15th Annual Early Childhood Mental Health Conference
We Can’t Wait

September 26-27, 2024

A Hybrid Event
Live at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

We Don’t Wait: Nurturing and Healing in Action

Course Description:

What is being done, successfully, to ensure that children and families thrive? Our 15th Annual Early Childhood Mental Health Conference will inspire attendees to dive into both the clinical and systems aspects of engaging families and young children in getting the care they need. Distinguished speakers will highlight community driven, evidence-informed interventions that have been developed, researched, implemented, and are making a difference, including HealthySteps, Zero to Three, and HOPE programs.

In addition to exploring early childhood development, culturally informed, evidence-based practices, and advances in early education, attendees will be able to examine ways that our clinics and systems of care can better ensure diversity, equity, and access to care so that children and families have support to nurture and heal.

Finally, we are again offering a Hybrid Event! Live sessions will be in-person, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, and will include a networking reception and 15 Year Celebration on Thursday evening. Virtual attendees will join via Zoom for morning keynote sessions and selected breakout sessions in the afternoons.

Continuing Education Accreditation is Process

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this activity, the participants should be able to:

  • Review the neurobiological nature of the developing brain and recognize how it is directly shaped by positive, interpersonal experiences
  • Identify best practices in socio-emotional support and strategies for cultivating positive experiences that extend to the home, schools, and community
  • Create partnerships among healthcare, education, behavioral health, and child welfare professionals to create communities of hope for infants, children and families
  • Discover ways to expand inclusive, trauma-informed strategies that support infants, children, and families

Target Audience:

The target audience includes those involved in providing assessment, treatment, education, support, and advocacy for children and families. Attendees will include psychiatrists, pediatricians, marriage and family therapists, social workers, psychologists, mental health workers, substance abuse and addiction professionals, counselors and case managers, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, teachers, educators, child welfare workers, early childhood education providers, childcare specialists, mental health administrators and other health care and educational providers.