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2017 MI-AIMH Biennial Conference

May 7 - May 9

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2017 MI-AIMH Biennial Conference – 40th Anniversary

“Integrating Mindfulness and Diversity in Practice: Nurturing Authentic Relationships with Infants, Young Children, and Families.”
Featuring Keynote Presenters Michael Trout, MA; Marva Lewis, PhD and Kandace Thomas, MPP

2017 Conference Dates and Times 

Sunday, May 7th     11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Monday, May 8th    7:30 am – 7:15 pm
Tuesday, May 9th    7:30 am – 4:15 pm

*Times include check-in and special evening events – detailed agenda available in Registration Brochure below

Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites, 100 West Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI, 49007

Conference Details and Information
The Conference Registration Brochure contains all information and details related to the conference.  We strongly encourage you to download our Conference Registration Brochure (<— your GO-TO resource!) and read through it carefully.  This will be your go-to resource for information related to the conference and will be helpful to have when you are completing your registration!

The brochure includes:

  • Conference Agenda; Award Winners; Workshops and descriptions; Special events and descriptions; Conference Faculty; Lodging and hotel room block; Local transportation; Meals; Continuing Education and Training hours; Registration (Step by Step) and Payment information; Scholarships

Overflow Hotels: The Comfort Inn in Kalamazoo will be offering a group rate for the Conference ($98+ tax; Tuesday $129); 739 W Michigan Ave Kalamazoo, MI 49007 269-384-2800

Continuing Education Information
Continuing Education is offered for this conference. Participants must arrive on time and remain in the training for its entirety (including Q&A) to receive continuing education credits. Late arrivals and early departures will result in the deduction of awarded credits. You must have your license number with you to check-in.

Sunday has 3.5 credits available; Monday has 6.5 credits available; Tuesday has 5.5 credits available.

Social Workers: 15.5 Continuing Education Credits are approved for this training.

SCECHs: 5 – 15 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) are available for eligible participants; approval pending. To become eligible to receive SCECHs, full attendance and compliance with all attendance procedures are mandatory, including completion of the post-event survey.

Licensed Professional Counselors – NBCC Hours – Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No.6867.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  MI-AIMH is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Endorsement®: All sessions at this Conference count toward the specialized in-service training requirement to earn or renew Endorsement for Culturally Sensitive, Relationship-focused Practice Promoting Infant Mental Health. In-service hours are counted by clock hour. Endorsement® applicants need a minimum of 30-hours of specialized in-service training to apply for Endorsement® and a minimum of 15-hours annually to renew Endorsement®

Conference Fees

*Early Bird rates deadline is April 7, 2017. Registrations received April 8th or later are subject to the regular conference rates.

Total Conf. Sun. Mon. Tues.
MI-AIMH Members $225/$235 $105/$110 $105/$110 $105/$110
Non-Member Attendees $325/$380 $150/$160 $150/$160 $150/$160
Students (valid ID required – email to miaimh.training@gmail.com) $60 $35 $35 $35
40th Anniversary Celebratory Banquet $25
Policy Lunch  $20


Registration Information
This year, only online registration will be accepted.  Do not stress – it is quick and easy! If you have questions about conference registration or payment, please contact Laura Sheldon at (734) 785-7705, extension 7824 or email miaimh.training@gmail.com.  Download the conference booklet for step by step instructions here: 2017 Conference Brochure

Registration Tips

  • Download the 2017 Conference Brochure and read it before you start the registration process
  • Have the following information at your fingertips when starting registration:
    1. Conference selections for workshops and special events
    2. MI-AIMH membership ID – this is required in order to receive the reduced conference rate
    3. License number if you are a licensed social worker or licensed professional counselor
    4. Credit card information if you are paying via PayPal
  • Group Registrations – have all of the information needed for each individual
  • To complete your conference registration you MUST add the conference to your SHOPPING CART and CHECKOUT – if you do not enter your payment information your conference registration will NOT be complete
  • If you would like to change some of your selections (workshops, special events) after you have fully completed your registration – contact Laura Sheldon at miaimh.training@gmail.com or call (734) 785-7705, ext. 7824 – DO NOT start another conference registration – this will create a second registration for you.

NEW – The first 500 registrants will receive a complimentary copy of Michael Trout’s book, Baby Verses: The Narrative Poetry of Infants and Toddlers. Register NOW and secure your FREE book.

Last Day to Pre- Register – Friday, April 21, 2017
If you are not pre-registered, you will be considered a walk-in and will need to pay for the conference in full upon arrival.  Walk-ins are not guaranteed training materials or their preferred choice of workshops. When you register online, you will be able to choose your method of payment (check/invoice/credit card via PayPal).  All payments MUST be received prior to the conference.  If your payment has not been received, participants will be required to provide payment on-site prior to entering the conference.  It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure payment is received.

Payment Information
When you register online, you will be able to choose your method of payment (check/invoice/credit card via PayPal).  All payments MUST be received prior to the conference.  If your payment has not been received, participants will be required to provide payment on-site prior to entering the conference.  It is the responsibility of the participant to ensure payment is received.

Make checks payable to: MI-AIMH – include participant names
Mail to: MI-AIMH, Attn: Laura Sheldon, 13101 Allen Rd., Southgate, MI 48195

Cancellations/Refunds Policy: Refund of the registration fee will be granted only to those persons who cancel their registration to the conference in writing by Monday, April 24, 2017, to miaimh.training@gmail.com.

There will be a $50 cancellation/processing charge.  Those who do not appear at the conference, thereby canceling by default, will not be eligible to receive any refund.

MI-AIMH has designated funds for a limited number of scholarships to attend this conference.  The Scholarship Committee will review all applications (found in the conference registration brochure) postmarked by Friday, March 24, 2017.  Scholarships will be awarded by Monday, April 17, 2017 and a letter will be faxed/emailed to awardees and include a special coupon code to use when completing registration.  If you choose to register for the conference BEFORE you are notified about the results of your application, please choose your payment type as “check or invoice” – do NOT choose PayPal.  If you register for the conference and do not receive a scholarship, it is the responsibility of the participant to pay for conference fees.  The Scholarship Application and more information on scholarships can be found in the conference registration brochure.

Potential Sponsors

You can expect at least 600 infant mental health professionals to attend this national conference and to interact one-on-one with you!  If you are interested in being a sponsor at this event, please review our Sponsorship Prospectus and be in touch with our Sponsorship co-chair, Jennifer Jonika.


Student Posters are invited that address the multiple needs of infants, young children and their families within the context of their relationships and with a particular emphasis on those affected by poverty. Student Posters are invited that highlight the application of infant mental health principles in multiple disciplines such as social work, early childhood care and education, pediatrics, and child welfare.  Student Posters Instructions & Application.  Deadline for submission: March 20, 2017.

We would like to thank all our wnderful Sponsors for their support!

Cosponsorship of a conference by the Michigan Department of Education assumes the active participation of Department of Education staff in the planning and development of the agenda. The Michigan Department of Education is an equal opportunity provider. The conference facility must meet federal and state accessibility standards. Commercial products or services displayed or presented as a part of the conference are not considered endorsed by the Michigan Department of Education.


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Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center
100 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI, United States
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