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

The 2023 Community Conversation Series Title: Centering Relationships and Reframing Narratives: Challenging Dominant Ways of Knowing, Being and Doing

The 2023 Series is facilitated by Danita Roberts

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 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 Title:

Centering Relationships and Reframing Narratives:
Challenging Dominant Ways of Knowing, Being and Doing

Series Facilitator: Danita Roberts

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

*in coordination with our Annual Celebrating Babies Event, additional half hour focusing on Advocacy work in RI.

VIRTUAL FROM 8:30-10:30am

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.


Session #1:  Reframing the Narrative: Black Maternal Mental Health and Supports for Wellness

February 14, 2023

Featured 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.

Description of our first Community Conversation Series session of 2023:

To reframe the narrative on Black maternal mental health, in this workshop we will center the voices and experiences of Black mothers, their strengths, supports, and solutions . A research poem will be shared to tell a story of the Black mothers’ experiences with their mental health and different supports across contexts. This experience will inspire critical self-reflection and action to enhance existing supports.

Session #1 Learning Objectives:

  • Participate in individual reflection and group dialogue about what you know, how you are, and what you do related to supporting Black maternal mental health
  • Identify one solution proposed by Black mothers in the poem share to better support their mental health
  • Reflect on and write one goal related to how to support Black mothers and their mental health


Session #2: Early Relational Health Promotion: Centering Relationships

March 14, 2023

Featured Speakers: Kate Rosenblum and Jessica Riggs, Zero to Thrive


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.

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

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 

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 ($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 at the latest). Failure to meet this requirements will prohibit RIAIMH from issuing certificates and no refund will be provided.

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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