The Infant Toddler Mental Health Coalition of Arizona
Training & Events
Baby Brains: Developmentally Sensitive Play Therapy with Infants & Young Children - This training covers key neural developmental processes and sequences that contribute to critical concepts that are applicable to play therapy techniques with young children of varying ages, diagnoses, and relational trauma. Key principles of neurodevelopment and neurobiology will be reviewed in relationship to critical clinical treatment decisions. Early childhood relational trauma affects treatment decisions, we will look through the lens of attachment theory and at the therapist's role in creating safety throughout the play therapy process. Training will include attachment-based experiential, body-sensing play therapy techniques to implement with young populations.
Play Therapy - Fun for the Whole Family - This workshop is designed to refresh therapists and expand clinician's tool kits for working with families, parent-child dyads and various types of groups. Using an attachment framework, we will learn and practice play therapy interventions that can be used from the beginning to the end of treatment. Techniques and interventions will address common to complex issues that families bring to therapy. Come ready to play!
Arizona State University's Center for Child Well-Being and the Pima Prevention Partnership have initiated a partnership with service practitioners, agency leaders, researchers, and faith leaders, to plan and implement a National Conference on Children of Incarcerated Parents, tentatively scheduled to take place over 2.5 days in Phoenix on April 23-25, 2018.
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Perinatal depression is one of the most common medical complications women experience during pregnancy and the first 12 months after delivery. It can affect up to one in seven women and if left untreated and undetected, perinatal depression can be damaging to the growth and healthy development of very young children as well as the health of the mother. Perinatal depression includes major and minor depressive disorders.
In an effort to address this condition, our Bureaus of Women's and Children's Health and Nutrition and Physical Activity and the Division of Behavioral Health have collaborated on the development of a new Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) on-line course for home visitors and WIC staff in an effort to raise awareness and increase screening for depression. The PMAD online course takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete and will be available on the Strong Families AZ website under the professional development section for home visitors and available on the TRAIN LMS system site for WIC staff.
This online course covers the signs, symptoms and screening tools for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In addition home visitors will learn about medical risks, social stressors and high-stress parenting situations that can be contributing factors to developing PMAD. The training includes instructions on how to screen for perinatal depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), Patient Health Questionnaire-2 (PHQ-2) and the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ-9) and offers detailed information on best practices for support, client education and referral in both emergency and non-emergency situations.
Special thanks to the members of the PMAD Course Development Team who spent many hours developing and reviewing the course including Linda Yee, Dr.Trupti K. Patel, Karen Stewart, Sara Rumann, Emily Davis and the WIC Team, community partners Gabriela Arriaga, Pima County Health Department and Kathy Ward, Yuma County Public Health Services District and the subject matter expert Lucia Ciciolla, Arizona State University. The course was built by Cine Learning Productions, under the direction of Tom Calpin.
This is a new, exciting 13 credit, college level, Infant and Family Studies certificate program that is based on the MI-AIMH (NM-AIMH) Competencies® and offered in colleges in New Mexico. Pamela Segel, EdS, IMH-E (IV) is the instructor. It is a beautiful illustration of how to integrate relationship-based work into a child and family program. Click here to check out the video describing the courses.