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

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

Space is Limited!

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Course Description: 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.

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.


  • 8:30-9:00am: 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
  • 2:30-4pm: Evidence-Based Practices, Modalities and Interventions, Developmental Activities
  • 4pm-4:30pm: Wrap-up/Questions/Surveys

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. 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). .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.

Co-hosted by 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 559-256-0985 email: