Special Events

The special events for Sunday and Monday are detailed below.  The events are open to conference attendees; registration is required and some have additional fees.

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Sunday Events

Monday Events



Sunday, May 5th

President’s Reception and Celebratory Banquet
6:00 – 7:00 pm · Conference Center Atrium
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres with a cash bar and live music while you greet old friends and meet new ones.  Attendees do not need to register for this event.

Celebratory Awards Banquet

7:00 pm · Roy E. Wilbanks Ballroom

Following the President’s Reception, there will be a celebratory dinner.  We invite you to enjoy dinner, music, and dessert with special invited guests and colleagues. Additionally, we will be honoring the recipient of the Betty Tableman Award.

NEW – Join us for the official launch of Michael Trout’s final book, “This Hallowed Ground: Four Decades in Infant Mental Health”.  Michael Trout has gifted MI-AIMH with rights, in perpetuity, to the audiobook version of his final book.  Mr. Trout is in recording sessions this winter, and it appears our Association will have the book ready for sale by spring.    Mr. Trout will join us for a few remarks, and a reading from this landmark text on clinical practice in our beloved field.

There will be a nominal fee of $30 to attend this event that will include a plated dinner.

Please be sure to indicate that you would like to attend when registering for the Conference. You will be able to add the Banquet to your registration and select your meal.  Additional guest tickets (non-conference attendees) are an additional $50 fee, which you can add to your registration.  If you decide to bring a guest after you’ve completed registration, please contact MI-AIMH directly at miaimh.training@gmail.com with the number of additional guest tickets you’d like to purchase.

Monday, May 6th

Each Monday event requires pre-registration, available during the conference registration process.  Take time to read through each event description below, some events have an additional cost.  All events will take place at the conference center and do not require traveling to a different building or location.

These additional events provide multiple opportunities for networking, learning and fun.  We hope to see you!

Policy Luncheon

1:00 – 2:00 pm · Elizabeth Ann Ballroom

Immigration Advocacy -What You Need to Know and
What You Can Do To Help

Panelists – Panelists’ Bio’s:

  • Moderated by Alicia Guevera-Warren, Kids Count Project Director, Michigan League for Public Policy
  • Deborah Drennan; CEO Freedom House Detroit 
  • Susan Reed Managing Attorney with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center 
  • MI State Rep Abdullah Hammoud; Serving District 15 Dearborn in the MI State House of Representatives 
  • Nicole Brown; Mayor pro-tem Ypsilanti

The luncheon is to give “voice” to the issues surrounding immigration in Southeastern Michigan. The concerns facing both documented and undocumented families; especially those with young children are surmounting and affects the most vulnerable. Our hope is to continue the dialogue in a multi-faceted approach regarding the effects of trauma as it relates to immigration, knowing immigrants’ rights and ways to advocate, giving attendees tangible action steps to take with them. We will support participation from different levels; grassroots, legal and legislative so that our audience will have different methods to choose from in response.

The Policy Luncheon will be open to all conference participants. There is a nominal fee of $25,  for those choosing to register to attend this lunch. The charge includes an additional 1.0 CEU and a boxed lunch.  Due to capacity, the first 150 registered attendees will be able to participate. You will be able to add the policy luncheon to your conference registration.

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NextGen Networking Event ~ Connecting through Chapters!

 4:15 to 6:00 pm ·  Eagle Crest Atrium

Join us for great food, good company, chapter trivia, prizes and more!

This year’s Next Gen event will have many opportunities for you and your colleagues to connect and network with a diverse group of professionals including, but not limited to, MI-AIMH chapter members, new practitioners and leaders in the field.

This year we will focus on highlighting just some of the wonderful work done across Michigan through the MI-AIMH chapters. Join us as we gather with colleagues, friends, and new connections to play a fun game of MI-AIMH chapter trivia!

Drawings will be held for prizes at the end of the event! Next Gen attendees who have been in the field of IMH for less than 5-years will receive two drawing entry tickets; all other attendees will receive one drawing entry ticket. While you’re networking, don’t forget to enjoy the light appetizers and cash bar!

There is no additional cost to attend the NextGen event, however registration is required.  You will be able to add this special event while you are registering for the conference.

Interested in Getting Connected Before the Conference?!

Consider Reaching out to Your Local MI-AIMH Chapter Leaders.

 Chapter Chapter Rep/President Rep/leader E-mail
SouthWest Rhonda Morgan Rhonda@infantmassage.institute
West MI Ruth DeRuiter Ruthd01@sbcglobal.net
Jackson Hillsdale Andrea Bricker abricker@integroservices.net
Washtenaw Alyssa Okey

Danielle Nichols



UP Melissa Copenhaver littleonesoftheup@hotmail.com
Metro Detroit Evon Foster efoster@neguidance.org
Northwest Emily Kohler

Tricia Denton



CANEY Misty Lauchie

Sheila Henderson



Mid-MIchigan Molly Minnick

Stacey Graham

mminnick@gihn-mi.org; mminnick2009@gmail.com


Genesee Karen Phillips klelphillips@gmail.com


Take a look at all the amazing benefits of connecting with your local chapter at the conference and beyond!

Each active chapter in Michigan offers unique benefits based on the respective chapters leadership, foundation and structure. Here are just some examples of how you may benefit from being connected to your local chapter!

    • Provides a community for professionals to feel connected to others working with Infants, toddlers and their families. Opportunity for networking within communities, professions, across the state and nation.
    • Connects members to local mentors and other professionals who can provide support, training and reflective supervision.
    • Allows members to connect and build leadership skills through chapter leadership opportunities, volunteer opportunities, mentorships, political advocacy and ambassadorship.
    • Links members from a diversity of professional settings, experience levels, backgrounds and communities.
  • Gives professionals access to a local professional “home” where they can receive training, resources and stay up to date on the latest research and development in Infant Mental Health and Social-Emotional Development.
  • Locally supports the growth of a competent workforce and policy supporting the optimum development of infants, toddlers and families.



Melissa Kaplan-Estrin Student Poster Session

4:45 – 6:00 pm · Conference Center Atrium

You will have the opportunity to browse the student posters and converse with new researchers studying infants, toddlers and families and examine their project outcomes. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to connect with the “next generation” of leaders in the field. Light appetizers and cash bar will be available.  We hope you will join us for a fun way to connect with our student researchers and colleagues in the field!

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MI-AIMH Goes to the Movies – Philomena

7:15 pm · Auditorium 2

NEW this year – Attendees will receive 1.0 continuing education credit for the in-depth discussion!

Running Time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Movie description: “Philomena”, a movie in which an Irish teenage became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby was a toddler the nuns took the child away from her and put him up for adoption in the United States. For the next 50 years the mother searched tirelessly for her son. When a former BBC corresponded learns of the story, he becomes her ally. They then travel together to find her son and come unexpectedly close in the process. After the session Dr. Schafer will facilitate a conversation about the movie subject matter and how IMH theory, practice and principals are intertwined. Attendees will also identify and describe their thoughts and feelings as they are brought up by the movie.  Plan for a discussion moderated by Dr. William Schafer to take place.

There is no additional cost to attend Movie Night, however registration is required.  You will be able to add Movie Night to your conference registration.

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