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Welcome to the 2018
Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Institute
&
Child, Adolescent & Family Behavioral Health
Conferences!
April 9-13, 2018
At the Sheraton Downtown Anchorage

We are happy to welcome you to the 2018 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute and the Child, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Conference. This will be the third year we have hosted these events jointly.

The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute is in its 12th year striving to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working with young children and families. Once again, we are offering presentations by renowned national experts and a highly talented cadre of local experts. The latest research, best practices, and developmentally appropriate interventions will be shared and discussed. Presentations will include a wide range of topics including improving and integrating health, mental health, child welfare, and early education systems; maintaining and deepening reflective practice; managing special issues such as FASD, the opioid epidemic, and early childhood expulsion; supporting co-regulation and self-regulation; talking with parents about ACES; buffering children from trauma and stress; supporting military families; providing rural behavioral health issues; encouraging safe sleep; and strengthening families. A special event will be a full-day training on the Diagnosis and Classification of Mental Health and Developmental Disorders of Infancy and Early Childhood (DC:0-5).

This year will be the third year for the Child, Adolescent, and Family Conference. We continue to focus on resilience and youth engagement while building on trauma informed practices. We are excited to welcome a diverse group of speakers with a range of specialties. Keynote presentations will feature Josh Arvidson, who will speak about the treating traumatized children and families, Ray Droby, the 2017 recipient of the APA Excellence in Rural Psychology Award, will speak on his work with Alaska Natives in rural villages, and Jim Savage will speak about the treatment of adolescents with Substance Use Disorders. Our speakers, panelists and breakout speakers will focus on integrating trauma informed care with existing practice, evidence based practices, youth involvement and engagement in treatment, and the effect of trauma on the sensory system. An additional tract for professionals serving youth who act out sexually will also be offered.

These conferences offer a great opportunity to learn new information and skills, reflect on the work that you do, and network with peers who are equally concerned about the importance and promotion of behavioral health.  Mental health clinicians, substance abuse counselors, early interventionists, university faculty, health practitioners, child protection and juvenile justice workers, court staff, family support workers, parent educators, foster parents, and early care and learning professionals will be attending and providing us the opportunity to expand our viewpoint and broaden our thinking about this field.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the Department of Education and Early Development, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the University of Alaska’s School of Social Work, the University of Alaska’s Child Welfare Academy, the Alaska Mental Health Board, Alaska Child Trauma Center, the Alaska Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership welcome you and hope that you will join us for this exciting opportunity to learn, connect with partners, and support Alaska’s children!