Conference Presentations and Handouts


We will be uploading presentations and handouts as we receive them from our presenters. Scroll down to your session and click on the links to view or print the session documents.

If you are a presenter and would like your materials to be included on this page, you may send them to our Communications Specialist Melissa Minkoff at


Breakout Sessions (A) Monday, October 14 9:00-10:15am

A1: Reflective Practice Techniques to Spotlight Implicit Bias Impacting Relationship (Repeated as B1)

Sherri Alderman

View/Download Session Handout - Implicit Bias & RP

View/Download Session Handout - Questions that Encourage Consideration

Implicit bias (IB) is universal and ubiquitous. Implicit bias influences our behavior in ways that are often contrary to our declared beliefs and adversely impacts working relationships with others. Implicit biases are also malleable. This workshop will explore the range and mechanisms of IB and identify reflective process strategies that can unveil IB and promote right-left brain integration.


A2: Our Year in Peer to Peer Reflective Practice in the Early Childhood Setting

Jill Riley & Emmi Lohrentz

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Are you wondering about reflective practice and what that could look like in early education? Join us for this interactive session where we chronicle our year in developing and implementing a peer to peer reflective practice. We will share our learning, our   processes, our resources, our outcomes and where we plan to go next.


A3: Small Towns, Big Questions: Dual Relationships, Ethics, and Boundaries in Small and Rural Communities

Lauren Gourley

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The complexities and richness that home visiting and professional practice in small and rural communities will be explored using the frame of WI-AIMH’s Code of Ethics and the Harris Foundation’s Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children, and Families. Using case-vignettes and small group discussions we’ll co-create a framework for responding to ethical dilemmas common in small town and rural communities. The importance of reflective practice and supervision/consultation will be explored in relationship to home visiting in small and rural communities.

A4: From Encouraging to Normalizing: Social Support Networks are Vital for Building Breastfeeding  Confidence

Dalvery Blackwell

With the raise of mental health illness as a major public health issue, it is even more vital that health care providers embrace Social Support Network care versus individualized care. Without diminishing quality health care, providers should focus on optimizing opportunities to engage families in informed-decision making. Breastfeeding confidence and success depends on how and when a pregnant mom has built her Social Support Network. This workshop explores how infant maternal health advocates and providers can play a major role in helping foster and create a circle of support for the pregnant mom. This workshop will highlight how Social Support Network moves a mom from breastfeeding confidence to breastfeeding success.


A5: Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner:  Giving Infants the Spotlight

Heather Davis & Amanda Strobel-Wise

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Museums have seen tremendous growth in attendance by families with infants, as the importance of brain development in the first three years has become more widely known. Presenters from Madison Children’s Museum will share innovative strategies to strengthen engagement with families with infants and toddlers, including programming, exhibits, and a free membership program open to all first-time parents and their infants.


A6: An Introduction to DC:0-5 (repeated as B6)

Julia Yeary

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DC:0-5. What is it all about? Why do we even need a way to diagnose infants, toddlers and young children? This workshop will introduce and explore the changes in the Diagnostic Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood.


Breakout sessions (b) Monday, October 14, 2019 10:30-11:45am

B1:  Reflective Practice Techniques to Spotlight Implicit Bias Impacting Relationship (Repeat of A1)

Sherri Alderman 


B2: Stepping into the Red-String Family: Lessons from The Portage Project’s Family Service Credential

Ruth Chvojicek

When working with families we “step into” their family system and to do it well it’s helpful to have an understanding of the family system, their ecological perspective, and your own values and beliefs about families.  Participants will get a “taste” of the activities from Portage Project’s Family Service Credential, which has been operating successfully for over 20 years throughout the country.


B3: Trust Building for Team Building: Drama as a Tool to Break the Ice, Foster Positive Group Dynamics, and Encourage Creativity (Repeated as E5)

Melissa Minkoff

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In team environments that can sometimes include emotionally intense work, trust among colleagues is essential.  This workshop will show participants how to use some common theatre exercises to facilitate relationship building, increase trust and openness, and promote creative thinking within a team.


B4: Who Says Kids Don’t Come with Instructions?

Katy Kraemer

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Bright By Text is a parent texting initiative that features developmentally appropriate tips and activities for caregivers of prenatal to five year olds. Hosted by Wisconsin Public Television through the Ready to Learn Initiative, available in English and Spanish, Bright By Text is a trusted resource for supporting families with local resources to build relationships, knowledge, skills, and community connections.


B5: No Bruising Before Cruising: Sentinel Injuries and Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma

Kim Zvara & Susan Kainz

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Relatively minor bruises or mouth injuries can precede severe physical abuse in infants. In this session, attendees will learn: Definitions of Sentinel Injuries; Relationship to Sentinel Injuries & Shaken Baby Syndrome/Abusive Head Trauma (SBS/AHT); Detecting Sentinel Injuries; Prevention of SBS/AHT; and Who is at Risk. Session will include examples of cases that resulted in SBS/AHT. Discussion will also include life for a SBA/AHT survivor.


B6 An Introduction to DC:0-5 (repeat of A6) 

Julia Yeary

Breakout Sessions (C) Monday, October 14, 2019 1:45 - 4:45pm

C1: Asset Based Approaches to Obtaining a Deeper Understanding of Key Terms in Diversity and What You Can Do Once You Are Aware: Parts I and II

Lilly Irvin-Vitela, Margo Comacho, and Marisa Comacho

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View/Download Session Handout - How You View the World

View/Download Session Handout - Some Aspects and Assumptions of White Culture in the United States

View/Download Session Handout - Disproportionate Incarceration Flowchart

In this interactive workshop, participants will understand asset-based approaches and identify some of their own assets; discuss the role of privilege/power in service/healing professional roles; examine the continuum of cultural competence; and practice reflective exercises to promote culturally competent interactions. The Co-trainers will create a safe and challenging learning environment that honors the wisdom, experience, and heart of all participants.

C2: Gender Creative Early Learners

Karen Russell & Jessica Dallman

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View/Download Session Handout - Gender Resources

Children typically solidify their gender between the ages of 3-6, but what happens when family, society and doctors say that you are a boy or a girl, but your brain and heart tell you the opposite? What does a young learner do whose gender orientation is at odds with his, her, their apparent biology, and what can it look like when she/ he/ they begins to express that disconnect?


C4:  Helping Our Youngest Families Heal from Trauma: Child Parent Psychotherapy 

Abby Halloran

View/Download Session Handout - Barriers to and Facilitators of Engagement

View/Download Session Handout - Angels in the Nursery - Lieberman

View/Download Session Handout - Ghosts in the Nursery - Fraiburg

Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an evidence-based intervention for children ages 0-5 who have experienced at least one     traumatic event and/or who are experiencing attachment or behavioral problems. The primary goal is to strengthen the relationship between the child and primary caregiver as the vehicle for healing from trauma and restoring the child’s functioning. This workshop will give attendees an overview of CPP, providing case examples to illustrate its impact.


C5: Identity Formation Through the Reggio Lens

Lindsey Jacobus & Kelly Blondin

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View/Download Session Handout - FAMILY CULTURE PDF.pdf

View/Download Session Handout - Music in Our Lives Questionaire PDF.pdf

This workshop will introduce attendees to the Reggio Emilia philosophy of child-led education and how to implement that philosophy to teach inclusion and diversity.


C6 Black Lifelines: The Impact of Intergenerational Inequities in Mental Health

Kisha Shanks

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Join me in exploring the inter-generational Impacts of Racism on Mental Health, specifically perinatal and Infant Mental Health, in communities of color. This highly interactive workshop offers attendees opportunities to gain a deeper understanding of systemically oppressive systems and how to navigate them for the benefit of the families that they serve. If we must heal, let’s make it glorious!

Breakout Sessions (D) Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:45-3:45PM

D1: Workshop Topic: Equity and Diversity (Keynote Workshop)

Eva Marie Shivers

D2: Every Child Thrives: Building Social Emotional Capacity Through Strengthened Relationships in  Early Childhood:  A Collective Impact Story

Tarasa Lown

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PIWI Segment Handouts

View/Download Session Handout - 4K Progress Report Cross Walk

View/Download Session Handout - Vroom Connections to PIWI

View/Download Session Handout - 12A1 - Responding to Emotions

View/Download Session Handout - 12A4 - What’s My Style

View/Download Session Handout - 12A5 - What Makes Me Laugh

View/Download Session Handout - 12A6 - Why I Need You

View/Download Session Handout - 12A7 - Explore My Environment

View/Download Session Handout - 12A9 - Help Me Learn to Love Books

View/Download Session Handout - TRP Vroom Screen Shot Flyer

View/Download Session Handout - September 2018 Calendar

View/Download Session Handout - October 2018 Calendar

Looking for new and meaningful ways to support you and the families you work with? Join this double session to learn about our Collective Impact effort and journey to implement Pyramid Model at a community level. In addition, you’ll learn about cross sector development of supports using PIWI, PSFF, and additional tools designed to support social emotional development.


D3: What a Workout!  Talk Pedometer Builds Babies’ Brains

Nicole Tank & Corina Norrbom

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What is measurable is changeable. LENA (Language ENvironment Analysis), a parent group model, utilizes modern technology to track and measure words and turns in a child’s environment – a “Talk Pedometer”. Thus empowered with weekly data, parents build their babies brains in the crucial early development years, 0-3, closing the language gap, improving the quality of parent-child interactions future school success.


D4: Nurturing the Seeds of Connections Through the Arts

Stacey Otto & Elizabeth Pupeter

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Please join us for this hands-on workshop where we will explore the benefits of using the Expressive Arts in your work.  Our mission is to explain how to use the Expressive Arts to engage individuals & families. In addition, we will discuss the advantages of incorporating the Expressive Arts in your own self-care practice and to increase your reflective capacity. You will discover a variety of creative ways in which Expressive Arts can assist you in supporting and strengthening relationships with clients and with yourself. We will use lecture, video, case examples, and numerous experiential activities in our workshop in order to illustrate how the Expressive Arts may enhance your work.


D5: Pairing Sensory Integrative Treatment with a Relational Mental Health Model to Address Brain and Body Needs of the Entire Family

Jordan Ryan & Cassie Wilcox

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When early parent-child relationships are affected by sensory or developmental challenges, it can impact attachment and the long-term relationship. In this presentation, we will discuss how a sensory-informed attachment model can address social, emotional, and daily-life concerns. We will provide a case presentation to illustrate our collaborative model and provide a framework for attendees to consider for their own practice.


D6: Addressing ACEs in Home Visiting Using the NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, Resilience) Science Model

Rebecca Miller & Lisa Seidl-Gafner

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View/Download Session Handout - NEAR at Home, 3rd Edition

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Findings from the ACE study are considered the largest public health discovery of our time. Parents and caregivers are the most powerful agents for preventing further ACEs in generations to come: but they must first know about ACEs and their effects to realize this potential. Using NEAR Science, a model from Thrive Washington, learn how one Early Childhood Program is working to support healing, resilience, and the prevention of further ACEs through the use of the family/ home visiting relationship.


Breakout Sessions (E) Tuesday, October 15, 2019 4:00-5:15pm

E1: Paid Parental leave and Maternal and Infant Health

Lauren McClain & Angelika Gulbis

In this session, we will discuss the benefits of paid parental leave for maternal and infant health and the state of policy in the US and abroad. Participants will then be able to discuss examples from their experiences with families, what they are currently doing to be an advocate for paid parental leave in their communities, and else they could do.


E2: In and Out of the “Bubble”: Rupture and Repair in the Consultative Relationship 

Janna Hack & Aisha Bennett

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View/download Session Handout - Consultation FAN and Pocket Guide

View/download Session Handout - Guidelines when Discussing Difficult Topics

This workshop will explore the imperfect work in consultation. An early care and education teacher and an infant, early childhood mental health consultant will share and reflect on a significant rupture within their relationship. Honest thoughts and feelings will be shared as well as reflections regarding what allowed for the repair and how it benefited the work together.


E3: Equine Therapy:  A Relational, Embodied Approach to Fostering Resilience and Well-Being in NICU Staff

Jess Dallman & Elizabeth Seeliger

 This presentation will highlight a series of equine-centered retreats designed to enhance the ability of NICU staff to mitigate the vicarious trauma of witnessing pain and death in their workplace, and subsequently be more available to families undergoing pain and stress.  You will also hear about the potential of offering nature-based and equine retreat opportunities for families of NICU graduates.


E4: Trust Building for Team Building: Drama as a Tool to Break the Ice, Foster Positive Group Dynamics, and Encourage Creativity (repeat of B3)

Melissa Minkoff


E5: Building Emotional Resilience in Grown-Up Brains 

Donna Rifkin

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It is an honor to work with young children and their families. Mindfulness meditation helps us bring our 'best brain' to every interaction and learning experience. This training offers participants a review of the benefit of mindfulness meditation and includes a learning/coaching session to begin your own practice.

E6: Why Won’t They Just Eat? Recognizing the Familial Impact of Anxiety and Stress

Lani Jones

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Feeding difficulties are not uncommon in young children, but the impact of social emotional and relationship aspects which hinder feeding are often overlooked. This presentation will address how to identify different stress responses and the role of anxiety in feeding difficulties. Participants will be able to conceptualize their cases in the context of parent-child relationships and familial factors.

Post-Conference Institutes Wednesday, October 16, 2019 9:00am-4:00pm

W1: Race Matters: An Introspective Look in to Race, Culture and Intergenerational Trauma

Myra McNair

When working with children and their families we cannot ignore the social contexts of historical, cultural and inter-generational trauma. To really understand the effects of historical trauma in the African American community we must seek to understand how slavery continues to frame the lives of the children, families and communities that we work in. We will also explore how systems interact with and play a role in historical trauma and that historical trauma is not always in the past. This workshop will provide a safe place for you to explore and challenge your own biases. This framework will equip you in ways that allow you to appreciate the resiliency and strengths of the African American community, and look at new ways to help you address historical, inter-generational and complex trauma.

W2: Intention and Purpose: Creating Environments that Support Young Learners Using Tier 2 Pyramid Model Practices

Jenny Durand

This session will take a deeper look at how Pyramid Model Strategies are used to create an environment which supports learning by all students. Geared towards classroom teachers, early care educators, and home visitors, this session will introduce specific strategies and techniques that facilitate learning and help to build positive relationships between and among staff, children, and families.

W3: Addressing Needs When Challenging Behavior Persists: How Infant and Early Childhood Consultation and Behavior Supports Work Together on Tier 3 of the Pyramid

Rebecca Miller & Julie Betchkal

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Led by an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Clinician and a Behavior Support Specialist, this session is designed for individuals responsible for facilitating the teaming process to develop individualized behavior support for children whom universal and targeted supports are not sufficient. Content will address both short and long term strategies for developing and implementing a sustainable plan that supports both children and adults. Content will recognize the need of holding self and others inherent in this work.

W4: Diversity… What do you see? I see a healthy future looking at me!

Jennifer Skibba & Romilia Schlueter

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This Training will provide participants with a foundational understanding of what diversity is in early childhood settings and early childhood agencies. The four-part training will allow participants to have reflective conversations about diversity, developing new and different approaches when having dialogue about diversity and being more aware and open to continuing the conversation about diversity. For a background on how life experiences affect brain development, participants will have an opportunity to play THE BRAIN ARCHITECTURE GAME, with the goal of building a brain that is tall, strong and resilient when under the burdens of stress in later years. Learning Objectives: 1. Participants will reflect on their skills when having conversations about diversity. 2. Develop new skills that will continue to foster the diversity dialogue in their lives. 3. Will become aware that the conversations don’t get easier, they get better. Cultural Competency: The training is designed to foster the ability to interact effectively with people across cultures, starting in the early years. The training moves the participants through a continuum toward becoming aware of our own cultural worldviews, develop attitudes towards cultural differences, become culturally sensitive, increase the knowledge of different cultural practices and introduces us to the concept of cultural humility. The course addresses cultural diversity as a vital part of daily programming through screening, materials, interactions and program planning.