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Infant Mental Health: Evidence-Based Practices for Observation, Screening, Assessment & Intervention

  • Fresno, Ca 93710 USA (map)

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Course Description: This course is designed for mental health clinicians to develop an understanding of basic principles of a variety of dyadic and family therapeutic approaches for, preventive and intervention.

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

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

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

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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List 2 screening tools for children under 5 years of age.

  2. List 2 dyadic and or family therapeutic approaches in IMH.

  3. Identify 4 components of an infant mental health assessment.

  4. Identify 2 developmentally appropriate strategies for addressing common problems in early childhood.

Who should attend: Mental health clinicians working with or hoping to work with children under the age of 5 years.

Presenter: Julie Torok-Mangasarian, LMFT, RPT-S 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 use of play to treat complex and developmental trauma in young children.

CE Credits: 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. Certificate of Completion will be handing out at time of sign out. You must be present for the entire training and sign in and out on the sign in sheet, in order to receive your CEU certificate.

IMH Hours: Workshop is aligned with the California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (2016). .5-hours in Area A, .5-hours in Area B, .5-hours in Area C, .5-hours in Area D, .5-hours in Area D, 2-hours in Area E, and 2-hours in Area F (workshop content may be subject to modification at the time of training).

Co-hosted with the California Psychological Institute who 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.

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 5-day written notice of cancelation. Cancelations less than 5 days prior to event or in cases of Non-Attendance refunds will not be granted. If you have questions or to report grievances, please contact Cristina Rodriguez 559-256-0985 email:

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

This training is of Solace Center's 2019 road to Competency Series, Laying the Foundation for Infant Mental Health Practice. This series of trainings align with the California Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. For more information about this series of trainings please contact Solace center 559-256-0985 email:

*Solace of Center of Fresno is not affiliated in any way with the California Center for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health. For more information on endorsement see


8:30-9am: Registration

9am-10:15am: 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, Attachment- Focused Interventions, Play Interventions

2:15-2:30pm: Break

2:30-4:30pm: Evidence-Based Practices, Modalities and Interventions, Developmental Activities

4pm-4:30pm: Wrap-up/Review/Questions