Heidi Maderia 
CT Association for Infant Mental Health 


Thursday, November 21, 2019, 8:30am-4:00pm

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North Branford, CT 06405

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CT-AIMH 2019 Fall Conference

 Thursday, November 21, 2019


Conference Topic:

Embedding the Diversity-Informed Tenets into Your Work with Infants, Children, and Families.

Increase Your Self-Awareness & Reflective Capacity about Diversity, and Find Your Voice as a Champion for Children

NOTE: All are welcome to attend! The presenters do recommend that you attend with a team of people from your agency or program, if possible. 

Keynote Presenters:

Kandace Thomas

Kandace Thomas

Kandace Thomas, Ph.D., M.P.P., is a Senior Program Officer at the Irving Harris Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s efforts to build developmentally appropriate, trauma-informed equitable systems of care for young children and their families. She manages grants and projects in the areas of infant and early childhood mental health, child trauma, domestic violence, and reproductive health and justice. She also provides vision and strategic direction for the Harris Professional Development Network, a collaborative impact network of national and international grantees working with or on behalf of young children and their families. A leader in the creation of the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families, a framework and approach for integrating diversity, equity and inclusion in programs, organizations and systems that work with children and their families, Kandace is a member of and manages its expert working group. Kandace sits on local and national advisory groups related to children’s social-emotional development and well-being.

Carmen Rosa Norona

Carmen Rosa Noroņa

Carmen Rosa Noroņa, LCSW, MS. Ed., CEIS is from Ecuador where she trained and practiced as a clinical psychologist. For over 25 years, Carmen Rosa has provided clinical services to young children and their families in a variety of settings including early intervention, home-based and outpatient programs. She currently is the Child Trauma Clinical Services and Training Lead at Child Witness to Violence Project and is the Associate Director of the Boston Site Early Trauma Treatment Network at Boston Medical Center. She is a Child-Parent Psychotherapy National Trainer, a DC: 0-5 faculty and one of the developers of the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families. Her practice and research interests are on the impact of trauma on attachment; the intersection of culture, immigration, and trauma; diversity-informed reflective supervision and consultation; and on the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices in real world settings. She is a co-chair of the Culture Consortium of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and has adapted and translated materials for Spanish-speaking families affected by trauma. Carmen Rosa has also contributed to the literature in infant and early childhood mental health and diversity.


 Rebecca Shahmoon-Shanok, LCSW-R, PhD 



Conference Description: 

The Full-Day Tenets Workshop provides an overview of the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children and Families (Tenets) and allows participants to link the Tenets to their sphere of practice. This workshop will engage participants in a collaborative journey to help participants link their insights, challenges and discoveries so new levels of practice, awareness and knowledge are reached. Participants are led through reflective exercises that will help them to consider how their work can be revised with the integration of the Tenets. Participants will also identify personal and organizational leverage points and develop action plans for furthering diversity, equity and inclusion principles within their organization. This workshop is facilitated by two trained Tenets Facilitators that will be partners—rather of experts—in this process.



  • Increase your knowledge and understanding of the Diversity-Informed Tenets for Work with Infants, Children & Families
  • Provide opportunities to use a reflective stance to explore and deepen your perspectives on topics of privilege, race and culture, and diversity-informed practice and deepen your awareness of the ways that social justice issues intertwine with early childhood development work 
  • Build and deepen overall self-awareness about our biases, backgrounds, values and practices that may contribute to or interfere with your work with infants, toddlers and families
  • Discuss internal and external impediments in terms of integrating /implementing the Tenets into your sphere of practice and  identify ports of entry for change in your own practice and/or organizations 


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Breakfast and Lunch will be provided



Important Information for Registering:

  • Special rates are avaialbe for CT-AIMH members, for parents who have children ages 0-6, and for students (must use your college/university email address when registering).
  • In order for you to take advantage of the CT-AIMH Member Rate to attend the Conference, you must be a CURRENT 2019 CT-AIMH Member (you can go to to become a member or to update your membership) .
  •  NASW CECs are pending.  
  • NOTE: We recommend that you attend with a team of at least four (4) people from your agency or program. 
  •  Payment  for the conference must be received on or before November 1, 2019,  unless arranged ahead of time with Heidi Maderia at  
  • No refunds can be issued after October 31, 2019. Please, keep in mind that registration is a promise to attend (and pay).  Thank you!






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