2019 Dallas Food For Thought Series

First3Years has been offering local Food for Thought (FFT)  training events throughout the state of Texas for more than 35 years. This interactive series highlights current research and best practices offering thought provoking topics (food for thought). Additionally, each event provides a meal (lunch or breakfast) offering a time of networking in each community as we gather to advance our professional practice and understanding in the field.

Sponsored by PNC Grow Up Great®

PNC Grow Up Great® helps children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime – and can help set them on a path to success



March 29 | Trauma & Child Development: Specific Strategies with Natalie Baerwaldt, MS, IMH-E (IV)


About Natalie Baerwaldt: Natalie is the Director of Professional Development with First3Years and is endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Mentor. Natalie spent more than 10 years in direct practice with at-risk children and families with trauma histories. In 2017 Natalie attended the Trust-Based Relational Intervention course with Texas Christian University and became a licensed trainer of TBRI, an effective support and treatment model for children from hard places. In this discussion Natalie will provide a thorough review of the TBRI principles and how they are used to work with trauma survivors. Trauma impacts child development in a variety of ways, and this specific strategy will be offered to support the very important work that you do in this field.


April 26 | Autism Spectrum Disorder: Specific Strategies with Tasha Muhammad, LPC, RPT, IMH-E (II)

May 31 | Your Professional Well-Being: Specific Strategies, TBD



9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: The Madison | 15851 Dallas Pkwy, Addison, TX 75001


Earn 2 CEUs | Light breakfast provided

$10 for First3Years Members | $15 for Non-Members | $10 *Students

*Contact Brinkley Castro for Student access code*