“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


Did you know that October 17-21 has been designated Celebrate Babies Week for 2022?
Join us in the celebration as we welcome back Mickey Sperlich!
Is someone you support and care about having a baby?  Attachment starts NOW, and you play a key role!  
The prenatal period has so much potential, yet there’s a lot that can get in the way.  Not everyone is excited about being pregnant or feels ready to become a parent.  And past experiences have an impact:  In the US and globally, one in five women has a history of childhood maltreatment, including sexual abuse.
Childbearing is not always a joyful choice. 

The NYS-AIMH community will once again welcome Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM, along with very special guests Adair Finucane and DayatraAmber Hassan.  

We will focus on:

  • The impact of culture and society
  • What the newest research is telling us
  • Translating the research into practice
  • interventions that have been developed to address social determinants of health, caregiver mental health, and promote “good enough” parenting.
  • Guided self-care activities
  • Strategize in real time on provided case examples

This workshop is for Home Visitors, healthcare providers, Early Learning Professionals, childcare providers, child welfare professionals, Early Intervention 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.withadair.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: Professional/personal development

*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.

to register: CLICK HERE


Organizational NYS-AIMH Members

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

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