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Infant Mental Health: Biological/Psychosocial Factors and Risk and Resiliency

  • Fresno, Ca 93710 USA (map)

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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:

  1. Define and discuss the impact of chronic trauma on young children and families.

  2. Identify 3 common resilience factors for young children and families.

  3. List 3 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.

  5. List 3 developmentally appropriate strategies for common problems in early childhood.

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.

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). 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 (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


8:30am-9am: Registration

9am-10:30pm: Review: Child Maltreatment: Health (ACES Study)/Mental Health Genetics/epigenetics, Neuro/Brain development, Attachment Styles/Quality/Disruption, Temperament (Goodness of Fit)

10:30-10:45am: Break

10:45am-12pm: Review- Sensory Integration, Behavioral Regulation

12pm-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30pm-2pm: Review- Intergenerational, Interpersonal and Family Violence, Parental Substance Use - Maternal Mental Health

2:00-2:15pm: Break

2:15pm-4:00pm: Typical/Atypical Development and Special Needs - The loss of the “perfect child” - Prematurity/Birth Trauma - Autism Spectrum Disorders/Neurodiversity - Sleeping/Eating Issues

4:00pm-4:30pm: Wrap-up/Review/Questions