Wisconsin Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health COnference
Our annual conference features a keynote address and two days of breakout sessions on various topics related to the field of Infant Mental Health, as well as a third day of institutes.
WI-AIMH offers Continuing Education Units for the Wisconsin Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference. Full conference participation will earn 1.6 CEUs. A single day of attendance will earn 0.8 CEUs.
Individuals should check with their credentialing/licensure organization to clarify if attendance at the Conference will meet their respective organization’s continuing education requirements. WI-AIMH cannot assure acceptance by each attendee’s credentialing organization; any additional fees would be the responsibility of the attendee.
WI-AIMH lists workshop sessions and keynote addresses on the Registry. Individuals who would like Registry credit will be given an opportunity to provide their Registry number at the Conference.
SAve the date!
October 14-16, 2019
The Osthoff Resort
Elkhart Lake, WI 53020
reflective supervision learning collaborative
The WI-AIMH Reflective Supervision Learning Collaborative is a 12-month program comprised of in-person learning sessions and active implementation phases, with built-in support throughout the process. It is designed for supervisors within a range of infant/early childhood programs—including, but not limited to:
Birth to 3
Early Care and Education
Child Welfare programs
The learning is team-based and builds from the collective knowledge and experience of the group, with guidance and support from experienced providers and trainers of reflective supervision.
Day 1: Thursday, June 13, 2019
Day 2: Monday, October 14, 2019
Day 3: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Day 4: Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Day 5: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Days 1, 4, and 5 are held at Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison. Days 2 and 3 are held at the WI-AIMH Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Conference at The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.
infant mental health-endorsement© (IMH-E©)
Working with our youngest citizens requires specialized training and experience, and IMH-Endorsement® ensures professionals have attained a certain level of expertise with very young children and their families. IMH-Endorsement® is relevant for professionals across disciplines including early care and education, prevention and early intervention, home visitors, medical providers, child welfare workers, mental health clinicians, policymakers, researchers and others.
Endorsement® is available to providers and clinicians who work in a range of settings and professional disciplines spanning the continuum of care to children ages 0-3 and their caregivers. Individuals apply for the IMH-Endorsement® specialty that best matches their knowledge, skills and experiences.
Infant Family Associate: Promotion
Infant and Family Specialist: Prevention/Intervention
Infant Mental Health Specialist: Clinical Intervention/Treatment
Infant Mental Health Mentor: Leadership
Endorsement Exams scheduled as needed
(levels III and IV only)
the pyramid model
Since 2009, WI-AIMH has been the lead agency on promoting and guiding professional development and implementation of the Pyramid Model – a multi-level system of support to increase social and emotional competence and decrease challenging behaviors in very young children. Evidence-based practices promoted by the Pyramid Model apply to multiple contexts children learn and grown in, specifically early care and education settings ranging from regulated group and family child care, and 4-K programs, to center-based Early Head Start and Head Start programs. Research has shown that children who are skilled socially in kindergarten may be more likely to live healthier lives, attend college, and secure higher-paying jobs as adults (Jones, Greenberg, & Crowley, 2015). The Pyramid Model (Fox, Dunlap, Hemmeter, Joseph, & Strain, 2003; Hemmeter, Ostrosky, & Fox, 2006) provides a framework for developing these skills in infants, toddlers, and young children. 3rd party evaluation on the effectiveness of implementation of the Pyramid Model in Wisconsin indicated that classrooms using the evidence-based strategies promoted by the Pyramid Model had significantly better outcomes –especially for children with behavior that puts them at risk of expulsion. Reductions in problem behaviors and the increase in social skills in Pyramid Model classrooms was so great that these children were reported to display typical behaviors and expected social skills. (Neddenriep 2016) Sites with some social and emotional supports in place will only expand and improve their impact through the use of Pyramid Model strategies. Partnering with coaches will only strengthen the Consultative alliance to strengthen child, parent, and program outcomes. Currently, there are 108 sites implementing Pyramid Model in 36 programs/communities throughout Wisconsin. Implementation of the Pyramid Model has been correlated with improvements for child outcomes, staff morale, and staff retention.
WI-AIMH was instrumental in embedding the Pyramid Model in YoungStar, Wisconsin’s early care and education quality improvement rating system. Thousands of early childhood professional have received intensive training and hands-on support in promoting healthy social and emotional development.
infant/early childhood mental health consultation
The first five years of life are a time of unparalleled brain development in young children. Optimal development is only possible in the context of responsive, secure, sensitive relationships. It is estimated that between 9.5% and 14.2% of children age birth to 5 experience an emotional or behavioral disturbance. Increasingly, the social and emotional needs of infants and young children are recognized as a critical component of school readiness, overall well-being, and lifelong success. Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) is an effective prevention/intervention strategy for building parent/caregiver capacity to support young children’s social and emotional development and to identify and address mental health issues in the context of relationships across multiple settings and systems of care. IECMH Consultation partners a mental health professional with other professionals who work with infants, young children (birth through age five), and their families in the different settings where children learn and grow. As a result, more and more states and communities are investing in IECMHC. Since 2012, WI-AIMH has partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and provided 20+ Consultants to state funded, evidence-based, home visiting programs. Consultants have supported monthly reflective supervision to home visitors and supervisors strengthen program quality and reduce secondary and vicarious trauma and staff turn-over. In addition, WI-AIMH is partnering with Supporting Families Together Association, UW Madison, and UW Whitewater to implement a five-year demonstration project funded by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health for IECMHC in early care and education settings in several counties in Wisconsin beginning in 2019.
Home Visiting Reflective Practice project
The goal of the project is to build, increase, and sustain the reflective capacities and infant mental health competencies in Family Foundations Home Visiting programs at the provider, supervisory and organizational levels.
Key Project Objectives:
Home visitors and supervisors will increase their knowledge of reflective practice and reflective supervision and understand why it is important and beneficial to their work
Home visitors and supervisors will demonstrate the ability to practice reflectively
Home visiting supervisors will build their capacities to provide reflective supervision to professionals within their program
Reflective practices and approaches will be sustained and integrated into and throughout the home visiting program and agency
Home visitors and supervisors will build their knowledge of infant mental health competencies and utilize these competencies in their practice with young children and families
Home Visiting professionals will be provided with support and opportunity to earn and maintain IMH-Endorsement®
The project design is informed by the parallel process. Supports are integrated throughout the system such that home visitors support families, the consultant and the HV supervisor support home visitors, the consultant supports the supervisors, and a mentor supports the consultant. The project team supports the entire group.