Infant Mental Health: Clinical Work with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Presented and developed by Kristie Baber, MSW, LICSW

This 2-day clinical workshop will present a developmentally-focused model of dyadic infant mental health and parent-infant psychotherapy to practicing clinicians.

Some clients aren't found on Freud's chaise-they are more suited to cribs, highchairs and childcares. They have the same difficulty managing their emotions, establishing healthy relationships, and behaving appropriately as the rest of us, but how would you go about helping a baby or woddler? This class will give therapists and other professionals working with very young children an understanding of Infant Mental Health and interventions for clients 0-5 years of age. We will particulary focus on at-risk populations and the impacts of abuse, neglect and loss. Teaching modalities will include a mix of clinical discussion, lecture, readings and video, group exercises and resources.

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand the definition of infant mental health and context of early childhood development.
  • Discuss attachment theory and examine traumatic impacts on early brain development.
  • Explore the dyadic nature and clinical applicability of infant mental health.
  • Review the DC:0-3R, diagnostic thinking, and assessment for this population.
  • Utilize parent-infant psychotherapy and child-parent psychotherapy as clinical interventions with young children in practice.


Continuing Education (CE) Information

12 CEs

Cascadia Training is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.  The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Cascadia is also approved 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.

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