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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.

Next session: 

Monday, December 7, 2020, 8:30-10:30a

Power of Play: Supporting Connections for Young Children

Speakers: Kristin Read & Heidi Brinig

Providence Children’s Museum and their Families Together program present their successful play-based approach to creating rich learning and healing experiences.

Participants will be involved in their own creative expression, discuss connections and review research to deepen their understanding of the value of low cost or no cost play for the children and families they support.

Heidi Brinig, MA is the Director and creator of Families Together at Providence Children’s Museum. She joined the Museum in 1991 as an intern and developed Families Together in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families during her first year at PCM. She now oversees a staff of fourteen and is responsible for all aspects of the program’s operations. Prior to joining the Museum, she worked as a mental health clinician and home- based family support worker. She holds degrees in early childhood education and human development and family counseling.

Kristin Read, holds an M.S. in Organizational Management and a B.S. in Elementary Education both from Wheelock College. She has over 20 years of experience in museums and other informal education settings and has supervised, and supported AmeriCorps State & VISTA teams. Prior to her work at PCM, Kristin was with Ready to Learn Providence where she supported their AmeriCorps program and facilitated trainings for parents and educators in support of children's social and emotional development.

About our October event:

This training will review the framework of the Brazelton Touchpoints model. It will review parent perspectives on early development, parenting principles, and how these can be applied in our work with families. This framework offers strategies to engage families, open conversation, and strengthen connections with families in their time of need.

This is especially critical in these stressful and uncertain times!

Quotes from a participant. What was on their mind following the presentation? 
"I would love to incorporate this into our everyday practices as it meshes so nicely with the work we are already doing to meet families where they are and to make sure that we are looking at the family as a whole. It touches so nicely on the intersection between bonding and development." 

"There was a lot of information that was new to me but it was great to learn. Never really thought of the developmental regression as a response other developmental milestones occurring. Always thought of it as regression related to stressors or trauma. Very interesting information that can be used to help better train staff and parents."

Comments from a participant:
"I love how passionate this organization is! The information is so important."

"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 Wednesday, 9/13/20, will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellation requests received on or after 9/13/20 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/or 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 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 Credits: 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 Credits, participants must register and purchase CE units ($25) during event registration (CE unit price is NOT included in registration).

Reminder, full attendance and participation in small group exercises are required in order to receive CE 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 CE 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   

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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