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DWMHA – ECLS – Finding the Words When a Very Young Child Has Experienced Trauma

March 19 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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This training is currently FULL. 

This training will not be able to accommodate walk-ins.  If you think that you  have registered but have not received an email from Tiffanie Martinez, please reach out to tmartinez@mi-aimh.org.

Note that this training is only for those employed by a Detroit Wayne Infant Mental Health program.

Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority and MI-AIMH – Early Childhood Learning Series

Finding the Words When a Very Young Child Has Experienced Trauma

Because play is the language of children, clinicians are required to understand and “speak” the language of play.  This training will explore how infant mental health clinicians can put words to the traumatic experiences of infant and pre-verbal children. Because parents are essential in helping children gain or recover a sense of safety, it is imperative that we comprehend and contain the parent’s experience of the child’s trauma as well.  We will address ways to assist parents to see, understand, and respond to post-traumatic play.

Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Registration begins at: 8:30 AM

Location: The Guidance Center, Center For Excellence (bldg 2), 13111 Allen Rd., Southgate, MI 48195

Presenter: Danielle Nicholls, LMSW, IMH-E® and Julie Ribaudo, LMSW, IMH-E®

Learning Objectives: Participants will …

  1. Review the role of play in normative development
  2. Deepen understanding of the role of fear in shaping infant and child behavior
  3. Deepen understanding of the trauma themes seen in play
  4. Be able to articulate a range of feeling words that capture the young child’s experience when living with toxic or traumatic stress
  5. Practice ways to talk with parents and young children about childhood trauma
  6. Reflect on the impact of working with trauma on the clinician

Continuing Education Information – 5.5 training hours:

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

Key MI-AIMH Competencies addressed include:

  • Theoretical Foundations: Infant/ young child and family- centered practice
  • Theoretical Foundations: Attachment, separation, trauma, grief, and loss
  • Direct Service Skills: Responding with empathy
  • Direct Service Skills: Parent- infant/ young child relationship-based therapies and practices
  • Direct Service Skills: Safety
  • Working with Others: Building and maintaining relationships.



This training is FULL.  To add yourself to the WAITLIST please complete the form below.  Note that this training is only for those employed by a Detroit Wayne Infant Mental Health program.  After you have added yourself to the waitlist – if a seat becomes available you will be notified via email.

This training is sponsored generously by the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority (DWMHA). Therefore, training attendees need to be employed by a Detroit Wayne Infant Mental Health program and a coupon code is required to register. If you work outside of Detroit-Wayne County and are interested in the training topic, please contact Tiffanie Martinez tmartinez@mi-aimh.org, MI-AIMH Communications and Training Specialist, about the possibility of bringing this trainer to your area.

Registration deadlines: 

-Priority registration for Detroit Wayne Infant Mental Health program professionals ends March 5, 2018
-Registration will be open for other early childhood professionals within Detroit Wayne County from March 5 – 12, 2018
-Registration for everyone will close March 12, 2018

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


March 19
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