DescriptionThe 2018 WNC Infant Mental Health Conference focuses on the latest research and best practices for working with infants, toddlers and young children in the western region of North Carolina. The conference provides opportunities for families, mental health practitioners, educators, medical providers, and other community partners to access to the latest knowledge in the field, with the goal of providing a positive impact in services and experiences for the birth to age five population in our communities.
Psychologists, Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, Nurses, Clinical Addiction Specialists, Other Mental Health Providers, Early Care and Education Professionals, Health and Human Services Providers, Case Managers, School Administrators, Batterer Interventionists, Victim Service Providers, Advocates, and other professionals interested in this topic.
- Keynote: Describe a reflective approach to forging strong, trusting, collaborative relationships with parents
- Keynote: Explain how a practitioner’s own beliefs, values and professional approach may impact the highly charged work they do with families, and describe how mindfulness may impact and improve practice
- Keynote: Practice applying a reflective approach to everyday work with families through brief interactive activities, feedback, and self-reflection
- The Neuroscience of Attachment Morning Session: Describe the relational neurobiology underlying our attachment relationships, based on current research
- The Reflective Approach Interactive Session: Practice applying the reflective approach to current work with families, through anonymous case studies
- The Reflective Approach Interactive Session: Identify one’s own beliefs, values, triggers, and overall approach – so that, armed with enhanced awareness, practitioners may demonstrate application of skills that strengthen collaboration, while reducing obstacles to communication
- The Reflective Approach Interactive Session: Describe a personalized, reflective approach that increases receptivity and results in a positive impact on children and families
- The Reflective Approach Interactive Session: Discuss professional strategies for forging relationships with parents that maximize the likelihood that parents and families will benefit from professional guidance and expertise