Utah Association for Infant Mental Health Annual Conference 2022

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Nurturing the Nurturer: Tools for Supporting Emotional Safety, Inclusion, and Joy

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

1. Thursday, February 3rd, 2022 (8:30AM - 12:30PM)

2. Friday, February 4th, 2022 (8:30AM - 12:30PM)

Registration is for both days. The conference will be held online. You will receive a link to join shortly before the event.

CEU Opportunities:

There will be opportunities for CEUs for the conference. Psychology CEUs are approved. Social Work and Nursing CEUs are pending.

Conference Program

Join us for the 2022 UAIMH Annual conference – “Nurturing the Nurturer”! This year, three nationally recognized speakers will focus on how to support providers in the important work of serving infants, young, children, and their caregivers, especially during challenging times. Participants will learn how to foster healthy relationships and how this relates back to how to utilize reflective supervision (RS) and reflective practice (RP) to better sit with and work through the discomfort and difficulty that can arise during work with young children and families. More specifically, our presenters will discuss how to utilize RS and RP to better understand and think about young children's behaviors and promote equity to improve Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH).

Meet the Presenters

Marva L. Lewis, PhD, IMH-E® is an Infant Mental Health Mentor and a researcher and faculty member at Tulane University. Dr. Lewis is endorsed by the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. Her research focuses on the prevention of intergenerational transmission of historical traumas, specifically slavery, on current and future generations in order to prevent child abuse and neglect. Dr. Lewis' forthcoming book is: Therapeutic cultural routines to build family relationships. Talk Touch and Listen While Combing Hair© by M. L. Lewis and D. J. Weatherston, Editors. Dr. Lewis was keynote speaker at the 2021 Zero to Three Conference!

Mona Delahooke, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with more than thirty years of experience caring for children and their families. She is a senior faculty member of the Profectum Foundation and a member of the American Psychological Association. She is the author of the upcoming book, Brain-Body Parenting, and Beyond Behaviors: Using Brain Science and Compassion to Understand and Solve Children’s Behavioral Challenges, and is a frequent speaker, trainer, and consultant to parents, organizations, schools, and public agencies. She lives and works in the Los Angeles area.

Paige Light, LPC, PC, IMH-E® 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 has also served 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.

Day 1: Thursday, February 3 (8:30am-12:30pm)

Dr. Mona Delahooke will open the conference by guiding us through Greenspan and Wieder’s levels of social-emotional development, after which she will present on caregiver-child co-regulation. Learning how to self-regulate within co-regulatory relationships is a major developmental task, and regulatory skills are a major tool in reducing so-called “problem behaviors.” Dr. Delahooke’s approach goes “beyond behaviors.” Instead, she emphasizes the neurobiology of regulation and dysregulation, and the crucial role of relationships in this process. Dr. Delahooke considers the essential role of the entire nervous system, which is involved in a child’s feelings or safety and attachment, their emotions, and their resulting actions. Her presentation will address how investigating the biology beneath the behavior helps parents and professionals understand the source of children’s dysregulation, and how to help them move to connection and joy.

Day 2: Friday, February 4 (8:30am-12:30pm)

On the second day, Dr. Marva Lewis will focus on how to foster connection and emotional regulation in diverse populations. From the very beginning, infant development is impacted by the experiences of their parents and their ancestors. Without awareness of these processes among providers, patterns of trauma will keep being repeated. Dr. Lewis will demonstrate how historical and intergenerational trauma affects parenting, and she will discuss positive interventions during everyday activities (such as combing hair) that can foster resilience and positive development.

Reflective Supervision Review & Discussion

Each day, the Keynote presentation will be followed by a presentation by Paige Light on how to utilize Reflective Supervision to work through our own feelings when encountering challenging situations, and thus discover our own strengths. On Day 1, Paige will explain what Reflective Supervision is and how it deepens professional skill and the ability to serve infants, young children, and their caregivers. On Day 2, she will discuss how to utilize RS in challenging situations, such as when we encounter differences that we do not know how to work with, and how RS can help us regulate and be ‘heard’ so that we can support the infants and families we work with.

Following Paige's presentation each day, we will have “round table” discussions in Breakout rooms where you will have a chance to consider how the information from the presentations applies to your own work. We will end each day with a Q&A with the presenters of the day, followed by concluding remarks.

All in all, we hope to offer you tools to take back with you into your everyday work with the youngest members of our society and their caregivers. Our presenters are each highly esteemed experts in their fields, and they are excited to bring their work to you!

Scholarship Information:

This year, UAIMH is excited to offer scholarships to offset the cost of the conference for eligible attendees. These scholarships are intended to increase accessibility for attendees who are interested and engaged in work related to infant mental health but for whom the financial cost of registration would be a barrier to attending the annual conference. Please email uaimh.info@gmail.com if you are interested and include in the subject “UAIMH Scholarship Interest" with an answer to the question, "How would a scholarship to this conference support you in your professional goals?" We will then send you what you need to complete registration.

Students: (other than Roseman University nursing students)

This year we are offering discounted tickets for students who wish to attend our conference. If you are a student and interested in purchasing a ticket for a discounted rate, please send your name, the university you are attending, and a picture of your student ID card to uaimh.info@gmail.com. You will receive directions at that time for how to purchase a ticket. Please include "UAIMH Student Interest" in the subject of your email.

We hope you will enjoy the conference!

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