Delivering IECMH Services in Partnership with Caregivers in Recovery

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Wednesdays 11 am - 1 pm AKDT
Day 1:
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Day 2:
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Day 3:
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Video Conferencing
Cost Range
$75.00 to $90.00 (depending on options)
The price for current 2021 AK-AIMH members is $75. Nonmembers pay an additional $15 for a total of $90.

Host And Instructor

Alaska Association of Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (AK-AIMH)
Deborah Harris, MSW, LISW, IMH®Mentor and Jane Clarke, PhD, IMH®Mentor
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Contact Hours: 6.00
C.E. Credit for AK-AIMH Endorsement: 6.00
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.


This training contributes to the following certifications:
Alaska Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement (AK-AIMH)
  • Theoretical Foundations - Relationship-focused, therapeutic practice
  • Theoretical Foundations - Family relationships & dynamics
  • Theoretical Foundations - Mental & behavioral disorders in adults
  • Direct Service Skills - Intervention/treatment planning
  • Working With Others - Building & maintaining relationships
  • Working With Others - Collaborating

Training Overview Description

This three-part course will provide the participants with a framework to think about the caregiver-child relationship in the context of developmental, interactive, and mental health considerations for each partner in the dyad (or triad).

This course will address the adverse effects of substance use disorders on parenting and offer examples of how to support the caregiver-child relationship. Traditional substance abuse treatments focus on parents’ substance use, rather than on improving parent–child interactions. A more holistic approach that includes addressing the impact of substance use and trauma on parents’ mental health, the early parent-child relationship, and child development will be introduced.


Introduce participants to foundational and key elements of infant and early childhood mental health practice and the intersectionality of working with caregivers in treatment and recovery from substance use. It is hoped that this training series will be an opportunity to bring practitioners from these two areas of focus together in order to improve services for families.


  1. Participants will learn about neurological mechanisms of addiction and the impact on parenting.
  2. Participants will learn about a tool to observe interactive patterns between young children and caregivers.
  3. Participants will learn about foundational reflective capacities necessary for providers in supporting reflective functioning in themselves and in caregivers.

Instructor Bios:

Deborah Harris and Jane Clarke, both founding members of the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health, have worked together for over a decade developing approaches in IECMH that integrate developmental and mental health interventions. They developed and directed the first New Mexico Infant Mental Health Teams, serving over 12 judicial districts around the state. Harris and Clarke also created the Infant Mental Health Theory to Practice courses taught at both Southwestern College and at the University of New Mexico. They were instrumental in creating the New Mexico Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Community of practice including advanced courses in theory to practice and leadership development.

Competencies® & Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-Focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health®

This training will cover several competencies required for Endorsement®, specifically Theoretical Foundations, Systems Expertise, Direct Service Skills, and Working with Others. 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

Event-specific Details

This event is organized by AK-AIMH's new initiative, Project Compass: Leading the Way in Infant & Early Childhood Workforce Development in Alaska. Funding for this project is provided by the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the Alaska Children's Trust, and by AK-AIMH members and donors.

Registration Information

Starting April 24 anyone is welcome to register. Registration closes on May 7, 2021. Deadline to cancel for a full refund is May 5, 2021.

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