(2 CEU Live Webinar) Infant Mental Health

Tuesday, April 07 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM [EST]

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Tuesday, April 07 2020 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM [EST]

 

 

2 Clinical CE Credits

 

Infant Mental Health

 

Fostering a child’s emotional health starts at birth. At a time when a child’s brain is developing the most – between the ages of 0 to 3 – the ability for babies to form healthy relationships, interact socially, and regulate their emotions is critical to their overall health. The infant brain is attuned to facial expressions, gestures, tone of voice and non-verbal interactions. The nature of these experiences and their interpersonal relationships form connections in their brains that lay the foundation for their emotional well-being.

Trauma, due to factors such as neglect, poverty, instability, or violence, can disrupt those earliest relationships critical to a child’s well-bring. Highly stressful early relationships may induce prolonged activation of stress response systems, impacting the blueprint for how they approach life and their relationships. Intervening early is especially important for babies and their families affected by stress and trauma. Children who experience traumatic events at an early age, known as adverse childhood experiences or ACEs, are exposed to stressors that can have more long-term consequences, including physical and mental health issues in adulthood.

While infant mental health is a critical service for babies and their families, there is currently a lack of qualified professionals in New Jersey. It is important for social workers to inform themselves about the field of infant mental health and become trained in best practices to support babies and their families and prevent the need for more intensive mental health services as children get older. This webinar will cover what is infant mental health, as well as the opportunities for social workers to become trained and qualified professionals. Additionally, the webinar will cover how stress and ACEs affect children birth to age five and how to provide infant mental health services through a trauma informed lens. Lastly, social workers will learn about the different types of therapy and services for babies and their families including the basics of dyadic therapy. Finally, the webinar will end with an overview of the New Jersey Think Babies Campaign and a call to action on how social workers can get involved in political advocacy to increase mental health services for babies.

 

Learning Objectives

Social workers who attend the Infant Mental Health webinar will:

1.Increase their knowledge of infant mental health and how they can become trained and qualified professionals.

2.Understand how trauma and ACEs affect children birth to age five and how to provide services to this age group through a trauma informed lens.

3.Learn about different types of therapy and services for babies and their families including the basics of dyadic therapy.

4.Identify ways they can get involved in advocacy efforts to increase the supply of infant mental health services in New Jersey.

 

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All participants are required to take a post-test. CE certificates will be e-mailed within 7 days of successful completion of the webinar and post-test.

 

Cost for this course:

Regular Price: $57
NASW Member Discounted Price: $37 (Members save over 35%!)

 

For those licensed in NY: NASW New Jersey Chapter SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0138.


* If you require special accommodations to permit your attendance, please submit a written request along with a completed registration form and payment at least 30 days prior to the registration deadline. Requests received after the deadline may not be able to be processed or fulfilled in time for the event.

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Dayna Zatina Egan, Psy.D, IMH-E®
Director of the YCS Institute of Infant and Preschool Mental Health

Dayna Zatina Egan, Psy.D, IMH-E® is the Director of the YCS Institute of Infant and Preschool Mental Health. She is a licensed Psychologist in New York and New Jersey. She is also an endorsed Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical in NJ. At the YCS Institute she oversees two outpatient mental health clinics, two Nurse Family Partnership programs, one Parents As Teachers program, and the agency’s Youth Group program. She is the current President of the NJ-Association of Infant Mental Health. She is also a psychologist at the Montclair State University Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health where she has a small caseload of families. She graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Hartford and completed her postdoctoral training at Andrus Children’s Center in White Plains, NY. In addition to infant/early childhood mental health, her areas of interest also include animal assisted therapy and primary care mental health integration.

About Dayna Zatina Egan, Psy.D, IMH-E®

Director of the YCS Institute of Infant and Preschool Mental Health
Kaitlin Mulcahy, MA, LPC, Ph.D.
Associate Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health

Kaitlin Mulcahy, MA, LPC, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health within the College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University. She is informed by work experiences as an infant and early childhood mental health mentor and family play therapist within child protection, early intervention, and community mental health, primarily providing family-centered, developmentally-informed, play-based therapeutic services, professional development, and advocacy. She received a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Faith, Peace and Justice Studies from Boston College, and a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry, also from Boston College. She completed her Post-Masters training in Infant-Parent Mental Health at UMass Boston, and just completed a Ph.D. in Family Science and Human Development at Montclair State University, where she wrote her dissertation on the experience of the sense of safety within family systems.

About Kaitlin Mulcahy, MA, LPC, Ph.D.

Associate Director of the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health
Diane Dellanno, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Diane Dellanno, LCSW is a policy analyst and member of the early childhood team at ACNJ. Her primary role has been to develop an infant/toddler advocacy campaign to improve early learning policies, programs and funding for infants and toddlers in New Jersey. Diane has authored several issue briefs on topics related to infants and toddlers including: Out Of Reach, a look at the cost of quality child care in New Jersey and No Room For Babies, that examined the availability of infant-toddler child care in New Jersey; and Expensive, Frustrating and Scary: Parent Reveal the Realities of Finding Child Care for Babies in NJ. Diane has over 30 years’ experience in developing and implementing parenting education programs to assist parents in understanding how their children develop, foster positive parent-child relationships, support healthy child development and engage families in their child’s learning to ensure educational success. Prior to joining ACNJ in 2012, Diane served as a director of Early Childhood and Education Programs for Prevent Child Abuse – NJ. Diane received her B.A. from Montclair State University and her M.S.W. from Rutgers-The State University.

About Diane Dellanno, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker