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Join us for our 1st Annual

Infant and Early Childhood
Mental Health Conference

Featuring CYFC Lessons from the Field via live web stream to communities throughout MN

October 29 – 30, 2018 | Coon Rapids, MN | 12 CEHs available

For professionals who work with very young children and their families and caregivers.


Breakout session details coming soon!


Things to Know

Featured Speakers
About Our Conference
CEH Information
Hotel Information

Featured Speakers

Keynote Presentation • Monday, October 29

“Responding to Challenging Behaviors: Considering Two-Generation and Infant Mental Health Frameworks in Early Childhood Settings”

Presented by Dr. Katherine Lingras, Assistant Professor and Licensed Child Psychologist in the Psychiatry Department of the University of Minnesota

Stay tuned for more presenter and workshop information coming soon.


MACMH-IEC members receive 20% off the rates below. For information about becoming a member, visit our membership page; for the member coupon code, contact Arielle at

  • Monday, October 29 only – $165
  • Tuesday, October 30 only – $165
  • Monday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 30 – $300

To increase accessibility for those living outside the Twin Cities metro area, the first morning is Extension CYFC’s Lessons from the Field event. People can participate from host sites around the state via web streaming. This option is available for $25 and space at each site is limited. For more information about streaming, visit CYFC’s website  or contact contact Arielle at 651-644-7333.


Bunker Hills Event Center
12800 Bunker Prairie Road
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

To learn more about web streaming locations throughout the state, please visit CYFC’s website.


Monday, October 29 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.*
8:00 – 9:00     Registration/Continental Breakfast/Networking
9:00 – 9:15      Welcome/Introduction
9:15 – 10:30    Keynote
10:30 – 10:45  Break
10:45 – 12:15   Panel and Q&A
12:15 – 1:00     Lunch
1:00 – 2:20      Session 1
2:20 – 2:40     Break
2:40 – 4:00     Session 2

*9:00 am -12:15 pm will feature Lessons from the Field via web streaming to communities in rural Minnesota

Day One Goals:

  • Learn ways that research supports and informs the need to attend to parent-child relationships
  • Explore strategies for addressing parent-child relationships across settings (childcare, early intervention, home visiting, child welfare, OT/PT/Speech, medical)
  • Promote and apply the need for reflection in relationship-based work


Tuesday, October 30 • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
9:00 – 9:45      Introduction to the Day
9:45 – 10:45    Fishbowl Reflective Supervision/Consultation
10:45 – 11:00  Break
11:00 – 12:00  Session – Process Fishbowl
12:00 – 1:00    Lunch
1:00 – 2:30      Session
2:30 – 3:00     Networking
3:00 – 4:00     Coming Together Session

Day Two Goals:

  • Offer an opportunity for both those less experienced/new to Reflective Supervision/Consultation (RS/C) as well as experienced supervisors to deepen knowledge and skills
  • Increase confidence in the ability to provide RS/C
  • Provide an immersive experience within a containing environment in order to deepen understanding related to the art of offering Reflective Supervision/Consultation to others
  • Provide an opportunity to connect with RS/C colleagues across the state
  • Increase the reflective capacity of the diverse professionals in the infant early childhood workforce

About Our Conference

This conference:

  • Brings together multidisciplinary professionals working with very young children, their families and caregivers
  • Promotes Infant Mental Health principles to inform practice across disciplines, including:
    • Work with young children must always occur within the context of their primary relationships
    • The need for reflection in relationship-based work
    • Development informs the work
    • Infants and very young children and their families have unique relational and developmental needs which require practitioners to have a unique set of skills
  • Explores how research informs practice and practice informs research

CEH Information

This conference is designed to meet CEH (Continuing Education Hours) credits for many disciplines: psychology, social work, education, education administration, nursing, marriage and family therapy, and behavioral health and therapy. CEH certificates will be available to document participation. This event is also DEVELOP approved.

CEHs are expected to be approved by the following boards:

Hotel Information

The Best Western Plus at Blaine is offering a special rate to conference attendees. To book a discounted room (limited number available), please call the hotel at 763-792-0750 and specify that you are looking for the MACMH IEC CONFERENCE group rate. Please be sure to check their cancellation policy.

Best Western Plus at Blaine at the National Sports Center
10580 Baltimore St. NE
Blaine, MN 55449
(763) 792-0750

Hosted by

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health – Infant and Early Childhood Division (MACMH-IEC)


Center for Early Education and Development



Children, Youth, and Family Consortium (CYFC)