Infant/Toddler Professional Development Seminar: Early Experiences Shape Lives

June 9th, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
San Juan College
Henderson Fine Arts Bldg.

Please join us as we work to bring focus to the important time of life for infants and toddlers and highlight the effects of trauma on young children at home, in our centers and in our classrooms.

Registration Form

Registration Deadline: June 1, 2017


8:30-9:30         Registration

9:00-10:00       Keynote: Christy Stanton

10:00-10:15     Break

10:15-11:45     Breakout Session 1

11:45-1:00       Lunch

1:00-2:30         Breakout Session 2

2:30-2:45         Break

2:25-3:30         Roundtable discussions

Featured Keynote: : Christy Stanton, LCSW Senior Content Specialist, Zero To Three

Do Babies have Mental Health? Yes, and it’s Everything!
The promotion of infant mental health maintains a laser focus on strengthening early relationships between parents and children, and supporting the development of social and emotional capacity in babies and toddlers. While babies are developing, parents are growing too. And for those of us working alongside young children and families, we also understand that we are impacted. We learn more about ourselves, and build experience and skill in providing the best environment we can for families striving to do their best for their children. Attendees will leave this presentation understanding what infant mental health is, its documented impact on future outcomes for children, and the vital role each of us has in strengthening families.

Breakout Session 1

Workshop 1
Supporting Children and Families when Trauma is Present
Room: 9008/9010
Many children have early traumatic experiences that can adversely affect their mental health and overall development. Although trauma and toxic stress is impactful, there are ways that individuals and programs can mitigate trauma’s effects.  Participants in this breakout will consider trauma and toxic stress, and the fundamentals of using a trauma informed approach to thoughtfully work with families.

Workshop 2
Baby Talk: How Language Shapes Relationships
Presenter: Judy Hudson
Room: 9012

What to say and how to say it when talking to infants and toddlers to build emotional intelligence. Session includes handouts and hands-on practice in developing your skill in this important process.

Workshop 3
Ages and Stages Questionnaires: Social-Emotional
Presenter: Gwen Brack
Room: 9006
This session will cover:

  • Why screen Social – Emotional Development?
  • Features of the ASQ:SE2
  • Scoring of the ASQ: SE2
  • Cross-Cultural Considerations in Screening

Referral Considerations and Follow-up

Lunch: 11:45-1:00 Box Lunches/Visit Resource Tables    Hallway of Henderson Fine Arts Conference Rooms

Breakout Session 2

Workshop 1
When Trauma Affects Us – Staying Well
Presenter: Christy Stanton
Room: 9008/9010
Being with very young children and their families as they encounter traumatic and difficult life experiences affects those of us working alongside to support them.  Secondary trauma – which can occur with the emotional toll of listening to and helping a highly traumatized population – can diminish quality of life and affect emotional and physical well-being.  Participants in this breakout will consider strategies to minimize secondary trauma and create momentum for supporting oneself and each other in doing this important work.

Workshop 2
Preventing Trauma and Healing Trauma, in Infants and Young Children
Presenter: Priscilla Roth-Wall, Ph.D.
Even young infants develop social and emotional “conversations” with their caregivers. This delights them and makes them feel secure.  To show how much infants value this connection to their parents, Dr. Ed Tronick videotaped infants communicating with parents during typical interactions, and again during a time when parents withheld responsiveness (the 3-minute “still-face” condition).  When confronted with an indifferent, expressionless parent, the infants used every trick they could imagine to get the parent to happily interact with them again.  All the children eventually became sad and discouraged after this 3-minute session, but most were overjoyed when the parent became responsive again.  How do you think previously traumatized infants responded?  Video clips of mothers and fathers interacting with infants will be shown, as well as video segments from Dr. Tronick’s work.

Workshop 3
Infant Massage: Nurturing Touch for Bonding
Presenter: Carol Morehouse
Room: 9006

This session will include:

  • The history and development of infant massage principles
  • Factors to consider when teaching infant massage
  • Benefits of infant massage
  • Where to go for more information and how to become certified to teach infant massage

Breakout Session 3- Roundtable Discussions

Workshop 1
CYFD 101
Presenter: Nichole Garcia
Room: 9008/9010
Brief overview of CYFD and the different divisions within CYFD with a focus on child abuse/neglect signs, symptoms and reporting laws.

Workshop 2
Family Relationships
Presenter: Liz Bannowsky, Francell Nakai
Room: 9012
Relationships between the families of young children and their caregivers are at the heart of early experiences. Presenters will share practical strategies for developing meaningful and collaborative relationships between the caregivers and family.

Workshop 3
Open Forum Invitation for Professionals
Room: 9006
Join us for an open forum to discuss the future of infant/toddler professional collaboration opportunities in San Juan County. Where do we go from here? What other ways can we all collaborate to promote the best outcomes for your youngest children? How can we influence local, state and national policy?

Resources Tables
  • Parent’s Reaching Out
  • CYFD-Protective Services
  • Navajo Food Access Navigation Program
  • Northwest New Mexico First Born
  • Three Rivers Educational Foundation
  • PMS Roundtree Children’s Developmental Services
  • San Juan College Educational Programs

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