Join us for Ghosts in the Frontera (Border): Integrating Trauma Healing and Migrant Justice During the Perinatal Period. Culminating NCIMHA’s year of diverse webinars including topics such as infant mental health consultation, systems mapping of services for children and families, and attachment in the perinatal period, we are looking forward to offer participants the opportunity to further reflect on our trauma-informed practice, our own praxis, and to do so in community.

Following this webinar, attendees will:

  • Identify the core developmental fears associated with the perinatal period and first five years of life.
  • Identify at least 2 parallels between the stages of immigration trauma and the stages of intra-psychic development that occur during the prenatal period.

The trimesters of pregnancy, like the stages of immigration trauma, are periods of immense physical and psychological disequilibrium. For pregnant people with histories of immigration trauma, these anxieties are exacerbated by xenophobic, oppressive, and violent sociopolitical conditions. In the United States, rates of preterm labor, fetal mortality, and postpartum depression are on the rise among Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) and within immigrant communities. Given these heightened risk factors and alarming realities, there is an even greater need for bilingual and bicultural providers to explore these complexities and create spaces for dyadic healing. This training will invite participants to reflect on the intersections of immigration trauma and perinatal mental health. Strategies for healing in relationship during the perinatal and postnatal period will be explored using a de-identified clinical vignette.

We will be offering simultaneous interpretation during this webinar by Cenzontle Language Justice Cooperative. 

Webinar Details:
NCIMHA members are FREE
Non-members are $15
Certificate of Attendance provided. Training meets the requirements for the Culturally Responsive, Relationship Focused Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®

Our Speaker(s):

Monica Alejandra Noriega, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco Child Trauma Research Program Dr. Noriega specializes in the assessment and treatment of complex trauma among pregnant people, infants, and young children ages 0-5 in community mental health and primary care settings. In her clinical role, Dr. Noriega offers Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Perinatal Child-Parent Psychotherapy (P-CPP), and infant mental health consultation at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Dr. Noriega also offers consultation, capacity building, and training to early childhood, BIPOC serving, and community-based social service agencies. Dr. Noriega has presented a variety of topics including racial trauma wounds, immigration trauma during the perinatal period, and parent-child separations at national organizations and conferences. Dr. Noriega also has experience as a community organizer and forensic evaluator. Dr. Noriega identifies as Chicana and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Statewide Advisory Committee on Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement®

Monthly multi-disciplinary committee meeting created to advise and assist with the implementation of Infant Mental Health Endorsement® throughout North Carolina. 

Date/Location: Every 3rd Tuesday from 10:30am-12pm via Zoom
Questions? Email Endorsement@NCIMHA.0rg for more information

Endorsement 101

Introductory session tailored towards those interested in applying for Infant Mental Health Endorsement®

Participants will  learn more about the categories of Endorsement, requirements for each category, and the process for applying for Endorsement in North Carolina. Ample time will be provided for specific questions and discussion.

Facilitator: Asata Virgo, NCIMHA Endorsement Program Manager
Date/Location: Dates vary (see upcoming dates and register here) via Zoom
Questions? Email 


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