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Foundations of Infant Mental Health (Session 3, Class 2)

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 8:30am to 3:45pm

The Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health (BFH) is pleased to announce the Fall schedule for the Foundations of Infant Mental Health (FIMH) educational program.  FIMH is a collaborative effort between BFH, Tulane University’s Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The program is offered twice per year; presenters are Paula Zeanah, PhD, MSN, RN (ULL) and Julie Larrieu, PhD (Tulane).

What is FIMH?
This 33 hour, six-day program emphasizes how the infant and young child’s very earliest experiences affect later health and development. Grounded in attachment theory and incorporating up-to-date research, the program is video-rich and uses didactic as well as interactive approaches to highlight the fundamental importance of the parent-infant relationship in consideration of early brain development, the infant’s social and emotional development, the cultural and ethnic contexts of parenting, and the implications for psychopathology, assessment and intervention.  Each session builds on the content of the previous sessions, so that the learner completes the program with a broad understanding of the importance of infant mental health.  Because content is foundational for all maternal and child professionals, the program also emphasizes inter-agency and cross-program collaboration.

The Fall sessions will be held at the Picard Center, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Session 1:  September 12 and 13
Session 2:  October 18 and 19
Session 3:  November 15 and 16

Who should attend?
Professionals who work with families who are pregnant and/or parenting young children, including but not limited to home visiting, health/mental health, public health, social services, juvenile justice and early care and education.

There is NO REGISTRATION FEE, but travel arrangements are the responsibility of the attendee.

All attendees must purchase the Keys to Caregiving Study Guide, available from; $22 (the guide will be provided to MIEHCV staff).

Attendees will be asked to participate in one lunch meeting during each two-day session to present and discuss community resources.

• Registration is limited and on a first–come basis,
• Attendees are expected to attend all 6 days; we do not accept single day registration (with limited exceptions).
• Register via email to (provide name, job title, company/organization, work address & phone number upon registration).

For more information, please contact:
Paula Zeanah, PhD, MSN, RN                                                                  

Nicole Bourque

Primary sponsor: 
Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development & Lifelong Learning
Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning (PCCD)
Event contact email: 
Event target audience: 
General public
Event open to: 
General public
Admission info: 
Free to public
Registration required