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LEARN AND Chat Series: Holding the Baby in Mind

Journey through this webinar series where we introduced key infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH) concepts, emerging evidence, and promising approaches and discussed what they meant in practice—for our presenters and YOU!
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Part 1: IECMH Guiding Principles in Practice

IECMH continues to build and expand through a growing body of empirical evidence, clinical practice and real-life application. Join Noelle Hause and Maria Ogunye as they explore a wide range of factors such as individual child characteristics, caregiver attunement, and environmental context, and how these factors may influence the child’s mental health and brain development as described through the perspective of a new parent. Gain a better understanding of the mental health needs of infants, toddlers, and young children and their families, and strategies for supporting them.

Part II: Supporting Neurorelational Development in Infants and Young Children

A child’s brain undergoes an amazing period of development from birth to three—producing more than a million neural connections each second. That fact alone is definitely something to chat about and discuss further! Join us for our second event in the LEARN and Chat Series: Holding the Baby in Mind to do just that. Noelle and her guest discussant, Mike Pahl— a father of twins, will delve into key neuro-relational development concepts such as the brain as a “social organ,” emotional exchange through “serve & return,” and the “schema-of-being-with”. Together they’ll examine how the limbic system and executive functioning are mediated and buffered through relationships and what that looks like from a dad’s perspective.

Part III: Using Reflective Supervision and Consultation (RS/C) to Explore Social Location and Intersectionality

Join us for our third event in the LEARN and Chat Series: Holding the Baby in Mind. Our topic is Reflective Supervision and Consultation (RS/C) and how RS/C can empower early childhood professionals to form reflective alliances that can serve as vehicles for the exploration and self-examination of one’s social location and points of intersectionality. Join Noelle and her guest presenter, Dr. Harleen Hutchinson, as they discuss RS/C, examining critical concepts such as “keeping the baby in mind” and professional “use-of-self” "—both of which require intentional and transparent attention to past experiences, culture, social location, and other identity aspects. Learn about the important components and key skills of RS/C and consider opportunities to integrate RS/C into your professional practice.

Part IV: Creating a Culture of Care in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health

Many children have had early traumatic experiences. They come into our lives and our programs with a variety of developmental needs. To provide appropriate and effective strategies and supports, professionals must understand the specific needs of the children and families as well as the impact of secondary stress on caregivers. In this session, explore a healing-centered approach to care and consider its application in your practice with infants, young children, their families and professionals.

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