ILAIMH 35th Annual Conference

The Multiple Lenses of Infant and Early Childhood Therapy: Integration and Applications

Kristie Brandt, CNM, MSN, DNP Keynote Speaker
November 18, 2016 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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Conference Details

Effective therapy for infants and young children must reflect a synthesis of information from all the areas of human development and an understanding of multiple environments. Dr. Brandt will review neurobiological, relational, psychodynamic, attachment, and developmental sequencing concepts in relation to human development. She will discuss the influences of intrauterine, infancy and early childhood environments on development, attachment, associations, and procedural memory. The dynamic interplay of a child’s chronological, adjusted, developmental, and functional age will be explored. Triggers within the arousal system that influence this interplay will be described. With this foundational understanding, the concept of neurobiologically respectful and trauma informed therapy will be presented both conceptually and clinically. The global idea of “Therapy” will be explored, along with age-appropriate therapeutic approaches and the reflective steps essential to conceptualizing, reflecting on, and planning therapy.

Chicago Chapter December Meeting

The Chicago chapter of ILAIMH will hold their next meeting on December 13, 2016 3:30-5:30 p.m. Join us!
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From the beginning, every child should have a family and community environment in which he or she can thrive physically, mentally and emotionally.

Benefits of ILAIMH Membership

  • The Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health (ILAIMH) Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health Credential (I/ECMH-C) is a yearlong, relationship-based, professional development process designed to deepen and strengthen the knowledge and skills of the experienced practitioner.

    Cohort 5 for the I/ECMH Credential beginning September 2016. Applications being accepted through July 1, 2016.

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The Illinois Association for Infant Mental Health (ILAIMH) is a group of professionals drawn together by a common interest in the social-emotional development of infants and their families.

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Members of ILAIMH come from a variety of disciplines including education, social work, psychology, medicine, academia, public policy, child development, physical and occupational therapy, and other allied disciplines.
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ILAIMH is a dynamic organization that works to support the healthy social and emotional development of infants, toddlers and their families. Through training, advocacy, research committees and more we are committed to making an impact.
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