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Annual Making Connections ConferenceS

In 2023, RIAIMH partnered with various community and state agencies to offer 2 Annual Conference dates. One in the morning and one in the evening. 

These conferences build on a specific topic of interest, presented by a nationally known speaker. 

We use this opportunity to offer research-based information that serves to broaden our thinking and transform our practices.

RIAIMH convenes a Conference Planning Committee (members are from the community, RIAIMH Board, and RIAIMH staff) to work together on the specifics of these events, including intended audiences, IMH-related topics, fundraising efforts and links to ongoing initiatives in the State.


August 17, 2023, 9:00a-1:00pVirtual Half-Day (completed)

October 3, 2023, 6:30-8:30pm Virtual Evening Version

Register Here for the October 3rd Conference!

“The Space in Between”: Cultivating Critical Self-reflection, Connection, and Collaboration for Systems Change.

This year we are pleased to offer 2 versions of the conference: a 4-hour virtual session during the workday, and a 2-hour virtual evening session. The evening session in October is a shorter version of the August 17th half-day conference, and will feature highlights of the content from that day.

This year's conference brings together those who serve babies, young children, and their families, and those within the systems connected to and supporting them. A space is created for critical self-reflection and dialogue about the opportunity to center relationships, reframe  narratives, and advance diversity informed, relationship-based, equitable, and anti-racist infant mental health practice, and systems change. The conference includes an interactive keynote and a guided process for activities including critical self-reflection and dialogue, and individual planning. 

2023 Keynote Speaker:

Amittia Parker, PhD, LMSW, MPA, IMHS-E®

Amittia Parker, PhD, LMSW, MPA, IMH-E® Specialist is a researcher, trainer, and mama scholar. She is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University. She provides training
and technical assistance for the National Center on Health, Behavioral Health, and Safety. She also helps lead a Healthy Start evaluation. Her research, scholarship, and service
focuses on advancing minority mental health and equity, particularly among families that are pregnant and parenting young children. Amittia has worked for 15 years as a mental health consultant across a variety of settings, including
home-based services, childcare centers, school-based
services, and health clinics. This practice experience inspires her research on Black maternal mental health, mental
health in higher education, behavioral health services, and natural helping. She serves in leadership roles in local, state, and national venues focused on infant and early childhood, Black communities, and Black social workers.

Evening Conference Registration fees:

October - 2 hour Conference: 
$35 (members), $65 (non members), $10 (student members), $30 (non-student members)

CEU fee - select/purchase during registration: 2 NASW Continuing Education Units offered depending on date attended ($20), 2 CELP PD contact hours offered (free)

2 IECMH-Competencies®  hours offered - noted on Attendance Certificate. 

Help us make our GOAL: 20 DONATIONS in our 20th Anniversary year!


Total Donations to Date:  17

Help us keep our event registration fees, endorsement fees, and membership fees low and accessible!

Thank you to our generous organization and individual donors to date!


   Judith and Jack Remondi    Margaret Greene-Bromell, RIAIMH Vice President of DEIB Paula Annenberg     Paul Taraborelli      Amy Henderson

Anonymous Donor RIAIMH Staff Danita Roberts, RIAIMH BOD President   Bari and Alan Harlam, RIAIMH BOD Treasurer 

Registration and Cancellation:

Pre-registration is required. Cancellation requests emailed to the event manager prior to 11:59 pm 24 hours before, will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellation requests received on or after the day of, regardless of the cause for cancellation including failure to join meeting on the day of the training. If the training cannot be held due to circumstances beyond the hosts’ control (natural disaster, strike, fire, severe weather, illness of speaker, speaker cancellation, etc.) the seminar will be rescheduled, if possible, and the registration fee applied to that date. If rescheduling is not possible or registrant cannot attend the rescheduled date, reimbursement will be provided less any actual costs accrued.

Instructions for Zoom will be included in the confirmation email sent to all participants upon completion of registration.

For questions please contact Sheila Grant Orphanides, the RIAIMH Professional Development Coordinator,

Continuing Education Credits:

Full attendance meets the qualifications for 2.0 or 4.0 hours (depending on date attended) of continuing education credit as required by the National Association of Social Workers, Rhode Island Chapter-NASW units (including 1 or 2 Cross-Cultural Practice hours)  and the Center for Early Learning Professionals (CELP)-credit for Rhode Island's Early Childhood Workforce.  Attendance also meets the requirements for 2.0 or 4.0 IMH-Competency aligned training hours Suggested IMH-Competency Knowledge Areas: Theoretical Foundations: Cultural Humility (1-3h) and Reflection: (1h). IMH Endorsement® applicants may select other appropriate IMH Competencies® based on their learning. 

In order to receive CE Credits, participants must purchase CE units ($20 or $40) in addition to registration (CE unit price is NOT included in registration). Full attendance is required in order to receive CE units and no partial credit will be offered. Failure to meet these requirements will prohibit RIAIMH from issuing CE certificates and no refund will be provided.

RIAIMH is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

RIAIMH is a founding member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health.

RIAIMH is an affiliate of the World Association for Infant Mental Health.

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