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Transforming Early Intervention Assessment Practices: Increasing Eligibility for Children Impacted by Trauma

Stephanie Adrihan,  Sarah Greene, Etty Wilberding, Brooke Wenchell

Walworth County Birth to Three spent two years planning and implementing a pilot program to better identify children who were experiencing social emotional delays. Presenters share the results of a 2 year pilot study examining the impact of changing screening and assessment practices in an Early Intervention Program. The purpose of the study is to increase the number of children who have experienced  abuse and/or neglect who are eligible for early intervention services due to social emotional delays.

Pyramid Model Research Findings — directed at administrators

Betchkal, Julie

Happy Mom, Happy Baby: Postpartum Depression (PPD) Through a Mother’s Eyes

Sarah Ornst Bloomquist,  Becky Schroeder

The phrase, “happy mom, happy baby” has a dark flipside. Postpartum Depression is the most common complication of childbirth. If left untreated, the effects can be devastating for mom and baby.  Moms Mental Health Initiative, a Milwaukee grassroots organization representing the mother’s perspective, intimately walks you through maternal mental illness and how it impacts those you serve.

Taking Time to See: The use of video and The Parent-Child Early Relational Assessment (Clark, 1985, 2006, 2009, 2010) in a home visiting setting. 

Betsy  Byker, Carrie Lechler

This workshop explores the use of video-tape as an intervention to impact home visiting relationships.  Parent/child relationships are strengthened when home visitors highlight the beautiful moments and bring wonder to a parent’s impact on their child. When video-tape is also brought into reflective supervision both home visitor and supervisor have the opportunity to reflect upon their own impact on a family.

Building Reflective Capacity through Video Replay (parallel process in HV and supervision)

Franchesca Vasquez, Veronica Thomson

Learn how to enhance your own, your employee’s, or your client’s reflective capacity through the use of video-replay. We will share our personal experiences and spend time reflecting on how this technique could be useful in your own program. We will also discuss the usefulness of the parallel process with video-replay.

Reflective Practice as both Parents and Providers

Lauren Gourley, Emily Hagenmaier

How might a provider’s own parental status impact their practice? How might becoming a parent or grandparent affect interactions with children and families? Using mindfulness-based guided self-reflections and personal interviews from a multidisciplinary group of infant mental health professionals, we will define the stakes and envision a model of reflective practice and supervision taking into account our own experiences as parents.

Starting at the Base of the Pyramid: Supporting and Sustaining an Effective Workforce

Peggy  Haack

It takes more than incorporating early learning standards into one’s curricula for early childhood educators to effectively support the social and emotional competence of young learners.  This workshop is designed to expand our view of the base of the Pyramid Model, and to explore more deeply the role each of us must play in supporting and sustaining an effective workforce.

The “How” of Reflective Supervision

Sherryl  Heller

Many early intervention models cite reflective supervision as an essential component. Unfortunately support in how to provide and participate in reflective supervision is somewhat limited. This workshop introduces participants to some of the actions a supervisor can take to create a reflective environment as well as steps the reflective supervisee can take to be an active participant. Video vignettes of reflective supervision will be presented and discussed to highlight and help integrate the information presented.

Self-Regulation Begins with You

Polly Kaat, Deb Boutelle

You cannot teach or model to others what you yourself do not know and practice. Understanding how to regulate yourself first is paramount for working with co-workers, teaching your children, and being in a relationship with your partner. Make friends with your emotions so you can manage them rather than control them. Based on Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline© strategies and research.

Shaken Baby Syndrome Prevention Program “Consequences of Rage”

Susan Kainz,  Jennifer Coleman

The Shaken Baby Association will present professionals with a prevention tool to educate others about Shaken Baby Syndrome.   The web-based program enhances concepts presented in Period of Purple Crying and includes information on Sentinel Injuries (a topic not addressed in other programs). This session also includes a question and answer session with a mother of a SBS/AHT victim.

Getting the message out about abuse prevention is difficult. We know –The Shaken Baby Association has been working on this mission for nearly 20 years. We’ve found success by presenting the message in different ways to different groups and seen results. In this session, home visitors and parent educations will be given an educational tool that can be used to help prevent abuse. The Shaken Baby prevention program called “Consequences of Rage” is an interactive, web-based product, allowing anyone to view it 24/7. It enhances concepts presented in “Period of Purple Crying” though video and audio messages. With many new parents being visual learners, we find this program keeps their attention. The most important element of the SBA program is a review of Sentinel Injuries which is a topic not addressed in other programs

Bringing the Protective Factors to Life: Social Emotional Competence of Children

Becky Mather, Lamikka James

Explore how building family strengths to foster the social emotional competence of children reduces the likelihood of child maltreatment and promotes optimal development. Learn the role of this protective factor within the family system, examine the impact of culture and temperament and identify everyday actions that can help parents and other caregivers support the social emotional competence of their children.

Substance Abuse panel-  The impact of substance abuse on families with young children: A Panel Discussion

Amy  D’Addario, Brian Myers

Young Children’s Attachment Relationships When Parents are Incarcerated

Julie Poehlmann-Tynan

More than 5 million U.S. children have experienced the loss of a co-resident parent leaving for prison or jail. In this workshop, Dr. Poehlmann-Tynan will provide background information about this public health problem as well as her new research findings focusing on young children’s attachment relationships and well-being when a parent is incarcerated, including how young children experience visits with the incarcerated parent

Effective Practices When Working with Children of Latino Heritage

Hector Portillo, Robyn Morris

Positive relationships with families start with a safe, trusting, culturally responsive environment in which all are empowered to have open conversation, share personal information and create authentic connections. Participants will understand the dynamics of communication including environment, non-verbal communication, message and culture to effectively partner with families of Latino Heritage.

Gender expansive and transgender preschoolers – how to support these young learners

Karen Russell,  Amy Alt

Children solidify their gender between the ages of 3-6, but what happens when family, society and your own body says you are that you are a boy or a girl, but your brain tells you the opposite?  What does a 3-6 year old child do whose gender orientation is at odds with his or her biology, and what does it look like when she or he begins to express that disconnect?

Building Our Capacity: Seven County Birth to 3 Programs develop a foundation of practice around social and emotional competency and the importance of early relationships

Cindy Schick, Michelle Davies

Research shows that social and emotional competence and early relationships impact development. With this perspective, the early interventionists from the Portage Project (Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Monroe, Sheboygan and Waushara) and Sauk County Birth to 3 programs sought private funding to become certified educators of infant massage (CEIM) and seek endorsement through WI-AIMH. We will share our process, experiences and reflections.

Babies Remember: An Introduction to Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Wisconsin’s CPP Learning Communities

Sarah Strong, Kathleen Hipke

An overview of Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), an evidence-based treatment for children 0-5 who have experienced trauma and are presenting with mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral concerns. CPP is provided in the context of children’s primary caregiving relationship(s), and aims to strengthen these relationships.  Information will be provided about an exciting opportunity in Wisconsin to become trained in CPP.

Transforming our Court System: Healthy Infant Court

Katy Trottier

Milwaukee County Children’s Court is working to change how young children and their families are supported through the court process by recognizing the importance of early relationships.  In this session you will learn about this innovative pilot program and hear from one of the pilot’s success stories.


The New DC:0-5: A Preview!

Roseanne Clark, Ph-D, IMH-E®, Zero To Three Expert Faculty

This workshop will provide an overview of the DC:0-5 Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders in Infancy and Early Childhood. This newly published revision and expansion of the DC:0-3R diagnostic nosology includes diagnoses for children through five years of age and will provide a preview of the upcoming two-day full training in Wisconsin.

Audience: Mental Health Clinicians and Level III Endorsed Infant Mental Health Specialists

Early Pathways: Home Based Mental Health Services for Young Children in Poverty

Michelle Rosenwald

The Early Pathways (EP) program is an in-home, evidence-based program for resolving behavior problems in children five years of age and younger, living in poverty, which has been used to serve families in Milwaukee County since 2003, and has recently received an endorsement by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).