Children’s Institute hosts inaugural infant mental health conference

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Children’s Institute hosts inaugural infant mental health conference

The Central California Children’s Institute will host the inaugural conference of the California Association for Infant Mental Health from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Fresno State. Leading the keynote address is Dr. Alicia Lieberman, director of the Child Trauma Research program at San Francisco General Hospital, who will discuss the impact of stress and trauma on infants’ neurophysiology, mental health and cognitive functioning. Lieberman will also discuss the intergenerational transmission of traumatic experiences from parent to child.

The conference is aimed at a multidisciplinary audience of mental health clinicians, social workers, occupational and speech therapists, nurses and early childhood practitioners, among others. A series of workshops will round out the conference. Since 2011, the Children’s Institute has trained more than 300 professionals in the foundation of infant mental health. Co-sponsors for this conference include First 5 Fresno County. INFO: Register here, or for more information, contact Dr. Cassandra Joubert at cjoubert@csufresno.edu.