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Expanding Horizons for the Early Years 2017

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Date(s) - 26/04/2017 - 28/04/2017
All Day

The Sheraton Airport Hotel and Conference Centre


Expanding Horizons for the Early Years brings together practitioners and service providers, physicians, academics and researchers from across Canada and internationally to share innovative and effective practice to enhance mental health outcomes for infants, toddlers, and families. Integral topics of promoting mental health, understanding brain development, self regulation, attachment, parent/ child attunement, observation, assessment, intervention and support for infants and families, will be woven throughout.


IMHP is pleased to invite you to our 6th Bi-Annual National
Expanding Horizons for the Early Years Institute on Infant Mental Health.

IMHP is pleased to invite you to our 6th National Training Institute: Expanding Horizons for the Early Years – You Help Me Soar. Practitioners of all disciplines have become increasingly aware of the social, emotional and cognitive development of infants and toddlers and the impact of the caregiving relationship on this development. Through increased knowledge and scientific evidence many disciplines have learned to use screening and assessment approaches that support this caregiving relationship. At the professional-to-professional level, our increased communication and joint learning opportunities have contributed to our ability to support each other and hence increase our capacity to help families. The significant and rapid development occurring for infants in the first years compels professionals to understand their role in working with infants and families.

Professionals in all fields can have a positive impact on an infant’s development trajectory and improve outcomes through prevention and early intervention. This year’s theme – You Help Me Soar – will allow us to explore the impact of caregiving relationships on the lifespan through integral topics for promoting mental health, and equally importantly, how we work together and build pathways to improve our joint learning and collaboration.

This event is for multidisciplinary practitioners, supervisors, educators, researchers, administrators and policymakers concerned with the care of infants and young children and their families in settings such as:

• early learning and care
• public health
• physicians
• public health
• physicians
• early intervention
• child welfare
• children’s mental health
• hospitals and clinics
• pre & post natal programs
• family resource centres
• community health
• infant and child development

This Institute presents a springboard for innovation and change across Canada – to better understand what works in existing prevention and early intervention practice, and how we can work to integrate best practices to make systems of care more effective.

We invite all practitioners across Canada to join us and share our excitement about this conference with a stellar line-up of internationally recognized speakers. With over 25 different concurrent sessions to choose from there is something for everyone. We are sure you’ll find it a rewarding learning experience.



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