The 11th Annual Early Childhood Mental Health (ECMH) Conference will focus on the progress made in the past few years around relationships, resilience and protective factors in children and families experiencing adverse experiences and will address the unique and complex needs of families living in very challenging circumstances.  Distinguished speakers will provide updates on evidence-based practices, trauma-informed care, child welfare services, and advances in early education programs that address improving social-emotional development. In addition, attendees will examine the impact of COVID-19 and community violence on children and families.

Our knowledge about how to make children more resilient has dramatically increased even though children and families continue to face many challenges.  Bridging science to practice and implementing new and innovative practices can include barriers and challenges.  The goal of this educational activity is to weave together a review of the most current scientific findings in early childhood mental health, highlight the latest progress in translating the research into interventions, and clearly outline what we can and must to do to collaborate and close the gaps in our educational and clinical services for children and families.


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 interpersonal experiences
  • Identify ways to translate science-to-practice and implement interventions that will improve outcomes for children and families facing multiple challenges
  • Discover proven methods to help children learn self-management skills while collaborating to make the home and classroom a peaceful and productive environment for young children
  • Create partnerships among healthcare, education, behavioral health, and child welfare professionals to positively support a child’s developmental experience
  • Identify best practices in social-emotional support and strategies for cultivating a positive classroom culture that extend to the home and community

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