Update from the San Antonio Chapter
By Julie Yocham, MS, LPC-S, LMFT
San Antonio Chapter President
One of the things I love about living in San Antonio is our rich sense of community. It is beautiful to see so many people reaching into their hearts and giving of their time, talents, and often their own wallets to improve the lives of children and families.
The First3Years chapter in San Antonio was started by compassionate leaders from a group of local nonprofits. It has been our vision to expand membership to reach all agencies and companies serving children under the age of 3. Currently, we have a fairly diverse group of members from programs such as Brighton Center, The Center for Healthcare Services, Family Service Association, Healthy Families, and many others.
We host bi-monthly meetings where we incorporate resources and trainings that highlight infant mental health and development and an annual appreciation conference in December. Some topics have included Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, attachment, nurturing touch, and building relationships with caregivers.
We owe much of our success to our past president, Adam Dusenbury, who just completed his term. His determination, integrity, and dedication to the chapter will truly be missed. As president, I look forward to continuing our focus of building our local chapter so that children, families, and service providers will have the tools, collaboration, and mentorship they need to support infant mental health in San Antonio.
Join the First3Years San Antonio Chapter for their next meeting and training on SIDS/SUDI-Safe Sleep on March 8. For more information, please contact SanAntonio@First3yearstx.org.