1st Annual Conference – NYS-AIMH – “Celebrating Relationships”

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Date(s) - June 3
9:00 am - 4:30 pm


The New York State Association for Infant Mental Health (NYS-AIMH)

presents our first annual, state-wide conference for the

multidisciplinary early childhood workforce –

Friday, June 3, 2022 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (on zoom)

Many people believe that very young children are resilient and not affected by adverse experiences, but you understand that this is not the case. The impact of the pandemic and world affairs have been taking their toll on all of us and they are bearing the brunt of it. Their developing brains are even more susceptible to these stressors, and they need our help now more than ever. NYS-AIMH supports the workforce that supports these children, their families and their caregivers. As Fred Rogers said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” NYS-AIMH supports the helpers!

It’s important that the helpers have the training they need to show up to comfort, nurture and care for the mental health, self-esteem, and overall well-being of our youngest. Relationships are the center of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health work. This conference is titled “Celebrating Relationships”, and the keynote speaker is Victor Bernstein, PhD, a retired professor from the University of Chicago with a career focused on building relationships and the Ordinary Miracles that are created in our everyday work. He continues to train staff from a variety of primary prevention, Early Head Start, early intervention, birth-to-three, child welfare, and drug treatment programs in these techniques. We are privileged to have Dr. Bernstein at our first conference!

The afternoon workshops will focus on our relationships in specific work environments: Choose from one of the following:

Workshop #1 In Family Homes Panelists will include practitioners working in programs, like Healthy Families NY, Nurse Family Partnership, Early Intervention, and child welfare.

Workshop #2 With Children in Care Settings Panelists will include practitioners working in Childcare, Pre-K and Kindergarten, Head Start, and CPSE.

Workshop #3 Providing Specialty Care Panelists will include practitioners working in Health Care, IECMH Clinicians, Family Court, WIC, and Pediatric medical practice.

Workshop #4 Working on Behalf of Children and Families: Education, Research, and Policy Panelists will include practitioners working in Higher Education, Research, Policy, and local and regional policy/community development.

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We are hearing from Organizations who want to send their whole staff. A new discounted category for Members or Non-Members has been created for these groups of 5 or more staff from a single agency. Registrants will complete the registration individually and select “invoice me” instead of paying with a credit card. A discounted group invoice will be sent to the organization. 

*NYS-AIMH Subscribers are not necessarily paid members and must pay the non member registration fee or upgrade to the 1 or 2 year membership level.

Victor Bernstein, Ph.D., is a retired lecturer at The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. In addition, he is a consultant and trainer, and was co-founder of The Ounce of Prevention Fund (Illinois) Developmental Training and Support Program. His interest in strengthening the parent-child relationship dates from 1969 when he began working with children with autism. In 1979 he received a postdoctoral fellowship in infant social development in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago.  Victor has  conducted research on parent-child interaction — in families with children from birth through adolescence living in troubled communities. His principal interest is in using observation and inquiry to strengthen relationships in parallel: the trainer-trainee, supervisor-staff, and parent-child relationships in order to improve the developmental outcomes in children born at risk. He continues to train staff from a variety of primary prevention, Early Head Start, early intervention birth-to-three, child welfare, and drug treatment programs in these techniques.  He is married and the parent of two children, Nicholas who passed away in 2007 at age 33 due to complications of epilepsy, and Alex who is a high school ESL teacher and the parent of 9 year-old Samuel.

Cancelation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the event or for no-shows.  Cancellations more than seven working days before a workshop will result in a refund, less a $15.00 cancellation fee.  Requests for refunds must be received in writing. 

NYS-AIMH is dedicated to all members of the human family. We strive to achieve programming that is inclusive and equitable and addresses the rich diversity

that makes our communities strong and responsive. This provides the best environment for all children to grow and thrive. 

Organizational NYS-AIMH Members

We welcome all organizations that share our mission of supporting the mental health of young children.

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