Assessment in Early Childhood Mental Health and Development



Presented and developed by Kristie Baber, MSW, LICSW


This clinical workshop teaches assessment skills, tools, and diagnostics to practicing clinicians, caseworkers, and early intervention providers engaging with young children. What does depression look like in an infant? Can you attribute a developmental delay to environment? We'll discuss these topics and more-as well as diagnostic and standardized tools to help you in your work. We will particularly focus on at-risk populations and the impacts of abuse, neglect, and trans-generational issues. Teaching modalities will include a mix of clinical discussion, lecture, readings and group exercises.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Discuss developmental domains and understand the overlap between infant mental health and traditional development.
  • Consider risk factors and examine traumatic impacts of early brain development.
  • Review developmental milestones in the first 5 years and standardized tools for evaluation.
  • Discuss the DC:0-3R (the DSM-IV-TR for little kids) and common diagnoses for young children.
  • Consider thorough assessment around attachment patterns and trauma symptomology.
  • Share community resources for concurrent early childhood intervention (focus will be on King County).

For those enrolled in the Certificate Program in Adoption and Foster care therapy, this can be used to satisfy elective credits.




Continuing Education (CE) Information


6 CEs

Cascadia Training is a NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider #: 6575.) and by the Washington State Office of Public Instruction as a "Washington State Approved Clock Hour Offering Workshop."




Kristie Baber, MSW, LICSW


Kristie Baber, MSW, LICSW, has been a practicing clinician for over fifteen years, and works with both adults as well as very young children around issues of trauma, attachment, loss and meaning. She is adjunct faculty in the ATTACh-recognized post-graduate Attachment Therapy Certificate Program through Cascadia Training, and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Washington's post-graduate Psychological Trauma Certificate Program.  She teaches regularly at adoption agencies and child welfare divisions, as a field and classroom instructor at the University of Washington School of Social Work, and trains professionals of varied disciplines at national conferences including the Child Welfare League of America and the Division of Early Childhood.   Kristie created the CHERISH Infant Mental Health program now utilized throughout King County's neuro-developmental centers to serve our littlest foster children.

Kristie received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Washington.  Kristie is a Children's Mental Health specialist, has a post-graduate certification in Adoption and Foster Care Therapy, and a practice specialty of Early Childhood Mental Health.




Upcoming Dates and Registration


Date: Friday, June 2nd, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $155.00 USD

Campus: Shoreline Center , Shoreline, WA
Room:     Aurora Room-South End
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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