12th Annual Early Childhood Mental Health Conference – We Can’t Wait!

Emerging from COVID, Conflict and Chaos: Creating Resilient Future for our Children and Communities

September 23-25, 2021

Virtual Conference


Course Description:

As a nation, we have endured months of uncertainty, isolation, illness, fear, trauma, and loss. Research has indicated, and will continue to link, this period with a variety of serious and detrimental effects on well-being and functioning in children and families.  The COVID-19 pandemic has also brought to light inequities in services and access to care along lines of race and poverty that will impact families and communities from generation to generation.  Our system of care, though well-intended, has been shaped by history and policy, and has created harm to many families, particularly families of color. 

Presenters at this virtual conference, in addition to exploring early childhood development, evidence-based practices, and advances in early education programs, will take an honest look at how past and recent events have impacted our most vulnerable populations. Attendees will take a new look at ACEs – with a focus on equity and prevention – and explore effective programs designed to address trauma and build community resilience in children, families, and communities.

Learning Objectives:

 By attending this educational activity, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify historical factors and current events that have impacted children and families and have created inequities in our system of care
  • Review organizational policies to identify ineffective procedures and inequitable impact
  • Explore diversity-informed strategies to support infants, children, and families
  • Identify evidence-based practices to increase resilience in parents, caregivers, and educators
  • Improve capacity to strengthen and support the healthy social and emotional development of children in clinical, social service, behavioral health, child welfare and early education settings


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, OT/PT, teachers, educators, child welfare workers, early childhood education providers, childcare specialists, mental health administrators and other healthcare and educational providers.