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2021 IMH Statewide Training: Ethics, boundaries, and culture: Considerations when providing infant mental health services to very young children and their families – Part ONE

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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IMH Statewide Training

Ethics, boundaries, and culture:

Considerations when providing infant mental health services to very young children and their families – Part ONE

(Must work/practice in Michigan to attend)

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! 

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.  Case examples (from the presenters and from the participants) will be used to bring the content to life by integrating theory and practice through case presentations and small group discussions.


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: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
*Note that Part 2 of this training is scheduled for April 16, 2021 – Registration is separate – Details HERE

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. 

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define “professional ethics” and “professional boundaries” as related to therapeutic work with infants and families.
  • Explain the importance of integrating culture within our understanding of ethical and boundary issues.
  • List at least two unique perspectives related to infant mental health practice that could impact the clarity of professional boundaries.
  • List at least two ethical principles listed in the MI-AIMH code of ethics.
  • List two ways to ensure ethical practice within infant mental health work.
Key MI-AIMH Competencies: 
Ethical Practice; Self Awareness; Professional/Personal Development; Exercising Sound Judgment; Maintaining Perspective

Registration Information – 

Registration Fees: Non-Members – $50.00 |  MI-AIMH Members – $35.00 | 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  – Thursday, February 18, 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 734-785-8805, 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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