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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.

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:


Robert 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 #4 Information 

Date: August 9, 2022

Time: 8:30a-10:30a

REGISTRATION and SPEAKER INFORMATION ~ COMING SOON

Post Session Info:

Session #3  April 19th

Title: IMH Diversity Tenets In Action: Families As Experts

Speaker: endawnis Spears

IMH Competencies addressed: Theoretical Foundation: Cultural Humility (1h) and Infant/young child and family-centered practice (1h)

Q & A:

Attendee:

"Can you talk to navigating Mental Illness while respecting culture and support within the tribe?"

e.Spears:

"On the resources slide there is a link to the National Indian Health Board website; they have a series of toolkits that can help answer this question in a much more comprehensive way than I can": https://www.nihb.org/behavioral_health/behavioral_health_toolkits.php

"I think part of the answer is knowing what resources exist within the tribe itself, so reaching out the tribe's health clinic, or one in the region, to ask about mental health support resources and being able to connect tribal members with the resources specific to the tribe. There are two IHS clinics in southern New England; one in Charlestown, RI and one in Mashpee, MA. Another important part is understanding some of the mental and behavioral health challenges that are specific to Indigenous peoples; which were mentioned in the presentation but methods and approaches were not discussed. Here is a starting point": https://www.samhsa.gov/tribal-ttac/resources/mental-health-promotion


Thank You!

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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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