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2018 Explorations in Development

October 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am - October 23, 2018 @ 4:30 pm

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To add yourself to the WAITLIST please complete the short form below.  If a seat becomes available for you to attend, you will receive an email from MI-AIMH.  For questions, tmartinez@mi-aimh.org

Location CHANGE – please see details below!

2018 Conference: Explorations in Development

An Innovative Framework To Examine Culture, Power, and Privilege
When Working With, and On Behalf Of,
Diverse Young Children and Families

→ NEW Location: Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/Charles Lang Freer House, 71 East Ferry Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 – 2nd floor, Hoobler Room.

Description: This two-day training will examine the role of culture, power and privilege in seeking and  utilizing early  intervention and early childhood mental health services.  Building on the lived experience of an African American parent-professional raising a child with early sensory and mental health challenges, the family’s experience will be examined while reflecting on the challenges families of color face in a mono-cultural service delivery system.

Day 1 will focus primarily on the parent’s story, emphasizing infant mental and early intervention principles in the presenting symptoms , diagnoses and experience with the health care system.  The VISIONS, Inc. framework and tools for examining culture and power differentials in family and service delivery systems will be introduced.

Day 2 will include experiential exercised promoting use of self as a cultural being in early intervention and infant and early childhood mental health settings.  The training will conclude with the exploration of practical ways that awareness of culture and power differentials can be integrated into providing services to children with developmental and mental health challenges.

Dates: Monday, October 22 & Tuesday, October 23, 2018
*Note this is a two-day training

Times: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm; check-in time will begin at 8:30 am

→ NEW Location: Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute/Charles Lang Freer House, 71 East Ferry Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 – 2nd floor, Hoobler Room.

Parking: There are several parking options at this new location and plenty of restaurants within walking distance for lunch.  Here is a Driving Directions and Parking with parking directions and options.  There is a lot available behind the building, it is $8.00 per entry to park.  Additionally, there is free street parking, on a first come-first serve basis on Palmer and Ferry between John R and Beaubien and on John R from Hendrie to Ferry.  


Cassandra Joubert, ScD, California State University

Kristine Gose, MA, Fresno City College









Who Will Benefit: Social Workers and other Professionals working with infants, young children and families

Registration Includes: Continental breakfast and continuing education credits – Lunch is not included.

Continuing Education Information – 11.0 training hours (5.5 per day): are included with registration fees

Social Work – 11.0 Michigan SW CEU’s Pending

For those working in Early On/Early Intervention: An application for State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) will be submitted for this conference. Credit will be offered for all sessions, pending approval.

IMH Endorsement® – Will count towards the requirements for the MI-AIMH Endorsement®

Licensed Professional Counselors
 – NBCC Hours – Please note that this training does not carry NBCC clock hours.

Learning Objectives:
Day 1:
An African American Mother’s Journey Through Her Child’s Developmental and Sensory Challenges – “Losing Control: Loving A Black Child with Bipolar Disorder,” Cassandra Joubert, ScD (author)

  • Examine how sensory challenges affect an African American family in navigating the dyadic relationship, and home/school environments.
  • Identify developmental indicators of co-morbid mental health diagnoses from early childhood through adulthood.
  • Identify population differences in perceptions of mental illness, sensory challenges behavior.
  • Identify examples of modern racism and oppression in perinatal and mental health care.
  • Understand elements of effective advocacy for systems change, and elements that present challenges.
  • Learn to Identify and describe one’s self as a cultural being in the therapeutic context.

Day 2: Applying the VISIONS, Inc. Framework to Early Identification and Early Intervention For Sensory and Developmental Challenges in Diverse Populations

  • Articulate guidelines for promoting relational safety in cross-cultural interactions.
  • Give examples of barriers in “cultural navigation” at the personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels.
  • Identify key elements in the “multicultural process of change” – affective, cognitive, behavioral.
  • Explore our individual identities as members of historically included and historically excluded groups.
  • Provide strategies to support relationships across culture.

MI-AIMH Competencies:

-Cultural competence
-Infant/young child and family-centered practice
-Relationship-focused, therapeutic practice
-Psychotherapeutic and behavioral theories of change
-Observation and listening
-Building and maintaining relationships
-Professional and personal development

Registration Information:
To register, please complete the form below.

Registration Tips – You will need the following information to register:

  • Licensed Social Workers – need your license number in order to secure CEU’s
  • Contact information including cell phone #

The last day to register is October 9, 2018.

Registration Fees:

          Early Bird                           Regular Registration
Aug. 13th – Sept. 16th                 Sept. 17th – Oct. 8th
            $120.00                                         $155.00

Cancellation policy: Notice of cancellation must be submitted in writing to tmartinez@mi-aimh.org no later than 7 days prior to the event for a refund to be issued.

IMPORTANT: Agency checks should be made payable to MI-AIMH. Please indicate the names of all staff attending the training.  If names are not included on check payment, MI-AIMH cannot guarantee that the check will be attributed to the correct training or participant(s).

Mail checks to: MI-AIMH, ATTN: Tiffanie Martinez, 13101 Allen Road, Southgate, MI 48195

For registration questions, contact Tiffanie Martinez at:
tmartinez@mi-aimh.org or 734-785-7705, Ext. 7617

Hosted by: MPSI, Infant Mental Health Program at WSU; MPSI, Healthier Urban Families Outreach Program at WSU; Metro-Detroit Association for Infant Mental Health; MI-AIMH and CCRESA Early On Training & Technical Assistance



October 22, 2018 @ 9:00 am
October 23, 2018 @ 4:30 pm
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2018 Explorations in Development


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