as highly experienced DC:0–5 Expert Faculty.

Presenters: Charles Zeanah, MD, Tulane University; Kathleen Mulrooney, MA, LPC and Noelle Hause, EdD, LPC, IMH-E® Mentor (Clinical), ZERO TO THREE; Marian Williams, PhD, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and University of Southern California; and Miri Keren, MD, Past President, WAIMH

Tuesday, January 4 & Thursday, January 6

Developing Deeper Dialogues in Child-Parent Psychotherapy

This forum is designed for providers who are on the Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) roster or are currently in a CPP training.

Day 1 of this forum will introduce practitioners to Courageous Conversations and Safe Space to Brave Space as frameworks for creating a space for dialogue related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The workshop also provides an overview of visual models and core concepts used in CPP to enhance diversity-informed practice and integrates case material to help participants reflect on how these core concepts may be useful in their work.

Day 2 of this forum will examine racial dynamics and principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion from the lens of CPP. This interactive session will use case vignettes to address these topics. Small-group discussions will help participants to integrate historical and sociocultural trauma with treatment goals and CPP objectives.

Presenters: Chandra Ghosh Ippen, PhD, and Ann Chu, PhD, University of California, San Francisco and Child-Parent Psychotherapy; Adriana Bowen, LPCC, IMH-E®, Child-Parent Psychotherapy; Sufna John, PhD, Arkansas Building Effective Services for Trauma (ARBEST), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; and Mindy Kronenberg, PhD, IMH-E®, private practice

Tuesday, January 18 & Thursday, January 20