If you would like CT-AIMH to provide your staff, program or agency with this audience-specific IMH training series offering, for specifics and pricing please contact us by email at [email protected] . All training series align with IMH competencies.
IMH Training Series Curriculum for Child Welfare, Early Head Start and Community Providers:
1. Infant Toddler Development, Screenings, Assessments and Referrals: What is Appropriate and Available for Very Young Children and their Families?
This presentation will focus on an overview of infant/toddler development, screenings and assessments that include a relationship focus and that are appropriate for very young children and their families and finishing with when and where to make referrals.
- Understand the benefits of comprehensive screening for infants & toddlers
- Describe the various screening tools available for very young children
- Identify screening results and make appropriate referrals
- Identify the early intervention programs in CT that include infant mental health in their work with infants, toddlers & their families
- Use the screening process as an opportunity to support the parent-child relationship
- Identify strategies for working collaboratively across agencies and systems to benefit young children & their families
2. Integrating a Trauma Lens into Infant Mental Health Practice
This presentation will include a quick overview of underlying developmental assumptions, define trauma for infants and young children and why it matters, identify trauma effects, offer strategies for engaging families, suggest tools to use, and discuss applying learning to one’s work.
- Understand why trauma matters and its impact on relationship development
- Identify the effects of trauma on the young child, the parent, the relationship, and the provider
- Identify strategies for engaging families
- Identify techniques for increasing reflective capacity
3. Understanding Infant/Toddlers and their Families and the Challenges of Unresolved Loss and Trauma.
Working towards deeper integration between DCF and Head Start, including the following specific areas:
-Developmental issues of infants/toddlers and their families and what attachment looks like given this unresolved trauma, including the potency of disruption/repair
-What happens when families’ strategies break down: punishment, shame, control, including strategies to break the cycle and the importance of safety and validation
-Recognizing our own triggers and vulnerabilities, managing reactivity, and moving from reactivity to reflection
-Fine-tuning observation skills using multiple video case presentations for viewing and learning
- Have a deeper understanding of how the concept “disruption and repair” facilitates the encoding of secure attachment
- Articulate how healthy early childhood development becomes derailed by the witnessing or direct experience of scary or frightening events
- Facilitate an increase in reflective awareness, ability to observe & sensitivity to parent-infant interactions
- Understand the importance in developing strategies to emotionally regulate, slow down, & reflect, which is different than being in constant reactive mode
- Recognize the impact of parent’s own unresolved trauma and the second-generation effects of hyper vigilance with infants and children.
- Learn the value of establishing safety, acceptance and validation before asking for too much change.
4. Culturally Responsive Framework for working with young children and their families
Understanding the values, beliefs and assumptions that we bring to our work. Looking at culture in family systems, how culture affects caregiving/parenting, and how culture affects early attachments.
- To understand where one finds “culture” when working with infants/toddlers and their families
- To learn what skills a home visitor needs to glean a family’s culture
- To understand the importance of family priorities and daily routines in promoting development
- To understand how one’s own cultural experience can impact interactions with families.
5. Family Time Visitation: Promoting Parent-Child Relationships
Participants will learn why visitation important for infants, young children and their families and how to optimize visitations to ensure the best outcomes for young children.
- Understand infant mental health perspective when working in child welfare and Early Head Start
- Learn strategies important to home visiting that support multiple relationships
- Reflect on personal experiences and feelings in your work
- To learn strategies that promote bio parent and foster parent relationships
- Learn strategies that give parents the opportunity to parent
6. Reflective Practice How Infant Mental Health Principles Can Be Integrated into the Work Place
Participants will gain an understanding of the concepts embraced in reflective practice (respect, relate, reflect and repair), in practicing responses that promote reflective practice, and in developing plans for infusing reflective practice in their work places.
- Define reflective practice and its importance
- Understand how to be reflective
- Understand how to promote reflection in others
- Understand what a reflective culture is and how it can be fostered in the workplace
- Practice strategies for using reflective practice
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