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Working with Young Children: Biological/Psychosocial Factors and Risk and Resiliency

  • CVRC- San Joaquin Room 4615 North Marty Avenue Fresno, CA, 93722 United States (map)



Course Description: This course is designed to help individuals working with young children identify and understand the impact of prolonged, unaddressed stress on the infant/toddler/preschooler and the parent-child dyad. Additionally, the course will review how chronic stress may lead to interference with brain development, emotional regulation and can contribute to child maltreatment. This workshop is also designed to explore the phenomenon of resilience in infants and preschoolers. Lastly, the course will explore risks to very young children including family dynamics, atypical development, sensory issues and community violence.

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

  1. Define and discuss the impact of chronic trauma on young children and families.
  2. Identify common resilience factors for young children and families.
  3. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of the cumulative risk factors that negatively impact infant and family well-being.
  4. Identify the impact of biological and psychosocial factors on brain development, parent-child relationships and emotional wellness.

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.


  • 8:30am-9:00am-Registration
  • 9:00am-10:30pm-Review: - Child Maltreatment: Health (ACES Study)/Mental Health - Genetics/epigenetics - Neuro/Brain development - Attachment Styles/Quality/Disruption - Temperament (Goodness of Fit)
  • 10:30-10:45-Break
  • 10:45am-12:00pm-Review: - Sensory Integration - Behavioral Regulation
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm-Lunch
  • 12:30pm-2:00pm-Review: - Intergenerational, Interpersonal and Family Violence - Parental Substance Use - Maternal Mental Health
  • 2:00-2:15pm-Break
  • 2:15pm-3:30pm - Typical/Atypical Development and Special Needs - The loss of the “perfect child” - Prematurity/Birth Trauma - Autism Spectrum Disorders/Neurodiversity - Sleeping/Eating Issues
  • 3:30pm-4:30pm: Wrap-up/Review/Questions

Trainer: 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.

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. Certificate of Completion and/or Continuing Education Units and session handouts.

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, 2-hours in Area C, 2-hours in Area D, .5-hour in Area E, and .5-hours in F.

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.

Registration fee includes light continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments. Lunch will not be provided.

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 3-days prior to event or in cases of non-attendance. If you have questions or to report grievances, please contact Cristina Rodriguez 559-256-2000x 226 email: