Welcome to the 2020
Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health Institute and the
Child, Adolescent & Family Behavioral Health Conferences!
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 Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, the University of Alaska’s School of Social Work, the Alaska Training Cooperative, 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!