Events | Trainings

Summer Infant & Early Childhood Series

Summer Infant & Early Childhood Series

July 10 – August 16, 2017

4 Unique Sessions | 3 or 6 CEHs

Maple Grove • Saint Paul

Maplewood • Andover

Don’t miss our early bird discount! 

Register 1 month before each workshop and receive a 15% discount!

Save 10% when you or your organization registers for all 4 workshops!
Call for the coupon code – 651.644.7333

1. What’s Best for Kids: Weaving it All Together to Identify What Kids Really Need

Monday, July 10 | Maple Grove, MN

The presenters of this session will use their previous training and work experiences in early childhood education and mental health to weave together various resources to assist educators in their ability to provide a stable environment that promotes relationships so learning will flourish…

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2. Loss and Grief in Children

Tuesday, July 18 | Saint Paul, MN

Despite our understanding that what happens in the early years affects the course of development across the life span, the needs of children regarding grief and loss often continue to be under-recognized and poorly addressed. This workshop will provide information on supporting grieving children in work settings and suggestions for guiding parents…

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3. Reflective Supervision for Interdisciplinary Infant and Early Childhood Professionals

Monday, August 14 | Maplewood, MN

This workshop will offer participants an overview of the principles and strategies of reflective supervision. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss case material and consider how reflective supervision can support work with young children and families, as well as promote professional development…

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4. When Kids Worry

Wednesday, August 16 | Andover, MN

Worry is a part of everyday life, but when is worry too much for our youngest learners? In this workshop, the presenter will address this question and build an understanding of the key factors that influence a child’s stress/worry level…

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SPECIAL DISCOUNT!

Child care providers AND students can apply for a yearly Infant & Early Childhood Program membership at a discounted rate as well as a 10% discount on all Infant & Early Childhood sponsored trainings for 2017!

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1. What’s Best for Kids: Weaving it all Together to Identify What Kids Really Need

With all the research and practice recommendations for early childhood education programs it can be difficult to know what kids really need. CLASS, Circle of Security, Powerful Interactions, Conscious Discipline, Pyramid Model and Infant Mental Health all have recommendations about what’s best for kids. Presenters will use their previous training and work experiences in early childhood education and mental health to weave together these resources to assist educators in their ability to provide a stable environment that promotes relationships so learning will flourish. Attendees will walk away with concrete strategies to reflect on their experiences and build confidence in knowing “what is best for kids.”

Tracy Schreifels, MS, LMFT, IMH-E® (III), Reach-Up Inc., Infant Mental Health Specialist & Mary Mackedanz, Parent Educator

Level: Intermediate | For: Parents & Professionals

Monday, July 10, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm (One hour for lunch on your own)

Maple Grove Community Center
12951 Weaver Lake Road

Maple Grove, MN 55369

6 CEHs | $179 

About our Presenters:

Tracy Schreifels, MS., LMFT, IMH-E (III) is the Mental Health Specialist for Reach Up Inc, a Head Start and Early Head Start agency in St. Cloud, MN. Prior to this position she taught as a preschool teacher for 8 years and has had experience working in a day treatment program for preschool children with significant mental health disorders. She provides in-home family therapy and classroom support for children identified with challenging behaviors as well as reflective consultation and therapeutic parent education groups. Tracy has extensive background knowledge in challenging behaviors and early childhood development.

Mary Mackedanz, Parent Educator, specializes in the training and coaching of early childhood educators. She uses a combination of resources that supports their work with young children including CLASS, Powerful Interactions, and Circle of Security.  Mary has been a preschool teacher and parent educator and uses these experiences to enrich her trainings and bring teachers to higher levels of instruction.

IEC trainings are culturally-sensitive and rooted in relationship-focused practice. Participation in these trainings can be applied toward Infant Mental Health Endorsement training hours. Learn more about Endorsement® here: IEC Endorsement

2. Loss and Grief in Children

Despite our understanding that what happens in the early years affects the course of development across the life span, the needs of children regarding grief and loss often continue to be under-recognized and poorly addressed. Children can experience many losses in their early years: perinatal loss, SIDS, foster placement, death of a parent, divorce, or something as simple as moving into a new home. This workshop will provide information on supporting grieving children in the work settings and suggestions for guiding parents.

Objectives:

  • Identify how children’s behavioral responses to grief and loss may present themselves based on their developmental age
  • Describe the number of families that are impacted by perinatal loss and how this can affect living siblings and those who follow
  • Learn supportive techniques and explore “protective parenting” behaviors

Joann O’Leary, PhD, IMH-E® (IV)

Level: Intermediate | For: Parents & Professionals | Includes Clinical Content

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
9:00am – 12:00pm

Dakota Lodge
1200 Stassen Lane

Saint Paul, MN  55118

3 CEHs | $89

About our Presenter:

Joann has a PhD in Family Education, an MPH from the University of MN and an MS in Psychology from Queens University Belfast, NI where she was a Rotary Scholar. In the fall of 2016 she was a Fulbright Specialist lecturing at University College Cork, Ireland. Previous to her work in early childhood special education she worked for 18 years as a Parent-Infant Specialist in a high risk perinatal center. She teaches at the University level, is Endorsed as a Level IV Infant Mental Health Mentor and has researched and published on how perinatal loss and the pregnancy that follows can impact parents and their children.

IEC trainings are culturally-sensitive and rooted in relationship-focused practice. Participation in these trainings can be applied toward Infant Mental Health Endorsement training hours. Learn more about Endorsement® here: IEC Endorsement

3. Reflective Supervision for Interdisciplinary Infant and Early Childhood Professionals

Working effectively with young children and their families is relationship-based and requires us to engage our emotions as well as our intellect. Reflective supervision, considered to be ‘best practice’ in interdisciplinary infant and early childhood work, involves attending to the feelings and experiences of the adults as well as those of the children, because it is within these relationships where learning and change can take place. This workshop will offer participants an overview of the principles and strategies of reflective supervision. It will also provide an opportunity to discuss case material and consider how reflective supervision can support work with young children and families, as well as promote professional development.

Michele Fallon, LICSW, IMH-E®(IV), Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant

Level: Basic | For: Professionals

Monday, August 14, 2017
9:00am – 4:00pm (One hour for lunch on your own)

Maplewood Community Center
2100 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109

6 CEHs | $179 $152.15 (when you register by July 14)

About our Presenter:

Michele Fallon is a licensed clinical social worker endorsed at Level IV in infant and early childhood mental health through the Infant and Early Childhood division of MACMH (MACMH-IEC), of which she is currently co-chairperson. With 40 years of experience with young children and families across a variety of settings, Michele currently provides infant and early childhood mental health reflective consultation, supervision and training for infant and early childhood professionals across a variety of disciplines and settings, and is an online instructor for the Center for Early Education and Development at the U of MN.

IEC trainings are culturally-sensitive and rooted in relationship-focused practice. Participation in these trainings can be applied toward Infant Mental Health Endorsement training hours. Learn more about Endorsement® here: IEC Endorsement

4. When Kids Worry

Worry is a part of everyday life, but when is worry too much for our youngest learners? In this workshop, the presenter will address this question and build an understanding of the key factors that influence a child’s stress/worry level. In addition, attendees will consider how the behavior of a worrier may be misinterpreted and practical ways to best meet the needs of children who are too stressed and worried to learn.  

Angie Klinefelter, MS, IMH-E® (II), Instructor – CEED, Univ. Of MN

Level: Basic | For: Parents & Professionals

Wednesday, August 16
9:00am – 12:00pm

Bunker Hills Activity Center
550 Bunker Hills Boulevard Northwest

Andover, MN 55304

3 CEUS  | $89 $75.65 (when you register by July 16)

About our Presenter:

Angela Klinefelter, MS, is a licensed teacher of parents and children. She has a Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies and Marriage and Family Therapy and has 20 years of experience working with children and families.  She is currently working as a Parent Educator and home visitor for the St. Cloud School District Early Childhood Family Education Program and is also the Project Manager for Greater St. Cloud Area Thrive. Angela teaches for St. Cloud State University for the Child and Family Studies Department and is an online instructor for the Center for Early Education and Development at the University of Minnesota. Angela specializes in the area of social emotional development of young child and the enhancement of parent child relationships.

IEC trainings are culturally-sensitive and rooted in relationship-focused practice. Participation in these trainings can be applied toward Infant Mental Health Endorsement training hours. Learn more about Endorsement® here: IEC Endorsement