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2017 Spring Seminar Series

7 Seminars, 4 Illinois Cities: Chicago, Northbrook, Champaign and O’Fallon

We had another exceptional turn out for our annual fall conference featuring Irving B. Harris keynote speaker Dr. Kristie Brandt, who spoke about Infant & Early Childhood Therapy through Multiple Lenses. She helped increase our understanding about various trauma-informed assessment and therapeutic activities along with the reflective steps necessary in our work for helping to make a difference in a young child and family’s life.

In an effort to expand on Dr. Brandt’s presentation, this year’s Spring Seminar Series offers additional opportunities for learning about a diverse range of topics that impact young children and families.  Please join us for an enriching seminar featuring experts from around the State.

CHICAGO, IL SEMINARS

May 2, 2017
The Relationship-Based Phase Model and Early Childhood Consultation: A Parallel Process of Support
Linnet Mendz, LCPC

May 16, 2017
Women and Incarceration:  Why Should We Care?
Beth Isaacs, BSN, MPH

May 23, 2017
Developmentally Appropriate Mealtimes
Marilyn Calik, MS

June 13, 2017
Why Our Children Don’t Sit Criss-Cross  Applesauce: The Decision to Prioritize Child Engagement Over Compliance
Jesse Ilhardt, MA

NORTHBROOK, IL SEMINAR

Supporting and Empowering Homeless Families
Tajuana Rice, MPA

O’FALLON, IL SEMINAR

May 9, 2017
The Neurological Underpinnings of Misbehavior for Traumatized Children: An Attachment Perspective
Katie Heiden-Rootes, PhD

CHAMPAIGN, IL SEMINAR

June 6, 2017
Immigration and Refugees
Presenter TBA


CHICAGO (West Ridge), IL SEMINAR

JCFS, Abe and Ida Cooper Center, 6639 N Kedzie, Chicago
May 2, 2017 – 9:30–11:30 a.m.

The Relationship-Based Phase Model and Early Childhood Consultation: A Parallel Process of Support

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ilaimh-spring-seminar-relationship-based-phase-model-consultation-tickets-32714784802

Participants will deepen their understanding of the Virginia Frank Model of group and relationship development within the context of the Relationship Based Phase Model of mental health consultation. There will be a focus on the parallel process of forming and maintaining relationships with and supporting organizations in their service to young children and their families. Challenges in cultural competence/humility as well as self-care and stress reduction throughout the parallel process will be explored.

Linnet Mendez, LCPC, is a senior clinician at the Virginia Frank Child Development Center of JCFS. She has worked in the field as an educational therapist in their Therapeutic Nursery Program and as a family therapist and art therapist with groups and individuals. She has an MA in Counseling in Art Psychotherapy from the Adler School of Professional Psychology. She has provided mental health consultation to preschools and early childhood head start programs. She has co-authored a manual titled: Connections: A Relationship-Based Phase Model for early childhood professionals. She is currently the Coordinator for Connections Early Childhood Training Institute.


CHICAGO (Downtown), IL SEMINAR

Erikson Institute, 451 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago
May 16, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Women and Incarceration: Why Should We Care?

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ilaimh-spring-seminar-series-women-and-incarceration-why-should-we-care-tickets-32799722854

Women are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. prison population and many are pregnant at the time of their imprisonment. Most of these women are in prison for nonviolent offenses. The vast majority of women in prison are mothers of young children. When women go to prison, families often fall apart. Mass incarceration of women exacts huge emotional, social, and financial costs—on women, on families, and on society. This seminar will reflect on strategies to support these families directly or through advocacy and policy. Illinois Birth Justice (IBJ) was founded in 2015 to support incarcerated pregnant women and new mothers before, during, and after birth to help them build positive futures for themselves and their families.

Beth Isaacs has worked in maternal-infant health since 1980. Beth received a BS from Northwestern University and a BSN from Rush University. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator, and lactation consultant for many years. Beth earned a Master of Public Health from University of Illinois at Chicago. Beth worked as a trainer of community-based doulas. In 2015, Beth founded Illinois Birth Justice to support incarcerated pregnant women and new mothers, with the goal of applying her previous experience with community-based doulas to a particularly vulnerable population.


CHICAGO (West Ridge), IL SEMINAR

JCFS, Abe and Ida Cooper Center, 6639 N Kedzie, Chicago
May 23, 2017 – 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Developmentally Appropriate Mealtimes

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ilaimh-spring-seminar-series-developmentally-appropriate-mealtimes-tickets-32803654614

Mealtimes—whether pleasant or stressful—occupy a sizeable portion of a family’s day. This presentation will focus on the development of the early feeding relationship and the impact of family dynamics and other factors on mealtime routines. Challenging mealtime behaviors will be discussed as well as how to determine when a referral for feeding therapy should be made. The training will also provide strategies for clinicians to help parents create more optimal feeding relationships with their children.

Marilyn Calik, LCSW, is a social worker in the Developmental and Rehabilitative Services Department at La Rabida Children’s Hospital. She provides mental health services to families in the Oral-Motor and Feeding Clinic as well as outpatient clinic-based Early Intervention evaluation and treatment. She is certified in the NCAST Parent Child Interaction Feeding and Teaching Scales as well as the Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) model. Marilyn earned an MS in Child Development with Infancy Specialization from Erikson Institute and an MSW from Loyola University Chicago.


CHICAGO (Downtown), IL SEMINAR

Erikson Institute, 451 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago
June 13, 2017 – 9:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

Why Our Children Don’t Sit Criss-Cross Applesauce: The Decision to Prioritize Child Engagement Over Compliance

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ilaimh-spring-seminar-why-our-children-dont-sit-criss-cross-applesauce-tickets-32803887310

Pediatrician Vanessa Durand at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia says, “Children learn by experiencing their world using all of their senses. The restriction of movement, especially at a young age, impedes the experiential learning process.” Yet many early childhood and elementary schools have children sitting or standing at attention. This session will explore the forces that lead many schools to enforce rigid behavior expectations and restrict children’s movement and interactions, as well as the implications on children’s cognitive, physical and social-emotional development. We’ll discuss the advantages of early education practices informed by child development knowledge, the long-term benefits to children and our society, and the steps we can take to get there.

Jesse Ilhardt, MA, is the Director of Program & Evaluation at VOCEL, managing curriculum and family partnership programming. She also teaches in their classroom, fostering the professional growth of their team. Jesse has an MA in Early Childhood Education from Dominican University. She began her education career as Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher at our local Casa Central through Teach for America. She coached early childhood teachers, became Managing Director of Teacher Leadership Development, leading Teach for America’s Early Childhood Education Literacy Pilot in the city.


NORTHBROOK, IL SEMINAR

May 9, 2017: 9:30–11:30 a.m.
JCFS, Elaine Kersten Children’s Center, 255 Revere Dr, Suite 200, Northbrook
March 29, 2017 – 9:30–11:30 a.m.

Supporting and Empowering Homeless Families

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ilaimh-spring-seminar-series-supporting-and-empowering-homeless-families-tickets-32799237402

This seminar discusses the service provider’s role in working with homeless families and the impact of stresses experienced by these families. We will identify the unique needs of homeless families and strategies used to tailor services to meet their needs, while avoiding additional risk/harm. We will explore the impact of trauma on families experiencing homelessness and identify concrete strategies that can be used in a variety of community-based settings to address these families’ needs. We will also review developmentally based interventions that support homeless families.

Tajuana Rice, MPA, began her career working with young children and families as a case manager working for agencies such as Aunt Martha’s Youth Services and One Hope United. She become a program manager in various home visiting programs including One Hope United, Family Focus, and most recently a consultant with the Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership. Tajuana holds a BS in criminal justice from West Virginia State University, a Master of Public Administration from Governors State University, an Infant Mental Health Certificate from Erikson Institute and has advanced training in Domestic Violence.


O’FALLON, IL SEMINAR

Central Christian Church, 1420 Illini Dr, O’Fallon
May 9, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

The Neurological Underpinnings of Misbehavior for Traumatized Children: An Attachment Perspective

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ilaimh-spring-seminar-series-neurological-underpinnings-of-misbehavior-tickets-32799581431

The presentation will examine current research on neurology and the developing child in the context of trauma. Misbehavior of children will be re-conceptualized as a simultaneous bid for emotion co-regulation and protection from harm against a caregiver. The use of traditional behavioral approaches to parenting will be examined as potential reasons for misbehavior to increase with traumatized children due to attachment injuries. What it is to be a parent who is caring for a traumatized and insecurely attached child will be discussed and case studies examined from the speakers clinical experience as a family therapist and personal experience as a parent.

Katie Heiden-Rootes, LMFT, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Medical Family Therapy Program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Saint Louis University. She has an MA in Counseling Psychology from Bethel University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Bethel Seminary. She hold a PhD in Family Therapy from Saint Louis University. She is an approved supervisor for MFT in the state of Missouri and Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She authored several original research articles on family processes and clinical practice.


CHAMPAIGN, IL SEMINAR

Champaign Public Library, 200 West Green St, Champaign, Pavilion Rooms A & B
June 6, 2017 – 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Immigration and Refugees

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ilaimh-spring-seminar-series-immigration-and-refugees-tickets-32803788013

For more information on this seminar, please contact
Delreen Schmidt-Lenz at delreen@consolidated.net
Speaker to be announced.