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Working with Young Children: Evidence-Based Practices for Observation, Screening, Assessment and Intervention

  • Solace Center 1470 W Herndon, Ste 100 Fresno, Ca 93711 USA (map)

**Space is Limited**

Presented by: Julie Torok-Mangasarian, LMFT


This course is designed for mental health clinicians working with or hoping to work with children under the age of 5 years. The course will focus on utilizing observation, screening and assessment to determine necessary treatment components and implementation of evidence-based practices and treatments to meet the developmental needs of young children and families.

Course Objectives:

1.Develop an understanding of basic principles of a variety of dyadic and family therapeutic approaches to promotion, preventive intervention, and intervention. 

2.Gain knowledge of and skill in implementing developmentally appropriate, evidence-based and best practice interventions.

3.Learn developmental guidance and developmentally appropriate strategies for common problems in early childhood (tantrums, sleeping, eating, crying, regulation).

4.Understand how to use observation, screening, and assessment to determine necessary components for the individual infant, young child, and family.

5.Understand how to select and use specific components of assessments for birth to 5-year-olds and their caregivers within scope of practice and training.

6.Review the use of components of assessment including observations, interviews, standardized and non-standardized tests, and other professional reports, as appropriate, to provide multidimensional assessment.

Key Concepts:
Observation and Screening Tools for Young Children
Clinical Assessment and Evaluation
Common Evidence-Based Practices, Modalities and Interventions

Who should attend:This workshop is essential for anyone working with young children and families including educators, health professionals, mental health clinicians, home visitors and case managers.

Julie Torok-Mangasarian, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist and the Clinical Director of the California Psychological Institute in Fresno, CA. Julie is a registered play therapist supervisor, infant mental health specialist, reflective practice mentor and certified educator of infant massage (CEIM). Julie specializes in the treatment of complex and developmental trauma in young children. Julie has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), play therapy (Theraplay®, client-centered play therapy and Filial Therapy) and Reflective Practice Supervision. 

8:30-9:00am: Registration
9am-10:155am: Screening and Assessment Tools, Observational Evaluations, Collateral Interviews and Checklists
10:15-10:30am: Break
10:30-12pm: Assessment and Diagnosis, Biopsychosocial Assessment, Psychopathology
12pm-1pm: Lunch
1pm- 2:15pm: Evidence-Based Practices, Modalities and Interventions, AttachmentFocused Interventions, PlayInterventions
2:15-2:30pm: Break
2:30-4pm: Evidence-Based Practices, Modalities and Interventions Developmental Activities
4pm-4:30pm: Wrap-up/Questions/Surveys

CEU’s: Attendance to this training meets the qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Prov. # 131780. Certificates of completion are available to all participants and will be available at time of training sign-out.

IMH Hours: Workshop is aligned with the California Compendium of Training Guidelines, Personnel Competencies, and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (2016)-1-hour Area B; 2 hours Area E; 3 hours Area F. 

Cancelations/Grievances/ADA: Facilities and programs are accessible to persons with disabilities. If you have a special need and plan to attend the workshop, allow as much advance notice as is possible to ensure we have ample opportunity to meet your needs. Full refunds will be provided with 3 day written notice of cancelation. Refunds will not be granted for cancelations less than -days prior to event or in cases of non-attendance. If you have questions or to report grievances, please contact Cristina Rodriguez 559-256-0985 email: 

California Psychological Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and/or LEP’s. California Psychological Institute maintains responsibility for this program/course content. 

Registration fee includes light continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments and Certificate of Completion and/or Continuing Education Units and session handouts. Lunch will not be provided.