“Prenatal IMH: Supporting Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health – before the baby is even born!” with Mickey Sperlich, PhD

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Date(s) - October 21
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


In the US and globally, one in five women has a history of childhood maltreatment (physical, sexual, emotional abuse and/or neglect).

You can support Infant Mental Health…  before the baby is even born!

Come learn more on Friday, October 21st, 2022 – 10 am – 2 pm (during Celebrate Babies Week)

  • What is the current research telling us?
  • How do we translate the research into practice
  • Applied strategies:  Using case examples

For: Home visitors, healthcare providers, Early Learning professionals, childcare providers, child welfare professionals, EI practitioners, Mental Health therapists, and more…All are welcome!


Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM. Mickey Sperlich is an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, a midwife with decades of experience, and a researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on women’s childbearing and postpartum experiences and outcomes. She became interested in research in order to better understand the needs of her midwifery clients who were trauma survivors. Her first research project culminated in the book Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, which was named the 2008 Book of the Year by the America College of Nurse Midwives. Mickey has taken part in several trauma-focused perinatal studies and is co-author of a psychosocial intervention for pregnant survivors of abuse, the “Survivor Moms’ Companion.” She completed her PhD with a dual title in Social Work and Infant Mental Health at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 2014. 

Adair Finucane, MSW. Adair Finucane is healer’s healer. Using her training as a social worker, yoga educator, Ayurvedic wellness coach, and trauma researcher, Adair helps human service and medical professionals, change-makers, and healers of all types recover from and prevent burnout. Learn more about Adair and her offerings at www.withdair.com, and follow her on Instagram at @with_adair.

DayatraAmber HassanDayatraAmber is an Artist, Educator, & Holistic Practitioner who resides in Buffalo, NY. She applies a delicate blend of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the Arts, Astrology, Metaphysics, Restorative, Trauma Informed Principles & Holistic Healing to her practice. DayatraAmber is a creator and facilitators of Radical Self-Love Workshop and hosts a podcast and video series, The Purple Couch with DayatraAmber.



Endorsement Competencies: 2 hrs: Pregnancy and early parenting  

1 hr: Attachment/ separation, Professional/personal development, Advocacy



*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.

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.

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