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Community Conversation Series

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 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. 

The 2022 Community Conversation Series is designed this year to review the Irving Harris Foundation's Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets as applied to early relational health and create opportunities to explore these principles “in action” within RI’s community of practice.

Each of the 6 sessions will be facilitated by Rob Jones and Danita Roberts, who will be joined by a community partner to illustrate the power of the work through storytelling. Our discussions will center around issues of race, power, inequity, and belonging to help deepen awareness about ourselves and our community, and to guide intentional change within our practices, programs, and policies so that all young children and families in RI can thrive.

Total PD: 2 hours/session; up to 12 contact hours/year

In October, CCS combines events with our Celebrating Babies, adding a half hour of Advocacy training

NASW credits and CELP PD pending. Please see event registration for more information. General CEU eligibility requirements below. 

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 encouraged to attend at no cost. We ask them to enter their College email when registering.

All session in this series offer IMH Competencies® aligned with the session's learning outcomes. The IMH Competencies® are listed on the Attendance Certificate.

2022 Community Conversation Series (CCS)

Integrating Infant Mental Health Diversity Principles Within Community-Based Practice: The Power of Storytelling

RIAIMH’s six-session Community Conversation Series (CCS) 2022 is designed to review the Irving Harris Foundation's Diversity-Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets as applied to early relational health, and create opportunities to explore these principles “in action” within RI’s community of practice. Each of the 6 sessions will be facilitated by Rob Jones and Danita Roberts, who will be joined by a community partner to illustrate the power of the work through storytelling. Our discussions will center around issues of race, power, inequity, and belonging to help deepen awareness about ourselves and our community, and to guide intentional change within our practices, programs and policies so that all young children and families in RI can thrive.


Virtual from 8:30-10:30am

2022 CCS Series Facilitated by:


Rob Jones, RIAIMH's DEI Consultant and Danita Roberts, RIAIMH's Board President and 

the Chief Empowerment Officer at T. Lee Associates  Healthy Families America Training and TA Specialist

2022 Series Dates:

February 15th, March 15th, April 19th, August 9th, October 11th*, December 13th

*October CCS will be in combination with the Celebrating Babies event from 8:30-11:00am

2022 Series Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the series, participants will be:

1. Better able to understand their own Diversity Journey

2. Better prepared to apply IMH Diversity Tenets within their work with young children and families

3. More aware of and connected to the diverse population in RI that serves children and families


Session #5 Information 

Date: October 11, 2022

Time: 8:30a-11:00a *half hour longer to include our Celebrating Babies Event!

Title: Championing the Champions: Advocacy in Action

Speakers: Leanne Barrett, IMH-E® and Kaitlyn Rabb from RI Kids Count

 

Leanne C. Barrett

Senior Policy Analyst, RI Kids Count

Leanne works to improve early childhood policy statewide (Birth – Age 8). She is the coordinator of the Rhode Island Early Learning Council and a state leader in the early learning field. Leanne spearheaded the development of BrightStars, the state’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, managed the state’s Pre-K exploration and design process, and was the director for the state’s first evidence-based home visiting grant. She was the architect for the state legislation establishing tiered quality rates for child care and the Rhode Island Family Home Visiting Act. She has been a strong advocate to establish Rhode Island’s paid family leave program and earned sick leave policies. Prior to joining Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, Leanne was Vice President at United Way of Rhode Island and Program Manager at Work/Family Directions. She has a bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Brown University and a master’s degree in child and family policy from Tufts University. Leanne is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Policy Mentor (Level IV).



Kaitlyn Rabb

Policy Analyst, RI Kids Count

Kaitlyn is responsible for policy analysis, advocacy, research, and project management in areas related to health. Kaitlyn received both her Bachelor of Arts and her Master of Public Health from Brown University. While at Brown, Kaitlyn wrote her master’s thesis on Black women’s breastfeeding experiences. She is deeply committed to reducing and eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health. She has also worked on the issue of childhood obesity, developing training curriculum materials for a family-based child weight management intervention through the Hassenfeld Child Health Institute. Kaitlyn also brings a deep commitment to community engagement. She worked with the Providence Healthy Communities Office on summer meals participation and as a Bonner Community Fellow led a team of Brown students providing math and science tutoring to students in Providence public schools.   

Description: This session will focus on the Harris Diversity Informed Infant Mental Health Tenets that deepen our capacity to be big voices for babies:

  • Tenet #2: Champion Children’s Rights Globally. “Infants are citizens of the world. It is the responsibility of the global community to support parents, families, and local communities in welcoming, protecting, and nurturing them.”
  • Tenet #10: Advance Policy That Supports All Families. “Diversity-informed infant mental health practitioners, regardless of professional affiliation, seek to understand the impact of social policies and programs on diverse infants and toddlers and to advance a just policy agenda for and with families.”

We welcome RI KIDS Count to provide updates from the RIght from the Start campaign. They will review data related to racial and economic inequities in our system of care and guide us through legislative priorities for 2022. In particular, they will highlight the recently passed “Infant and Early Childhood Mental Wellness” bill that establishes a task force through EOHHS to make recommendations for Medicaid-funded strategies that serve to improve the mental health and wellness of RI’s youngest citizens. Medicaid funding for activities such as screening, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health conditions in young children already exists within our system. This bill offers an important opportunity to be a voice for making available a service array that is developmentally sound, family driven, community focused, and culturally aligned, and that honors “relational strengthening” as a key component of healing. 


Each October, RIAIMH participates with the Alliance and other AIMHs across the world in a Celebrating Babies event. This year, at the start of the Oct CCS session, we celebrate RIAIMH’s 20th anniversary and honor the providers who serve infants, young children and families in RI.


REGISTER HERE 

NASW credits (2) and CELP PD hours (2).  General CEU eligibility requirements below.

IMH Competencies suggested: Theoretical Foundation: Advocacy (1h); Reflection:(1h)

Policies:

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 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 and reminder email sent to all participants upon completion of registration.

For questions please contact Maryann Lynch, the RIAIMH Community Conversation Series Coordinator, program@riaimh.org  

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 and upon exiting the event.  If you did not receive a post evaluation link, the post email from RIAIMH will include the link again.

Evaluations must be completed by all who wish to receive a CEU credit. We welcome everyone to complete the evaluations.

Continuing Education Units: optional (2022 update: RIAIMH is no longer offering CNE CEUs)

Full attendance and participation in the small group exercises 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, participants must register and purchase CEUs ($25) during event registration (CEU price is NOT included in registration).

Reminder, full attendance and participation in small group exercises are required in order to receive CEUs and no partial credit will be offered (participants must join meeting by 8:45 am at the latest). Failure to meet these requirements will prohibit RIAIMH from issuing certificates and no refund will be provided.

Participation Certificate:

All attendees will receive a Participation Certificate. This certificate lists speakers, title, date, and Infant Mental Health (IMH) Competencies®. Please use these competencies in your IMH Endorsement® Application. 

Please let us know if you have questions. program@riaimh.org      

Infant Mental Health Competencies®:

All RIAIMH events are aligned to the IMH-Competencies® .  They will be listed on your Attendance or Continuing Education Certificate.

To find upcoming sessions,  CLICK HERE for our EVENTS Calendar

RIAIMH members can see materials from past events HERE

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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