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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 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 our Celebrating Babies, adding a 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.

2023 Community Conversation Series (CCS)



Series Facilitator:

President, RIAIMH BOD and Training and Technical Assistance Specialist with Healthy Families America

RIAIMH’s 2023 CCS series, six sessions, will examine how our ways of “knowing, being, and doing” in IECMH spaces are informed by theoretical perspectives and research that create and perpetuate dominant ideas about early development, parenting and healing processes. This has implications for our IECMH practices, policies, and systems. We encourage critical reflection, curiosity, and action to reframe narratives to focus on strengths, honor cultural humility, and move toward equity and racial justice across the continuum of IMH promotion, prevention, and intervention.

2023 CCS Series Dates: February 14th, March 14th, April 25th, September 12th, October 17th*, November 28th

2023 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.

Next Session On september 12, 2023

Session #4: The Social-Ecological Model of Racism and Anti-Racism in Infant and Early Childhood Systems 

September 12, 2023

8:30a - 10:30a

Speakers: Charlyn Harper Browne, Cailin O'Connor, and Patsy Hampton from the Center for the Study of Social Policy

Description: More information to come

2023 CCS Sessions in review

Session #1:

Amittia Parker 

Reframing the Narrative: Black Maternal Mental Health and Supports for Wellness

“Get in where you fit in.”

Session #2:

Kate Rosenblum and Jessica Riggs

Early Relational Health Promotion: Centering Relationships

"Elevate the parent's voice, marinate in the sharing."


Session #3:

Aditi Subramaniam and Jayne Singer

Strengths Based IECMH Assessment and Diagnosis 

Session recording available on Members page

No fixing. No saving. We are serving.

Consider what we bring to the work, the diagnosis process. 

Where are the preventive processes in place to help young families?


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.

Attendance Certificate:

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.

Please let us know if you have questions. 

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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