Session Details


      Wednesday, October 23, 2019
      2:00 PM  -  12:00 PM
      (Tuesday, September 1, 2020)
      BONUS - 2018/19 IMH 15 Part Training Series

      2018-19-training-includedWhat participants have told us...

      “This training was very intensive... full of useful knowledge that can be implemented in various degrees.”

      “The mental health of infants is new to most in the field of early learning and care and the general populace. However, through the determination and dedication of so many, such as yourselves, it is happening. This was an awesome series.”

      Thursday, January 9, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 1 - Course Introduction to Infant Mental Health
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      Chaya Kulkarni, Director, Infant Mental Health Promotion

      Thursday, January 23, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 2 - Understanding Canadian Families: A Changing Landscape
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      Spinks_HiRes ImageNora Spinks
      Chief Executive Officer, Vanier Institute of the Family

      Families are the cornerstone of society and the engine of our economies. Diverse, complex and dynamic, they are vital to the well-being of individuals, communities and workplaces around the world. With such an important role, it is essential that people who study, serve and support families understand contemporary families, family life, and family experiences, expectations and aspirations. However, there is no single story to discover or tell when it comes to families, as they are increasingly diverse, and are continually adapting and reacting to ever-evolving social, economic, environmental and cultural forces. Furthermore, while statistics and data are key to strengthening research and policy development, it’s equally important to hear the stories behind the statistics by reaching out to families directly. Nora will discuss how balancing evidence-based experience with experience-based evidence can help us better understand families while we anticipate, plan and prepare for the future.

      Thursday, February 6, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 3 - Building Brains: Exploring the Science of Early Brain Development
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      Amelia_bio_picDr. Amelia Bachleda
      Outreach and Education Specialist , Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences, University of Washington

      Brains are built, and children’s earliest experiences lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Together we will discuss some of the latest research on early childhood brain development, including brain-imaging research highlighting early patterns of activation and learning. We will also discuss how early experiences shape the developing architecture of a child’s brain and how interactions and early relationships support this period of rapid growth. 

      Thursday, March 5, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 4 - Parenting and Parent-Child Attachment
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room
      SMadiganDr. Sheri Madigan
      Canada Research Chair in Determinants of Child Development, University of Calgary
      Monday, March 30, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 5 - The Biological Underpinnings of Infant Mental Health
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      MONDAY Session

      CZeanahDr. Charles Zeanah
      Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics, and Vice Chair for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane University School of Medicine

      Thursday, April 23, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 6 - The Foundations to Format Child Mental Health for Life

       PLEASE NOTE! The date of this session has changed from April 16 to April 23

      Gilles JulienDr. Gilles Julien
      Fondation du Dr Gilles Julien, Founder

      Community social pediatrics is an innovative and integrated approach centred on meeting the needs of children and youth. It combines medicine, law and social work to identify, reduce, and eliminate stressors affecting the mental and global health of children who experience difficult living conditions. Before exposing the basis of this approach, we will examine the tragedy behind it: too many children with multiple vulnerabilities fall into the cracks of different systems. Early adversity, toxic stresses and poly-traumatic experiences affect their brain and their soul leading to severe anxiety and eventually, mental illnesses. This raises the importance of acting now, since these social iniquities violate many children’s rights. There is a need to develop multiple strategies to combat these adversities and trauma in a home setting within the communities. The idea is to adopt an approach to protect children’s global health. We will thus present the approach we have developed. We will discuss seven keys that have helped us so far to achieve a maximum impact on this population.  
      Thursday, May 14, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 7 - The Impact of Early Adverse Experience on Mental and Physical Health
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      RLaniusDr. Ruth Lanius
      Harris-Woodman Chair in Psyche and Soma, Department of Psychiatry London Health Sciences Centre

      This lecture will begin by describing different responses to stress, including fight and flight, tonic immobility, and unresponsive immobility and their associated physiology. The importance of recognizing different responses to stress will be described through specific infant and adult case examples. Moreover, the impact of early adverse life experiences on mental and physical health will be discussed. Finally, an approach to screening for early adverse experiences and providing trauma-informed care in medicine will be outlined.

      Thursday, May 28, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 8 - Early Loss and Trauma: The Conversion to Infant Narratives and Working Models
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      MTroutDr. Michael Trout
      Director, The Infant-Parent Institute

      War, and the fear of war, intrudes into the everyday lives of prenates and children, and their families, all over the world. Children are killing themselves at unprecedented rates. Science has changed, causing us to discover the inconvenient truth of epigenetics, ruining formerly cozy notions about genes being responsible for how things turn out. We’ve begun, finally, to take notice of the incredible range of affective, developmental and behavioral responses in children to such things as early neglect and multiple foster placements, or to their parents’ incessant fighting (even before they’re born), and we’ve had to face the astonishingly complex ways the developing minds of children try to make coherent that which feels so incoherent to them. We’ve finally begun to feel rightly embarrassed by how attracted we are to the use of diagnostic acronyms to label children, without being similarly attracted to wonderment about how a particular child’s mind processes the world he lives in.  While we continue to drug children earlier and earlier in their lives, we’ve also begun wondering if we should be so satisfied with pharmacology as our primary response to the pain of children.

      Our task in this session is to explore what we know about how things get passed down from one generation to another, and how trauma sticks. Even more importantly, we will wonder how it is that young children develop ideas about themselves and their place in the world—as a result of these experiences—that sometimes seem irrational, yet are clung to as if the child’s very survival is at stake. I’ll describe a storytelling model that may help us consider how narratives—both coherent ones and garbled ones—emerge in all of us, and to suggest how narratives can be disrupted in favor of optimal development. We’ll try to imagine a world in which children feel seen and heard and known, rather than diagnosed and abandoned.   

      Thursday, June 11, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 9 - Promoting Development and Empowering Families via Systems Development
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      BStroudDr. Barbara Stroud
      UC Davis Extension Faculty, Academy of ZERO TO THREE Fellows, California Association for Infant Mental Health Inaugural President

      In our goal to create a seamless service delivery system that assists families and children across promotion, prevention, early intervention and treatment, this session will consider seminal elements that promote early development as well as family engagement. We will collectively consider the missions of our individual agencies as well as our collective vision for all the children of Canada. While our service systems may different, how do we ensure we are providing stable and consistent elements that allow families to feel honored, respected, and empowered across systems and within the journey toward developmental success.
      Thursday, June 25, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 10 - Therapeutic Approaches
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      Normand CarreyDr. Normand Carrey
      Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

      Dr Carrey will discuss frameworks and principles underlying therapeutic interventions specific to the 0-5 age group. He will then discuss specific interventions including dyadic, group, home-based and center-based interventions. Then he will incorporate Common Factors in Psychotherapy and Implementation Science, two important contextual factors affecting intervention philosophy and uptake and sustainability. He will conclude with New Frontiers for the Future. He encourages all participants to  pose questions and make comments.
      Thursday, July 9, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 11 - Intervening to Enhance Outcomes: The Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Approach
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      MDozierDr. Mary Dozier
      Professor Unidel Amy Elizabeth du Pont Chair in Child Development, University of Delaware

      This talk will overview Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC), a home visiting program that has been developed for parents of infants who have experienced adversity. When infants experience adversity, such as maltreatment or foster care, they often have difficulties developing secure attachments or adequate behavioral and biological regulatory capabilities.  ABC helps parents learn to interact with their infants in ways that support the development of trusting relationships and strong self-regulatory capabilities. The talk will provide an overview of the intervention, and describe the evidence supporting the efficacy of the intervention.

      Thursday, July 23, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 12 - Being a Voice for Infant and Early Mental Health
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room
      mathew MelmedMatthew Melmed
      Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE
      Thursday, August 6, 2020
      2:00 PM  -  4:00 PM
      Session 13 - Policy Implications of Understanding Early Intervention
      SickKids PGCRL, 686 Bay St., Toronto, Multimedia Room

      JZwickerDr. Jennifer Zwicker
      Director of Health Policy, School of Public Policy and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

      Fragmentation of service delivery and a ‘patchwork’ of policy across jurisdictions is a reality for children and their families.  This negatively impacts health outcomes, family functioning and quality of life, and often leads to inappropriate and inefficient healthcare utilization. Research-derived evidence is a key feature of most evidence-based policy development. Both quantitative and qualitative data can be used by decision makers to determine the appropriate policy intervention.

      Communication of research findings to decision makers and stakeholders is critical in policy development. In 1998 In Unison: A Canadian Approach to Disability Issues report, ministers agreed that “More effective and coordinated programs would better serve Canadians with disabilities and the country as a whole.” That this statement holds as true today – two decades later – demonstrating the need for effective action to follow this intergovernmental vision.

      This session will discuss the role of researchers in health policy development and some practical approaches for communicating evidence to decision makers using briefing papers and op-eds as tools. Using recent work on the Disability Tax Credit as an example, we will explore approaches for communicating findings and reflect on the role of researches and stakeholders in the policy development process. 

      Learning objectives. After this session participants will be better able to:
      1. Describe policy relevant to infant and early childhood mental health in Canada
      2. Frame issues from a policy perspective
      3. Communicate research findings to influence policy development