The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute is in its 13th year striving to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working with young children and families. One again, we are offering presentations by renowned national experts and a highly talented cadre of local experts. The latest research, best practices, and developmentally appropriate interventions will be shared and discussed. Presentations will include a wide range of topics including: promoting relational health and resilience in families with young children; supporting families with medically fragile infants, young children with neonatal disorders, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; and supporting mothers with perinatal depression and anxiety. Special attention will be given to supporting Alaska Native families and the use of evidence based treatments adapted for that population. There will be opportunities to learn about early childhood mental health consultation, dealing with professional secondary trauma, and maintain and deepening reflective practice.
The Child, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Conference welcomes you to our fourth conference. This year’s focus is Engagement. We have invited speakers who will present ideas and teach skills to engage and work with children and youth, while involving the other systems that impact children. We are offering presentations by national speakers, as well drawing on the expertise of Alaskan professionals. Our speakers will present cultural adaptations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to enhance our abilities to engage Alaskan Natives, techniques and skills to engage the families of youth that are diagnosed with SUD, and skills to engage transition age youth. Other presentations will include working with children and youth with challenging behaviors, the role of peers in working with parents and youth, a youth peer panel, school and provider partnerships, Motivational Interviewing skills, and the Strengthening Families model. We are excited to welcome a diverse group of speakers with a broad range of specialties. Our speakers, panelists and breakout sessions will focus on engagement of the client, family and community as an essential component of increasing our efficacy with our clients.
These conferences offer a great opportunity to learn new information and skills, reflect on the work that you do, and network with peers who are equally concerned about the importance and promotion of behavioral health. Mental health clinicians, substance abuse counselors, early interventionists, university faculty, health practitioners, child protection and juvenile justice workers, court staff, family support workers, parent educators, foster parents, and early care and learning professionals will be attending and providing us the opportunity to expand our viewpoint and broaden our thinking about this field.
The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the University of Alaska’s School of Social Work, thread, the Alaska Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership welcome you and hope that you will join us in this exciting opportunity to learn, connect with partners and support Alaska’s children and youth!