In response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and at the direction and advisement from the CDC and our state and local officials, we are disappointed to announce the cancellation the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute and the Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health Conference.
We have fully explored our options and cannot offer confirmed dates for a future conference. We know this is an important professional development opportunity for you, yet feel it is important to implement these preventative measures and continue to act in the best interest of public health and safety.
We regret the logistical inconveniences that may arise as a result of this decision and sincerely regret the disruption. All registered participants and exhibitors for the conference will automatically be withdrawn and any payments made will then be refunded. There is no need to contact the LMS Training Support team or conference organizers to ensure your refund is started. We anticipate you will receive your refund within 30 days. Please watch for a refund receipt in the email address associated with your credit card.
Stay healthy and be well.
This will be the fifth year we have hosted these events jointly. We joined these two conferences five years ago for a couple of reasons. We hoped to increase our efficiency and maximize resources, and more importantly, we hoped to create an opportunity for participants to increase their understanding of the developmental needs, issues, and interventions for a wider range of children than they were typically serving. The number of conference participants that have attended both conferences continues to grow. In 2019, 37% of the attendees registered for both conferences. In Alaska, where services are often sparse, the conference strives to support the capacity we need to serve children of all ages and their families.
The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Institute is in its 14th year striving to enhance the knowledge and skills of those working with young children and families. The latest research, best practices, and developmentally appropriate interventions will be shared and discussed.
The Child, Adolescent and Family Behavioral Health Conference welcomes you to our fifth conference. This year’s focus is on teaching skills to deliver services under the Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver. We have invited speakers who will present ideas and teach skills to work with children and youth, while involving the other systems that impact children.
Both conferences are offering presentations by national speakers, as well as drawing on the expertise of Alaskan professionals. 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 an 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 Division of Disability and Senior Services, the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the University of Alaska’s Child Welfare Academy, thread, the Alaska Association of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership welcome you and hope that you will find this an exciting opportunity to learn, connect with partners and support Alaska’s children and youth!