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The Basics: Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (I-FECMH)

  • Solace Center 1470 West Herndon Avenue Clovis, CA, 93612 United States (map)


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Course Description: Early childhood mental health is an evidence-based, relationship-focused approach to being with families rooted in research and theory. I-FECMH practitioners come from a myriad of professions including but not limited to child care, mental health, home visitors, and public health. Understanding that the brains of infants and young children are malleable and wired for emotional/relational connection is essential in providing intervention, support and care for this population. Valuing relationships and identifying and supporting protective factors is crucial for professionals working in the field of early intervention. This training is designed not only to assist practitioners in understanding the theory and research behind I-FECMH practices, but also to provide opportunities to connect theory to the practitioner’s everyday work with infants, children and families.

Learning Objectives: Upon competition of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Define and discuss the tenets of infant-family and early childhood mental health.
  2. Identify common risk and resiliency factors and the impact of biologic/psychosocial influences on attachment, brain development, emotional wellness and parent-child relationships.
  3. Review the basic principles of I-FECMH approaches to promotion, preventive intervention, and intervention.
  4. List and describe developmentally appropriate, evidence-based and best practice interventions.
  5. Examine developmentally appropriate strategies for common problems in early childhood (tantrums, sleeping, eating, crying, regulation).

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.


  • 8:30-9am: Registration
  • 9:00-10:15am: Introduction to I-FECMH- History and Background & The I-FECMH Specialist
  • 10:15-10:30am: Break
  • 10:30am-12:00pm: Key Concepts-Early Intervention - Attachment - Biologic/Psychosocial Factors - Risk and Resiliency
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:15pm: Behavioral Issues and Mental Health - Regulation - Sleeping/Eating - Sensory Integration - Attachment Styles/Needs
  • 2:15-2:30: Break
  • 2:30-4:30: Evaluation and Treatment- Screening - Assessment/Observation - Treatment/Interventions

Speaker: 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.

Kathleen Romeiro, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience working with children and families, specializing in crisis intervention and working with children 0-5. She is endorsed as an Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. In addition to providing direct therapy services, she is a clinical supervisor, the Infant Mental Health Coordinator, facilitates reflective practice, and conducts Bonding, Attachment and Sibling Studies for the Courts.

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 Training Guidelines and Personnel Competencies and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health (2016). . 1-hour in area A, 1.5-hours in Area B, 3-hours in Area C, 1-hour in Area D, .5-hour in Area E and .5-hours in Area F.

Certificates will be hand delivered at time of training sign-out. Registration fee includes light continental breakfast or afternoon refreshments and Certificate of Completion and/or Continuing Education Units and session handouts. Lunch will not be provided.

Co-hosted with 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 3 day written notice of cancelation. Cancelations less than 3 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: