This 4-hour course introduces you to the NeuroRelational Framework's (NRF) three clinical steps that provide an added value to any early intervention or infant mental health treatment that a practitioner already uses.
The metaphor of a tree is used to represent the function and development of the brain and the NRF's three clinical steps. The roots of the tree represent the nervous system and a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle. Next, the relational aspects are organized around seven developmental qualities of engagement that are represented by the rings of a tree trunk. The branches of the tree symbolize brain architecture and hold the capacity for collaborative and customized care. The goal is grounded roots, a thick and sturdy trunk and a dense canopy of integrated branches.
The training includes hands-on application and practice with NRF tools with ample video clips and discussion via video conferencing. These practical tools are critical in working with birth to five-year-olds and their families while also spanning the life cycle.
Christy McMurren, LCSW, IMH Specialist IMH-E® has over 35 years of experience in social work with primary concentration in the Child/Family arena. She provided social work services in the Maternity Center at Providence Alaska Medical Center, mainly in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. For the past 14 years, her work has concentrated on providing early intervention for infants/toddlers at Programs for Infants and Children (PIC). It was there that her interest in Infant Mental Health was piqued. She obtained a graduate certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts, Boston in 2012, and also earned an IMH Specialist endorsement from Alaska Association for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH) in that year. Her emphasis in clinical practice has been with infants/toddlers and their families in the child welfare system. She has worked with a transdisciplinary team (including OT, PT, SLP and early childhood Special Educators) to bring trauma-informed care to early intervention. Christy has provided Reflective Supervision/Consultation for a wide variety of professionals in the early childhood field. She has been a student of the NeuroRelational Framework Institute and mentored by Connie Lillas, NRF co-developer, since 2014. Christy's continued interest is in fostering a holistic, relationship-based approach to assessment and treatment of developmental delays in infants and toddlers.
Competencies® & Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®. This training will cover several competencies required for Endorsement®. AK-AIMH administers the Endorsement® to recognize the attainment of professional competencies in working with children 0-3. For more information about the Endorsement®, please visit our website.
Competencies that match this particular offering include:
Direct Service Skills
This 4-hour course is highly recommended as a prerequisite to the future NRF courses.
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 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.
Please contact the instructor directly to register for this course by emailing Christy McMurren at: firstname.lastname@example.org.