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2020 IMH Statewide Training: An In-depth Exploration of Early Development As it Unfolds in Relationships – Part Three

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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IMH Statewide Training

An In-depth Exploration of Early Development As it Unfolds in Relationships –

Part Three: Cognitive, Social & Emotional Development Birth Through Five Years

MI-AIMH’s Statewide Committee is excited to share our 2020 Training Series! This year we will be offering three days specific to development when working with Pregnant Mothers through Five Year olds. You can register for just one day, but attendance at all three days is recommended. 
This training series is for you if you work in the 0-6  field: i.e. infant and early childhood mental health therapists, early care and education, Early On, Early Head Start, HFA home visitors, foster care, pediatricians, nurses, etc. For those working towards Endorsement®, this training series is a wonderful addition to your Endorsement® Application! 

Part Three Description:
Infant cognitive and social emotional development are the developmental domains perhaps most paramount to the work of infant mental health clinicians. Our work with parent-child dyads supports children’s understanding and expression of emotions, the capacity to relate to others, and regulation of emotion.  These developmental milestones unfold as children’s cognitive abilities for attention, memory and understanding of cause and effect are progressing.  Further, children’s executive functions are cognitive skills that play a role in children’s social-emotional development. In this final part of the training we focus on cognitive and social-emotional development, including milestones, red flags and relational influences on these developmental domains.


Ann Stacks, PhD, IMH-E® is the Director of the IMH Program at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. Early in her career, Dr. Stacks conducted developmental assessments for Early On, which allowed opportunities to connect with parents by delighting with them as their child demonstrated their developmental competencies. For many years at WSU, Dr. Stacks taught the undergraduate infant development course and the graduate course on infant and toddler developmental assessment. She also conducted developmental assessments for the Wayne County Baby Court evaluation and trained a research team to assess infant development as part of a longitudinal study linking fetal brain development with development across early childhood.  Dr. Stacks’ program of research focuses on parental and non-parental caregiver capacities that underlie sensitive caregiving interactions known to support social emotional development in children birth through age three, especially in the context of family risk, including poverty, maltreatment and caregiver mental health diagnoses. Her primary interest is on caregiver (parent, foster parent, and early childhood teacher reflective functioning and how interventions can support this capacity. She is a member of the Michigan Collaborative for Infant Mental Health Research and helped with the assessment of parental reflective functioning in the IMH-HV evaluation. Most recently, she and her colleagues at Michigan State University and University of Michigan were awarded $2.4 million  to develop and test an adaptation of Mom Power for Early Head Start teachers and parents, called Hearts and Minds on Babies. Dr. Stacks work is informed by a community team science approach. She has been working closely with community partners in child welfare, infant mental health and the judicial system for the past 10 years to implement, evaluate and scale up an infant toddler court team.

Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

This training is co-sponsored by MDHHS, MI-AIMH and the IMH Statewide Committee.

Statewide meetings include important news and updates from MDHHS and MI-AIMH.

Access: This training will be offered virtually through Zoom.
*Only registered attendees that have paid the training fee will receive the Zoom link for the training.  Be careful to enter your email carefully and correctly as that is where the Zoom link will be sent.

Without the very generous and ongoing support from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services this incredible training opportunity would not be possible.

Continuing Education Information: 5.5 Clock Hours for –

Social Work – Approved for 5.5 Michigan SW CEU’s – For Michigan Only
IMH Endorsement® – Will count towards the requirements for the MI-AIMH Endorsement®
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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will demonstrate their ability to identify cognitive milestones and red flags for children birth to five.
  • Participants will demonstrate their ability to identify sensory-motor milestones and red flags for children birth to five.
  • Participants will demonstrate their ability to identify social-emotional milestones and red flags for children birth to five.
  • Participants will understand risk factors associated with cognitive, sensory-motor and social-emotional developmental trajectories.
  • Participants will understand protective factors associated with cognitive, sensory-motor and social-emotional developmental trajectories.
  • Participants will distinguish between formal and informal screening and assessments for cognitive, sensory-motor and social-emotional development
Key MI-AIMH Competencies: 
Infant/Young Child Development & Behavior
Family Relationships and Dynamics
Infant/Young Child Family Centered Practice
Attachment, Separation, Trauma, Grief & Loss
Developmental Guidance

Registration Information – 

Registration Fees: Non-Members – $65.00 |  MI-AIMH Members – $50.00 | Current Students – $20.00

Additional $10 for Social Work/Professional Counselor Continuing Education

Registration fees were reduced due to the change from an in-person event to a virtual event.

Registration Tips:

  • To receive the MI-AIMH member registration rate, you will be asked to provide your MI-AIMH membership ID when you register. Your membership ID can be found on your My MI-AIMH profile.
  • If you are NOT a current MI-AIMH member, but would like to become one and receive the reduced rate for training costs – please click here to get started: MI-AIMH membership
  • If you need continuing education as a Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Professional Counselor, you will be required to enter your license # during the registration process – have it handy.

Last Day to Register  – Wednesday, September 16, 2020 

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

Note: Agency checks should be made payable to MI-AIMH. Please indicate the names of all staff attending the training and the name of the training.

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 


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