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KAIMH Connections

Resources for Early Childhood Mental Health Advocates


Updates |  February, 2023

We have so much to celebrate this month! The Chiefs won the Super Bowl, the days are getting longer, and there are many early childhood conferences opening back up this spring. On that note, we have several scholarship options for the KAIMH annual conference, and there are some exciting new training opportunities we share below to support your early childhood mental health professional development and IMH Endorsement®.

KAIMH has multiple scholarship opportunities available for our annual conference! Be sure to complete this quick form to see if you are eligible. 





Join Us at the KAIMH Conference 2023!

April 27     Thursday (Day 1)

8:00 - 8:30  Registration and light breakfast
8:30 - 11:30  Understanding the Sensory System and Its Importance in Early Childhood  Development and Social-Emotional Regulation, Allie Ticktin
11:30 - 1:00  Lunch Provided, KAIMH Annual Meeting, Alice Eberhart-Wright Visionary Award
1:00 - 4:00  Keynote continued, Allie Ticktin (snack provided)

April 28     Friday (Day 2)

8:00 - 8:15   Check in and snacks
8:15 - 11:15  Who Decides If I’m Safe: Polyvagal Theory in Infant Mental Health, George Thompson
11:15 - 12:45  Lunch on your own
12:45 - 2:00

 Breakout Sessions 1&2:
Nurturing the Brain Body Connection, pt. 1
Meeting the Needs of Children in Foster Care. pt.1
What We Want for Babies: The Heart of Reflective Supervision
Be A Voice for Babies: Overview of Infant Mental Health
LGBTQIA: Cultural Competency: Best Practices for Working with LGBTAIA Youth and Families pt.1

2:00 – 2:15  Snack break
2:15 - 3:30

 Breakout Sessions 3&4:
Nurturing the Brain Body Connection, pt. 2
Meeting the Needs of Children in Foster Care. pt.2
Orientation to Endorsement®
Supervision: Reflective or Clinical
LGBTQIA: Cultural Competency: Best Practices for Working with LGBTAIA Youth and Families pt.2


Where: Wichita State University Metroplex

5015 East 29th St N, Wichita, KS 67220

11.5 total hours of KDHE approved in-service.

Early Bird discounts are available through April 12th. Member price: $225  Non-member price: $275 

Hotel rooms are available until April 12th at Hyatt Place at Wichita State University, 4703 E. 19th Street North, Wichita, KS To book your room, click here 





Keynote speaker, Allie Ticktin, MA, OTD, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist & Founder of Play2Progress will be offering a 6 hour presentation on Thursday, April 27th, Understanding the Sensory System and Its Importance in Early Childhood  Development and Social-Emotional Regulation. 





George S. Thompson MD will be offering a 3 hour presentation on Friday, April 28th, Who Decides If I’m Safe: Polyvagal Theory in Infant Mental Health.

Breakout sessions will be offered Friday afternoon 

Be a Voice for Babies: Overview of Infant Mental Health 

Understanding infant mental health is foundational to the KAIMH Infant Mental Health Endorsement®. This presentation will provide an overview of infant mental health including the basics of brain development, definition of infant mental health, trauma and its impact on infant mental health, and strategies to support positive mental health for babies, families and caregivers.  

What We Want for Babies: The Heart of Reflective Facilitation

Joy Hoofer, Ph.D., IMH-E® and Jessica Mostaffa, LCPC, IMH-E® independent practitioners, have had the blessing of being Reflective Consultants for individuals and groups working in the early childhood field across Kansas. In this session, they will share their knowledge and experience around what they believe is the heart of reflective consultation/supervision and how it produces what we truly want for all babies. Through moments of experiential learning, the session will provide opportunities to increase self-awareness, demonstrate the importance of the parallel process in our work and provide two RS/C frameworks. Be prepared to observe, listen, wonder and respond to all this session has to offer.    

Orientation to Endorsement

The KAIMH IMH Endorsement® is a credential that supports and recognizes the development of professionals who work with or on behalf of infants, toddlers and their families.  This credential uses a nationally recognized set of competencies that define best practice and guides professional growth.  This presentation will discuss the process of completing Endorsement®, the value of IMH Endorsement®, an overview of KAIMH, and how Endorsement® can benefit professionals in the early childhood field.

LGBTQ+ Cultural Competency and Best Practices for Working with LGBTQ+ Youth and Families

Being culturally competent means learning new patterns of behaviors, research trends, and social cues of a specific community and then effectively applying them into our personal and professional lives. This training covers the experiences, values, and belief systems specific to LGBTQ+ youth and their families. Participants will gain a heightened sense of personal awareness to encourage a safe and positive environment for sexual and gender minorities and will identify achievable strategies and adaptations for increasing confidence when working with LGBTQ+ youth and families.

Nurturing the Brain Body Connection 
Physical activities that promote body integration strengthen neural pathways, which enable us to process new information and changing situations better. This workshop will help participants recognize these important connections and select activities to enhance the brain-body connection. This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.

Meeting the Needs of Children in Foster Care
This training is designed to support providers who care for children that are in the foster care system. This training will provide a brief overview of trauma, trauma triggers, and toxic stress and how it impacts children. It will also help providers understand and support the unique needs of children in foster care and develop an understanding of how to support children with complex emotions related to trauma and family transitions. This course is appropriate for all early care and education professionals.

Supervision: Reflective or Clinical

Infant Mental Health professionals frequently focus on collaborative relationships to improve program quality and strengthen practice. However, when psychopathology creates complications, clinical supervision becomes part of the reflective supervisory approach. In such cases, supervisors must focus on four core clinical roles: Teacher, Consultant, Coach, and Mentor/Role Model if optimal outcomes are to be obtained. This presentation focuses on implementation of these roles in a clinical setting.

Calling All Vendors and Sponsors

We are inviting vendors and sponsors to join us at our annual conference April 27-28th in Wichita, KS. Participants are home visitors, health care professionals, early educators, early childhood mental health professionals,  as well as a variety of other professionals. We expect 175 attendees.

Sponsorship Information: 2023 sponsor.docx

Vendor Information: 2023 vendor.docx

Please complete this form for registration:

If you have any questions please reach out to



Looking for free to low-cost early childhood mental health training opportunities? Below are some upcoming classes offered from  Kansas Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities, Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Early Childhood Investigations, and Connected Kids

Trauma Responsive Practices
March 28
Register here 

KCCTO classes
Mindfulness for Early Childhood Professionals
March 2- 9 or May 4-11
Register here

Promoting Family Engagement with Infant and Toddler Families
March 2-9 or May 4-11
Register here

Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
March 2-9 or May 4-11
Register here 

Live Virtual: Responsive Care for Infants and Toddlers
March 9
Register here

Yogapalooza: Calm Module
March 9 – 23
Register here

Live Virtual: Early Intervention and Special Education Basics
March 16
Register here

Brain Basics
March 23- 30 or May 18- 25
Register here

Exploring Social and Emotional Development
March 23-30 or May 18-25
Register here

Power of Positive Communication
March 23-30 or May 18-25
Register here

Training Module: Building a Caring Community
March 30 – May 25
Register here

Beyond a Celebration: Exploring Culture in Practice
April 6- 13
Register here

Educator Series: Overcoming Teacher Burnout in Early Childhood
April 6 – May 11
Register here

Early Childhood Investigations Classes

The Healing Power of Play and Optimism, by Steve Gross, MSW
March 23
Register here 

Benefits and Consequences of Racial Segregation in Early Childhood? by Iheoma U. Iruka, Ph.D. and Stephanie Curenton, Ph.D
March 30
Register here 

Coaching Early Educators for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Belonging, by Anni K. Reinking, Ed.D. and Laycee Thigpen MS.Ed.
April 26
Register here 


Connected Kids 
Offers these three online courses on demand:

The Impact of Trauma on Attachment:
Four Basic Attachment Patterns & How They Manifest by Dr. Barbara Sorrel

Introduction to Reaching & Teaching Children Exposed to Trauma
Key Principles to a Trauma-Responsive Environment by Dr. Barbara Sorrel

Invisible Neglect: Introduction to Prenatal Trauma by Dr. Barbara Sorrel

Register Here 

Marie Treichel, IMH-E®


Congrats to our newest Infant Mental Health Endorsee!


Are you curious about the Infant Mental Health Endorsement® (IMH-E®)?! We invite you to take 11-minutes and watch a brief webinar that addresses WHAT is Endorsement®; WHY it’s beneficial to babies and families; WHO should apply; and HOW to apply.  You can find the webinar here: Please let us know if you have any questions!

Alice Eberhart-Wright Nominations

The Alice Eberhart-Wright Award recognizes outstanding achievements and significant contributions in the field of infant and early childhood mental health. This award has been established in honor of Alice Eberhart-Wright, a pioneer in infant and early childhood mental health, who has been dedicated to supporting the social, emotional, and mental health of infants, young children and their families throughout her lifetime.

The Alice Eberhart-Wright Award will be presented each year at the KAIMH Annual Conference. The award recipient will be honored during the conference and their conference registration is covered.

The award is given to those who represent the mission of KAIMH and illustrate passion, creativity and best practices in their work supporting infant and early childhood mental health in Kansas. If you know someone you would like to nominate for this award, please submit the information via this form:   




We need KAIMH members interested in leading our organization into the future! If you are interested in serving, we are soliciting nominations.

How? Send us a letter of interest and your resume/vita, or fill out this handy online form and let us know why you want to serve on the KAIMH board and what skills and knowledge you would bring. Contact us at with any questions!

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