The 7th Annual Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) “We Can’t Wait” Conference will feature international experts speaking about the intersection of “nature” and “nurture” as they relate to child development and

The old debate about which is more important will be replaced with how the two factors influence each other with respect to epigenetics, children who present with complex concerns (developmental, mental health, and medical illnesses), how prenatal events impact development, and how different conditions can present with similar problems and whether this changes the recommended treatment (problems like attention difficulties or emotional regulation).


FBPKristieBrandtOn Thursday, September 22, 2016, attendees will hear from Kristie Brandt, CNM, MSN, DNP on emerging concepts and practices in the areas of brain development, trauma-informed care, and trans-disciplinary therapeutic interventions with children and families.  Dr. Brandt is an internationally known teacher, trainer, clinician, and consultant.  She is Director of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute in Napa, CA and Assistance Clinical Professor of Pediatrics V.F. at U.C. Davis School of Medicine, a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow with Dr. Bruce Perry,


JG2On Friday September 23, we are pleased to feature a special west coast appearance by James Garbarino, PhD, Cornell University professor and nationally noted best-selling author and psychologist.  Dr Garbarino will discuss the things that we, both as individuals and as a society, can do about childhood trauma, family chaos, teen violence, and supporting parents. Full of insight, vivid individual portraits, practical advice and considered hope, this is one of the most important and impactful conferences you can choose to attend this year!

Dr. Garbarino will stay with us on Saturday for an intimate (limited seating) half-day on deconstructing delinquency, where case studies will be presented and discussed.  Dr. Garbarino will share his expertise on what we could do differently with children and families with complex trauma, co-occurring disorders, and mitigating factors.

Breakout sessions will address the various therapeutic interventions for young children and how experience impacts biology (and vice versa). These workshops are purposely designed to be lively, interactive, and experiential.

Other topics will also include the role chaos and trauma has on later delinquency, the role biology and experience have on early childhood learning, caregiver advice and support and its impact on a child’s development, and examples of how the Early Childhood System of Care is changing to meet the needs of young children and their families.

The target audience includes all people involved in providing assessment, treatment, education, support, and advocacy for children and families. For more information, go to the About page here

Kristie Brandt, CNM, MSN, DNP

Dr. Brandt is Director of the Parent-Infant & Child Institute in Napa, CA and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics VF at U.C. Davis Medical School.  She teaches and consults around the world. She coordinates the Napa Valley Touchpoints site where her team has trained over 700 providers since 1996. She has assisted in the development…

James Garbarino, Ph.D

James Garbarino, Ph.D. holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee…