NCIMHA Conference and Annual Meeting
PROMISES TO KEEP:
CARING FOR EVERY CHILD”S MENTAL HEALTH
7:30am – 4:30pm
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Every young child deserves the nurturing relationships, positive experiences and supportive environments that provide the foundation for healthy development. Early childhood professionals and the North Carolina Infant and Young Child Mental Health Association are dedicated to ensuring this strong foundation. How are we doing in meeting these promises to North Carolina’s young children? This year’s conference will review our state’s progress toward these goals and challenge us to “next level” care. Participants will deepen their knowledge and skills, focusing on: 1) serving every child from a culturallyappropriate, trauma-informed, developmentally-appropriate perspective using a range of skills to promote development, from individual/family assessment to coordinated systems of care; and 2) caring for ourselves so we can provide the best services to all children. The keynote address and break-out sessions will address practical skills, evidence-based approaches and resources to promote social emotional development, so that every child can achieve future success
Keynote Speaker Rosemarie Allen, PhD
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Rosemarie Allen, national expert on implicit bias and culturally responsive practices, Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and President and CEO of the Institute for Racial Equity & Excellence. Dr. Allen is a nationally recognized speaker, evidenced by her highly viewed TEDxMileHigh video, “School Suspensions are an Adult Behavior.” Her talk will address the disparate number of children of color expelled and suspended from early childhood programs, and how to promote equity and access through culturally responsive teaching and consultation.
At the conclusion of this educational activity, the participant should be able to:
- Recognize mental health provider and caregiver practices which reflect implicit bias and racial inequities towards infants and young children
- Identify mental health provider and caregiver practices which promote safe spaces and resilience for young children
- Describe the role of implicit bias and racial inequities in exclusionary and harsh discipline practices for young children.