555 University Ave - SickKids
  • September 23, 2013 (all day)

Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) would like to invite you and your students to participate in our inaugural annual workshop

Monday September 23, 2013

Infant Mental Health (IMH–101):

The Basics

Presentation by: Chaya Kulkarni, BAA, M.Ed, Ed.D,

Director, Infant Mental Health Promotion
(more about the presenter)


This full day workshop is geared specifically towards newcomers to professional fields involving work with infants (ages 0 -3) and families, as an introduction to the concepts of infant mental health, prevention and early intervention.  This workshop is specially priced to be accessible to students who are able to attend in person.

We are asking Post Secondary Education Institutions, professors, and community organizations to consider making this event a part of your 2013/14 training curriculum. We consistently hear from practitioners that general understanding of infant mental health is very low, when it is in fact a pivotal part of any work with infants and families. Awareness of early childhood mental health is essential for any professional working with very young children (ages 0-3).  Early learning and care practitioners (ECE’s), home visitors, and child welfare workers in particular need to understand the impact of a young child’s experiences on their mental health and emerging sense of self. 

The WEBCAST option for distance learning which provides access to BOTH the LIVE webcast and ARCHIVED presentations. You are encouraged host a group screening of the live webcast at your location as a group learning activity, and with the webcast option you will also have access to the filmed presentations through the OTN Webcasting Centre for a period of one year, sections of which could be easily incorporated into course instruction.

This one day workshop will highlight the basic principles and practices related to infant mental health and how this information is applicable to different professional settings and roles involved in caring for and serving this age group.  We will explore key topics including:

o    Brain development – How relationships build brains

o    Attachment and Self Regulation

o    Temperament and “Goodness of Fit” – following the child’s cues

o    Responding to challenging behaviours

o    Understanding Developmental Milestones and Screening for Delays

o    Principles of Core Prevention and Intervention

Practitioners working with infants and children under three are in a unique position to: support emotional growth and development by providing optimal responsiveness to a child’s needs during this incredibly sensitive period, and to promote healthy social and emotional outcomes for that child.  The earlier we identify developmental concerns and the earlier we respond with appropriate supports and services the more likely we are to positively influence a child’s developmental – mental and physical – outcomes.   In order to do this, every professional working with young children needs a strong understanding of early mental health – what it is, how it develops, how it is influenced and implications for a child’s development when mental health is vulnerable in the early years.

Our goal through this training is to provide the next generation of early childhood education and caregiving professionals with insight into infant mental health and awareness of their roles in promoting optimal outcomes for the future of children.

EVENT:            Infant Mental Health (IMH–101): The Basics

DATE/ TIME:    Monday September 23, 2013, 9 am – 4 pm (Eastern Standard Time)

LOCATION:      The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Ave. Toronto ON

                                    1st Fl. Auditorium/ Daniels Hollywood Theatre


                                    In-Person: Members $20, Non-Members $25

                                    WEBCAST (Live and Archive Access): Members $100, Non-Members $125


We hope that you will be able to join us!

Further information on Infant Mental Health Promotion at the Hospital for Sick Children and our programs and resources to support practitioners in the field of infant mental health can be found at www.IMHPromotion.ca .