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REGISTRATION CLOSED - Bridging the Relationship Gap: Becoming an Ally for Children Facing Adversity

Wednesday, September 19 | 6 CEHs | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm | $179
Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Avenue, Maplewood, MN 55109

Children who have endured stressful experiences in their young lives may be especially challenging to work with. They may be overly disruptive or withdrawn. However, early in life, children are especially resilient to stress and can recover from trauma and adversity through supportive relationships with consistent and caring adults. So how can we bridge the relationship gap with children facing early adversity? In this presentation, the presenter will share scientific research and practical strategies from her award-winning book Bridging the Relationship Gap. She will address one-on-one relationship-based therapeutic techniques that help build children’s resilience to experiences of trauma and stress. Participants will have the opportunity to practice these techniques with one another to see how these strategies can work. The presenter will also address contextual and societal challenges such as historical trauma and will share promising organization-level practices that can shape early care environments to promote student learning and success.

Learning Objectives

• Learn what research tells us about how stress and trauma affect the developing brain, and how experiences like historical trauma contribute to young children’s challenges.

• Identify strategies they can use to build strong relationships and approach children’s challenging behaviors in a trauma-sensitive way.

• Observe how relationship-based therapeutic techniques work through the use of video role-play examples that model these strategies in action.

• Practice using these modeled relationship-based therapeutic techniques with other attendees through a roleplaying activity.

• Gain insight into how infusing trauma-sensitive approaches can change learning environments to promote student resilience and learning.

Sarah Langworthy, PhD, Consultant

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents

Supporting Immigrant and Refugee Families Through Story and Song

Wednesday, November 14 | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. | 3 CEHs | $89
Maple Grove Community Center, 12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369

Over the past 10 years there has been a significant influx of immigrant and refugee families into Minnesota. Professionals who work with young children and families have an opportunity to expand their knowledge about the immigrant and refugee experience in order to provide services that are responsive to the unique needs of those families.

This workshop will describe two projects developed by a team of early childhood professionals and immigrant and refugee community members, designed to support families and young children toward positive developmental outcomes. Workshop participants will learn about the immigrant and refugee experience, while exploring songs and stories. Components of the two projects will be shared, so that other communities can replicate the projects in their own areas.


Learning Objectives:

     • Workshop participants will have greater understanding of the experience of immigrant and refugee families

  • Workshop participants will learn children’s songs from other cultures.
  • Workshop participants will know at least two benefits to embedding children’s songs from other cultures into early childhood programming.
  • Workshop participants will understand the goals of the Immigrant and Refugee Fathers and Literacy Program.
  • Workshop participants will know some initial steps toward developing programming that supports young immigrant and refugee children and their families.

Jane Ellison, MS, LMFT, IMH-E®(IV), Infant Mental Health Specialist - Nurturing Possibilities & Glen Palm, PhD, CFLE, Parent Educator, Professor Emeritus - St. Cloud State University

Level: Basic | For: Professionals & Parents

It Depends:  The Answer to Almost Every Question about Managing Young Children's Behavior

Tuesday, December 11 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 6 CEHs | $179
Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health | 23 Empire Drive, Suite 1000 | St. Paul, MN 55103

Advances in the understanding of brain development and social-emotional development offer us a useful perspective on promoting young children’s emerging capacities for the regulation of arousal, emotion, attention and behavior. This workshop will offer a perspective on the underlying principles of interpreting and responding to the often challenging behaviors of toddlers and preschoolers as well as strategies for promoting emotional literacy and the development of self-regulation.

Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E® (IV), Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant & Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E® (III), Infant Mental Health Specialist – Reach-Up Inc.

Level: Basic/Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents

Play is the Way to Support Infant and Child Mental Health

Wednesday, December 19 |1 – 4 p.m. | 3 CEHs | $89
Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S Robert Trail, Rosemount, MN 55068

Researchers, educators and practitioners are familiar with the “big three” domains of development: cognitive, social-emotional, and physical. Although many professionals are aware of these domains, the mechanism that moves children through these developmental phases, which can ultimately affect children’s mental health, is often not discussed. By putting away electronic devices that distract us from what children are experiencing in their world, we can better attend to children’s need for language and communication. By modeling how to express big emotions, adults can encourage children to express their feelings without fear or shame. And if we teach caregivers to promote children’s playful movement we might be more comfortable to allow developmentally appropriate risky play. 

In this workshop, the presenter will focus on play as an instrument of developing children’s mental, social-emotional and physical capacities. Participants will discuss the developmental domains and explore ways that professionals can support children’s mental health. Theories that promote play across the early childhood years will also be discussed so attendees can create their own working definition of play in their practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Advance participants’ understanding of the connection between child mental health and play.
  • Learn how children reach cognitive, social-emotional, and physical milestones through play.
  • Explore the benefits of risky play during the early childhood years.
  • Discuss the dangers of losing play and our overreliance on electronic devices.
  • Develop a personal definition of play and find ways to connect it to your professional practice.  

Heather Von Bank, PhD, Associate Professor of Family Consumer Science, Child Development Family Studies -- Minnesota State University Mankato 

Level: Basic/Intermediate | For: Professionals & Parents

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