This event is the first in a 3-part series of events sponsored by the Colorado Association of Infant Mental Health. During this first event, a panel of respected experts will convene to discuss how race matters to the work of the infant and early childhood mental health field. The panel includes 3 dynamic and influential women who advocate for infants and children.
Rosemarie Allen, EdD, Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education, Metropolitan State University, Denver, CO
Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as an educational leader for over 30 years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring ALL children have access to high quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. Rosemarie has served in directorship roles with the Colorado Department of Human Services as the Director of the Division of Early Learning and in Youth Corrections. Dr. Allen's serves as the President and CEO for the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence (IREE), which is devoted to ensuring equity in educational practices throughout the nation. In this capacity she has worked with the United States Department of Education as well as 48 State Departments of Education and numerous police departments, school districts and other organizations providing training on implicit bias, microaggressions, anti-racism and racial equity. IREE is contracted with the State of Colorado to monitor and license early childhood facilities using a model she created, Culturally Responsive Community Based Licensing.
Jennifer Bacon, JD, M.Ed, Representative, Colorado House of Representatives
As a classroom teacher, school administrator, lawyer, and parent advocate, Jennifer has committed her career to advancing opportunities through education. Whether through serving as the board chair of a parent organizing group Padres y Jovenes Unidos, facilitating “Know Your Rights” trainings for students, or training educators on civil engagement, Jennifer lives out her belief that the best decisions are those made by those most impacted. From a young age, Jennifer’s family instilled in her the belief that education is freedom, and set her on a path to earn a JD from the College of William & Mary, a Master’s in Education from Florida International University, and Bachelor’s in Business Management from Tulane University. Jennifer is proud to have been elected to the Board of Education of the Denver Public Schools in November 2017 and has recently won her November 2020 election to represent District 4 in the Colorado House of Representatives.
Lisa Sabey, President, Parents-to-Parents
Lisa Sabey is founder and President of Parents-to-Parents and a documentary filmmaker who showcases the struggles of families supporting children with mental health challenges. Parents-to-Parents is a 501c3 nonprofit which got its start with a focus on Anorexia, and then created an award-winning documentary film, Going Sane, about the mental health system (this film is available for rent on Amazon ). As a off-shoot of Going Sane, she is involved in the development of Brain Fit, a resource website, course, and toolkit for parents to teach mental/brain wellness to their infants, toddlers, and young children.
This training is designed and delivered by the Colorado Association of Infant Mental Health (CO-AIMH). CO-AIMH is a member of the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health, and licenses the Endorsement for Culturally-Sensitive Relationship Focused Practices Promoting Infant Mental Health®, as does the Alaska Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH). CO-AIMH has not designated specific competency areas for this training series however attendees could include this training to demonstrate appropriate Competencies® should they apply for Endorsement®. Please contact CO-AIMH to learn if other CEUs will be offered.
The Alaska Association of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) has listed this training for the benefit of Alaska's professionals as part of our three-year initiative Project Compass: Leading the Way to Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Workforce Development. Project Compass is funded by AK-AIMH members and donors, the Alaska Children's Trust, and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.
Membership information can be found on our website. You will also find that 2021 members have FREE access to 60 hours of on-demand, online recordings of expert lectures on a variety of infant mental health topics.
Continuing checking this AKTC catalog: Project Compass is offering more training in February-June 2021 and will also continue listing training offered by other organizations.
Registration is handled directly by CO-AIMH. To register for this event, use this link by January 15. On the registration page is an email address to submit questions for the panel (submit these questions no later than January 15).
After you register, you will receive confirmation directly from the training sponsor. If you need further information, please email CO-AIMH's training coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.