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2021 IMH Statewide Training: Challenging families or challenging situations? How perceptions impact engagement

August 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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IMH Statewide Training

Challenging families or challenging situations?

How perceptions impact engagement


This training series is for you if you work in Michigan 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! 

This workshop will build upon ideas presented in the two previous workshops related to ethical practice and the importance of self -awareness and reflection in relationship based work.  We will focus on supporting families with infants and young children who are faced with the challenges of  substance use disorder, court mandated treatment, mental illness and teen parenting. We will examine the importance of promoting engagement through the professional’s ongoing examination of their own unconscious bias, judgements and beliefs and by acknowledging the dilemmas that may come about in working with families in challenging situations.
*Note, you do not need to have attended the previous IMH Statewide trainings to attend and participate in this training


Carla Barron, PhD, LMSW, IMH-E®, is the Clinical Coordinator for the Infant Mental Health Program and Assistant Research Professor at the Merrill-Palmer Skillman Institute/Wayne State University.  She facilitates a graduate level IMH seminar, engages in research, and provides community trainings on a variety of topics related to professional wellness, early infant development, home visiting, and reflective supervision/consultation.  She provides reflective supervision/consultation to Infant Mental Health staff around the state.  For over 15 years, she worked as an infant mental health specialist providing home-based IMH treatment to infants, toddlers, and their families in the areas of child welfare, early childhood education and mental health.  Carla received her doctorate in Social Work from Wayne State University and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor – Clinical by the Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health. 

Beverly Weathington, LMSW
 is the Community Engagement Coordinator at The Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute of Wayne State University.  Through her work with the Healthier Urban Families Program, she is committed to providing education and research opportunities to vulnerable urban families and the professionals who serve them. She is passionate about providing information that addresses the challenges of at- risk families while valuing their strength and resiliency.



Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 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.
* Be careful to enter your email carefully and correctly as that is where the Zoom link will be sent as well as your certificate. Certificates will be sent within two weeks ONLY to those that have paid for the training by that time.

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: 5.0 Clock Hours for –

Social Work – Approved for 5.0 Michigan SW CEU’s – These will be Ethics Specific CE – 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.

Attendance: Attendees must have their full name (first and name) showing during the Zoom meeting.  This is how attendance is taken.  If your full name is not showing, you will not receive a certificate of attendance or for continuing education.  Additionally, for those needing continuing education credits, your video must be on for the majority of the training.  Participants may mute for a short amount of time, but if you need your video off for a longer period of time, you will need to be in touch with MI-AIMH via the chat feature in Zoom. 

Learning Objectives:

  • 1) Learn ways to reframe challenging behaviors to allow for a relationship that is focused on a family’s strengths and move away from a deficit model.

    2) Identify how their perceptions of challenging behaviors could create barriers in their work with young children and families.

    3) Identify the role of bias, perceptions, and expectations in engaging families in therapeutic, relationship-based work.

    4) Learn how the presence of a very young child creates a sense of urgency in relationship-based work.

    5) Explore strategies that will promote engagement in relationship-based work that is aimed at the social-emotional development of young children.

    6) Explore strategies that will promote more person-centered approaches when working with families who are faced with challenging circumstances.

Key MI-AIMH Competencies: 
Coming soon

Registration Information – 

Registration Fees: Non-Members – $50.00 |  MI-AIMH/Alliance Members – $35.00 | Current Students – $20.00

Additional $10 for Social Work/Professional Counselor Continuing Education

NOTE – Certificates will only be sent once your payment has been received.

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  – August 20, 2021 

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

Payments – 

  • You may select to pay by Check or Credit Card
  • Selecting Credit Card will allow you to pay via PayPal as a guest – you DO NOT need to have a PayPal account to continue.
  • If you select Check:
    • Checks need to be made payable to MI-AIMH and mailed to MI-AIMH, ATTN: Tiffanie Martinez, 13101 Allen Road, Southgate, MI 48195
    • Checks need to include the name(s) of all staff attending the training AND the name of the training.  This is so we can accurately connect the payment to the registrant(s) 
    • If you have changed your mind and would now like to pay by credit/debit card – please call Teri at 734-785-7705, ext. 7194

Certificates will ONLY be sent to those registrants that have paid for their training.  

For registration questions, contact Tiffanie Martinez at: tmartinez@mi-aimh.org 


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