IMH Advocacy Award Conference 2020

2020 Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award Conference

April 24, 2020

Abilene Christian University – Addison

16633 Dallas Parkway, Suite 800, Addison, Texas 75001 

Earn 5 CEUS | Light Breakfast and Lunch Provided



Mental Models and System Change: Family and Community Approaches to the Opioid Epidemic with

Joshua Sparrow, MD, Executive Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center

Systems are designed to produce exactly the results they get. When those aren’t the results we want, we’ve got to change the system. Often though, it’s mental models that keep systems stuck. Our own mental models often keep us from seeing the way forward and what we have in common with those we work with, interfering with the collaborative problem solving and comprehensive coordination of services that complex challenges require.

For example, we sometimes see parents or any other “other” as adversaries when we’re really on the same team, as the probl
em when together we are the solution. And when a baby is born having been exposed to substances during pregnancy, it can be especially difficult to see parents as partners in family strengthening. In this talk, Dr. Sparrow will take a look at mental models, how our automatic thinking and our social networks reinforce them, and how we can use deliberative thinking to see beyond our mental models to new solutions, new ways of thinking and being.






Oh, Say Can You Feel: Exploring Music and the Contextual Nature of Emotional Determinants of Health with Lee Johnson III, Senior Policy Analyst for Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, at ZERO TO THREE 

This session teaches participants the many ways to consider the impact music can have in supporting caregiver-child relationship building, a notable protective factor for contributing to the mental health of young children in their ability to be resilient in the face of challenges






Rumbling with Vulnerability – How to Answer Your Call to Courage with Yvonne Ator, MD MPH

In a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, chaotic and ambiguous, the call to courage has never been greater. Rumbling with vulnerability is the foundational skill of Daring Leadership. Today, we need daring leaders who are able to navigate the uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure of vulnerability required to step up, get out there and make a difference. In this talk, we will discuss and learn skills such as the myths of vulnerability and how to dispel them, how to rumble with hard conversations, how to enter the cave we fear, how shame shows up at work, the components of courage, the armor that keeps us from being seen at work and how empathy and self-compassion help us enter the arena where we desire to show up and be seen and lead. By developing this foundational skill-set, you will be well-positioned to begin the process of creating courage cultures and daring leadership wherever you are.


Members: $35 

 Non-Members: $50

Member Conference Bundle: $75 | Includes Conference Entrance & 1 Year Membership

Students: $15 | Contact for code


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