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Resilience and Risk in Early Development: An Infant Mental Health ‘Back to Basics’ Series – Part I

November 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Resilience and Risk in Early Development:
An Infant Mental Health ‘Back to Basics’ Series

Part I:  Early Attachment:  The Psychological Worlds of Infants and their Caregivers

Attachment theory is foundational to the field of Infant Mental Health.  Infants rely on their caregivers to provide a secure base and a safe haven.  When things go well, infants grow, develop and thrive within safe and supportive relationships with their caregivers.  Understanding the normative development of the attachment system and common perturbations of this system provides a framework from which we can understand child and family reactions to stress and adversity.  This workshop will (re)present attachment theory – offering basic content from a new perspective. 

Date: Thursday November 19, 2020
*Part II:  Trauma & Toxic Stress:  Effects on Parenting and Early Child Development is Friday Nov. 20, 2020 – each training will have separate registration.  It is not required that you attend both trainings. Here is the link for Part II: https://mi-aimh.org/event/resilience-and-risk-in-early-development-an-infant-mental-health-back-to-basics-series-part-ii/

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm EST

Access: Training will be offered virtually via Zoom.
*Attendees must have their full name showing during the Zoom training in order to receive a certificate and/or continuing education.  Be careful to enter the attendee’s email carefully and correctly as that is where the Zoom link will be sent.

Speaker: Carolyn Dayton, PhD, LP, LMSW, IMH-E®(IV) is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Wayne State University and holds a joint appointment at the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child and Family Development where she serves as the Associate Director of the Infant Mental Health Program.  Dr. Dayton is a licensed practitioner of clinical social work and clinical psychology and is endorsed as an infant mental health mentor (Level IV; MI-AIMH) in the areas of clinical practice and research.    Dr. Dayton conducts research focused on early parenting processes with an emphasis on early parenting in urban settings.  As an Infant Mental Health Specialist, Dr. Dayton has over two decades of experience providing clinical interventions to the families of infants and young children in a wide range of settings including home-based, center-based and hospital programs.  Dr. Dayton’s program of research is fundamentally translational and transdisciplinary; it is informed by her clinical work with families and aims to identify biological and psychosocial risk and resilience factors that influence parenting processes and early child development.

Learning objectives:

1.       Participants will learn the characteristic psychosocial and behavioral ways in which infants form relationships with their caregivers;

2.       Participants will learn to apply the constructs of ‘secure base’ and ‘safe haven’ in their work with infants, young children and their families.

3.       Participants will learn to observe and assess the behaviors and reactions of very young infants when they are interacting with their caregivers.

Continuing Education Information – 3.0 training hours:

Social Work – Approved for 3.0 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.

Materials: Materials will be provided via email

Registration Fees: $45 for Non-Members, $30 for MI-AIMH members (Alliance State Members also qualify at this rate), $20 for Students, $10 for continuing education
*Students must provide valid student ID to tmartinez@mi-aimh.org. 

Registration deadline: November 16, 2020. 

Cancellation policy: Notice of cancellation must be submitted in writing no later than 4 days prior to the event for a refund to be issued.

Payment Info and Options:
1. Credit Card online via PayPal – when you register you can choose to pay at the same time through PayPal.  Note you do NOT need to have a PayPal account in order to use this process.

2. Check – Please make checks payable to MI-AIMH.  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

*You can complete your online registration and select “pay by check”, finalize your registration and then mail in your check payment.

For registration questions, contact Tiffanie Martinez at:


November 19, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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