IECMH Trauma Informed Care: Honoring Families, Communities, and Cultures
2024 CCS Series Dates: March 12th, April 9th, Additional Dates TBD
2024 CCS Series: VIRTUAL from 8:30-10:30am
*in coordination with our Annual Celebrating Babies Event, additional half hour focusing on Advocacy work in RI.
RIAIMH's Community Conversation Series (CCS) is a 6-session (monthly) series that is organized around a broad theme to showcase IMH-relevant research, clinical practice, and/or policy work in RI. Our goal is to offer professional development opportunities that serve to enhance knowledge of (and are aligned with) the RI Infant Mental Health Competencies and IECMH-Endorsement®.
Participants are encouraged to attend the full series to experience the arc of conversation about the topic, deepen connections with others in the RI infant/family workforce community, and broaden awareness of the range of innovative leaders in RI. But it is not required that you attend all sessions of the series.
The Community Conversation series is open EVERYONE. RIAIMH members may attend at no cost. Non-members are welcome to attend for a registration fee ($40). Graduate and Undergraduate Students are welcome to attend at no cost. (They are required to enter their College email when registering.)
Total PD: 2 hours/session; up to 12 contact hours/year (In October, CCS combines events with an additional half hour of Advocacy training)
Possible NASW credits and CELP PD hours per session. Please see session event registration for pending/offering. General CEU eligibility requirements below.
All session content Learning Outcomes are with IMH Competencies®. The IMH Competencies® are listed on the Attendance Certificate.
RIAIMH’s CCS 2024 series will examine core IECMH trauma-informed care concepts that honor families, communities, and culture. Trauma-informed care involves recognizing, responding to, and reflecting on symptoms of stress and trauma, and actively seeking to restore and maintain emotional safety to buffer against long-term negative impacts. The mental health needs of infants and young children are often overlooked despite decades of research showing critical brain architecture forms in the early years and serves as the foundation for lifelong health and mental health. The impacts of toxic stress and trauma in the earliest years can have lifelong impacts. Healthy brain development depends on nurturing and consistent relationships with parents/caregivers in safe and predictable environments, at home and in community-based settings. When adults are in crisis, babies suffer. Supporting healing and wellbeing health through trauma-informed practices in the early years prevents worsening of symptoms and reduces the need for more costly interventions later.
In this series, we explore trauma-informed principles from an IECMH perspective that highlights the power of positive relationships for healing as they are implemented in diverse programs in RI. We examine how programs address attachment-based parenting, support parent-child interactions, enhance social supports, connect to culturally relevant community resources, and include provider selfcare as an integral part of the work (Strong Roots, Zero to Thrive). We center discussions around issues of race, power, equity, and bias as we explore implications for promoting mental health and wellbeing of infants, young children, and families.
Series Facilitators: Sheila Grant Orphanides, MS, IMH-E® RIAIMH PD Coordinator & Susan Dickstein, PhD, IMH-E® , RIAIMH Executive Director
With generous support from:
IECMH-Competencies toward IECMH-Endorsement® - suggested competencies noted on event participation certificate.
Session #1: Approaches to Working with Substance Exposed Newborns and their Families
Date: March 12, 2024
Description: During this session, participants will hear from professionals in RI who specialize in providing care to infants who have experienced substance exposure and their families. The session will highlight 3 programs associated with Women and Infants Hospital: Moms MATTER, the Family Care Unit, and the Family Care Follow-Up Clinic. These programs work together to support infants and families from the prenatal period through the transition home and beyond. A history and description of the programs will be shared, along with examples of research and evidence that supports the efficacy of the program model as Trauma Informed Care for infants and families. The speakers will share examples of how the program "keeps babies in mind" and honors families, communities, and culture. The discussion will include an opportunity for small group discussion and questions and answer session with each program.
Featured Speakers from Women & Infants Hospital of RI:
Session #2: The Autism Project: Parent to Parent Coaching Model
Date: April 9, 2024
Session: Spotlight on Safe and Secure Baby Court
Date: (POSTPONED- New Date TBD)
Description: During this session, participants will hear from the Safe and Secure Baby Court Team in RI. A history and description of the program will be shared, along with examples of research and evidence that supports the efficacy of the program model as Trauma Informed Care for infants and families. The speakers will share examples of how the program "keeps babies in mind" and honors families, communities, and culture. The discussion will include input and reflections from program leaders and session participants.
Featured speakers from Safe and Secure Baby Court:
2024 CCS Sessions in review
Registration and Cancellation:
Pre-registration is suggested. Registering day of is welcome. Cancellation requests emailed to the event manager prior to 11:59 pm on Wednesdays before event, will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellation requests received on or after Wednesday, 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 session 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.
Zoom Link: Instructions to REGISTER for ZOOM LINK are included in the confirmation and reminder emails sent to all registrants.
Post Event Evaluation:
Nearly every RIAIMH event will have a post evaluation survey. We strive to include our members in many aspects of our Association and asking for their feedback is on the top of the list.
Evaluation links are shared through Zoom CHAT, pop-up window upon exiting the event, and in the post event "Thank you for attending" email.
All attendees are highly encouraged to complete the session evaluation. Those who purchased CEU credits must complete the evaluation to receive CEUs.
Continuing Education Units: optional
Full attendance and participation at the live/virtual event, including participation in the small group exercises, polls, survey, etc., meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit as required by the National Association of Social Workers, Rhode Island Chapter (NASW) - units and the Center for Early Learning Professionals (CELP)-credit for Rhode Island's Early Childhood workforce.
In order to receive CEUs, attendees must register and purchase CEUs ($20) during event registration, there is a small fee to use a credit card. (CEU price is NOT included in registration).
Reminder, full attendance are required in order to receive CEUs and no partial credit will be offered (participants must join meeting by 8:45 am and leave no earlier than 10:25a). Failure to meet this requirements will prohibit RIAIMH from issuing certificates and no refund will be provided.
Event recordings: CEUs will not be issued to those who do not attend the live event. Watching recording of the event, does not qualify for CEUs.
*Event recordings of Community Conversation Series sessions will be posted on RIAIMH website, member's page. Recording will include the Featured Speakers section of the morning session.
All professionals in attendance will receive an Attendance Certificate. This certificate lists speakers, session title, session date, and suggested Infant Mental Health Competencies®, for use in your IECMH-Endorsement® Application/Renewal.
Infant Mental Health Competencies®:
All RIAIMH events are aligned to the IMH-Competencies® . They will be listed on your Attendance and Continuing Education Certificate.
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