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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. 

Our current CCS  addresses the critical topic of diversity and culturally informed practice. We explore how we might understand and use the Diversity-Informed Mental Health Tenets, a set of guiding principles developed by the Irving Harris Institute and adopted by the national Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health (Alliance). We offer this  CCS as an opportunity for members of the infant/family workforce to engage as a community around deepening our thinking, understanding, and self-awareness, as we strive towards personal growth and systems change. 

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

The Community Conversation series is open everyone. RIAIMH members may attend at no cost.

2021 Community Conversation Series session dates:
February 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, September 28, October 12, 2021

Next session:  March 23, 2021,  8:30-10:30a. Login to Zoom, 8:15a 

REGISTER HERE session #2

Strong Roots Encounters: Equity Matters for Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health

Session #2: Safe and Secure Baby Court, Associate Justice Lia Stuhlsatz and SSBC Team with Kate Rosenblum

In 2017, Rhode Island Family Court Chief Judge Michael Forte  launched the Safe and Secure Baby Court, a specialty calendar geared toward serving young, first-time parents of infants, from newborn to 1, who may have a family history of involvement with DCYF.  Family Court Judge Lia Stuhlsatz has held court case reviews weekly since its inception in 2017.  

Associate Judge Lia Stuhlsatz, has been an attorney since 1996. She joined Rhode Island Legal Services in 1999, where she worked as the supervisor of the Family Preservation Unit. Prior to joining Legal Services, she served as a Staff Attorney in the New Hampshire Public Defender Program and worked as a social worker and legal advocate for the Incarcerated Mothers Program through Edwin Gould Services for Children and Families and Catholic Charities. Stuhlsatz earned her bachelor's degree from Smith College and her law degree from the City University of New York School of Law.

Dr. Rosenblum presents the Zero to Thrive’s “Strong Roots'' model, designed to promote resilience in pregnant women and families with young children, highlighting the power of positive relationships for healing. 

Dr. Rosenblum is a clinical and developmental psychologist and a Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan, where she directs Zero to Thrive (www.zerotothrive.org), a program that aims to spark robust scientific discoveries, quality training, and vibrant cross-sector initiatives that create breakthrough, real-world solutions to transform the well-being and resilience of families from conception to early childhood. Dr. Rosenblum has developed a series of early relational health promotion and prevention programs, including the Thrive with Your Baby Clinic model implemented in pediatric practices, and the Strong Roots Programs with tailored delivery for mothers, fathers, military families, and families involved in the child welfare system.  Dr. Rosenblum has published works focusing on parenting and infant and early childhood mental health, with a special interest in young children who have experienced disruptions including trauma, separation and/or loss.  In these contexts, her work focuses on promoting resilience through support for early family relational health. 

Here is what our participants are saying about RIAIMH's Community Conversation Series:

"am interested in being intentionally cognizant of what lies beneath the tip of the iceberg and what day to day actions can I take to be part of a systematic change.

"When reflecting on my own thoughts and actions, there were examples in this presentation that have been guilty of saying-doing. Thank you for helping me take a deep look at myself."

"This is great and such a tough subject to engage with, train on. I so appreciate the work you are doing to integrate all of this!"

"Thank you for providing the space for this difficult conversation to take place."

"I learned so much today from the trainers/presenters."


Registration and Cancellation:

Pre-registration is required. 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 or 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.

Continuing Education & Nursing 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, Northeast Multi Division (NEMD) for Nursing Professionals and the Center for Early Learning Professionals (CELP)-credit for Rhode Island's Early Childhood workforce.

In order to receive CE/CN Units, participants must register and purchase CE or CN units ($25) during event registration (CE/CN unit price is NOT included in registration).

Reminder, full attendance and participation in small group exercises are required in order to receive CE/CN units 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 Participation or Continuing Education or Nursing 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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