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Utah Association for Infant Mental Health Annual Conference 2021

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The Balancing Act of Relationships Through Security, Mindfulness, and Equitable Practice

About this Event

About this Event

This conference will take place over the course of two days:

1. Thursday, February 4th, 2021 (9:00AM - 12:00PM)

2. Friday, February 5th, 2021 (9:00AM - 12:00PM)

Registration is for both days. The conference will be held online. You will receive a link to join shortly before the event. Both days, registration will begin at 8:30AM.

Conference Program

The 2021 UAIMH conference features two nationally recognized speakers to support your professional development. Both are passionate about supporting infants and their caregivers, especially during these challenging times. Two main themes of the conference are how to utilize mindfulness and reduce disparities to improve Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH).

Maria J. Gehl, MSW, is Project Director of Mindfulness in Early Childhood at ZERO TO THREE. Under her leadership, ZERO TO THREE has created mindfulness resources for parents and their young children, as well as a Mindfulness Toolkit for Early Childhood professionals (UAIMH Board members have helped create this Toolkit!). Maria Gehl has also been supporting professionals with Mindfulness Breaks videos throughout the pandemic.

Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, Ph.D. is a professor in the Psychology Department at Utah State University. Her research focuses on family processes in Spanish-speaking Latinx families and implementing evidence-based prevention programs and interventions that are adapted to the culture and individual characteristics of children and families. She has conducted research on substance use and abuse, microaggressions, and training. Dr. Domenech Rodriguez also has a wonderful TED Talk entitled, "No way but through."

Day 1: Maria Gehl will demonstrate how to implement mindfulness exercises and strategies for infant and early childhood professionals. She will discuss how mindfulness practices can cultivate openness and acceptance and improve perspective-taking and cognitive flexibility. She will also share how mindfulness is fundamental for relationship-based reflective practice, which is essential for IECMH practice.

Day 2: Dr. Domenech Rodriguez will discuss racial and ethnic disparities in IECMH. She will demonstrate how cultural adaptations can make interventions accessible, acceptable, and effective for families across cultural groups. She will also define and demonstrate how cultural competence can build bridges between caregivers and providers for improved IECMH outcomes.

Each day's Keynote presentation will be followed by Breakout discussions to facilitate networking, empower participants, and encourage continued conversation in these topics with IECMH colleagues. After the Breakout discussions, there will be a Q&A with the presenter of the day, followed by concluding remarks.

We hope you will enjoy the conference!

This registration page will also allow you to register for :

**Community Launch Event** February 3rd from 5:00-7:00PM

Utah is now part of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Leaders and practitioners are invited to join us for facilitated discussion groups on collaboration, sustainability, promotion, structure and next steps. Participants will come prepared by previewing a 2-hour Introductory Overview of the Alliance, Competency Guidelines (CG) and Endorsement (IMH-E®). (A link to preview session with be provided to registrants in advance)

Presenter: Paige Light, LPC, PC, IMH-E®

Paige is a Licensed Professional Counselor and infant/early childhood consultant who provides reflective supervision and consultation to infant and early childhood practitioners, supervisors, and administrators in several different service sectors. Paige teaches as an adjunct faculty at Portland State University in the ITMH Graduate Certificate Program and is an instructor for the University of Minnesota in Advanced Reflective Supervision. She also serves as the Leadership Cohort Coordinator for the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Endorsed as an Infant Mental Health-Clinical Mentor®, she recently was the Endorsement Director for the Oregon Infant Mental Health Association.


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