Infant Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Faculty Institute

CSWE will provide educators with opportunities for learning, networking, and collaboration through the Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Faculty Institute. Facilitators will highlight the importance of IECMH integration in the classroom and unveil the IECMH Curricular Guide, a new resource that was developed to address a significant gap in the preparation of social workers. Join us for this event to consider ways that social work practice and curriculum can be enhanced by IECMH-related content. 

ASL interpretation provided by FIA Interpreting. Interpreters: Lucy Sugiyama and Richard Brumberg


Infant Early Childhood Mental Health Faculty Institute

           April 7, 2022, 3:00 PM-4:30 PM EDT   

Welcome
Mumbi Mwaura- CSWE
Linda Gilkerson- Erikson Institute
Phyllis Glink- Irving Harris Foundation

Voices from the Field
Emma Peck- Wayne State University   
Stefanie Hill- Starfish Family Services   
Shannon Jackson- The College of St. Scholastica   

Importance of IECMH to the Social Work Field
Brenda Jones-Harden- University of Maryland

Reflections on IECMH (video)
Janet Shapiro- Bryn Mawr College

Introduction of Competency Chairs and Curricular Guide
Linda Gilkerson- Erikson Institute


           Breakout Groups-Session #1:

Specialized Practice in IECMH
Linda Gilkerson- Erikson Institute
Ann Stacks- Wayne State University
     
Course in IECMH
Mickey Sperlich- University at Buffalo                
Mary Ann Marchel- The College of St. Scholastica    
Ruth Paris- Boston University

Adding IECMH Content into Social Work Courses
Marva Lewis- Tulane University
Julie Ribaudo- University of Michigan    
                               
IECMH Field Education  
Carla Barron- Wayne State University


Voices from the Field
Aidan Bohlander- ZERO TO THREE                      
Jennifer McNally- Community Mental Health for Central Michigan      


        Breakout Groups-Session #2:

Specialized Practice in IECMH
Linda Gilkerson- Erikson Institute
Ann Stacks- Wayne State University
     
Course in IECMH
Mickey Sperlich- University at Buffalo                
Mary Ann Marchel- The College of St. Scholastica    
Ruth Paris- Boston University

Adding IECMH Content into Social Work Courses
Marva Lewis- Tulane University
Julie Ribaudo- University of Michigan    
                               
IECMH Field Education  
Carla Barron- Wayne State University       


Voices from the Field      
Karol Wilson- Retired Consultant          
Hannah Schottenfels- Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

Resources in IECMH
Candace Winkler- ZERO TO THREE
Ashley McCormick- Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health  

Voice from the Field
Nucha Isarowong- University of Washington

Future of IECMH Curricular Guide
Mumbi Mwaura- CSWE
Linda Gilkerson- Erikson Institute

Linda Gilkerson

Specialized Practice in IECMH

Erikson Institute

Linda Gilkerson, Ph.D., LSW, is a professor at Erikson Institute where she directs the graduate training programs in infancy and infant mental health. She led the development of the Infant and Early Childhood Concentration in Erikson’s Master’s in Social Work program.  She founded Erikson’s first clinical initiative, Fussy Baby Network, a home visiting program for parents of infants under one year. Dr. Gilkerson is the developer of the FAN (Facilitating Attuned Interactions), an approach that is used widely in home visitation, early intervention, early childhood mental health consultation, physician training, early childhood court teams, and mental health settings to facilitate parent engagement and reflective practice. She is developing training and service models for interprofessional trauma-informed early intervention.  Her research and publications focus on relationship-based approaches and reflective supervision in a range of settings. She was a long-time board member of Zero to Three and lead or served on many early childhood task forces in Illinois. 

Phyllis Glink

Irving Harris Foundation

Phyllis Glink is the Executive Director of the Irving Harris Foundation. In her over two decades with the Foundation she has led, developed and implemented its grantmaking and field leadership work in the areas of early childhood development, infant and early childhood mental health, reproductive health and justice, Jewish values, and social justice. Phyllis works closely with the Foundation’s partners in the non-profit, advocacy, philanthropy, and government communities to leverage shared investment and maximize the impact of Foundation grants in Illinois, across the country and in Israel. Phyllis holds many leadership roles including serving as co-chair of the Governor’s Early Learning Council, the Illinois Commission on Equitable Funding for Early Childhood Education and Care, the Early Relational Health and Membership Committees for the Early Childhood Funders’ Collaborative, and co-chairs BUILD’s Advisory Board which she helped found. Glink served on transition teams for the Lightfoot, Pritzker, Rauner and Obama administrations.

Brenda Jones Harden

The Importance of IECMH to the Social Work Field

University of Maryland

Brenda Jones Harden is the Alison Richman Professor for Children and Families, at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Her research examines the development and mental health of young children experiencing adversity, particularly maltreatment, foster care, or other forms of trauma. She focuses on preventing maladaptive developmental outcomes through early childhood programs, on which she has conducted numerous evaluations. The goal of her research is to improve the quality and effectiveness of child and family services and to inform child and family policy, especially in the areas of home visiting, infant/early childhood mental health, and child welfare. She is currently the President of the Board at Zero to Three. She received a PhD in developmental and clinical psychology from Yale University and a Master’s in Social Work from New York University.

Janet Shapiro

Reflections on IECMH

Bryn Mawr College

Carla Barron

IECMH Field Education

Wayne State University

Carla Barron, PhD, LMSW, IMH-E, is the Clinical Coordinator and Assistant Research Professor for the Infant Mental Health Program at Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute at Wayne State University. Dr. Barron facilitates a graduate-level infant mental health seminar, engages in community-based research, and provides professional development trainings on a variety of topics including reflective supervision/consultation and home visiting ethics and boundaries. She facilitates reflective supervision/consultation with infant and early childhood professionals across Michigan and nationally. She 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.

Marva Lewis

Adding IECMH Content into Social Work Courses

Tulane University

Marva L. Lewis, PhD, IMH-E® Infant Mental Health Mentor holds a PhD in Psychology with an Associate Professor at Tulane University School of Social Work and adjunct professor Fielding University Infant & Early Childhood Graduate program. She conducts grant funded research on nurturing cultural child routines centered on the hair combing interaction. Her book (2021) Therapeutic cultural routines to build  family relationships. Talk, touch, and listen while combing hairⓒ,  describes strengths-based, culturally valid, community-based interventions for families; and relationship-based, psychosocial measures and tools for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health service providers. She works as a national consultant and trainer on issues of implicit bias, historical trauma of slavery, and workforce contributions to racial disparities in the child welfare system. She currently serves on national groups including Zero to Three Safe Baby Court Teams, the Council on Social Work Education, and the Anti-racist work group for Infant Mental Health. 

Mary Ann Marchel

Course in IECMH

The College of St. Scholastica

Mary Ann Marchel, currently serves as an professor in the Masters of Social Work Program at the College of Scholastica where she teaches research and infant and early childhood mental health courses.  She is an endorsed infant mental health mentor and a LICSW. Additionally, she works as an infant mental health consultant serves as a mental health consultant providing reflective supervision to public health nurses and early childhood teachers. She received her Ph. D. in 1996 from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and her MSW from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2013. Prior to her doctoral work, Dr. Marchel taught for 10 years in rural and urban settings with children ages birth to eight years with disabilities. She holds Level IV endorsement as an infant and early childhood mental health specialist.   Her research interests include the exploration and application of attachment theory-based approaches to intervention in behavioral health, reflective supervision for social work professionals, and fostering children’s mental health in community based settings for young children and their families. Dr. Marchel completed the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate Program (2007-09) offered through the University of Minnesota.  She is currently studying and implementing coding and assessment using the Parental Embodiment Mentalization Assessment (Shai & Spencer, 2019) county-based parent reunification cases.  She is certified in the Newborn Brazelton Observation System (NBOS); the Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST); the Circle of Security-Parenting DVD, and trained in the administration and scoring of the Adult Attachment Interview.  In addition, Dr. Marchel is a certified Infant Massage Instructor. She is passionate about global service learning and serves as a mental health consultant with the Roving Care Programme in the Caribbean, the island nation of Dominica.

Ruth Paris

Course in IECMH

Boston University

Ruth Paris, PhD, LICSW is an Associate Professor of Clinical Practice at Boston University School of Social Work and Associate Director for Research at the BU Institute for Early Childhood Well-Being. Her teaching, scholarship, and clinical work focus on attachment-based interventions for families with young children. Dr. Paris' work is driven by her desire to develop effective and accessible interventions that are feasible in community settings, culturally responsive, benefit families with young children and make substantive sense in the field. Her research uses both quantitative and qualitative methods to develop knowledge about diverse family relationships and to successfully measure the impact and implementation of interventions. With funding from SAMHSA, DOD, NIH, HRSA and foundations, she has developed and evaluated interventions for varied populations living in high adversity. These include mothers with substance use disorders and their children, traumatized immigrant/refugee mothers and young children, women with postpartum depression and their infants, and military families. Dr. Paris' current and recently completed research includes leading the mixed methods evaluations of interventions targeting young children affected by trauma and parental substance misuse.  She recently completed the evaluation of the SAMHSA-funded Project BRIGHT III, which provides a trauma-based and evidence-informed intervention to children birth to six and their parents affected by substance use and opioid use disorders (SUD, OUD) within addictions treatment programs. Dr. Paris is also testing a pragmatic randomized controlled trial of a home-based version of the BRIGHT intervention with funding from HRSA.

Julie Ribaudo

Adding IECMH Content into Social Work Courses

University of Michigan

Julie Ribaudo, PhD(c), LMSW, IMH-E is a Clinical Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan and a doctoral candidate at Wayne State University. An endorsed Infant Mental Health Mentor with 35 years of experience with families with infants and young children, she also provides clinical and reflective supervision to a wide range of individuals and groups across the United States. Her research is focused on the prevention of the intergenerational transmission of trauma and her teaching includes weaving IECMH into all course content.

Mickey Sperlich

Course in IECMH

University at Buffalo

Ann M. Stacks

Specialized Practice in IECMH

Wayne State University

Ann M. Stacks, LMFT, PhD, IMH-E® is the director of the Infant Mental Health Program at Wayne State University’s Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute. Her research focuses on dimensions of caregiving that support social–emotional development in early childhood. She is particularly interested in the protective role that caregiver reflective functioning and sensitivity play in supporting children’s social–emotional competencies and in understanding effective ways to promote caregiver reflective functioning.

Ashley McCormick

Resources in IECMH

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

Ashley McCormick, LMSW, IECMH-E® is the Endorsement and Communications Director for the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health. The Alliance is a global organization that partners with associations for infant mental health (AIMHs) so that AIMHs can support, grow, diversify, and advocate for their local infant and early childhood mental health-informed workforce. Ms. McCormick is dedicated to promoting workforce development standards for all professionals who work with or on behalf of pregnant people, infants, young children, and families through direct partnership with AIMHs. Ms. McCormick’s training includes a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development from Central Michigan University, a Master’s of Social Work from the University of Michigan, and a Financial Success for Nonprofits Certificate from Cornell University. After her graduate studies, Ms. McCormick provided relationship-focused therapy to 0 – 6 year olds and their caregivers using the Infant Mental Health Home Visiting model in Detroit-Wayne County.

Candace Winkler

Resources in IECMH

Zero to Three

As Chief Development and Strategy Officer, Candace Winkler provides strategic vision and collaborative leadership to plan and execute ZERO TO THREE’s fund development program, meet philanthropic and public revenue goals, and create sustainable and reliable development income that supports the entire organization. Candace is a passionate and innovative leader who has spent over 25 years advocating on behalf of women and young children. She began her career with Alaska’s Child Care Resource and Referral Network, where she spearheaded a major reorganization of three nonprofits into one statewide network. Candace previously held President and CEO positions with the Alaska Community Foundation, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, and the Berkshire United Way in Massachusetts before joining ZERO TO THREE. Candace holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Vanderbilt University, and she received her Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work degrees from Columbia University.

Aidan Bohlander

Voices from the Field

ZERO TO THREE

Aidan Bohlander, PhD, LICSW, is the Manager, Outreach & Product for the National Infant-Toddler Court Program (ITCP) at ZERO TO THREE. Dr. Bohlander has also been a practicing clinician in a variety of settings for over a decade, partnering with parents to understand the behavior and development of their young children to support infant and early childhood mental health. Immediately prior to joining the National Infant-Toddler Court Program Dr. Bohlander was a member of the professional development and workforce innovations team at ZERO TO THREE leading the development of the Growing Brain curriculum and providing professional development opportunities nationally and internationally on topics related to infant and early childhood mental health.

Stefanie Hill

Voices from the Field

Starfish Family Services

Nucha Isarowong

Voices from the Field

University of Washington

Nucha Isarowong, PhD, LCSW, is Director of the Advanced Clinical Training (ACT) Program at the Barnard Center for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at the University of Washington. In this current role, he works to diversify and expand the infant and early childhood mental health clinical workforce in the state of Washington by centering relationships and principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in program administration, curriculum, and delivery. He engages in efforts towards systems change by influencing multi-level systems integration of diversity-informed practice principles in the IECMH field broadly, and with specific attention to father engagement and (dis)Ability. Nucha is a ZERO TO THREE Fellow (2012-2013) and a member of the Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows Coordinating Committee. He also serves as a national workshop facilitator and member of the Executive Committee of the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families (Tenets) Initiative.

Shannon Jackson

Voices from the Field

The College of St. Scholastica

I am an upcoming graduate from the MSW program at The College of St. Scholastica. For the past eight years, I have worked in a treatment program that serves people with substance use disorders. After graduation, my plan is to continue this work on a clinical level.

Jennifer McNally

Voices from the Field

Community Mental Health for Central Michigan (CMHCM)

Jennifer McNally, MA, LPC, MBA, CMHP, QIDP, QMHP, CAADC, IMHS is the Program Director at Community Mental Health for Central Michigan (CMHCM) in Isabella County. Jennifer has worked at CMHCM since January 2007 providing Home-Based/Infant Mental Health services, crisis services, and Supervision for Case Management/Home-Based, prior to moving into the Program Director role in 2018. Jennifer is the Subject Matter Expert for IMH and Baby Court Services at CMHCM. Jennifer has a Bachelor in Science Degree with a major in Psychology and minor in Human Development from Central Michigan University. Jennifer has a Master's in Arts in Professional Counseling also from Central Michigan University. Jennifer is the chair of the Statewide Training Committee for IMH, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for statewide Baby Court Training.

Emma Peck

Voices from the Field

Wayne State University

Hello! My name is Emma and I am an advanced year MSW student also enrolled in the IMH dual-title program. I have recently accepted a job post graduation at a trauma based practice where I will be a psychotherapist. Currently I am interning at Starfish Family Services conducting home based therapy for families.

Hannah Schottenfels

Voices from the Field

Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health

Hannah Schottenfels recently joined the team at the Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health as the Leadership Cohort Coordinator. In this role she is able to offer support to people going through the IECMH endorsement process nationally. Her IMH roots started in community mental health in Detroit, MI. She worked for over 6 years as a home-based early childhood mental health therapist. During her time in CMH she also worked with early childhood educational centers focusing on the promotion of social-emotional development. Her passion for connecting with others interested in and doing IECMH work comes from her own felt experience of being supported and impacted by this field. She hopes to be a part of a community that provides space for folks to practice holding in mind babies, families, communities and themselves. A few things she enjoys to help her maintain her capacity for IECMH work, are spending time in nature, antiquing and leaning to play instruments.

Karol Wilson

Voices from the Field

Retired Consultant

Karol Wilson, LMSW, IMH-E®, was one of the Program Supervisors for the Partnering With Parents program at Starfish Family Services until she retired in June 2021. Karol has been a part of the infant mental health field for more than 25 years as a home visitor, mentor, program supervisor, trainer, and individual and group reflective supervisor/consultant. Karol has co-author of 3 published articles and recently authored a chapter in a recently published book: Therapeutic Cultural Routines to Build Family Relationships  (Talk, Touch and Listen While Combing Hair), edited by Deborah Weatherston and Marva Lewis. Karol now works part time as a Reflective Consultant and continues to provide trainings and individual reflective supervision. She takes pride in being one of the first Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health (MI-AIMH) Diversity Fellows and is the first African American to achieve endorsement by MI-AIMH as an Infant Mental Health Mentor (Clinical).

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Infant Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) Faculty Institute
04/07/2022 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes
04/07/2022 at 3:00 PM (EDT)   |  90 minutes IECMH Faculty Institute
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