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.
Jessica Richards, MS, MSW, LCSW, Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist and Reflective Practice Facilitator II completed a specialized Dual-Masters program in Child Development and Clinical Social Work while studying at the Erikson Institute and Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. At Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, she worked with severely emotionally distressed children on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit. Jessica has provided dyadic therapy services to children birth to five in South Central Los Angeles, California, and supervised Early Intervention therapists. She has been a student and mentor of the NeuroRelational Framework Institute since 2009. Jessica was the lead therapist on the Fostering Family Partnerships court team pilot program at the Los Angeles Children's Court. She was part of the first cohort trained in Los Angeles in trauma-informed Child Parent Psychotherapy, and she specializes in the treatment of selective mutism. In her private practice, she consults and works with families using integrated, transdisciplinary approaches. Jessica's energy and passion are evident as a trainer, therapist and advocate for children and families.
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 Jessica Richards at email@example.com.