Upcoming RIAIMH Conference: “Early Brain and Child Development: Making Connections”

May 23, 2014
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
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This full day conference on early brain and child development aims to address health and mental health outcomes in vulnerable infants, toddlers and families and to better support the knowledge base of Rhode Island’s multi-disciplinary workforce who serve infants, toddlers, preschoolers and their families. Our goal is that these collaborative actions steps will result in building blocks of information learned and lead to next steps to maintain a strong state system to support young children and their families.


Program fee: $150
Online registration closes on May 16, 2014
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From Trauma to Tomorrow: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?
9 – 11:30 a.m. and 1 – 3:30 p.m.

This presentation will begin by using the recent policy brief published by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a starting point. A first focus will be on defining toxic stress and trauma in early childhood; from there, the concept of resilience to risk will be reviewed using the framework of relational neurobiology and the story of Tonier Cain as captured in the documentary Healing Neen (which will be viewed). From there clinical considerations on how to break the cycle of relational trauma will be the focus. The utility of organizing assessment and intervention in infancy and early childhood using attachment theory and methods will be presented. The Circle of Security framework will be used to assist clinical understanding. Narrative interviews and relational assessment devices will be reviewed and examples of their usefulness in defining problems for intervention and treatment approaches will be presented using case material.

Speaker: Neil Boris, MD
Boris_NeilNeil Boris, MD is a professor at the University of Central Florida in the department of psychiatry and is chief of behavioral health at Nemours Hospital in Orlando. Boris’ work focuses on the social and emotional development of high-risk children, including those under five years of age.

Boris’ research has ranged from studying early intervention programs serving high-risk families in the U.S. to capturing the impact of community-based programs for orphans in Rwanda and Malawi. His clinical work has been equally wide ranging, from involvement with programs focused on young maltreated children to children with life-threatening illnesses and those with substance-abusing parents.

Learning objectives
At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Define toxic stress in early childhood and describe how relational neurobiology informs the understanding of toxic stress and the buffers of such stress using the documentary film “Healing Neen” as a reference.
  • Describe how to use research on attachment to frame relationship assessment and intervention.
  • Describe how interactive assessment in early childhood and narrative interviews formalize treatment planning.
  • Describe the economic argument for early intervention.
  • Generate fresh ideas about how policy and advocacy can be combined to impact the lives of infants in Rhode Island.

Panel Discussion: Implications of Home Visiting for Systems of Care in Rhode Island
12 -1 p.m.

Chaired by Kristine Campagna, MEd
This discussion will give an overview of current home visiting programs, including the nationally-recognized evidence-based programs of Nurse-Family Partnership, Healthy Families America, and Parents as Teachers programs, and the emerging home visiting system in Rhode Island. Topics covered include what happens on a home visit and national and state outcomes from evidence-based home visiting. We will also discuss other key parts of the home visiting system for new families including First Connections, Early Head Start, Early Intervention and Youth Success. Several brief case studies of families benefiting from home visiting programs will be shared.

Kristine Campagna, M.Ed, Chief, Program Development
Rhode Island Department of Health Perinatal and Early Childhood Team
Kristine Campagna has a masters in education from Rhode Island College. She has over 20 years of experience managing and implementing community based maternal child health programs. She is currently the manager of home visiting and early childhood development screening and follow-up within the division of community, family health and equity, at the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this session participants should be able to:

  • Discuss Rhode Island’s home visiting programs and system
  • Recognize when and how to identify and refer families for home visiting services
  • Identify opportunities for providers to work with home visiting programs


  • Target audience: Psychologists, physicians, social workers, nurses, early childhood educators, home visitors, early intervention workforce, parent educators and other interested professionals
  • Instructional Level: Intermediate
  • 6 CE hours/credits (see below)
  • Continental breakfast, luncheon

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*Phone registration: Please call the Bradley Hospital department of behavioral education at 401-432-1087.
*For refund/cancellation information please email bradleyconferencesup@lifespan.org or call 401-432-1087.

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