Keeping Babies and Children in Mind
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Project
Keeping Babies & Children in Mind is a training series of workshops in infant and early childhood mental health that is being offered at no cost to professionals who work with infants, toddlers, young children and their families (pregnancy through age eight). This project is funded through the NJ Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Family Development (DFD).
This FREE training is comprised of seven three-hour workshops. Although the series is meant to be taken as a whole, and in order, each workshop is able to stand alone.
All attendees will receive professional education, training, coaching and supervision in evidence-based practices with curricula which support the emotional, social and neurological foundations for all development and learning. Topics covered in the training series include:
- Promoting infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH)
- Understanding and responding to trauma
- Supporting child and family strengths
- Utilizing reflective practices and self-care
How to Sign up
There are 2 steps needed to sign up and register for the 'Keeping Babies & Children in Mind' training series of workshops:
STEP 1: Find out where there are workshops in your area
STEP 2: Register for the workshops
If you are a professional who works in a community-based program, we are asking you to register for the workshops using your account in the NJ Registry.
- NJ Registry website
- Written instructions on how to create your NJ Registry account
- Written instructions on how to sign up for workshops once you have a NJ Registry account
If you work for the NJ Department of Children and Families, please register for the workshops by using the NJ DCF Training Academy website (which is accessible by logging onto your 'My New Jersey' account through the State of NJ website)
What Past Workshop Participants Have Shared
- "We have several parents that are divorced or displaced. The workshop helped me to reach out to the parents and help them to develop a relationship with their baby in a safe and happy way. One set of parents came in together to explain that they were always arguing in front of the baby. We gave them a few strategies to help them remain calm in front of the baby."
- "When I supervise visits between children in foster care and their parents, I have been able to redirect the parents' focus back to the purpose of the visit which spending quality time with their children and bonding with them. I explain how important it is for the children to know that their parents love them and advise parents to listen to their children, touch them, encourage them, talk about their daily activities and address any problems they may be passing through. These visits have been productive because parents spend quality bonding with their children and do spend the time talking about themselves or being on their cell phones. I have observed children also being attentive to their parents and actually believing what their parents tell them. The children leave the visits feeling happy."
For more information about the Keeping Babies & Children in Mind training series of workshops, please contact:
|Adam DiBella, Project Developer
Lorri Sullivan, Curriculum Coordinator
Funded by the NJ DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES, DIVISION OF FAMILY DEVELOPMENT
The Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Family Development (DFD) recognizes that the key to promoting positive development in young children includes helping caregivers and parents understand the adverse effects of traumatic events on young children. Effective Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (IECMH) education has been shown to improve maternal and child health, family functioning and stability, and child and family well-being; and prevent child neglect and abuse. With support from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge grant and the Grow NJ Kids initiative, DFD has allocated funding for IECMH professional education/training and coaching to build local staff knowledge and capacity, and implement evidence-based practices that support positive social-emotional well-being and address the mental health needs of infants/young children and their families. The goal is to assist children and their families to effectively cope with the stress of traumatic events (such as Superstorm Sandy), promote positive early childhood development, and buffer the negative impacts by strengthening families and building resilience.