2022 DWIHN/MI-AIMH Early Childhood Learning Series

This VIRTUAL training series is sponsored generously by the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network (DWIHN).
Therefore, training attendees need to be employed by a Detroit Wayne Infant Mental Health program.


The Early Childhood Learning Series (ECLS) training schedule will be listed on this webpage – you can come here
anytime to quickly see the schedule 


  • Each training will be listed on MI-AIMH RELATE as a separate course and live event that lists all training details, including online registration once open and available (same as previous years) – Click here for MI-AIMH RELATE: https://www.pathlms.com/mi-aimh
  • If you still need to create your User Account in MI-AIMH RELATE – take a look at this Step-By-Step Guide
  • If you do not see the DWIHN Courses on MI-AIMH RELATE – it is possible you did not add DWIHN to your MI-AIMH RELATE User Account – email Tiffanie at tmartinez@mi-aimh.org for assistance
  • Supervisors – when you have new staff – please be sure that you let them know they need to have a MI-AIMH RELATE User Account.  If they already have one, they will need to have DWIHN as one of their “groups” in their User Account
  • To find DWIHN/MI-AIMH trainings in MI-AIMH RELATE:
    1. Click on “Courses” at the top of the page in the header
    2. Click on the Course – see an example image below
  1. Follow the instructions listed on the website to register from there
  2. Once you Register for the session, in the same place should be a Join button
  3. You will also receive a confirmation email that will have a join button


Training – Laura Sheldon, lsheldon@mi-aimh.org & Tiffanie Martinez, tmartinez@mi-aimh.org
Endorsement – Joni Zieldorff, jzieldorff@mi-aimh.org

2022 DWIHN/MI-AIMH Early Childhood Learning Series Schedule


2022 DWIHN/MI-AIMH Series

Date & TimeSpeaker(s)Title & DescriptionTraining Link
9:00am - 4:00pm

Dec 3; Jan 7; Feb 4; March 4; April 8; May 6; June 3; July 8; Aug 5; Sept 9
Jan Ulrich, LMSW, IMH-E® & Karol Wilson, LMSW, IMH-E® ECLS Foundation for Culturally Sensitive Relationship-Focused Infant Mental Health Practice - Core Competency Series

This course will guide participants through relationship-based therapeutic practice through a variety of modalities, including, modeling, small group discussion, and didactic lecture
Registration is CLOSED
9:00am - 12:00pm
January 13, February 10, March 17

9:00am -11:00am April 14, 2022
Carla Barron, LMSW, PhD, IMH-E® and Karol Wilson, LMSW, IMH-E®(Supervisor Series) A Collaborative Space for Discussion & Deeper Understanding of Classic & Contemporary Themes in IECMH Reflective Supervision & Consultation

Registration is CLOSED
February 7, 28 & March 11
9:00am - 4:00pm
Carol Oleksiak, LMSW, IMH-E®; Kassandra Maple, LMSW, IMH-E® & Rebecca Wheeler, LMSW, IMH-E®An Introduction to Infant Mental Health Theory and Practice for Home Visitors

This three-day training provides Infant Mental Health home visiting professionals the opportunity to share and learn about their work through video, group discussion, and clinical observations.  Participants will consider new ways of working with infants, toddlers, and families that support parent infant relationships.  An overview of Infant Mental Health theory, attachment, strategies, assessment, and interventions will be discussed and practiced. ***This training is for those new to the IMH field and have not attended this foundational three-day intro training yet
Registration is CLOSED
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
April 5, 20; May 25 & June 15

This is a 4-part series, attendees are encouraged to attend all four parts, but not required.
Lindsey (Biggs) Lockhart, LMSW, IMH-E®Connection is Why We’re Here: A collaborative space to explore the current, and future, climate of IMH work in an ongoing pandemic

The world, and our work as IMH practitioners, is shifting. Yet, the foundation remains the same:relationships and authentic connection are the agents of change.How have your relationships been built and nurtured, when the beginnings may have not looked like you expected or hoped? Come participate in a collaborative and interactive space for IMH clinicians and supervisors to discuss, explore, and share about your experience of providing infant mental health services amidst an ongoing pandemic. We will spend time discussing together ways we’ve adapted to providing emotional support, developmental guidance, and addressing the significant grief, loss, and trauma brought on by a pandemic. We will stay connected to our roots in discussions on attachment and how we’re approaching the core IMH strategies. Participants will be invited to share successes, challenges, and concrete strategies to engage families and sustain relationships.
Registration is required for each date on the new MI-AIMH RELATE system: https://www.pathlms.com/mi-aimh/courses/40674
June 27 & 28 and July 25-26
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Attendees are expected to attend all four days of training
Faith Eidson, LMSW, IECMH-E®When Balancing Feels Like Juggling: Supporting Infants and Young Children in Foster Care Through The Lens Of Attachment

This training supports the practice of applying IMH principles and attachment theory when working with children and families involved with the child welfare system, and has been offered before in Detroit Wayne. This is a repeat of that training with some minor adaptations. Those that have attended this training in the past are welcome to sign up again as a refresher.
July 18 & 19
Petora Spratt, PT, DPT, PCS, IMH-E® (IFS)
Emily McNeil, LPC, BC-DMT, CIMI, IMH-E® (IMHM)
Joy Browne, PhD, PCNS, IMH-E

This training has been developed by: WONDERbabies : Ways Of Nurturing Development through Enhancing Relationships for medically fragile and developmentally challenged babies and their families. The FIRST Steps for BABIES© is a two-day foundational training which provides both a framework to learn about the foundations of newborn and young infant development through The FIRST Steps for BABIES© approach. This training will include an introduction to the BABIES Adaptive Behavior Inventory. Additionally, participants will learn about the progression of the caregiver-infant relationship as the infant develops using the PreSTEPS Model®. This training will cover brain development, regulation and co-regulation, relationships, reflective stance perspective and will include video case examples. This training will include an introduction to the Babies Adaptive Behavior Inventory (covered more on Day 3) and will cover how to use the Caregiver Guide.

Please note, a third virtual training day is being planned for the Winter of 2022-2023. It is expected that those who attend this training, will do their best to attend the third day. The third training will go more in depth on the: Babies Adaptive Behavior Inventory (BABI). Additional information can be found here: https://www.wonderbabies.org/babi-training/

This training is for 0-3 IMH Home Visitors who would like additional training focused on newborns and young infants who are medically fragile. HURRY! Attendance is limited to 20-25 people!
Registration is open. This training has a maximum capacity of 25 attendees! Spots are available on a first-come first-serve basis.

August 19
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Danielle Rice, LMSW, IMH-E® (IMHS); Hillary Lesniak, LMSW, IMH-E® (IMHM); Lindsey Fanning, LMSW, IMH-E® (IMHS); Yemisi Odetoyinbo, LLMSW, CDSupporting Families in Reclaiming their Peripartum Period Experience: Part 1- Birth Stories

This training will explore how birth through six professionals can support birthing people and their families to reclaim the experience of their child’s birth and how this has impacted them and their baby. There will be a particular focus on birth trauma and how to support the processing of this while holding a lens of marginalized populations and our history of medical treatment in the US.
Registration is open: https://www.pathlms.com/mi-aimh/courses/42147
September 16
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meghan Schmelzer, MSW, IECMH-E®SUPERVISORS: Cultivating a Culture of Resilience: IMH Program Supervisor Leadership Day

This training will create the space for supervisors to reflect on their collective wisdom to capitalize on current strengths, recognize opportunities for growth and define strategies to build resilience within themselves, their teams, and communities. This interactive training will support peer engagement, learning and leadership development.
Registration will be open soon
UPDATED DATE: September 28th
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Carla Barron, PhD, LMSW, IMH-E® and Beverly Weathington, LMSWEthics, boundaries, and culture: Considerations when providing infant mental health services to very young children and their families

Infant and early childhood mental health home professionals use the therapeutic relationship to promote family growth and change.  Relationship-based work, the intimacy of the home, and the presence of a very young child can, in combination, blur the boundaries between the practitioner’s professional and personal responses and can add complexity to the identification of ethical issues. Central to our work and critical to assessing and understanding ethical and boundary issues is a cultural- and diversity-informed lens. This training will integrate this lens throughout our exploration of ethics, ethical theory, and ethical decision-making within infant mental health work.This training series will include discussion of ethical theory and ethical decision-making frameworks with a focus on real-world experiences. NOTE this training was previously offered in 2021 as part of the Statewide training series.

This training will offer Ethics CEC's for social workers

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