The Special Connection: Strengthening the Supports Conference


The Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health (CAECMH) at Montclair State University will host the Todd Ouida Children’s Foundation Annual Conference, focusing on “Enriching the “Everyday Leaders” Who Support the Mental Health and Well-Being of Infants, Children, and Families” on Wednesday, May 16.

Strengthening the Supports welcomes the everyday leaders of our communities, nurses, clergy, early educators, home visitors, and community organizers, among others, to a day of clinical conversation, connection with each other, and crucial opportunities for self-care.

Focusing on the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, an interdisciplinary field of study and practice concerned with the optimal development of the child within the context of the family, we expect to impart knowledge about early mental health concerns in families which are often first recognized by or brought to workers within these disciplines.  We also will recognize the important contributions made by these workers in responding to the mental health needs of infants, children and families.  In addition, we intend to learn from each other’s rich and diverse experience by sharing knowledge and making connections between these traditionally varied and separated disciplines. Lastly, we hope to provide a space for self-care, as we know that time for reflection and care of the self is crucial for best practice and career longevity in this work.

Join us as we welcome, honor, and strengthen you, the everyday leaders who support our young families!

The conference runs from 8 am – 3:30 pm and will feature special guest speakers, such as Bob McGrath, aka Bob from Sesame Street, Gerard Costa, Ph.D., Director of the CAECMH will discuss, “Why Infant Mental Health Matters to Us All,” and the Rev. Darrell L. Armstrong, who will discuss, “How to “Bless” Your Baby.”

Strengthening the Supports Conference
Who: Adults
What: An all day conference discussing the field of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health.
Where: MSU, 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, N, 07043
When: Wednesday, May 16 from 8 am – 3:30 pm.
Cost: Registration fees vary. Check here to see details and to register.

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