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Infant Mental Health

The foundations of all domains of human development are laid in the first three years of life. Basic to healthy development are the capacities to love, to develop a sense of self, and to adapt to one’s environment to promote the emotional well-being of young children. When we talk about Infant Mental Health, we mean a child’s ability to:

  • experience warm and responsive relationships with caregivers
  • create relationships with others
  • explore and learn
  • communicate in play
  • express and regulate emotion

During the Infant Mental Health training program, the core content will include: Brain Development, Attachment, and Early Relationships, and Social-Emotional Health and Development.  2 hours

Ethics for Early Childhood Practitioners

Ethical Conduct is every early childhood professional’s foundation for moral practice. Throughout this training we will discuss the four sections of ethical responsibilities, the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, and how to use this code as a guide for professional decision-making processes. 1 hour

Trauma Informed Care

This presentation will begin with a definition and review of childhood trauma and the impact on development. Objectives include how stress impacts the body and produces a variety of behavioral outcomes. A detailed discussion of information on the prevalence and impact of trauma will be provided from data using the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study. In considering this information, we will discuss how early trauma impacts the developing brain and how trauma impacts individuals throughout the lifespan. We will provide examples of what children experiencing stress may look like and how to respond to negative emotions in children and adults. 2 hours

Professional Well Being

Well-being is described as the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy. Building and understanding of how to define and actively practice being in a state of well-being and mindfulness at home and/or in the workplace is key to great mental wellness. This training focuses on how to prevent burnout, identify triggers, connect with self and others, and build resiliency with strategies to improve your professional wellness. At the close of this training, each participant will have their own unique plan highlighting how to integrate strategies for self-care into their daily routines. 1.5 hours

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

The ASD training focuses on defining the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) which is commonly known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We will discuss the triad of impairment and sensory integration as well as highlight the typical behaviors associated with this disorder. Because autism spectrum disorder varies widely in symptoms and severity, the facilitator will discuss how to use effective screening tools such as the MCHAT and move into how to have sensitive conversations with parents. We will explore best practices on how to maximize a child’s ability to function by reducing autism spectrum disorder symptoms and supporting development and learning1.5hours

Social Emotional Development in Small Children

Social and emotional development is equally as important to children’s learning as their academic development. To this end, First3Years has created this comprehensive training on the social/emotional development for children between 0-5 years of age using an adult learning experience approach which will establish a robust dialogue between participants and facilitators. This training will provide information about the latest research, ideas for classroom practice, and strategies that will promote reflection, analysis, and action. 2 hours

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Because of our generous Fill The Think Tank donors, the professional development department has scholarship funds set aside to support professionals in attaining a First3Years Membership, attending a conference, and/or covering category 1 & 2 Endorsement application fees. If you desire to partake in any of these endeavors but are encountering barriers, please email Jyrah Knight at to discuss options. We look forward to having you.