2022 Annual Conference


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Join us for the return of the North Carolina Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association’s Annual Conference entitled: Getting Back to the Three “R’s” Relationships, Reflection, and Resilience!

This two-day virtual conference will include the launch event for the North Carolina Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® (ECMH-E®) credential, across-sector panel representing multiple parts of North Carolina’s early childhood system of care discussing how infant and early childhood mental health (I/ECMH) is being prioritized  in North Carolina, as well as a keynote presentation by Dr. Eva Marie Shivers of the Indigo Cultural Center exploring how reflective and relationship based practices can address racial disparities and address implicit bias among infant and early childhood professionals.

Day 2 participants will have the option to choose 2 of 4 workshop sessions focused on relationship based practices, secondary traumatic stress, mindfulness, and supporting Spanish-speaking families of children with developmental delays. Read more about our workshops and the schedule of events below. 


Day 1: Wednesday October 26, 2022 – no cost to register for Day 1 only

1:00pm-2:30pm: North Carolina’s Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® credential launch: Learn about this credential, with a focus on  children ages 3-5, from the national organization, Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health and the North Carolina affiliate – NC Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Association (NCIMHA).

2:45pm-4:00pm: NC Early Childhood Cross Sector Panel Discussion: Hosted by NCIMHA and NC Child, this panel will focus on how Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (I/ECMH) is being prioritized in many early childhood systems of care across North Carolina.

Day 2: Thursday October 27, 2022

9:30am-9:45am: NCIMHA Welcome

9:45am-10:45am: Keynote Presentation by Dr. Eva Marie Shivers

11:00am-12:30pm: Morning Workshop Session

A: Exploring Mindfulness and Compassion with Early Child Care & Education Professionals: CHIME

B: Collaborating with Spanish-Speaking Families of Young Children with Developmental Delays 

12:30pm-1:30pm: BREAK

1:30pm-3:00pm: Afternoon Workshop Session

A: Exploring the Intersectionality of Racial Identity and Secondary Traumatic Stress within the Workplace

B: Holding Families and Struggling Through Respect, Kindness, and Boundaries

3:00pm-3:30pm: Evaluations & Closing


Cost for access to both days:

$25 NCIMHA members

$50 General Admission

$75 General Admission + NCIMHA membership for January – December 2023 (a $50 value)

Limited scholarships available, please contact us at training@NCIMHA.org to apply.

If you cannot make both days, but still want to get the latest on Culturally Responsive, Relationship Focused Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement® and all the amazing work being done with or on behalf of pregnant people, infants, toddlers, young children and those that care for them here in our state, please join us for FREE on DAY 1. Find out more and register for Day 1 only HERE


Keynote Presentation

Promoting Racial Equity and Returning to Center: Inspiring Transformative Climates for Infant and Early Childhood Professionals 

What role do we have as infant and early childhood professionals in closing racial disparities and reducing bias? The very first Diversity-Informed Tenet for Work with Infants, Children & Families is: “self-awareness leads to better services for families.” In the spirit of Tenet #1, we will come together for important conversations about racial equity and how personal, mindful transformation can translate into effective practice and transformative organizational culture. Aligning with the theme of this conference – Relationships, Reflection and Resilience – and by using Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) frameworks as an anchor, we will practice using personal interpersonal and organizational approaches in exploring IECMH research, effective professional development strategies, professional relationships, and leadership in organizations.

About Dr. Eva Marie Shivers

Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D. is the founder and executive director of Indigo Cultural Center, a non-profit action research firm located in Phoenix, AZ.  Dr. Shivers’ work at Indigo Cultural Center focuses on the developmental niche of early childhood development and education to explore the evolution of frameworks for understanding families’ culturally adaptive responses to poverty, systemic racism, and historical marginalization. Indigo Cultural Center is part of the international Healing Justice movement, and they apply liberatory consciousness principles in their Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health racial healing work around the country.

For the past nineteen years, Dr. Shivers has provided racial equity and research policy consultation to federal, state and local government agencies and administrators. Dr. Shivers and her team at Indigo are currently leading national racial equity efforts to transform the infrastructure for the professionals doing Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) work.

Eva is the proud mama of a 11 year-old son, Elijah. Their favorite things to do together are playing Jedi Warrior pretend-play, trying new recipes, and riding bikes around the neighborhood in the morning.


Certificates of Attendance will be provided by email to participants who register, participate and complete a short evaluation within one week of the conference. All sessions and workshops align with competencies for Culturally Responsive, Relationship Focused Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®.